I title this blog specifically because I am a part of that stereotype that the rest of the country may or may not remember when the ripe subject of what Californians are doing comes up around the dinner tables of the rest of the country; vegan eating, meat shaming, prayer shawl fashion, mantra loving yoga twisting crowd!
I say we are pretty lucky that Jerry Brown is still Governor of California, and still, there is a groundswell growing pack of extreme liberals that suggested we leave the rest of you, and secede.
However, it is to my own crowd that I expected more from? For all of my “spiritual” friends, I found a lot of catastrophic responses to something that we have no control over; the social media!
We should know that the basis of practicing spirituality comes to knowing the message and then practicing it; “Stop Reacting”. Stop being outraged and do a little more Breath of fire to blow out the rest of your expectations of yourself and others and get to work.
The misconception that we as meditators should be able to “hold the space” and let others have their feelings and their reactions is sorely being tested in these times.
Tool: When becoming overwhelmed, with one-foot, stomp the floor and shout ( or say loudly in your mind: “STOP.” Your mind will stop bothering you.
John Shinaiver is a Life/Career/Spiritual Coach