An earlier version of this post appeared on December 12, 2017. As I wrote it, I was deeply shaken. I had just learned 14 people had been killed when a gunman opened fire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, in an act characterized as homegrown violent extremism.
This past week, we’ve been exposed to a different kind of violence: the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including allegations of sexual assault. Something about these hearings left people of all political leanings feeling sickened. As the week wore on and one sensitive person after another mentioned to me their intense uneasiness and distress about the hearings, I was reminded of the crucial importance for HSPs of discernment in our consumption of news. So I’m sharing this post with you again to support you in thinking about how to balance your need for self-care with your need to be informed.
To the list of strategies I offer in the post, I would add meditation. The calm you feel after meditating is a direct antidote to the stress of political turmoil, and the spiritual perspective you gain is essential. [Read more…]