Now That The Election Is Over, It’s Time To Heal Our Spirits

Source: Huffington Post

During her concession speech on Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton urged the crowd, “Let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do.” She was absolutely right.

The presidential race brought out some of the worst of American society, exposing the racism, sexism and xenophobia that persist despite the country’s advances. It pitted religious groups against one another, caused “significant” stress in more than half the population and often gave Americans little to have faith in. Some even had actual nightmares over the course of the election.

Now that the results are in, the task of healing is more critical than ever.

Episcopal churches around the country hosted 48-hour prayer vigils leading up to Tuesday’s election as a way of bringing people together across the political divide. “We must pray for a peaceful transition, no matter the outcome of our elections,” Massachusetts Episcopal bishops wrote in a statement.

Vigils, gatherings and frank conversations will likely continue in the months and years to come. But first, a transition into healing and reconciliation can start with each person individually.

Here are seven tips for embarking on spiritual recovery now that the election is over:

Make amends with loved ones.

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According to psychologist John M. Grohol, Psy.D., healing after such a bitter election season must begin at home. “Now is the time to apologize for such remarks and acknowledge that some elections can be more acrimonious and frustrating than others,” Grohol wrote on PsychCentral. “But it is no excuse not to treat others with the same respect we all want and deserve.”

Donate to support the groups Donald Trump attacked.

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Over the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump made countless dangerous and derogatory comments about women, Muslims, Latinos and a host of other marginalized groups. Many religious and spiritual traditions have practices of charitable giving and reaching out to those in need. The groups Trump disparaged will likely continue to be targets of bigotry long after this election ― and these are some ways you can help.

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Categories: America, The Muslim Times, USA

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