Over the past several months, I have seen so many different opinions in regards to our presidential election. Some great, some not so great but what I said to myself after reading every op-ed article, Facebook post or comment on a social media website is- your feelings are valid. See, that’s the thing about feelings- we have them. There are 8 basic human emotions that we experience-joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger and anticipation. There is some significant evidence to back this up, and I am sure you have experienced each one of these emotions. So imagine with me for a moment a time when you felt joyful, and then imagine a time when you felt sad. We all experience emotions and not at the same time. I think as humans that is where we find disconnect. When I experience joy, you could be experiencing sadness. What is important to remember is just because I am joyful and you are sad it doesn’t make your human experience wrong or less than mine. So if you stay in the present moment, take a breath(or maybe a few) and realize that we are all human that have emotions, you can find basic goodness, and understanding that there is good in all of us and your feelings and mine alike are valid.
Tiffany (RYT 200®) is a student and teacher of yoga living in Baltimore, Maryland.
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