Voting as a Spiritual Practice
Our times are aggressive and confounding, making many uncertain of what to think and wary of getting involved. In the election of 2016 more people did not vote than voted for any of the candidates, and we’re all feeling the effects of that now. With the elections on Nov 6th we get another chance to have our say, and I would urge everyone eligible to grab it. Step out of the shadows, all of you who did not vote in 2016. Engaging with the world, acting from your values, is as much a spiritual practice as it is a civic duty. I’ve long thought of voting as a sacred act. – Sharon Salzberg
Check out a brand new piece by Sharon in Thrive Global, exploring the act of voting as a spiritual practice. Read the article in full, by clicking right here.
Inspire others to get engaged!
Share these quote memes on your social media accounts to inspire others to get out and vote. Click image below to initiate download, and please tag and credit Sharon Salzberg when posting on your social media accounts.
“It’s my belief that those who hold public office and the policies they institute make a real difference in people’s lives even if we are oblivious (or feel removed from the system). For example? I got to go to college because of a NY state regents’ scholarship. I know our system is very, very imperfect, but these are real people who want to go to college or can’t bear to see their child just suffer while they can’t afford treatment. Your vote matters. If not for you, vote for them.” – Sharon Salzberg
Many states require you to register to vote beforehand, while others allow you to register when you vote in person. Learn all about how to register and get setup to vote by clicking right here. If you are not sure what issues or candidates are being voted on in your local area, you can learn more via the website Ballot Ready.
Free Guided Meditation
Feeling overwhelmed by all the political and world events in the news? You’re not alone! Here’s a short guided meditation from Sharon that you can do anywhere in under two minutes. For additional meditations from Sharon, check out the 10% Happier Election Stress Meditations on their website.
10% Happier Podcast
Sharon sat down with Dan Harris on Episode 40 of his 10% Happier Podcast along with David Gelles and JoAnna Harper in 2016 to talk about Election Stress Disorder. Tune into their conversation about what you can do to combat stress from the election and still remain engaged during this heated political season. Tune in to the episode on iTunes or by subscribing to the podcast. Listen to the entire podcast episode by clicking right here.