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In the aftermath of the presidential election in the U.S., many are trying today to make sense of an outcome that was unexpected and in some instances feared. This poem has to do with the way of absorbing shock, not only in this situation but in any situation in which the unexpected comes to pass in a life-altering way.

Life brings to us the unexpected that no
longer makes sense to our mind or senses.
In our confusion, we are disarrayed
inside as well as outside.
Our very organs themselves seem to
no longer be in familiar places.
Our skin feels different as it touches
the air around us.
Shock occurs, and the world seems changed.
In fact, our world is changed,
and we must absorb the new reality.
Our breathing has to take in the new
rhythm of life.
Our vision has to adjust to a world that
feels very different but often looks the same.
Our mind must try and often fail to make
sense of what has happened,
for by its very nature, shock dislodges
the basic premises of the mind.
Therefore, we must go deeper than the
mind, to our breath itself.
We breathe in and out, regulating our
internal rhythm as best we can.
We let the emotions sweep through us
that claim more space than we had
thought possible.
We breathe in and out, once again.
The world has changed, but we are the
same in our depth.
We hold the center of our being in the
way that we did before events
catapulted us into a new reality.
Our being is not changed.
We reach for our being.
We reach for the light of our being.
We reach for the truth of our being,
our deepest truth.
In this way we adapt to a new world,
not through force of will or through
elegance of mind creating reasons and
but through breathing in and out and
allowing the new reality to penetrate
our bloodstream.
We breathe in and out, affirming the life
that flows through us that continues to flow
through us with its goodness and presence.
We are.
That is the ultimate answer to the dislodging
property of a reality that has changed.
We are.
And out of this fact, life may continue
around the center that has not been altered,
that is our safe harbor of truth and love.


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