My wish for America

"I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." 
Thomas Jefferson

Hallelujah, it's over!!!!

Well, hopefully by the time you're reading this, the presidential election is over (I'm writing this after voting early and know that elections aren't always called the same day - 2000, anyone?). But for our country and the world, I'm praying this one is clear cut.

Don't worry, this post is not about politics. Whoever you voted for or if you abstained from voting, I respect your right to do so.

This post is about about what we do now that the election is over.

Over the past year and a half, I've watched friends insult each other, question each other's intelligence, and stop talking to one another, all because of who they're supporting.

I've witnessed a polarization in the country like I've never seen before, with roughly half the population actively hating the other half.

And I know that for anything of value to get done now, that has to shift.

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No matter who our next president is, we Americans must come together in love. It's the only way we're going to heal the wounds this election has opened in us all. CLICK TO TWEET

We must look for common ground, ask questions so we can understand, and forgive each other if we're going to get anything worthwhile done as a nation.
And there's so much to get done.
It's all well and good to spout scriptures and affirmations about peace and love while in church or on our meditation pillows. But if we're not going to step into the space of those words as we live day to day, what's the point?
Now is the time for love. Not the easy "I agree with you" camaraderie that has become so prevalent during this election, but the hard "your words make my blood boil but I still recognize you as my brother" love that all the spiritual masters have taught.

Like this guy...

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And I'm first in line:

I, Emily Shaules, let go of all the rage, hurt, and sadness that I allowed this election to stir up in me. I forgive myself for getting caught up in the circus more than I cared to, and I declare my commitment to loving my so-called "enemies" because I know they are simply God in disguise, testing me each moment to see how much I can love unconditionally. I also remember that my happiness and thriving is dependent on me and my alignment with love, not some person in Washington DC. I therefore pledge to focus my energy on keeping myself in alignment, knowing that all good flows from that.

Will you join me? Will you reach out to someone on the "other" side in love? I know it may sound impossible, but I also know the internal shift you will feel that will resonate positively in all areas of your life and across the globe.

When you're done, come tell me about it on our Facebook page. Let's make Shift Bars a beacon of love in this time when we all need it so much.

With all my heart,
Emily