Politics Provoked the Pain Body: How to End the Cycle


The collective “Pain Body” in our nation is expanding. The Pain Body is an entity that wants to live. It thrives on the lower frequency emotions of blame, resentment, anger and hatred. It uses any reason as an excuse for violent language, and violent behavior.

Think about how you feel when you get angry and can’t seem to get over it. Then someone says something that triggers you, and you start to feel rage. The subject of your anger takes up space in your head. It’s all you can think about. It’s all you talk about.

We’ve all been there at some time or another. It seems that the anger takes on a life of it’s own becoming a never ending cycle of drama.  Now we are seeing the pain body play out in politics. Those unhappy about the results of the election took to peaceful protesting that turned into violent rioting. Then those who are happy with the election either joke about or judge those who are angry. Both the rioting and the judging are forms of pain body in action.

We have to be careful not to judge those who are in the pain body because judgment and shaming fuels the pain body, and can lead to getting entangled in it. So what can we do in order not to get caught up in the pain body?
1. Do not provoke pain by judging, blaming, or creating even more barriers.
2. Limit time on social media.
3. Get some perspective by taking good care of yourself.
4. Shift your focus  and make a list of all the joys in front of you today.
5. Make small gestures of kindness from the intention to heal some of the pain.
We are all in this together, and we all have a lot of inner work to do. My focus is right now is to reflect, listen, and work on my inner game. The only way to stop the pain body is to not engage with it on any level.
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