Metta, the practice of loving kindness or friendliness, can be the approach we take whenever the mind is anxious, as it often is when we think about the state of our world. Metta is a skillful antidote to that anxiety, steering the mind towards that which is helpful and positive and away from ill will.
I received the following forwarded email from a friend and find it helpful as I contemplate the coming US presidential election:
Let’s consciously co-create a world filled with values such as peace, kindness, collaboration, and prosperity and see us moving forward with optimism.
1) On the next two Sundays, 10/14 and 10/21, at 11:00 a.m. US EDT, wherever you are, I invite you to synchronize energies with me for at least 5 minutes. The idea is to be charged by the energy of unconditional love. To do so, connect with your feelings towards your loved ones and then radiate to your home, expand to your city… country…the world, all with an open and hopeful heart. Then, feel the energies within of love, kindness, collaboration, abundance and peace. Visualize (“imagine”) expanding to your community, the country and beyond until the world radiates the same energy.
2) In addition, I recommend sharing a highly conscious attitude before and during the elections. I will read the prayer below every morning until November 6th. I invite you to join me.
Much love & light,
Highly Conscious Elections
I breathe in Peace and Optimism.
I awaken the Presence of Peace and Hope within me now.
I call forth the highest outcome for the U.S. Presidential Election in 2012.
I call forth the election of the President of the United States of America to serve the highest evolution of the U.S. and our world.
I am grateful that Truth, Integrity, and Peace are now present and manifesting through the U.S. Presidential Election.
I call forth the reality of Peace, Collaboration, Consciousness, Sustainable Solutions, and the New Earth resonance.
I intend that the President and the Vice President who will serve and create the Highest Good for all peoples of the U.S., all peoples of the world and all of life on our precious planet are now elected — peacefully and easily.
I recognize that I play a role in manifesting Peace and Benevolence each day, each moment.
I dedicate this moment to consciously creating the election of a President and Vice President who support life and serve the highest good of all people.
I am grateful that Truth prevails now, that Peace prevails now.
I am grateful that the highest outcome for the U.S. and the world in this Presidental Election is now manifest.
I create Peace now.
And so it is.
Notice that the prayer does not ask for a specific result from the election, but instead offers a prayer for wisdom for whoever is elected. It helps remind us that there is a different approach beyond the divisiveness and ill will that election campaigns usually inspire. All spiritual traditions recognize the power of prayer. Our world and our leaders need all the good will we can send.