Inhabit: Your Election

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atch as Ryan and Corey reflect on the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, exploring its implications for the world and within our own hearts, while also creating a space where we can begin to release some of the fears and anxieties many of us have been struggling with during these chaotic and uncertain times.

What is our work going forward? How can we begin to heal the deep ruptures that have formed in our society?

What sorts of personal and political shadows have emerged for us over the last few years, and how can we better manage and re-integrate those shadows?

How can we learn to set our political views and identities aside, so that we can find a deeper and more fulfilling connection with each other?

How do we skillfully engage with friends and family members who subscribe to unfalsifiable narrative realities such as QAnon?

After years of social fragmentation and media balkanization, how can we possibly begin to put Humpty Dumpty back together again?

We hope you enjoy this special post-election episode of Inhabit! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Written by Corey deVos
Music by Justin Miles and Stuart Davis

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Ryan Oelke

About Ryan Oelke

Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, he is a Buddhist Geeks teacher, and is a fully certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC with his partner Alyssa and stepdaughter Fiona.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.

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  1. I like the comparison drawn between our political polarization and a couple entering relationship therapy. I have an idea for a podcast that would use Imago Dialogue as a modality to facilitate a conversation between people with different worldviews. I also wanted to comment on something Corey said about the LL and LR maybe needing to move in different directions and how perhaps that related to the fact that the Senate will likely remain Republican ever though Biden won by 7M votes. I agree with the sentiment, but find myself frustrated because I see a Republican Senate to be every bit as hostile to LR progressivism as it would be to LL, if not moreso. The entrenchment of our 2 party system seems to make it impossible for these two quadrants to move separately from each other, which is why my personal bias is still towards a total Sanders / Yang / AOC style ‘blue tsunami’ occuring in the near future, not because I think it would usher in some kind of Utopia, but because at least it would solve some of our most pressing LR issues, and present us with some new, better, more interesting problems, the solution to which might finally catapult governance to 2nd tier. I don’t see that happening without green first being enacted more fully. The suffering is just too real for too many.

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