Trump’s “Sorry, Not Sorry” State of the Union Address was a whole lot of hot air, filled with fantastical claims and empty promises. It was hardly a state of reality.

But in the same way we observe our state of being in meditation and yoga, the exercise of reflecting on the state of our union feels important and necessary. Not to remind us of how bad things are, but to help us get present with “what is” so we can respond with compassion and courage. So here’s what we’re reflecting on:

The state of our union is run by men. 
The state of our union is suffering from chronic (and preventable) sickness.
The state of our union is such that we bottom line profits over people. 
The state of our union is designed around white power. 
The state of our union does not take climate change seriously. 
The state of our union has forgotten that we are ALL (those of us not native to this land) immigrants.
The state of our union is favors prisons over schools. 
The state of our union is divided and unwilling to work together towards our mutual wellbeing. 
The state of our union is not invested in our children, in our future.

That is state of where we are. But it does not have to be WHO we are. According to Rep Joe Kennedy in his SOTU response, “the state of our union is also hopeful, resilient and enduring…Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.”

We are more than our circumstances. And if history shows us anything, we are capable of rising up as “CTZNS” of humanity, committed to the liberation and wellbeing of everyone.