How to Cope with All the Tragedy in the World

How to Cope with All the Tragedy in the World

How to Cope with All the Tragedy in the World-2


The news these last few weeks has been heartbreaking. One tragedy after another.

I’ve found myself in shock, despair and often in tears. The things people are capable of are just unfathomable. As is all the suffering in this world.

It’s easy to lose ourselves in the despair of it all. To feel nothing but helpless and scared. To completely shut down.

And if you have a sensitive nature, it can lead to quite a lot of anxiety and withdrawal.

But there are things we should remember, to empower our hearts and hopefully empower our humanity.

You are not alone.

You are not alone in the shock and confusion created by one horrific world event after another. We are all feeling it. All wondering how it’s possible for there to be so much hatred. All wondering if things will ever get better.

We are all experiencing the range of emotions, from disgust to despair, and the fears the come with it.

We are all looking for answers either within ourselves or from a higher being.

We are all praying for change. And there is power in that collective prayer.

There is far more love than evil.

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With news reports today, it’s so easy to believe there is nothing but ugliness in the world. But it’s not true.

There is far more love than evil. Far more compassion than disregard. Far more acts of kindness than acts of war. But the news plays to our unfortunate hunger for negativity, so those things rarely get covered.

Years ago I had an idea that I wish were in existence today – a “Good News” channel. A channel that only focused on the positivity in the world. How would it change our inner thoughts to see stories like that? How would it change the impact we believe we’re capable of having on the world around us? How would it change the actions we take each day?

But, perhaps a more important question is, what is it about our inner makings that instead demand the negative? Why is a focus on kindness often perceived as childish, but a focus on negativity is perceived as intellectual?

Whatever the reasons may be, it’s important to remember that love is everywhere. Evil acts may get prime time coverage, but loving acts exist in abundance.

You can create change.

The tragedies in the world symbolize an absence of love in our humanity. That absence circulates within all of us.

We cannot control the actions of others, but we can cultivate more love within and around us. The more we do so, the more power we’ll have to heal the world. 

We all have hatred and biases that live within us, as President Obama himself noted recently. We all have pain that causes us to express our worst, instead of our best. We all have limiting beliefs that cause us to shrink and withdraw, instead of standing strong to positively impact the world around us. 

Just as the tragedies of the world need to be addressed, so do our own biases and pains so that we can rise to our full potential and help to heal the world. And while the news may be particularly brutal lately, the truth is we are all guilty of too often turning a blind eye to suffering (of humans, of animals, of the world), and therefore contributing to it. So we should all ask ourselves, how can we do better? 

It’s not easy to look within. Placing blame on others is far easier. But it’s important that we look inside ourselves for answers so that we can help to create positive change, instead of just feeding negativity by pointing fingers.

There are lessons in every tragedy. We must find the lessons both collectively and individually so that lives are not lost in vain. And so that we are empowered, instead of oppressed by hatred.

We are all one.

We may live in a divided world but, as it’s been said countless times, we are all one.

We are one with the goodness in this world, and we are one with the hatred. And we must accept responsibility for that unity.

We must all strive to honor the gentleness and compassion within us, so that we can help to create a world that is full of the same.

We must all work to heal our inner pains, so that we can play a role in healing the pains around us.

We must all work to reach our potential, so that the world can benefit from the gifts we possess.  

The more we empower ourselves, the more power our collective prayer for change will have, and the more empowered and full of love our actions will be.

How are you coping with the all of the recent tragedies in the world?

Please share this post with anyone you think might benefit from it <3

~ Liz

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13 Responses to How to Cope with All the Tragedy in the World

  1. Molly says:

    Thank you Liz for this. Everything feels very unsafe, unbalanced and uneasy to me. I continue to visual Pink Love Light flooding my day, those I encounter, and the Earth. I try to believe that the victims and perpetrators are part of a bigger plan. I am very close to the atrocities living as I do in Europe but I am trying to stay positive.

    • Liz says:

      I can imagine how uneasy things must feel living in Europe right now, Molly. It felt that way here in New York for a very long time after 9/11. I still feel uneasy in places. Your visualization sounds very healing, and I’m sure it helps to spread healing to those you encounter, which is a powerful thing. xx

  2. Misty says:

    Thank you for having the courage to address this issue, and for managing – as you do so well – to do it in a delicate and uplifting way.
    There must be a path back towards the light and it is something we are undoubtedly going to have to travel together as one. Messages and encouragement like yours will certainly help us move in that direction.
    Thank you for your words, your thoughts and your energy.
    Here’s to unity and more good news.

    • Liz says:

      Thank you for these kind words, Misty. That means a lot. You say it so perfectly – “There must be a path back towards the light and it is something we are undoubtedly going to have to travel together as one.” A big yes to unity and more good news. Thank you for reading. xx

  3. KimKim Orr says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post, Liz.
    After living through a huge natural disaster, I learned that the “news” is never going to tell the stories of human kindness and caring that far far outnumber the distressing things they always focus on. It was as if I lived in a different disaster area from what was presented by the media to people all over the world.

    Upsetting people is what the news specializes in. You are so right, it creates feelings of helplessness and despair.

    In addition to all of the wise things you say in this post, I would add this note: every time we are kind to someone, every time we refrain from words of anger, or responding hastily, every time we are respectful to others and civil to those around us, we are the answer to and the antidote to suffering and cruelty in the world.

    It is like the drop in the lake — it ripples out from us in wider and wider circles. These small acts of civility and kindness are the arts of peace. And we can practice them with each word and each small act we perform as we go through our day.

    • Liz says:

      Thank you for these beautiful thoughts, Kim! So interesting to hear about the natural disaster you went through, and how differently the media portrayed it. Everything you said is so wisely worded. Kindness sounds so simple but it can take loads of self-control and patience. It takes work, but it is the best work. Like you said, it is the answer and it does ripple out. I love the notion that small acts of civility and kindness are “arts of peace” – just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kate says:

    Hi Liz,
    Do you know the work of Karla McLaren? According to her, fear is an emotion that alerts us to changes in our environment that could threaten our safety. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, survival is our most basic and primal need. The news will always alert us to potential dangers because we are attuned to them, and media enhances the fear-factor so that we will click and share. When we click and share they use the data to show advertisers how popular the site is, and the more popular the content, the more $$ they can ask for advertising space.

    • Liz says:

      Hi Kate, thank you for sharing that, that is so insightful! So basically our innate need for survival gets triggered and manipulated. On some level I think I knew that but I never understood it as concretely as you explained it. I’ve never heard of Karla McLaren but I just checked out her site and I’m totally intrigued so I subscribed to her newsletter. Thanks again for sharing!

  5. Thank you, as always, for this post Liz. It is so good to have someone like you, to encourage me to grow and heal.

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  7. Thanks for this Liz. I’ll often say a prayer. Something like: “May light dispel darkness; may love dispel hatred; may all of humanity be blessed.” It makes me feel better, plus I figure it can’t hurt to put loving thought energy out there. This site always gives me a lift:

    http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/more/about-us/

    xo

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