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.
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?
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