I once asked a bird, “How is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness?” She responded: “Love lifts Me.” ~ Sufi saying
How can one feel peaceful and hopeful in today’s world? This is a question I often get. As tragedies keep popping up on our screens at a fast pace, fed by a very fast news cycle, I hear and see many individuals and clients sharing how the state of the world (or the country) is increasingly affecting them. It often leaves them feeling scared, out of focus, at times hopeless.
So I thought that I would offer a few suggestions about what you can do to navigate those feelings, while keeping your inner balance, inner peace and hope.
- First thing first: whenever you feel overwhelmed, go back to the basics: pause, ground yourself, take a few very deep breaths, exhaling negativity, inhaling calm. Take the time to notice what you are feeling, holding the pain of the world with compassion, sending out Love Light and Peace with each breath out, breathing in Peace and Hope.
- Caring for others’ suffering is part of being human. Feeling fear and anger at the beast is normal, and even healthy. But you don’t want to be trapped into feelings of despair and overlook the rest, the star beyond the beast. Beyond the illnesses and the disorders, something is calling for a higher level of consciousness and deeper healing. In individual processes, we often see more stuff coming up as we start healing and transforming – an often frustrating step for many. Similarly, we raise our collective consciousness by bringing to awareness what needs to be healed. In other words, by making the darkness conscious.
AND, then, by actively working at transforming it. You might wonder: what can I do in the face of what is happening in the world? Look at your life, what is important to you, what you believe in. Look at how you can embody Life and Hope in your life, in very simple ways. This is how you will also transform and heal the elements of darkness within you. This is how you will feel part of that movement that is called humanity. And remember: you are never only a drop in the ocean; the ocean is in each of the drop you contribute to.
- Notice and recognize the impact of the media (in particular social media). They offer an increasingly imperfect (and biased) reflection of how the world is. The news brought to our attention is extremely partial (to say the least)… This is also true of our own individual perception. As Arthur Schopenhauer said, “every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” I am not sure that the world is more violent in any way. I remember witnessing first hand or hearing about similar horrors (or worse) my whole life. We just don’t see what is not under the spotlight; we could (and generally do) miss an entire elephant in the room. What I know is that we are now, more than ever, bombarded 24/7 by what sells and, incidentally, keeps some kind of fear going. And I know that the social media is participating in spreading this. The most inaccurate the farther the news go, the immediacy of the means also offering an unprecedented outlet for all the most primitive, raw, feelings to be expressed, without no filter.
So you have a choice to make, every day, if you want to preserve your inner peace and hope. It starts by recognizing what may constitute a massive overload for you, what might just be too much and not that necessary. You may want to limit the time spent on social media, going online only once or twice a day for a set amount of time. Use your wisdom to select the type of news you are listening to. Avoid being on the news all the time. Take breaks from all of it when you need to, and make sure that you have spaces and times during which you disengage. In other words, protect yourself as you would do from any other type of negative energy, and remember that real life is not online.
- And then… focus on what you choose now, what you are living for, all the beautiful aspects of life around you, including your dear ones, nature all around, ordinary human beings doing extraordinary things every single day, etc. Search out positive people and situations, cultivate positive emotions that boost your inner strength and peace.
Each time tragedies strike (and every day brings its lot, whether they make the news or not), I not only feel that a part of me has gone with the victims, I also remember that it could have be me. And it prompts me to think of how best I can be with those I love and how I can be a better presence in this troubled and beautiful world, humbly, in my very modest ways, but very concretely. I choose not to live in the fear of what could happen but to love instead, fully, the best of life around me.
There is a Sufi saying: I once asked a bird, “How is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness?” She responded: “Love lifts Me.” May Love in action lift us all.
Béatrice | Contemporary Shamanic Healer
Allowing The Light