There’s no debating that we are indeed living in challenging times. In the face of terrorism, natural disaster and so many variables beyond our scope of control, it becomes harder and harder to make sense of the world around us. Not only are we deeply searching for some grounding for ourselves, but it is imperative that we are mindful about how we help our children navigate the tragic events that are taking place around us. As with all things, they look to us to model how best to cope, heal and move through difficult times.
Although sadly there is no short term answer to end the suffering on our planet, we can use factors that are within our circle of influence to help create some peace in the midst of chaos. Here are some thoughts that I have shared with my clients and loved ones that have helped all of us reclaim our power at a time when we feel less than powerful.
Find a way to practice more of what you wish to see in our world. We certainly can’t stop what’s happening around us but we do have some influence over what is happening within us. Hold doors for people. Smile more. Bring joy and love to a world that needs it so badly. Bring your unique light.
Limit media, social media and continuous conversation around the tragic events . It’s easy to dwell in a space of negativity when all we do is watch the painful footage over and over again. Choose for yourself and for your loved ones how much you are willing to expose yourself to it. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Feel what you feel, honor it and find your own way of releasing it so that you don’t need to dwell in the energy of suffering over and over again.
The future is not promised to any of us and we can’t control the past. If there is anything that I take away from these challenging acts and times is to be here now. I feel that this is a call for us to extract as much goodness from every moment that we have been gifted without harping on the past or worrying about what’s next.
As Martin Luther King so beautifully shares:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”
When we can find a way to navigate these challenging events for ourselves, we can show up with more peace for a situation that is anything but that.
Melody Pourmoradi is a women’s life and wellness coach at Life Evolutions Coaching. Check out www.lifeevolutionscoaching.com to learn more.