When a community is hit by a natural disaster, a shooting or a large societal issue, lives are lost or shattered by physical injury, the loss of homes and jobs. We try to make sense of what happened and deal with the stress of the situation.
Through these challenging times…
We become resilient
We seek options
We don’t give up.
In spite of how much we try, we cannot pretend everything is just fine because things aren’t fine. These events create a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for those directly and indirectly affected. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with feeling the emotional impact; we’re human and after a major traumatic event, it is ‘normal’ to feel stressed and have difficulty managing our feelings.
There’s so much bad happening to so many that focusing on the positive and not letting these chaotic events get us down, could be very challenging to most of us.
At the same time, I know that the way we feel individually impacts the collective mind. A joint vibration of panic and hopelessness has the ability to invite others to feel panic and hopeless in record time.
However, you may ask: how can we rise above these tragedies while at the same time we give honor and respect to those affected by them?
The fact is that if we are wishing to contribute to any improvement of any kind, we must start finding peace within ourselves. We can make a positive impact in our immediate environment (family, friends, neighbors, clients, co-workers) by bringing out our sense of hope, strength and resilience.
By redirecting our mindset we can generate a new and positive ripple effect which will reach beyond our understanding.
As Mahatma Gandhi said: “You Must Be The Change You Want To See In The World”
We must draw strength from places of PEACE. We can start by managing our stress, anger or depression in healthy ways through our faith or spirituality, volunteering, exercising, meditating, even singing, and enjoying time with friends, family, and pets.
Taking life ONE DAY AT A TIME with the help of relaxation, meditation and breathing techniques at some point before the day is over can make a huge difference in our outlook to life.
Most of us think that we are too busy to invest our time in any of these practices. However, we fail to realize how much time we spend in worrying, sleepless nights, and looking for cures to our sense of helplessness, anxiety, and desperation. When in fact, the healthier we are, and the more relaxed we feel, the more available we would be to help not only ourselves but also, those in need.
YOGA NIDRA is also known as “Psychic Sleep” because it takes us to the – alpha state of mind, (that state of mind where we naturally go every night right before we fall asleep, and every morning just before we are fully awake). The best thing about this practice is that you can do it in the comfort of your own bed at night before you go to sleep.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful approach that I learned in India and put together for you. It will assist you in gaining clarity of mind, eliminating anxiety, dealing with depression, conquering insomnia, and managing stress.
I believe that we can change the vibration of the planet one person at a time, and, that you and I can make a difference by finding peace within. As John Lennon said, “You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one”.
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