With dark news, in these darkening days, be mindful of where you head turns, where your eyes look, where your ears tune.
A diet of horror, of despair and dismay weakens you without strengthening those suffering most and leaves you feeling overwhelmed, unable to help or act or even think you can.
Instead, moment by precious moment, give thanks and turn towards beauty because we still can. Because when we rest our fractured, fragmented nervous system, or mind calms, our brain settles. Let your mind drift to damp clouds, low light, warm fires and candlelight. Notice what you have rather than what you miss and from this…
…will come calm, quiet, rest. As your mind stills, and your attention is free to roam away from news and screens and phone, then, in those small moments, then is when the ideas of how we might make a difference, might help, might speak out, use our skills arise.
‘The only way out is in’ said Thich Nhat Hanh, it is a circular thing. When we step of the merry-go-round of bad news, angry views and go within, we calm, we ground, we feel better, we notice with gratitude all that we have, and then, we have the energy to go into the world and make positive change. And when we do a good deed, however invisible, however small, it is good for us and not just the world. We produce oxytocin and serotonin, which counter the cortisol of stress, soften our heart quite literally and improves our health. Win – win.
So step away from dark news and dismay and instead turn to beauty every day.
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