Dealing with tragedy in the news

peaceThe gravity of the Orlando shootings a few days ago is felt everywhere I go. As it comes up in conversation, it seems to connect us in a way that few things can. The feeling is universal among everyone I’ve spoken to:  “I don’t understand how this can happen.”

I struggle to make sense of what happened, and at the same time realize that there is no sense to this. In a world where people generally make daily efforts to just be happy whilst dealing with their busy, full lives, isn’t life already difficult without such hateful actions on top of everything else?

As a teacher of mindfulness meditation, I have learned to recognize and accept the emotions I have about this – the sadness, the confusion, the hurt and the disbelief.  Then, I turn my mind to recognizing that there is so much good around us, and that there is much out of our control.  What we can do though, is be mindful of how we show up in this world, and contribute positively to this world as much as we can. There is much to be grateful for.

I just finished delivering a keynote speech at the Justice Institute of British Columbia this JIBCmorning. The topic was building resiliency through mindfulness meditation. The JIBC is a superb, well-respected organization that trains first responders; a school for public safety, health, community and social justice. I tip my hat to these folks, and am reminded that there are so many good people in this world. Thank you to those of you who help others.

There are no good answers to what happened last weekend, but it is a reminder to live life with intention, self-awareness and to make a positive difference in the world where you can.

Be mindful, be good to others and to yourself.

~Wendy Quan, of The Calm Monkey

 

 

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