And when you are particularly empathic.. vulnerable to really taking on the emotional states of those around you, the energy in the environment, you also want to be mindful about the ways you may be taking it on.
I ain’t no guru.. and I do not have any spiritual wisdom here, but I can share a bit of what helps me, and some of what I think may help you during these times when any sense of safety in the world is shattered, and we are bewildered and heartsick at events such as the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday.
I grew up in Boston..my whole life.I love this city. Grew up on the route of the marathon, had apartments on the same route..finished my last paper in grad. school to the sounds of cheers below as the runners went by, and have so many happy memories of being at the event at various places along the route.. including the finish line. I’ve known many people who’ve run this beautiful event.
I was heartsick when my husband came home early from work yesterday and told me the news..I had no idea, working in my bubble all afternoon.We watched the news reports like most people, the tallies of injuries and deaths, saw the camera footage of my town.. I’ve lived here my entire life.
Personally, I did not feel anger, only deep grief, unspeakable sadness, it was in my body.
And for three days prior, as has happened for me at other times, I felt heavy and sad, tearful and almost unable to move.. without knowing why. I have had physical premonitions before, but never know til after the fact what’s happening. Many of my empathic/intuitive friends and clients experience this, as you may too.
We have seen so many tragedies.. so much ugliness in our world.. it keeps coming. It probably will continue. And although I didn’t used to, I now have a “healthy respect” for evil. I believe there is darkness as there is light.
And what I know is that whenever there is this kind of darkness, there is also incredible light and goodness. We see it all the time. Our love and humanity shine through in so so many ways. We come together, we find our hearts and our oneness. We remember to be grateful for our lives, and the people in them.
I also want to remind you to please be mindful when there is trauma.. watching the news for too long.. absorbing the images over and over.. is traumatizing. There is such a thing as “vicarious traumatization” ..it’s not good to sit and soak this up. You are better off taking action.. finding something to do if you feel compelled and want to help.
And.. during times like these, more than ever, to remember that you are the light.
What you can do right now is come back into your body, and remind yourself that one thing you can do amidst the horror and sadness is hold the light. Light up the holy God-force in yourself and shine it into the world.. send it where it’s needed, you don’t need to be anyone official, you don’t need “special” gifts.. you are already Sacred Ground.. you are already of the Divine and a holy sacred being.
Right now you can choose to go there, to make your light force as bright as possible and direct it where it’s needed. To send prayers and love and light into the global “field”..put beauty and healing and goodness into the energy out there.
I am moving between the two, as I believe we will.. I am very weepy.. cried through my beautiful sacred yoga class this morning.. was so grateful for my teacher who provided space and light for us to come home to what is true and to reconnect..We can move between the shock and grief of what we feel and then back into holding the light for those need it, for the city, for anywhere that there is grief or pain or suffering.
Your beauty is needed. Stay grounded and don’t allow yourself to get swept off course.. when you find yourself drowning in the imagery, or the discussions of overwhelm and sadness.. you can choose to come back to center and find the light.. and put it out into the world.
I want that for you.
With so much love for you and for us all…