We were processing together the awfulness happening in the world.
One of the wise women pointed out to us:
“There has always been awfulness in the world. Humans never used to know about it instantly and globally. I don’t think our nervous systems know how to absorb it all at this level of exposure.”
I don’t think our nervous systems have evolved to handle all of this information. I keep thinking how this new generation of middle school aged children on up are absorbing all of this information as fast as we are without having their frontal cortex fully developed. I wonder what we humans are going to evolve into next?
There has always been good and bad in the world. We are just way more acutely aware of the bad and we are bombarded with it nonstop. We need to make time to see the light. We need to create light. The 24/7 news alerts and social media streams have created an avalanche of traumatizing and triggering information.
I am not downplaying the atrocities of this week. My heart goes out to the Muslim community in New Zealand and all around the world. My heart goes out to the people surviving in Venezuela. My heart goes out to survivors in São Paulo. My heart goes out to the Pittsburgh synagogue survivors. My heart goes out to the Parkland community. My heart goes out to all victims of community/gun violence. My heart goes out to those dealing with racism and discrimination and living in fear. My heart goes out to those struggling with illness. My heart goes out to those who have recently lost someone. My heart goes out and out and out and out…
When I looked up from my screen this morning and looked out the window and saw blue skies, trees, flowers, and birds I was reminded of the Yin and Yang of it all. For our own self-preservation, we need to also see the good in order to gain strength to get through the bad.
Spread hope and love.
Be the light.
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