There is no doubt that we have a lot going on in this world today. As I was reading The Zen In You blog this morning, I felt such a sense of commraderie and compassion with it's author, Caroline. She talks about gettting "sucked in" to the vortex of negative energy swirling out there, by watching the news. I have had the same experience lately. I usually don't watch a lot of news. I find the reporting so negative, and so sensational, that I get very little valuable information out of it. But, lately, with SO much going on, I have been tempted to tune in. It has certainly reminded me why the level of panic and despair is so high for many people right now.
Even if you are in the most dire situation because of the financial upheaval in this world right now, turn off the tellie. Just turn it off. Focus on what you can do. As Caroline says in her blog,
"Now is the time to reach out...either for help...or to help someone who is hurting. Just a few kind words of encouragement helps..."
I offer you this meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh.
Breathing in, I calm my body.You may also enjoy the Healing Mandala meditation, here.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment!
Namaste, and may you be filled with peace, and free from all suffering.