It can be overwhelming....the level of atrocity going on on our blue planet. My thoughts and prayers join with no doubt millions of others to the victims and their families.
It is going to sound I know really trite to talk about singing at a time like this. There is never a good time. Every day there are countless people living through hell on this Earth. It does not take from empathy with them to be aware of the impact of the bombardment of dreadful news on individual mental health.
Pre-internet and pre-social media, there was less of an immediacy about atrocities. Everybody with a half-decent phone can now post about crimes, horrors and wars in places we would otherwise never have heard of. It's good that such happenings are known about with a chance of perpetrators being brought to justice. The down-side is that the world seems a much scarier place. The election of Donald Trump as President of the USA has upped the ante on the 'scary' scale.
It is so important to be aware of the amount of 'negative' news and images that we are consuming. I found myself recently checking my fb page on waking....what a mistake that was. I was starting my day feeling depressed, shocked and overwhelmed. I'm back to writing first thing, meditating and going from there. I also am careful what TV I watch, radio I listen to and social media exposure in the evening before bed. I'm inviting images, words, stories that may damage my psyche and disturb my sleep.
A recent talk by A Tibetan Lama, Jigme Namgyal in Ennistymon confirmed what I know for myself....he said (I'm paraphrasing) that when thoughts go in a dark, negative direction he SINGS! And sing he did, for us at the end of the talk. Change the energy, change the vibration! He told us to dance!
This is not to be insensitive to others pain, it does NOT mean bursing into song when we hear bad news reports.... but we need to remember to LIVE in the midst of it all and to keep our spirits high. There are few better ways than to sing or dance, move, walk, do something to change the energy.
That way, when we mind our own mental health, we have something real and solid to give to those who are suffering.