When I tune into the constant heartbreaking news around the world it's easy to slip into self-defeat mode and feel as if I'm not making a large enough impact, fast enough, and like there is no hope for a more conscious, peaceful way of existence. So I sit with the deep pain and allow the uncomfortable sensations to arise in the moments of uncertainty, when I question it all...
For me it isn't fear that arises, but an inner rage that is so fucking angered by the widespread inequality, violence and abuse...and after some time it subsides to a deep, overwhelming and heavy sadness.
I'll let myself be here for as long as I need, but at some point I know I have to drag myself out of the darkest places that my mind can travel to, because feeling sorry for the world isn't going to help it heal. I know I have to take small action in any way possible and integrate back into life...
I turn off the endless news feed and go outside to feel the sunshine on my face.
I make eye contact and strike up a conversation with a stranger, just because.
I have tea with friends who fuel my soul with their loving presence and authentic conversations about spirituality, politics, love and how to make any sense of it all.
I spend time with family who I can count on to make me feel seen, heard and safe.
I unroll my mat and breathe.
I teach and share the yoga practices with others.
I come back to my essence...the part of me that knows and believes that I am here as a change-maker and can make an impact, even during the darkest times, in small ways.
But it all begins within...when I come back to Self care my heart becomes full, clear and open again.
I move back into a state of infinite trust and let gratitude flow through my veins - for the simple things, and for everything.
The teachings that have revealed themselves to me over the past days are ones that remind me to seek the practices that bring us beauty, love and connection, even in times of so much destruction, aggression and turmoil...especially during these times.
Time outs are necessary and healthy, but we must step back onto the path before too long. It's a disservice to the world to feel guilty or shameful for continuing to live our lives. We should start slowly and be gentle with ourselves in the process, but at some point we have to begin again.
The healing of the collective begins within - and every thought, word and action we take in response to the everyday, very real, and often uncomfortable situations in life matter.
It's our duty to take care of our hearts to be brave enough to reconnect to our truths, no matter how far we feel from it some days.
And so I move myself from sadness to Self-love, one breath of fresh air and quiet moments of gratitude at a time...and I repeat within...
My heart is open and strong.
My heart heals those around me.
May I be of service to the world.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here