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Mindfulness & Spirituality In Times Of Crisis

A simple, actionable 5-step guide to help you stay balanced when the world goes mad.

Christina Lopes
Nov 25, 2015 · Unlisted
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What can we do in the immediate aftermath of a violent event in the world?

I’ve come to rely on these 5 tips and actionable steps.

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1. Hold A Vibration Of Love

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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It is at these times that you can deploy your most powerful “medicine”: Love.

If you can hold yourself in a vibration of love — refusing to descend into fear-based emotions — you will become the antidote for fear-based venom.

We can all bear witness to pain, while holding ourselves in a position of love.

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Action Steps To Hold A Vibration of Love

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“May love heal all those involved in this violence.”

B. If you are uninvolved in the violence itself, pull away from the sources of information that may be bombarding you. At least temporarily. For example: if violence erupts in Paris and you are across the world with no connections to Paris, feel free to pull away from the news feeds coming out of Paris.

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2. Resist The Temptation To Enter The Fray

“It takes courage, of course, to step out of the fray, as it takes courage to do anything that’s necessary, whether tending to a loved one on her deathbed or turning away from that sugarcoated doughnut.”

~ Pico Iyer

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We can choose not to say anything about it, at least in the immediate aftermath.

Right? Think about it this way: for every minute we spend on social media, arguing about how to “fix” a problem or solve the root causes of violent events, we are missing out on practicing Step 1: Holding A Vibration Of Love.

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Action Steps To Keep You Out Of The Fray

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3. Seek Out Opposing Views And Hold Opinions (Including Your Own) Lightly

“Truth is what we think it is at any given moment.”

~ Luigi Pirandello

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“Do not seek the truth, just cease to cherish opinions.”~ Seng-Ts’an

At this point, it’s very important for us to remember how the brain/mind works. Our senses, along with the brain, are prepared to show us the world according to our own underlying biases.

Give up the need to defend my beliefs or those of others in any way.

When I acknowledge that my “truth” is different from yours, then why defend it? That is just insanity to me. You can however, hold opinions so lightly, that nothing anyone says can rattle you. If we can all live this way — holding opinions lightly — then we are more open to seek out the views of others. And when we do this, a whole new world of understanding opens up. When we give up our need to be right and actively listen to how others see the world, what we find is that there is so much more that binds us than what tears us apart.

So many of us use social media platforms like megaphones.

We shout our hardened opinions into the “cloud” and refuse to listen to opposing views. But how can we possibly learn anything from the world if we simply go on living in this hardened way? How can we solve anything when we are more interested in protecting our views of the world, instead of truly understanding someone else’s?

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Action Steps To Help You Hold Opinions Lightly

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“I may be right or I may be wrong.”

The moment you repeat these words mentally, you’ll notice how your internal environment becomes more peaceful, less rigid.

I call this little practice “Bursting My Bubble”.

Since we know that our brains have the tendency to see only what we already believe, then we can counter this by consciously seeking out other beliefs and opinions.

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4. Be Extremely Mindful Of What You Manifest In This World

“By choosing your thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your Light. You determine the effects that you will have upon others, and the nature of the experiences of your life.”

~ Gary Zukav

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That multiplying effect should bring personal responsibility to the forefront of our awareness.

What you say, do, and emanate has consequences. And the consequences will fall under these two general umbrellas:

  1. You will add fear to the collective consciousness (and to your own life)
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Action Steps To Help You Be Mindful Of What You Manifest

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“Am I speaking/acting from love or fear?”

For example, notice how you feel as you are typing a comment on someone’s Facebook post. Take a deep breath and feel the state of your internal environment. Are you agitated, angry, upset, annoyed, offended?

If so, do not type a single word. Just don’t do it.

Don’t engage, don’t call the person to express your anger, don’t write a whole long email about how offended you are. Just take a deep breath and walk away. Instead, take the time to turn your vision inward and understand why you are upset or agitated in the first place. Is it because you are holding tightly to your view of the world? If so, then the best you can do for yourself and others is to release that grip.

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5. Embody The Oneness Of Life And Never Lose Sight Of The Broader Picture

“While there’s value in seeing the reality of conflict, it’s equally important for us to not lose sight of the beauty.”

~ Erin Northcott

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In essence, treat others as you want to be treated because in the end, they are you and you are they.

As you witness violent events on the planet, always remember to hold the broader picture in your awareness:

Our planet is evolving toward love. On the whole, we are living in more peace and love than we ever have.

And in the end, love will always win over fear. Always. In fact, love is replacing fear every single day on this planet. The balance scale is moving more toward love. And we are the more blessed for it.

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Action Steps For Oneness and Seeing The Broader Picture

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  1. When your awareness arrives at the heart, visualize it lighting up! The light can initially be as small as a pea but it glows ever more brightly and increases in size, until it finally explodes out of your heart center!
  2. Remain in this heart-centered awareness for a couple of minutes and then open your eyes. Try to hold your awareness in your heart the rest of the day and see how you feel

“For every act of violence on this planet there are a million acts of love.”

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Thanks for reading!

Remember that this post is alive! Ha! What I mean is that I turn some of my posts into interactive sessions by including reader feedback and questions in the body of the post…as I did here and here.

Do you have questions or comments about mindfulness and spirituality in times of violence? If so, comment below or shoot me an email at: info@christina-lopes.com!

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