Bad news tends to make us angry, fearful, or both. When we don’t like what’s going on – personally, politically, etc. – it’s tempting to put our heads in the sand and pretend it’s not happening. Here are some helpful alternatives!
Harness Your Energy
In the Face of Bad News, Put Your Anger to Work: Anger is a huge ball of energy. Let go of the storyline and really feel that energy in your body. Then put it to good use! The global Women’s Marches are a great example of millions of people doing just that.
Don’t Let Fear Stop You: In the face of fear many of us shut down, run away, or give up. But inside fear is the potential for great fearlessness. The key to transforming fear into fearlessness is to really feel it. Leaning into fear is how to gain control over it. This guided meditation – “Diving into Fear” – can help you move beyond fear into fearlessness.
Take Good Care of Yourself
Pay Attention to Your Needs: We have to be in good shape if we’re going to handle difficult situations. Take an honest look at what you need to be strong, healthy, and balanced. Make a point of eating well, getting enough rest, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with loved ones, meditating, etc.
Know Your Limits: It’s important to pay attention to what’s happening in our personal life and in the world, but we need to respect our limits. If a flood of information is making you ill, step away! Clear your mind. When you’re ready, take a fresh start.
Cultivate Your Best Qualities: As Michelle Obama says, “When they go low, we go high.” This can apply to any situation that threatens to bring out our less desirable traits. The best way to “go high” is to work on cultivating our positive qualities, like love and compassion. Meditation is a great way to get in touch with these innate qualities.
Have Confidence: We don’t know what the future will bring, but we can feel confident in our own ability to work with whatever happens. Meditation is a wonderful way to connect with an innate strength and confidence that cannot be extinguished by external events.
Open Your Heart
Cultivate Compassion: Studies show that compassion is good for our health – especially compassion for people who are making our lives difficult. Opening our hearts doesn’t make us weak… It makes us stronger and we feel better!
Spread Kindness: Make a point of spreading kindness wherever you go. One simple action can have a tremendous ripple effect. Even if we’re facing difficult circumstances, we can try to make someone else’s life better. In the process, we’ll cheer ourselves up as well.
Practice Patience: A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step. The same is true for anything we want to accomplish. And meditation is a wonderful accompaniment for the journey. When we get out of our head and come back to the freshness of the present moment, it’s much easier to see clearly how to move forward.