If you’re feeling helpless right now, you’re not alone. I’ve had numerous conversations over the last ten days with many people describing they feel like they just don’t know what to do with all the events unfolding in the news.
Watching history repeat itself on our screens whilst trusting people in power to make the right decisions (for us all) is hard enough, without having to navigate whatever else is going on in your life right now. People have even said they feel “guilty” enjoying themselves, when there’s people going through such a hard time elsewhere.
But just as we did when the pandemic struck, many wonderful humans are rallying to make it right. Humanitarian efforts are ensuring that medical supplies, clothes and other resources are finding their way to those in need.
To know we’ve done something, when it feels like we can do nothing, matters. But it’s just as important to take care of ourselves when we’re doing so much for others. So how do we get the balance right?
This week, maybe set the intention to Give and Receive. You may have already been supporting efforts where you are, or seen, for example, the “pay not stay” initiative through AirBnb (AirBnB have waived the fees). Every little helps.
In this article I talk about a loving kindness practice known as Tonglen, that allows us to make time for ourselves at the same time thinking of others. I actually wrote this article at the start of the pandemic, when many people felt the same way about not knowing what to do. The Tonglen practice is a beautiful way to let others know you’re with them, even if you can’t be there, whilst taking care of yourself.
Remember, it’s always ok to set boundaries with people who make too many demands on your time; “no” is still a complete sentence. I mentioned last week why we also need to keep it simple, so that when things are difficult we must continue to make our own well-being a priority. Above all, just do what you can with what you have from there you are. It’s always enough.
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