Letting Go Project Day Twenty-Five: Let Go of feeling powerless

Coincidentally, Yesterday we posted about “letting go of bad news”  – the same day of the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.  In light of this news.  I am re-posting an article I wrote last July after the Colorado theatre shooting.

We Wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness and more stringent gun control laws every day!

In the meantime, have compassion, and focus on what is going right…..

Originally posted on July 24, 2012 ~

It’s easy to get caught up in feeling powerless.  All it takes is dwelling on something in your life that is not going your way.  Even if things are going pretty smoothly in your life right now, you might be thrown off kilter by looking at the events that the media presents us with and the realities of the senseless acts of violence in the world around us, like the tragic shooting that took place this past week in Colorado.   Mindfulness is one way to regain a sense of safety and control over your life.  Taking a break from dwelling on the problems in your world, and the world at large will help you feel more in control.  Here’s how it works

1.  Breathe, and reset your nervous system – Every time you take time out – even just 3 minutes of focusing on your breath, your are resetting your nervous system – moving away from the fight or flight response which often makes us act in unskillful ways, and moving closer to the rest and digest response that helps us view personal and world situations with more clarity and calm.  Click here to read more about mindfulness basics.

2. Keep coming back to the breath – Your mind will naturally want to wander.  Old habits die hard.  You might find yourself going back to your favorite obsession or fear.  Simply bring your attention back to your breath, as if you were kindly trying to get the attention of an unruly puppy.

3.  Focus on the higher ground – For every “bad guy” out there, we can find at least two brave warriors.  If the recent events in Colorado have got you worried, stop watching the news for a while.  Or switch up your newsfeed with some positive news, like this 19 year-old young man’s heroic efforts to help others in the theatre.

4.  After focusing on higher ground, come back to the breath again – after looking around for what is going right in the world, come back to your breath for a few more minutes.  This mindfulness exercise will help you to regain a sense of safety and calm.

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