In these trying times, it’s crucial to remember that you’re not alone in your feelings of helplessness and frustration. As the world witnesses turmoil and tragedy, it’s common to experience a visceral response to the distressing news. The body often responds to stress and trauma in various ways. You may notice yourself holding your breath, tightening your muscles, or even clenching your fists.

To address these physical and emotional responses, I’d like to share a short Somatic Experiencing exercise that can help you release tension and process your feelings:

Find a comfortable and quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.

Sit or lie down in a relaxed position. Close your eyes if you feel comfortable doing so.

Take a few deep breaths, inhaling slowly through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Feel the breath filling your lungs and then gently leaving your body.

Begin to tune into your body. Notice any areas where you feel tension, discomfort, or unease. It might be in your chest, shoulders, or elsewhere.

Slowly shift your attention to the tense areas. Imagine your breath flowing into those spaces, bringing relaxation and warmth.

As you continue to breathe, visualize the tension in these areas softening and melting away. You can even imagine that with each exhale, the stress and frustration are leaving your body.

Stay in this state of relaxation for a few minutes, focusing on your breath and the sensation of releasing tension.

When you feel ready, gently open your eyes, take a final deep breath, and bring your awareness back to the present moment.

This exercise can help you process your emotions, release physical tension, and regain a sense of calm and control. Remember that self-care and self-compassion are essential during these challenging times. It’s okay to take breaks from the news and engage in practices like this to support your well-being.

Take care of yourselves, and may we find strength and unity in these trying times.

Sending you love and trust for our collective goodness to shine the way home.
Much Love,

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