My thoughts drift to North Africa — to Morocco and Libya, reflecting on the countless lives lost to natural disasters. It’s heart-wrenching to visualize entire families disappearing under waves or mountains of debris.

As these harrowing images flood our screens, we’re left grappling with how to process such immense loss. Can we truly comprehend such a reality? Or do we seek refuge in cold facts or search for spiritual takeaways?

In this age of 24/7 news and relentless social media, we’re constantly bombarded with narratives saturated in disaster, crime, and events that induce fear and a sense of helplessness. This can stir feelings of guilt or anxiety, and at times, it might feel too overwhelming to engage. And I want to tell you that it’s okay. Sometimes, it’s essential to disconnect and reflect inward.

Let’s take a moment to pause and do exactly that.

How do you feel inside when you witness such tragedies? Sad? Overwhelmed? Delve deeper — can you identify specific sensations in your body? Perhaps tension or numbness? What happens when you stay with those sensations? As you continue to do that observe your surroundings. Breathe. Let your eyes wander, perhaps focusing on a calming color or texture.

When you feel grounded, ask yourself: Do you want to help? If your heart says “yes,” consider how. That might translate to monetary donations or providing essentials. If the answer is “no,” reflect on why that might be. It’s okay to say no.

I believe we are intrinsically connected with specific people, places, or causes. It’s natural that some causes resonate more than others. Becoming aware of these feelings fosters understanding and aligns us with our core values. I feel this is an important distinction to have in our tool kit when making decisions, whether that is considering donating money to a cause or deciding what to eat for dinner.

For those wishing to assist the North African nations as they rebuild, consider supporting an organization or charity that works in these regions. Do your homework to ensure that your donations will get to their intended destinations.

Thank you for joining me on this reflective journey. Until next time!
Much Love,

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