This week has been intense. Our hearts broke when we heard the news of the tragic event in Las Vegas. There has been so much loss and devastation between the flooding, fires, and hurricanes over the last few weeks across the world, this man-made event is difficult to process, leaving us to ask where do we go from here? How do we process? What can we do? How can we help and continue to move forward from a place of love and compassion?
Elizabeth: We are all connected. We are all in this together. Although we would all love to only see our amazing, bright, and shiny sides, we all have a shadow side. We all have pieces of ourselves that aren't exactly pretty and yet, when we say hello to all sides, have love and compassion for it all, we create space for healing, for reflection, for forgiveness. We are being called to look, to see, to recognize all of our sides and then to recognize all those sides in each other. In that seeing, we are saying hello to spirit and to our higher selves. When we bring spirit into the picture, we connect to what is beyond and we find grace. It is through grace we move forward. It is through grace we find forgiveness. It is through grace we have healing.
Barbara: First, I think we all need to take a step back and catch our breath. In times like these, it is important to create space for healing, for reconnecting with our truth. Especially for those of us who are consciously cultivating awareness, it's essential that we turn to our practices to sustain, restore, and inspire us. Then, it's all about the actions we take next. Every problem that we face has a solution. It may not be obvious, it may not be easy or politically expedient, but there is always a solution.
I posted on my personal Facebook that thoughts and prayers are just empty words if we fail to become the means by which they manifest in the form of actions that change our behaviors. I really believe that thought creates form, so when we think we're helpless, we are. When we think that the problem is too big, too deep, to engrained, it is. When we think that we are equipped to handle whatever comes up, well, then, guess what? We will be equipped. It may be as simple as deciding to move forward with love and compassion as individuals, and noticing how that impacts the collective.