As I write this, news is breaking and hearts are shattering all over the world. Paris and Beirut have been devastated by attacks beyond comprehension and the world is in shock.
Honestly, I don't see much of the news these days. I've realised that being an empath (think: highly sensitive and intuitive) it drains my energy and I end up feeling worse off for it. So most of the time, it's not a big part of my life.
But today it's everywhere. My Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with messages of compassion and worry, love and prayers.
In these moments everything becomes so real doesn't it? We remember we are human, we are reminded of our mortality. Our hearts ache watching families suddenly ripped apart, lives lost and communities gripped in fear.
Our response to this is so important and I wanted to share my view with you.
We are not powerless. These awful events can be an opportunity for us to RISE.
An opportunity to choose the light, to choose love over fear.
An opportunity to love harder, to care more, to show compassion for the people close to us, and strangers in the street. To radiate that peace from ourselves that we are all so desperate to see in the world around us.
I believe our job here is not to fuel the fire, creating more space between us all. It's not to become bitter, divisive or let ourselves become hardened.
Our job here is to be the light, the personification of love and compassion and kindness.
I don’t mean this in any way to be the answer to these immense issues, I’m not that naive. It’s more an invitation to step into our own power of good just that little bit more.
I remember feeling in awe last year after the Sydney siege -- when amongst the hate, the rage and the division, there reigned a peaceful coming together of sorts.
The message of #Illridewithyou (a hashtag used in support of Muslim people scared to travel on public transport alone) prevailed over all of the fearful news stories, and we saw a community showering each other in protection and peace.
From where I stood, it seemed as though Sydney had united in those darker times, as opposed to breaking apart.
And now in Paris, people are using the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which translates to "open door" in French, welcoming people needing safety and refuge into their own homes.
These acts of compassion and care show that the human spirit will always prevail, that love triumphs fear.
We always have the choice to go one of two ways, towards the darkness, or towards the light.
World peace begins with inner peace so let us find that within ourselves.
Much love to YOU.