by Tehmina Mansoor, Meditation and Mindfulness Coach & Energy Healer
Many of us have been feeling heartbroken and helpless about the situation in Palestine and the news keeps weighing heavier on us with each passing day. In such troubling times what should our response be? This is not a very easy question to answer. Our first responsibility remains to keep our own energy in check. If we cannot remain strong, we will not be able to extend support to those who are in need. Explore these five practices on mindfully dealing with the emergency in Palestine.
1. Mindful Social Media Browsing
Stop browsing on social media endlessly. Set a time for it and avoid the need to check it frequently. Also, be mindful of what you are watching, and how it makes you feel. Once you become aware of how it makes you feel – you will know when to stop. Stop before you are completely burnt out
2. Present Moment Awareness
During the day practice present moment awareness. Simply turn your attention to sounds around you. First focus on the most obvious sounds. As your concentration becomes deeper, notice more subtle background sounds such as the birds, or the wind. This technique is great for silencing an overactive thinking mind and makes one feel grounded in their immediate context.
3. Process your Emotions by Writing
Putting your thoughts down on a piece of paper can help you let go of any disturbing thoughts that make you feel anxious. But even more importantly, this practice helps in soothing the heart and mind; and the best part is – it takes very little time and works like magic!
4. Reach out for Support
Don’t isolate yourself in these distressing times. It is best to talk to people you trust and share how you feel with them. Hear them out with an open heart as well. You can also connect with larger support groups online. This could even mean signing petitions online or making donations to trustworthy organizations.
5. Consistent Positive Action
This is perhaps the most important thing to do. All the points above need to come together as a daily routine that helps you remain positive, despite the heartbreaking news. Which daily routine calms you down the most? It could be yoga, walk or a meditation practice. Keeping regular is the best way to revitalize your energy and let go of any negative energy that is not needed in your life. It will also help you power up those around you who need support.
One suggestion we can offer is to offer a small prayer for the Palestinians every day; even multiple times in a day. The power of prayer connects you directly with them. And saying a prayer is like planting seeds of a tree that bears the fruit of miracles.
Hope you guys found this helpful!
About the Author
Tehmina Mansoor is a Meditation and Mindfulness Coach and an Energy Healer, Founder of Be-khudi where she writes, produces and instructs meditations and other mindful content. She does Mindfulness and Meditations coaching and also offers Energy Healing Sessions. For more on this, check Dar-e-Bekhudi Page.