Lately I’ve had a lot of aggravation in my heart.
There seems to be so much turbulence and violence, both verbal and physical, in the world. On top of that, because of the brain’s negativity bias, we’re automatically drawn to stories of fear, anger, and turmoil. The media knows this so they continuously update us with new stories about negative things.
The cycle is vicious, depressing, and contagious, leading to more reactivity, and more feelings of hopelessness and fear.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Our hearts don’t need more of the same. Instead they need to be touched and soothed, and any pain acknowledged. Instead of feeling hopeless we can instead work on consciously being more open to a vision of a brighter future.
Here is a wonderful family’s rendition of singer/songwriter Matisiyahu’s song One Day.
Take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and let in the love.
ElishaTake a deep breath, relax your shoulders and let in the love.
One Day Lyrics
Sometimes I lay
Under the moon
And thank God I’m breathing
Then I pray
Don’t take me soon
‘Cause I am here for a reason
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
so when negativity surrounds
I know someday that it will all turn around because
all my life I’ve been waiting for, I’ve been praying for, for the people to say
that we don’t want to fight no more, there’ll be no more war, and the children will play
One day, one day, one day
One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate
One day we’ll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like
P.S. We go deeper into the theme of Trust during Month 3 of my 6-month online mentorship program, A Course in Mindful Living.