What happened in Las Vegas is unthinkable. As yogis, it's difficult time to accept that people are capable of such disgusting acts of violence against one another. However, it's times like these when we can be reminded that good people outweigh the bad. Thoughts, prayers, and meditation can be the foundation for action. What can we do right now to make our world a better and more peaceful place?
1. Practice empathy toward others.
See the beauty in others, see their divine energy, see the life that’s alive in them and...connect with it.
2. Be a peacemaker.
We can be united or divided. It’s a choice and humanity’s duty to use our intellect in combination with our heart to bring peace. Through our speech, we can heal or hurt, create joy or suffering, and open or close doors. As the song goes, “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.”
3. Make space in your life for seva.
Practice self-inquiry and take inventory of yourself and your life and determine what needs to be cleared so that you can be of better service to others.
4. Be generous with your gifts and talents.
What is your gift and what are you willing to offer of yourself to a world that is hurting? Find what makes you come alive, and then do that. The world needs more people who have come alive to share their strengths.
5. Practice random acts of kindness.
That is, acts of kindness done anonymously—and not posted to social media!
6. Donate money or time to families affected by this tragedy—or others .
This is the perfect time to put seva into practice.
7. Call congress.
If you believe in tighter gun control laws, for example, don't post about it to social media. Take that time instead, to call or write letters to lawmakers. Your voice matters and needs to be heard.
8. Feel the feels.
Go ahead and feel—and then make a point of remembering how you feel right now, in this very moment, about this devastation. Allow that feeling to fuel your own good works.
Our culture has come a long way, but we still have a way to travel on our journey toward peace. Change is possible and it begins with you. Know that you maintain within you the power and gifts to bring about change. Start the radical change you want to see in the world by sharing your compassion.
About Our Expert
Daniel Sernicola, teaches yoga in Columbus, Ohio, with his partner, Jake Hays. They are committed to the empowerment of their students and specialize in creating compassionate, safe, and inclusive yoga environments. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @danjayoga.