Back to Joyality 101
When you read about something depressing or hear about a horrible event on the news or on Facebook, first, just allow yourself to absorb the story. Try not to sink into denial or nihilism, don’t feel like you have to change what’s going on, just allow yourself to recognize that this is happening.
So, try this right now. Think about something you’ve recently seen or heard on the media or social media that upsets you. Write a few notes in your Joyality Journal about this, including your feelings.
Now, go online and search out some good news. If possible, search out good news about the same story or event. Look for stories of groups finding creative and inspiring solutions to the problem, working together to create change, or people coming together to mourn in peace over the horrible event. Sit with that knowledge, feel the care and joy it brings, though it may be bittersweet, remember that there are good and beautiful things happening in the world everyday too, even if the media doesn’t report on them.
Some websites to try if you’re feeling stuck are:
Write a few notes about these good news stories, and how you feel about them.