The horrible tragedy in Orlando and then hearing about the 2yr old boy killed by an alligator was too much for me. I honestly have only taken in a few details as I just cannot emotionally handle the sadness those details would deepen. Ripple effects,
We are impacted or notice the ripple effects of those around us even if we have no relationship or conversation with them. When a person is smiling it is hard not to smile back. While I was driving to teach this week I saw a man dancing with such joy along 13th St NW to the music playing in his ears that the ripple effect on me was first a smile then joy.
As you move through your weekend notice how the energy of those around you have ripple effects. Frustrated children I know has a direct ripple effect on me as does the laughter of a toddler. We cannot of course bury our heads or isolate ourselves but we can allow the positive energy around us to have a ripple effect on us. Likewise we can take notice when negative energy is in turn bringing us down and choose the best way to handle. Maybe that means walking away or for me acknowledging the tragedy but not needing to imerse in the details.
I wish I had a picture of the man I saw dancing to share as it really was such a positive ripple effect.
I am a DC based yoga teacher, wife, mother of two kids and three animals who is using yoga both on and off the mat to find balance.