Violence, destruction and fear are ripping apart the fabric of our lives. The important thing to understand is WE are equally culpable for the destruction we face. To cope with fear and the dangers of living; we must change our response.
Whether it is domestic violence, terrorism or street crime your most powerful choices involve managing your fear response. Violent and aggressive people are looking for power and control. They want you to feel debilitating fear – it shifts the power to their advantage.
What Does It Mean to Cope with Fear and Violence?
To cope with fear and violence in the world, you must fight your natural response.
- Exchange fear, blame, anger and division for love, understanding and healing action.
- Know that when you feud on Twitter and Facebook, you are perpetuating the problem.
The vicious tribalism we see in the media is it’s own form of violence.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King
Facing Violence Since The Beginning Of Time …
It helps to remember that the human race has been faced with violence since the beginning of time.
Sure, the weapons are more powerful and the media is more prolific; but the world is no more evil than it has always been.
The most significant stories of resilience and empowerment come from those that refused to allow their minds to be overcome by fear.
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Empowered People We Adore
Stories of empowered people like Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and the passengers of United Airlines flight 93, remind us that we don’t have to roll over and embrace violence. They also remind us we don’t have to become paralyzed or bitter either.
They show us that to cope with fear is to respond swiftly and without hatred.
Watch the video below to learn more about coping with fear and violence, or scroll down to read the highlights.
What is fascinating is that a large portion of the global community responds with outrage in the form of hate.
- Hate fuels more aggression and violence.
- Channel your outrage through empowered and loving action rather than anger.
By this I mean, be the change you want to see in the world.
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If you feel affected by violence and hatred, choose to be as loving, tolerant and accepting as you can in your everyday life.
How To Respond To Violence?
By responding to violence with bitterness you join the ugly cycle that you are speaking against.
Anger can feel good and powerful. Don’t be confused, your anger can mislead you.
Anger is not as powerful as resolve, empowered action, compassion and love.
“Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.”-Martin Luther King
Positive Ways of Coping with Fear and Violence
Positive ways of coping with fear and violence include treating others with
- giving blood, or
- any other form of action that you are willing to take that promotes positive change.
Some of the most powerful examples of overcoming adversity caused by violence are those resulting from unity.
Are You Living with Violence?
If you are living with violence or outraged by violence, I want you to check your emotional reaction.
- Are you angry, fearful, bitter?
- Can you commit to shifting your painful feelings to positive ones?
- Are you willing to be the change you want to see?
Free yourself from the grips of fear and violence. Instead, I recommend hope, love and action!
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Are You Outraged about Violence, Politics, and/or the Environment?
If you find yourself outraged about violence, politics and the environment, let me help you make a difference.
I want to help free you from the burden of anger and resentment.
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