Taking a few moments to pause and reflect, draw upon what makes you grateful in this moment. We all know the nature of anniversaries. They are often anticipated, dreaded, pondered, and well, our bodies remember them long before our mind catches on. I don't need to draw your attention to the obvious at this point, but I ask that you take a few moments to step away from the media, step away from the newspapers, step away from the ever beckoning voices encouraging you to fight, to mourn, to retreat, to do everything except just be with however it is that you are feeling. As far as I'm concerned, however it is that you feel leading into tomorrow, it's okay; you're human.
Pictures, media, Facebook posts, Tweets, debates, challenges....all of these things serve their purpose...but to the human heart that experienced that day....none of that matters much at all, does it? For those that were there, that experienced the loss, the heartache, you haven't forgotten and you never will. It has become part of your DNA for lack of a better way to say it. It is embedded in you, therefore I choose not to show you a picture because nobody needs to be reminded of what we already know. Our bodies began reacting days ago, tensing, feeling the onset of September, knowing that back to school, back to work, and back to that time is now here again.
Be kind. Be patient. Be wiling. What does it mean to be willing? Well, it means to accept your human-ness and allow yourself to feel as you feel. You've come this far and you are here for a reason. There is nothing else you need to do, just be. It is enough that you are here.
Connect with you own breath. Count 4 in and 4 out a few times. Allow yourself to feel the air filling your lungs and releasing. If images come up for you, allow them and bring your attention back to your breath. See if you can hold your attention on your breath for just five minutes, using your phone as a timer. You can re-direct your attention as many times as you need to.
I'm working on creating a meditation for you all to download, but as with many things I have a bit of a learning curve. So as soon as I can get it all together, I will have it for you to use at home.
Check in with each other tomorrow. There's nothing you need to talk about, just check in and let people know you are thinking of them. If they care to talk they will, if not, just the fact that you reached out to show you care matters. Support each other by meeting each other where you are. Nothing more, nothing less. We are in this together.