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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Effects of Violence, Tragedy on Media & Mitigating with Walking Meditations

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. and I read news using our mobile devices. It means that we can customize our input and quickly glance the headlines to read those stories that are of interest. This past week has been an extraordinarily disturbing period in America. Three senseless terrorist attacks taking the lives of innocent people and leaving their families, friends and communities stunned, angry, saddened with each horrific act. J.J. and I extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences.

The two of us were asked by a teenage girl in Cuenca, Spain why there are so much violence in the United States. Why people hate those who are different from each other. She left us searching for an appropriate answer. This girl lives with her parents and a younger sister in a quaint hill town located in the mountains of east-central Spain. The people know everyone and within a week, we were exchanging greetings with our neighbors.

In some societies, news focus on factual data. Does our society put too much emphasis on the entertainment value and sensationalism of the news?

I find my refuge during my walking meditation. Focusing on each steps, listening to my favorite Kundalini yoga chant gives me peace and serenity.

Here is an interesting article on violence, the media and how it adversely affects the brain.

Aloha -- Cathi