How We “Keep Calm & Carry On” in the Face of Violence.

Via on Jul 20, 2012


We don’t.

We let it wake us up.

“Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering by all means, including personal contact and visits, images, sounds. By such means…awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world. If we get in touch with the suffering of the world, and are moved by that suffering, we may come forward to help the people who are suffering.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


My heart goes out to those who were affected by last night’s tragedy in Aurora, CO.

Let’s not look away from this.

Don’t shut your eyes to it and just think about happier things.

Our reaction to tragedy shouldn’t be to put on a happy face and carry on.

Let’s lean into it and allow it to deepen our compassion.

About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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3 Responses to “How We “Keep Calm & Carry On” in the Face of Violence.”

  1. Misha says:

    Help me to understand how to extend compassion to the shooter as well.

    • Misha, to me, anyone who is able to commit such an act is in such a horrifying place, he is the most deserving of compassion. Anyone who is so much in the dark, so immersed in violence and hatred, is the saddest thing of all.

  2. [...] Please share your heart and support for this senseless tragedy, in a wonderful world that is neverth… “As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.” ~ President Obama [...]

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