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. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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.

  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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