Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
Today, at lunch, a friend and I mentioned spirituality as a general sense of awe, whether in a beautiful church or knowing in crisis that one's deep, inner sense of self is still safe. Music does it, too.
Later, the media informed everyone about the Boston marathon bombing. It's reminiscent of the Washington suburban sniper, but the media compares it more to the Oklahoma City bombing, because of the ammunition . So, until the culprits are caught and punished, we'll be on edge. How can people possibly avoid terror? Take a lesson from Israel, among other countries all over the world where people live in fear of attack daily. No, take a lesson from parts of LA, Detroit, Chicago and Washington, where drive-by shootings, fatal bullying and gang warfare are routine. How do people function in these environments?
Not that I have a solution, but I do know that there are plenty of people, patients of mine among them, who fill their souls with anxiety over nothing much, from washing dishes to going on a date. There are others who bravely face illnesses, life transitions and losses, and fearful environments with courage and inner peace. Let's learn from them. No matter how terrible the terrorist wants us to feel, let's refuse. Let's go inside, take care of our souls, believe in what's good and do whatever makes the world a better place ourselves, depspite forces to the contrary.