Yesterday London was shocked by the terrorist attack at Westminster Bridge. Innocent people died or got wounded. Their families and friends have to carry the sadness and find a way through these horrible tragedy. The photos in the papers today made me cry. I am grateful that my family is safe, sad for the people whose lives are affected by this evil and angry with people who live through hate and cause so much pain.
Shocking events like these make it difficult to believe in the good of people, make the world feel like an unsafe place and induce fear, hate and anxiety. And these feelings are what terrorists are looking to create. Especially fear, as a fear filled society offers more opportunities for the power of evil.
Fear is the opposite of love and the two can’t join forces. When you emotionally engage with the fear, you block yourself from love.
‘Where there is fear, there can’t be love’ – Dr Wayne Dyer.
John Lennon expressed: ‘There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.’
What you can do to fight terrorism
An important thing to do, to minimize the impact of a terrorist attack is letting go of the fear. This doesn’t make you a bad person, but a responsible person, who creates space for the antidote of fear: love. Love is the life force that makes good things happen and that is the best way of fighting terrorism.
Letting go is easier said than done, but with this short tape you can learn how to let go of your fear, anger, hate and other difficult feelings. Click here for this 4 minutes practice.