I was in Las Vegas during the largest massacre in United States, three miles from the crime scene. On October 1st, I went to bed early in my hotel room at the Tuscany Inn and Suites, three miles from the crime scene. At 10:30 pm, I woke up, heart racing in a panic. I was having irrational thoughts about a woman I met and felt I trusted too easily. I realize now it was my body having a response what was happening three miles from where I was. I felt the collective pain. Then I started to hear a line of ambulances. There was mass chaos and confusion but I didn’t realize what it was. I went back to sleep,
My hotel room phone rang at 6:30 am. It was my roommate's friend wanting to make sure we were ok. No one else was up yet. When she told us what happened, we turned on YouTube and then the television and saw what happened. It was unbelievable.
This trauma affected us all, some more than others. As highly sensitive person (HSP) and empath, I understand how empaths and HSPs feel not only the individual burden of the event, but also the collective grief. Those of us in this group of people are like sponges. We hold emotions the way a sponge holds water. The following tips are for anyone affected by this tragedy and loss. Radical self care is essential for HSPs, empaths and also anyone who is struggling with the current status of Las Vegas and other local and world events.
Allow yourself to heal and integrate the grief and trauma energy you are holding in your body and mind by doing the following:
1. Turn off the news and YouTube. Watching too much violence and trauma, even if it was in the past, is too much on your body and can take longer to process if you take in too much.
2. When you are feeling dense/heavy energy, ask yourself,
a. “Is this mine?” If it is yours, pray and ask for it to be released and healed.
b. If it I not yours, “I respectfully send what is not mine to the light to be healed.”
3. Spend more time in mediation or nature.
4. Listen to your body: Allow yourself to rest and drink plenty of water.
5. Practice gratitude: Think about 3 people or things you are grateful for and feel into why.
6. Journal about your experience
7. Draw about your experience with crayons, pastels, colored pencils, paint, or mixed media.
8. Talk to friends, family, a life coach, psychologist, or counselor.
9. Be gentle with yourself.
10. Pray for the victims and families.