The Suicides of Last Week

  Dear Newsletter Family,   No matter where you live in the world, I’m sure you heard of at least one of the suicides that happened last week.   I was a little familiar with the story of Kate Spade because I had listened to an interview she did with Guy Raz on his Podcast  How I Built This . Her story and perseverance drew me in. And I definitely felt inspired by her.    Click here to listen to that interview .   Unfortunately, I was not very familiar with Anthony Bourdain. I knew of him. But I was not a regular viewer of his show(s).   But I wish I did view his shows. The amount of outpouring over his passing on social media was tremendous. From what people wrote, he had truly broadened their perspectives of food, culture and life.   And the issue of mental health has definitely taken a front seat since last week.   I will not be gearing the message of this newsletter towards mental health. Yet, the underlying message of most of my teachings are geared towards the issues of mental, emotional and spiritual health.   What I do want to address in this newsletter is the topic of    COMPASSION   .   Last week we experienced two people who had what seemed like a good life on the outside, commit suicide.    It was a stark reminder that we never know what a person is truly dealing with on the inside.    We live in a world full of illusions.   People are presenting a good version of themselves no matter how they’re feeling on the inside... Be it on social media or in day to day interactions.    And a lot of people have mastered the art of covering their pain.    But what if for one minute we looked at each person and truly saw their full story?   What if we saw:    Their pain    Their fear    Their worries      Saw them as a  human being .   Even if they do not show their pain, fear or worries to us, what if we imagined them in that way?   Because the truth is pain, fear and worry are just a few of the most common issues every person deals with.   Yes, there are phases in life when all goes well. All is smooth.   But there MANY phases in life when all is not well. All is not smooth.   So I ask you to make an exercise out of this:      Each day, choose  one person  to focus on… A person that has randomly come down your feed on social media. Or a person you are face to face with – a stranger, or someone you know.    Take one minute to truly look at this person. SEE this person.    Understand this person has gone through pain, maybe even worse than pain you’ve ever endured.    Understand this person may be up at night, restless with worry.    Understand this person may have a health issue they are dealing with. Or someone very close to them has a health issue they may be dealing with.    What if this person recently divorced or broke up with someone?    What if this person recently had someone close to them pass away?    The list goes on…      What I ask is that you truly SEE this person. FEEL this person.   Feel compassion for this person. Feel love for this person.   Do this exercise once a day for thirty days. And experience how  your heart will grow  just a little more each time you do this exercise.   We are all on this journey called life. No one gets out without pain to some degree. Just because they may not show or share their pain does not mean they are not going through it.   Have patience. Have compassion. Have love.   Days 11-20 of my meditation series  20/20 Meditate for Peace  are in line with what I'm talking about here. Meditate or listen to Days 11-20.   Click here to begin  Day 11 on Insight Timer .  And if there is anything you would like to talk to me about, get guidance from me on, I'm here for you. I have a coaching program suitable for one time concerns or ongoing coaching.      Click here  to learn more about my coaching program .       If you know of anyone who could benefit from the message of this newsletter, please share it with them.    I wish you a week filled with so much compassion! Both for yourself and those in your life!   With Gratitude,   Michelle     MichelleZarrin.com  info@MichelleZarrin.com  Instagram:  www.instagram.com/michelle_zarrin/  Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Michelle-Zarrin-490548611007735/   

Dear Newsletter Family,
 
No matter where you live in the world, I’m sure you heard of at least one of the suicides that happened last week.
 
I was a little familiar with the story of Kate Spade because I had listened to an interview she did with Guy Raz on his Podcast How I Built This. Her story and perseverance drew me in. And I definitely felt inspired by her.
 
Click here to listen to that interview.
 
Unfortunately, I was not very familiar with Anthony Bourdain. I knew of him. But I was not a regular viewer of his show(s).
 
But I wish I did view his shows. The amount of outpouring over his passing on social media was tremendous. From what people wrote, he had truly broadened their perspectives of food, culture and life.
 
And the issue of mental health has definitely taken a front seat since last week.
 
I will not be gearing the message of this newsletter towards mental health. Yet, the underlying message of most of my teachings are geared towards the issues of mental, emotional and spiritual health.
 
What I do want to address in this newsletter is the topic of
COMPASSION.
 
Last week we experienced two people who had what seemed like a good life on the outside, commit suicide.
 
It was a stark reminder that we never know what a person is truly dealing with on the inside.
 
We live in a world full of illusions.
 
People are presenting a good version of themselves no matter how they’re feeling on the inside... Be it on social media or in day to day interactions.
 
And a lot of people have mastered the art of covering their pain.
 
But what if for one minute we looked at each person and truly saw their full story?
 
What if we saw:

Their pain

Their fear

Their worries

 
Saw them as a human being.
 
Even if they do not show their pain, fear or worries to us, what if we imagined them in that way?
 
Because the truth is pain, fear and worry are just a few of the most common issues every person deals with.
 
Yes, there are phases in life when all goes well. All is smooth.
 
But there MANY phases in life when all is not well. All is not smooth.
 
So I ask you to make an exercise out of this:

 

Each day, choose one person to focus on… A person that has randomly come down your feed on social media. Or a person you are face to face with – a stranger, or someone you know.

Take one minute to truly look at this person. SEE this person.

Understand this person has gone through pain, maybe even worse than pain you’ve ever endured.

Understand this person may be up at night, restless with worry.

Understand this person may have a health issue they are dealing with. Or someone very close to them has a health issue they may be dealing with.

What if this person recently divorced or broke up with someone?

What if this person recently had someone close to them pass away?

The list goes on…

 
What I ask is that you truly SEE this person. FEEL this person.
 
Feel compassion for this person. Feel love for this person.
 
Do this exercise once a day for thirty days. And experience how your heart will grow just a little more each time you do this exercise.
 
We are all on this journey called life. No one gets out without pain to some degree. Just because they may not show or share their pain does not mean they are not going through it.
 
Have patience.
Have compassion.
Have love.
 
Days 11-20 of my meditation series 20/20 Meditate for Peace are in line with what I'm talking about here. Meditate or listen to Days 11-20.
 
Click here to begin Day 11 on Insight Timer.

And if there is anything you would like to talk to me about, get guidance from me on, I'm here for you. I have a coaching program suitable for one time concerns or ongoing coaching.


Click here  to learn more about my coaching program.
 
If you know of anyone who could benefit from the message of this newsletter, please share it with them.
 
I wish you a week filled with so much compassion! Both for yourself and those in your life!
 
With Gratitude,
 
Michelle
 
 
MichelleZarrin.com
info@MichelleZarrin.com
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