I felt helpless, anxious and upset

It is really difficult to know what to write to you today.

Last week here in Boston was shocking, unsettling and emotionally painful. And that’s just for those of us who were not physically injured or personally affected by the events that took place.

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look here at Boston.com.)

In talking with my colleagues here at The Healing Center, I found out that I was not the only one who felt helpless to do anything, unusually anxious and upset.  We all struggled to stay grounded and centered, even though we are “experts” at stuff like that. None of us were immune to the overwhelming intensity of events that unfolded in our greater MA community last week.

I am certain that we are not the only ones who are struggling with the multi-faceted emotions as we process the events of last week.  I have moved past feeling fearful and unsafe into feeling sadness and anger.

And wow is this anger uncomfortable. I’m not used to being angry at all, but as one of my dear friends who also happens to be a therapist reminded me, sometimes it’s appropriate to be angry.  So I’m trying to just be with it, witness it and not take it out on people in my life too much.

I am way more comfortable with the deep feelings of compassion and concern I have for all the bombing survivors in Boston who are just beginning to figure out how they are going to live without missing limbs and recover from their emotional and physical injuries.

It feels very important to me not to forget them as time moves on and we get back to our regularly scheduled lives.  They need, and deserve, ongoing support from us.  And we also need to create spaces where we can process and heal from what happened.

In this light, I’ve decided to commit to monthly Nourish your Heart & Soul circles for the rest of the year. These will be open to everyone on the 3rd Sunday of each month starting in May.  We will use this space to center and ground, to do the work to heal our hearts, and come together to gather donations for One Fund Boston for the survivors.

I’ll have more details for you about the circles and upcoming classes, etc… with me next week.

I spent a lot of extra time in my classes this week helping my students ground, center and signal to their bodies that they are no longer in danger.   It is ok, even important, for us to find our centers, even while we are processing the events from last week.

If you find yourself struggling to get back to center, to ground, to handle your emotions, ask someone like me for help.  My basic grounding meditation may help (download mp3 by clicking here), and if that’s not enough contact me at 978-338-5571 orinfo@joannascaparotti.com for a one-on-one session.

Thinking of you,


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