How has 2017 been for you? I can tell by my own social media feeds that the tension is not dissipating for most.

Why am I bringing this up? Not to talk about my political viewpoint, that’s for sure. What I do want to share are some ways we can bring peace back to our lives, relationships and social media feeds.

Here are four things you can do to make YOUR world a bit more peaceful:

– Take a break – Our brains aren’t designed to handle the constant bombardment of news, causes, arguments, and opinions. I meditate to get away from the stresses of the day. I turn off social media to get away from the stressed of the world. It’s ok to take a time out.

– Don’t engage – ‘You don’t have to attend every argument to which you are invited’. If someone starts resorting to name calling, or lacks the respect to hear your point of view, simply don’t engage. It’s not worth your energy.

– Be compassionate – Everyone has a story, and their own foundation for their viewpoints. I recently had the most beautiful discussion with someone who couldn’t be more opposite than I on many issues. We were able to discuss them, recognize each other’s points of view, and agree to disagree. That’s why they make vanilla and chocolate. We aren’t supposed to be clones, but we are supposed to try to understand each other – lovingly.

– Remember who you are – I could break out into my favorite song from Moana on this one (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend!). We are all a combination of light and dark. I have my dark days – where I get salty and sassy. I just don’t live there. I remember that I am a being of light. That I am here to share my light with others, and to spread love. Remember who you are. You are not inherently angry – even if a situation makes you feel that way. You are love.

Sending all of you SOUL much love!