Join Lady Gaga for a Live Instagram Meditation In Response to the Las Vegas Shooting
Lady Gaga is promoting peace during a truly tragic time.
Lately, it seems like you can't go more than a day or two without thinking, "the world is a scary place." Last night's shooting at a country concert in Las Vegas-what's being called one of the deadliest in U.S. history, killing more than 50 people-is just another example of the scary stuff that seems to be happening left and right.
While people respond to such tragedies in various ways, Lady Gaga is encouraging people to try her method of coping: meditation. The singer is hosting a live 20-minute meditation on Instagram today at 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET) in an attempt to spread love, not hate.
"If you choose to meditate with me I will explain how meditation is important in my life and how I practice it before we get started," she wrote. "It will be very helpful to be in a quiet dark space, but anywhere is fine as long as we're together."
Meditation might indeed be beneficial in tragic times. Research shows that mindfulness and meditation can work like real pain meds in treating emotional pain. It can also help decrease your stress level, anxiety, and depression that you may be feeling in the moment-and long term, if you keep at it.
She posted another Instagram with the mantras she'll be using during the meditation: "I am calm, I am light, I am loved, I am OK." (Try her mantras or one of these suggestions from mindfulness experts.) Gaga explains that she usually alternates between two different mantras when she meditates, which she finds to be helpful in calming down her nervous system. "Otherwise, silence and prayer are all welcome," she writes. "This is time for you and us to come together in unity and peace."
She also posted an Instagram promoting the family reunification center and hotline, as well as a call to donate blood.
If you're not interested in following along with Gaga, try your own de-stressing meditation, or use japa meditation (the kind with a mantra) to help yourself feel centered, in spite what's going on around you.
And please, don't stop at inner peace. Contact your senators and read more about activism on Everytown for Gun Safety.