A Mindful Response to Las the Vegas Shooting

Written by on October 3, 2017 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 1 Comment

I was rocked by the news of the shootings in Las Vegas over the weekend. I was shaken, dismayed, confused, and worried. I have close family who live in Vegas and fortunately for them, they were nowhere near the shooting.

In the face of such horror, it’s easy for anyone to become reactive with fear, anger, scarcity, and to become insular and closed off. But I think an alternative way of being, a way that speaks to everyone’s higher selves, rather than being reactive, might be to be responsive, a quality characterized with compassion, concern, assertive action, openness, acceptance, and inclusiveness.

My deep wish is that such violence never occurs. However if it does, let this tragedy be a catalyst for us all to wake us from mindlessly living an insular life, thinking we are separate from our neighbor, and let’s call upon our higher selves to raise those around us, to open our hearts to a greater capacity of love, and to improve our community rather than perpetuate the negativity of such horror with thoughts of vicious retribution and fear.

For the sake of personal and collective healing, I invite us all to start close in. Start with yourself. First, ground yourself through affirming practices like yoga and meditation. Allow the introspection of these practices to be the tool to help you acknowledge all the ways your heart, mind, and body feel about the event. Start by simply acknowledging the fear, anger, grief, etc. Rather than ignoring those things, welcome them, recognizing them as a part of you. Then simply position your self-awareness as the witness to those things.

Use the meditation and observation qualities of yoga to find the bigger part of yourself, the part that is larger than those reactive emotions, the part of you that can be responsive, and the part of you that acknowledges your own innate goodness, the same innate goodness that everyone has.

Then take this practice off the mat to touch those around you. Try to see the world with its beauty, love, and inherent perfection, the way you might look at a 2-year old. Get involved. Send love. Practice compassion. Meditate and pray for not only those injured and killed but also the neighbor next door to you who is sick or just lost a loved one.

Sidewalk Practice:

Walk down the sidewalk and notice something nice, pretty, or admirable about every person you pass. “That person looks great in yellow. This guy looks like a good dad with his little kid. That dress looks great on that woman,” etc. If you’re brave enough, politely offer these compliments out loud to the people you pass. You’ll start a chain reaction of awesomeness and goodwill that will extend beyond anything you can imagine.

Yes, this is a small effort compared to the horrors of the Las Vegas shootings but it’s reach is broad and expansive and will help to heal your heart as will begin to connect us rather than divide us.


Here’s one of my favorite yogic chants called the Peace Chant.


The Peace Chant

From the Taittiyria Upanisad


Om Sa ha na va va tu

Saha nau bhunaktu

Saha viryam kara va va hai

Tejas vi na vadhi tomastu

Ma vid vi sa va hai

Om Shantih, shantih, shantih.


May the divine protect us while we are together.

May all obstacles be removed which stand in the way of our understanding the truth that all is one and there is no division or separation between us.

May we grasp this understanding with full comprehension and without doubt so all misunderstanding is dissolved within us.


May we not cherish hatred anger or displeasure.

May our hearts be full of love and may perfect friendship reign between us.


May the space around us be free of fear.

May the east and west, north and south be free of fear.

May the earth be free of fear.

May the past and future be free of fear.


May we have no foes. May we all be friends. And may the entire human race unite in one fearless friendship.


Om peace peace peace.


Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in New York City and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.

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  1. patricbr@iafrica.com' Padraigin Eagle says:

    “Horror, tragedy, terror, terrorists”, inanity, the standard fare hoax rigged reality, no-one died while bought and souled crisis actors lied, yet Scott Moore nearly cried, unconcious life news, just what will it take to provide the clues that will awaken the asheep stirred and shaken, from Sandy Crook to the Boston no-bombing, Newclown and the Lube job too, London Bridge is falling down, give me a break, your heads surely not that far in the brown!

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