There has always been suffering in the world, but with faster and broader access to information we are bombarded with it to a degree never seen before. As a result, some people can only stick their heads in the sand, while others meet it with great courage and compassion (here’s looking at you Amal Clooney) and while the former is certainly an understandable reaction, to be able to healthily integrate this planet’s pain means to acknowledge, accept and respond with compassionate action, rather than turning a blind eye. We must be willing to feel each other’s pain (along with our own) and seek out community and support in order to host it. It is very important to voice our hurt, sadness and fears and be received by like-hearted individuals. From a yogic perspective the first step to alleviating the world's suffering is to address our own, as Gandhi said, “be the change you wish to see in the world”. In my opinion the best way to both tolerate and heal suffering is to work on one’s own capacity for patience, non-judgement, kindness and compassion. In just one person’s lifetime this can spread far and wide and inspire others to be the same. Responding to our actual situation (personally, globally and everything in between) with love and wisdom teaches us to accept things as they are while always working towards better.