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The shooting in Aurora, Colorado early this morning is the topic of the day all over the nation, including here in Central Oregon.  Bend counselor Jane Meyers says  most people have to go through a process to understand and comprehend what happened, and how you use that information can either be helpful to you, or bring out very negative feelings.  "The empathy is certainly well placed. But we have to be very vigilant with what we do with our minds and the images that we let into it. Like if you just sit in front of the television and you just marinate, and you see those images over and over again. And you focus on oh it's so awful oh it's so awful, you're going to feed that drama, and you're going to make it even more likely that it will happen again, because it's where you're giving your attention." 

 

Meyers says the concept of "circling the wagons" in a national tragedy is very real, and Americans are very good at it. "You know and it's unfortunate that we need something like that to bring us together. But that is a positive outcome.  Our country is one of the best in terms of, we show up when something happens for people."

 

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