How painful and difficult it is to hear of the violence that took away the lives of 26 precious human beings, 20 of whom were little children.
We experience the full gamut of human emotion in response; from rage to regret, from deepest sorrow to helplessness.
Yet, the most tragic outcome of last week’s killing would be for us all to rest in that feeling of helplessness.
It is true. There is nothing we can do to restore those lost lives. But as members of the human community we can and must be mindful of our responsibility in this matter.
President Obama has taken the lead. He has told us that he will not accept complacency and that a plan will be formulated and action will be taken.
What can you do?
You can make it clear to your elected officials that you expect action; that this violence and aggression is not acceptable.
But even those of us who cannot yet vote, can participate in transforming this country, and this planet, every day.
- Every time you refrain from criticism and judgment toward another human being, you transform the world into a better place.
- Every time you breathe mindfully and center, before you say something unkind;
- Every time you find a respectful and open-hearted way to express your hurt, uncomfortable or disappointed feelings;
- Every time you treat a child with kindness or intervene when someone is being abused;
- Every time you do this, with every mindful breath, you transform the world.
Breathing in the pain of this tragedy, I feel the sadness in my heart.
Breathing out I send lovingkindness to all who suffer.
Breathing in I am aware of the anger and aggression in my world.
Breathing out I intend to refrain from hurtful acts.
May we all find a way to be a part of the goodness in the universe, holding our own pain and transforming it into a source of healing.
May this information benefit you, those you love, and all sentient beings, everywhere.
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