I am watching coverage of the tragedy in Orlando last night, and the mass shooting at PRISM. As I watch, I feel my heart just breaking. And I grieve not only for the victims’ families, for their friends and for the LGBTQ community - also I grieve for our brokenness as a people. I grieve for human beings so locked in pain that they will do these acts. As a mother of sons, my heart breaks for the mothers who lost theirs. The pain all the way around is just devastating.
We held our usual Meditation this morning at A Place of Peace - focused on compassion. We lifted Orlando and this time in history to the light, as we called in the silence with our Tibetan Singing Bowls. The quotes below, shared this morning, seem spot on.
…an excerpt from E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity: “As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time.”
“Especially in times of darkness, that is the time to love, that an act of love may tip the balance.” Elie Wiesel
A mother’s cry early this morning as she awaits her only son whom she soon learns has died in an act of hate: “Please, let’s all just try to get along…we’re all on this earth for such a very short time….can’t we please let’s get rid of the hate and the violence.” Bless her heart!
Bless the hearts of all who grieve - bless the hearts of all of the LGBTQ communities world wide, bless the hearts of those oppressed, and the hearts of oppressors as well. Bless the hearts of the bigoted and the hearts of those who embrace. This moment brings such a very deep need for healing. I pray we will come into a collective consciousness of compassion, wisdom, creation and peace that together claims healing for our world. We each have gifts to offer unto this process of healing.
May we know deep within that we are, each one of us, a part of this troubled human family. May we not see our Muslim brothers and sisters, or any others who look or act differently than us, as part of what happened last night, as less than, or to be feared. May we continue to hold fast to our dreams of an inclusive world consciousness. May we hold fast to Love over Hate. May we walk our talk and work in Peace.
A Place of Peace is within.
Peace to your heart!