“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
In times of extreme violence I turn to the great compassionate ones and wonder what they would say. What would (or have) The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, or Maya Angelou say in response to planned terror? Each having lived through their own moments of violence and come through it with deeper understanding.
I know that I will find the words and I will take them to heart.
I turn my awareness towards my self. Centering on gratitude... that I am the awareness behind the thoughts and emotions (not removed, just aware from that level of perception) and so the great compassionate one is within me, responding to the moment if I choose to turn to it.
“I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”
― Maya Angelou
I choose this.
I might resonate with what I see and experience or I can adjust the dimension of my perception, shift my awareness, and become the resonator seating my consciousness in a place or light. I am the vibration that lifts, that expands, that sends peace and offers healing to these moments of violence; and without judgement this can be as visceral or abstract as I experience it with intent, to create difference, to bring shift instead of terror.
I could, like the old me, wailing and come not from my center but "mauvaise foi." Yet... I cannot because I know that I always have choice and so can choose my way on many levels to turn the dial of my experience from reaction to action.
If you pray, send energy, intend, work light, vibrate... Now is the time to come together in light for these events in Boston, which take place around the world every day, that have come to our door reminding that violence is not the response we are looking for.
Look what it creates.
“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles."
― Mahatma Gandhi
Intend, pray, heal, send, vibrate the most compassionate.
- Extreme violence in Millwall end has football fading into irrelevance(roadfoggy.com)
- Twin explosions injure several at Boston marathon finish line(thenewstribe.com)
- At least 2 dead, 23 injured in explosions reported at Boston Marathon(pri.org)
- compassionate countermeasures (justdharmaquotes.wordpress.com)
- Compassion Begins with Self (inspire1life.com)