The news last night was very scary. Even my chocolate was telling me to Take a Deep Breath!
Years ago I stopped watching the news before bed so that I didn't have to fill my head with the pain and suffering in the world before I tried to close my eyes. I forget that people share "news" on Facebook.
I am sad for the family that lost their son.
I am sad for the officer who has killed someone's son.
I am sad for the community that is hurting and suffering so deeply.
I am sad for the business owners who have lost their places of business, their inventory, their safety & security and their livelihood.
I am sad for the employees who have lost their jobs due to their employer's being burned down.
I am holding love in my heart for everyone that is hurting.
I flipped open Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein this morning and it opened to #31 Be A Lighthouse. This chapter was written after children died in Sandy Hook, CT. Gabrielle was in a class with others on meditation and her teacher told them "You must not be the victim, you must be the lighthouse." To feel the emotions of sadness and grief, but to not dwell there. Instead to fill their hearts with love and to pray.
That is what I am doing today, filling my heart with love and sending out prayers of peace. I don't have to understand what each person is feeling that has lead to the violence. Truly, I don't have to. I am not being asked to justify what is going on. I am being asked to send energy of love and peace to that town.
I pray for the violence to end.