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Even Now, Especially Now, We Can Make a Difference

Jesus Christ. I’m not sure if that’s a cry of anguish or a cry for help. Both, I think.

I just read about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and I’m sitting here, like most of you probably are, feeling an intense ache in my heart for those who are dealing with the shockwaves of grief from this horrific tragedy.

Unimaginable

I find myself saying that a lot lately. Unimaginable. There seems to be a disproportionate amount of loss, separation and grief in our world today. And when the unimaginable becomes reality, fear and anger tend to creep into the crevices of our thoughts.

Forgiveness

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to our well-being and the awakening of our planet as a whole that we forgive and release what causes us anger, fear and grief. The Amish taught the world this beautiful lesson after the tragic school-house shooting in their community six years ago.

Forgiveness is not something we offer to others. It is a gift we give to ourselves, a spaciousness only we can create in the world around us.

While it is perhaps the most difficult challenge we face, it is also the most important. It uplifts our world from the anguish of these terrible moments and shines Divine, healing light where it’s needed the most.

Faith

It’s not easy, and I’ve no roadmap to offer you. But I know that if we all stand together on this day, holding hands and hearts as we do, and send loving energy of compassion, forgiveness and release to all those who are suffering, we can help ease their pain.

This circle of healing light must also be extended to the soul of the young man in whose hands this grief began. He was only 24 years old. What must have happened, what immense pain, sorrow, confusion, fear, desperation must he have experienced, to bring him to this day? Today. His final day on this Earthly plane.

Drink in the faith that you can make a meaningful difference in the lives around you. Know that you hold all the healing energy the world needs in this moment. You are far from helpless and even farther from being alone. I’m here, too. Will you take my hand today and stand with me in a circle of loving hope, healing and release?

I’m going to walk in the woods now, they are calling me. I will meet you there. I love you.

 

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

11 comments
Bad Swami
Bad Swami

Such a profound tragedy. I am part of the Sikh community that was attacked recently. The effects of these events will be felt for generations. Especially sad when children are involved. My prayers go out to them.

Bad Swami
Bad Swami

The pain of this event is profound and will be felt by many for a long time. I am part of the Sikh community that was attacked recently in a similar manner. It's even more painful when children are involved. My prayers go to all the affected families.

zografispaula
zografispaula

The pool of sadness just gets deeper - but once it is over your head, does it even matter how deep it is? No, what matters is that we stay afloat and help one another drain the pool and find a way to have more peace in our hearts and less of the sadnesses that can be prevented.

Ellen Berg
Ellen Berg

Learning about this tragedy just before 25 of my students walked into my classroom made it all too real for me.  The kindergarteners on campus with us waddling by to lunch with rain boots and hopping into puddles.  A recent incident with an armed man in a park a block away that set us on lockdown.  It is easy to gravitate to anger or despair, but as my friend Sara posted, what we need now is more love, and yes, that extends to the young man who perpetrated this horrible deed.  I thought of him and his pain, the thing that brought him to the place where he thought this was the only thing to do.  Because here's the thing:  opening our hearts to him does not mean we excuse or soften his actions.  What he did was horrific.  But keeping our hearts open, extending our compassion to even him, is what allows us to continue to believe we can make a difference in the world instead of succumbing to the paralysis of fear. 

saraho
saraho

Thank you for this Jenny. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I've been meditating and sending healing....but it's just so hard to reconcile. I'm standing in that Circle!!

lynnetolk
lynnetolk

I'm with you, Jenny.  Thanks for this post.  All four of my grandkids are in that age range.  I'm comforting my daughter and sending prayers to all people, but especially to those whose lives were just shattered this morning.  I love you, too.

JennyBBones
JennyBBones moderator

 @saraho Thank you Sarah, for standing with me. And I know, it's impossible to reconcile. Just as beauty simply *is*, so is this, whatever this is...I guess...words, they just don't work so well at times like this. Hugs do, though. *hugs*

JennyBBones
JennyBBones moderator

 @lynnetolk Thank you Lynne. Again, 'unimaginable' is the only word I can come up with to describe what they all must be going through. As I read your post I heard: sending prayers isn't just all we can do, it's the most important thing we can do. You're a beautiful soul.

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