It is my belief that the challenge for us all when we are faced today with such toxic and horrific violence as described here - which is ever increasing - is to Not add to or absorb this violence and return it in any form. At least this is my challenge - how to use and channel my outrage, horror, shock, frustration, fears, and grief in ways which ground me ever more deeply in my spiritual practice and the commitment to alleviating the suffering in the world.
When news such as this arises, my ongoing prayer is that we will recognize the choice to become even more conscious and fierce about standing firmly rooted in truth and wisdom, courage and kindness, compassion and caring, connection and consciousness, healing and wholeness, and love. We can consciously choose to be the peace our world hungers for. Every single time we are faced with any of the many forms of violence which plague our culture and planet, this is what I believe the invitation is for us - to become the alchemist who transforms such darkness into blessing. It can be done. And this transformation and healing of our world begins within the hearts, minds, and souls of each and every one of us.
Bless us all - Molly
"When we hold on to our opinions with aggression, no matter how valid our cause, we are simply adding more aggression to the planet, and violence and pain increase. Cultivating nonaggression is cultivating peace." - Pema Chödrön