April 16, 2013
I want to take a moment with you this morning to give attention to the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday in Boston, MA. Let’s just stop for a moment. Stop reading. Close your eyes. Be still and breathe. Find your center and breathe. Send a positive thought to those affected.
We’re all affected. Perhaps not in a personal way. But, this happened and it impacts every one of us.
A quick survey of my social divination tools, Facebook, Twitter and G+ early last evening clearly revealed the impact this event had. The emotional responses ranged from outrage to disbelief, angst, anger, fear, panic, paranoia, apathy, grief, hopelessness and even some self-satisfied, “I told you so’s.” Calls to action included donations of blood (the Red Cross says they have enough so please don’t flood the blood banks), to demands for justice, war, prayers for peace and compassion for victims and families to curses against the perpetrators and even the sending of “white light” to the bomber(s).
We’re all affected.
Far be it from me to tell anyone how to interpret these events. I suspect that our outrage, our desire for revenge and our proclivity to call for more violence doesn’t really serve us.
Anger is an ally. It tells us something is wrong. Our outrage at random acts of violence feels justified. It’s easy to go to the place of dread, panic or paranoia. It’s almost a default setting to shut down our responses.
I would ask though, that we continue to ground and return to Center. That we enter a state of stillness deep enough to access our core response to this violence (and all violence). Can we find the courage to sink beneath our adrenaline-fed emotional states and access our grief? Below the anger, disbelief, apathy and panic, lies grief. It is seeded by Love.
Love for humanity. Love for the strangers wounded or killed and their friends and families. Love for the people who witnessed in person and through the media. Love for the first responders. Love for the city of Boston. Love for humanity — even in the midst of violence.
From the deep well of love (that might make you weep, which is appropriate), flow compassion and connection. Open your heart. Stay with your center. Here lies the wisdom concerning correct action. Follow that wisdom with the actions which arise naturally from it. Every action taken from that deep well–no matter how small or seemingly insignificant–has an impact as great as those bombs exploding. This is your Power in a time when we are angered by our sense of powerlessness.
Love is stronger than fear.
Bless this Life and make it right.