This Monday, I wrapped up running a dedication of 26.2 miles ran in honor of each person impacted by the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line earlier this month. Being a runner and having called Boston home for a number of years, the attacks hit close to home for me and got me thinking even more about how we all cope with tragedy
What strikes me about all the major tragedies I have witnessed in my lifetime is the immediate outpouring of love and compassion that ensue. Like white blood cells rushing healing power to a wound, with each bombing, earthquake, tsunami or terrorist attack we witness equal opposing forces that seek to heal. As if by divine program, during and after these events our global community shows an outpouring of love, unity and compassion.
This is how we heal. We heal through compassion, connection, and in recognizing our unity.
When tragedy hits, do you see the silver lining? Most of us, in addition to the sorrow and grief, feel a sudden surge of gratitude for all that we do have and feel genuine care and compassion for those who have lost the most. Tragedy has a way of bringing humanitarian and spiritual questions to the forefront. Why are we here? How can I connect and be of service to those who are hurting? What will I do with this one precious life?
Here is the GREAT news about it all:
WE DO NOT NEED A TRAGEDY, ENEMY OR CRISIS TO BRING US TOGETHER.
Yes, really. We do not need pain to bring us together, but we DO need awareness. Lots of it. If we consciously ask ourselves these bigger questions everyday and live with perspective of our fragility and interconnectedness, recognizing the graceful gifts we already have, we can live our lives in a way that helps bring about healing within us and around us.
In order to ignite healing forces in ourselves and the world, let’s take a moment to ponder the following:
1. The fragility of human life.
2. Our undeniable interconnection with each other, with all beings, and with the earth.
3. The power of love to heal and the power of our minds to create solutions.
As former President John F Kennedy Jr. stated, “Any person will awaken when the house is burning down.” (tweet that;). Any healthy person will feel compassion and be moved to share, to help and to connect when tragedy strikes. Really though, we don’t need to wait.
How can you awaken today?
How can you reach out with love and compassion to your friends, neighbors and community.. and to yourself?
How can you contribute to building a web of love, caring and relationships that help us to grow, thrive and recover when disaster strikes?
Answer these questions out loud, on paper, and leave a comment below to share your ideas! We are all a part of this world and its healing so your voice is important and needs to be heard!
Much love to you,