As the days get shorter and the world events escalate, I am reminded by the bumper sticker “What would Jesus do” to step out of the typical reactions and actions of daily life and pause for a moment. Pause in order to make a choice about what thoughts, words and deeds I wish to create. A choice which reflects on all of me- my heart, mind, spirit, feelings and image of what I wish to create in the world. It can be so especially hard in the aftermath of the senseless violence that is happening daily around the globe, only some of which reaches us and moves us to connect and act.
How can I learn to love those that bring so much pain and destruction?
And yet isn’t that what Jesus did? He brought the light to those that needed it most.
And the Dalia Lama when asked about his lack of anger towards the Chinese “…replied something to the effect that: “They have taken everything from us; should I let them take my mind as well?” (from Wherever You Go There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn p.49 great passage on peace)
I know that I am not Mother Theresa or Ghandi, not yet!!! However, they are models of compassion and peace in action that I can aspire to. It is a practice that doesn’t ignore the anger, but harnesses and transforms it into thought and action that creates more peace and the least amount of harm. A compassion that is not limited to friends or country, but is extended to everyone, even if their actions are considered destructive and evil. A compassion that holds them accountable while remembering their true nature that lies somewhere beneath the layers of ignorance.
UPDATE: Here is a link to what the Dalai Lama did say – praying is not the answer
om shanti, om shanti, om shanti
peace, peace, peace