When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.
– Dalai Lama
A week ago, news rang of the heart-wrenching attack in Brussels. And over the weekend, we heard of the tragic suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan... Unfortunately, these sorts of horrific stories are not folklore from an historic age – they’re happening all around the world.
As I sit and reflect on this reality, I’m broken for humankind.
So much of the Earth’s history is full of tales just as this. One group killing another under the guise of a righteous cause. It’s easy, now, to point fingers at a certain religion, race or region of the world. But the truth is, most every group has fallen into this trap at one point in time.
And so, we must not hate. For hatred in response to hatred only breed more tragedy. In fact, it’s an acknowledgement that violence must be the answer… But we know that it’s not. It never has been. No, we must take a different approach – a position of forgiveness, love and healing.
Because, at the end of the day, we’re all searching for the same things – purpose, acceptance and a reason to both live and die. What we really need is quite evident: healing.
Healing from our misguided causes. Healing from the pain of tragedy. Healing from the feeling of loneliness, unworthiness and emptiness. Yes, healing. True healing is what humans have been searching for since the beginning – and perhaps it’s been within our grasp all along.
Sending Healing to Others
“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't live in a world all of your own.”
― Albert Schweitzer
Oftentimes it feels like we cannot help others if we ourselves aren’t whole. But I don’t think that’s entirely accurate. In fact, what if our empathy actually strengthens the healing we give?
If you’re reading this and know of someone hurting from this recent tragedy – or another recent tragedy that didn’t make world news – I’d like to go through these steps with me… It’s a simple exercise that anyone can do to send healing energy to someone else.
- Find a secluded, quiet space.
- Relax and start to breathe deeply.
- Rest your hands over your heart.
- Ask for healing energy to be sent to specific names, groups, organizations, etc.
- Continue breathing deeply and imagine golden light showering those people.
- Picture their lives as happy, healthy and filled with positivity and love.
- Hold onto this thought as you trust in the healing energy.
- Close with a feeling of gratitude and confidence that the healing is done.
I’ve found that going through this simple exercise not only sends healing energy to others, but also helps my mind, body and spirit to feel calm, fulfilled and full of love.
Moving Forward in Love
“We each have the power to give. It’s the most gratifying feeling ever. By reaching out to help another human being you're sending ripples of positive change.”
― Dana Arcuri
What happened in Brussels will most likely not be the last tragedy in our lifetime. Unfortunately, it may not even be the last one this year, or even this month. We cannot control the actions that others take; it’s beyond our power.
But we can control our reaction.
I’d like to challenge us to all live a life full of love, forgiveness and empathy. It’s not always easy, but it’s the only way to truly feel the fullness of vitality life has to offer.
To all the family and friends of those that were lost in this attack, may healing energy find its way to you; that you may feel peace in the midst of devastation and love in a time of grief. And for the hundreds more that were injured, may you find peace, hope and love; that your life be ever-changed in the most positive of ways, not filled with hatred but with thankfulness, forgiveness and compassion. And, last but not least, to anyone and everyone that has ever been the victim of an attack, may you find peace, rest and fulfillment every day of your life.