Grief is the Doorway
Grief is a doorway to greater love, if we will go through it and allow it to change us.
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
The devastating news of the past weeks, the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton has left many of us feeling at such a loss to know what to do and how to feel. We feel frustrated, angry, and deeply sad for those who have lost their lives, for their families and for our country, no matter what our political persuasion. What can we do as individuals? Some of us are inspired to action and some of us don't know what action to take next. One important action that we all can take is to spend some time in silence. When we can take time to calm our minds, we can rest in the peace that is innate to us all. When the thought waves are calmed, we can discern what the next right action is to take. When the thought waves are calmed we can get in touch with the compassion and love that is at the core of our being. That love and compassion is energy that is passed on like ripples on a lake. We each can be the presence of peace and love in our families and in our communities. As more and more of us are the peaceful presence and act from that place instead of from anger, it will change us and change the world around us for the better. Take time to experience your grief and allow your practice of meditation to support you in moving through it. Let the deep silence speak to you and support you in being the presence of love and compassion in the world.