As we continue this very different journey, maybe we’re beginning to settle into it and finding ways of coping using different tools that have presented themselves. Finding encouragement in solidarity that we are all in this together—no one is different or exempt. Some people have been hit so hard with sickness and loss, and our hearts go to them. We put our hopes forward that everyone will be able to meet the needs of their families. We witness people helping people, and are touched by it. We honor those who have gotten us through and who continue to do so. All of this brings a sense of togetherness and connection.
And now, a completely opposite sense is emerging because of one discriminative action that claimed the life of a man. No one — who could have — did anything to stop it. There are those who have been taught to be this way, as hard as that might be for me to accept. I know that discrimination of any sort has no place in this world. And violent reactions take away the focus from this belief central to humanity. I have been sending out intentions during this week for a collective change of heart and ask that you join me every day.
Send love out to all who feel rage and anger and defeat. The power of love is all we must use to quell the hatred, soften the harsh tone of unrest and stop the violence. Ask that people put things into perspective and not see a sea of people but each as an individual. I must believe that the number of those who hate and do wrong is fewer than those who don’t. And that the deep divisions that seem to be always there although dormant at times, can be mended with genuine leadership, education and moral example.
Let people come together in peace to make their voices heard. Send the intentions out as many times as you can think of it for love and peace. And for every single person on this earth to see the heart in the other person, not anything else. We are all joined by our humanity, our hearts, that common thread.
May there be a wave of equanimity that reaches those who react in violence. And let the attention be paid to acts of courage where voices say loud and clear to respect one another and rejoice in love.
“One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel all right.”
May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.
By Paulette Mancuga
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