It’s at times like this when our country is left with the resounding question “why?” that we are reminded life itself is fragile and the moment of our death is unpredictable at best. We have no control over our future and can only hope for the safety of our loved ones and ourselves as we journey along our paths.
During these moments it’s easy to dwell in the collective outrage that begins to surface and crowd our puzzled psyches. It’s hard for the majority of us to understand how a human being can possibly be so evil. We feel helpless. We swell with sadness and anger and our wish is justice for those innocent souls who were injured or met with such an untimely and violent end. We relish, at least for the moment, the fact that our own loved ones are still safe and within reach for us to embrace, to cherish, to love.
What we often fail to remember during these heart-wrenching times is the amount of beauty and good that still exists within our world. When we contrast that with evil, it is easy to get swept up in the dark shadows that lurk along the edges. But when we place our focus on the light, it’s harder to see those shadows and so much easier to heal our broken world.
With a background in martial arts, I am a firm believer in our ability to reshape energy (chi) both as individuals and as a collective. When we focus on the beauty and kindness in this world we are giving our fellow humans the most wonderful gift. That kindness and that love begins to swell and brings with it healing and a deep sense of peace. We might never find all the answers to the questions we seek but we have the opportunity to make this world a much better place by remaining focused on all the good that is in it.
My heart wraps all those effected by the events in Boston with a blanket of love. May you dwell in the kindness and the comfort of your fellow humans and find healing and peace.