I usually don't get caught up in news tragedies, but last night's massacre in Colorado has been heavy on my mind today. I can't help but imagine how many people I love who were excited to see a midnight showing of Batman. I'm glad none of them happened to be in Aurora, Colorado.
And while we can say that the killer will be brought to justice, can that ever be enough? The suffering of a killer can in no way erase the suffering of moms, dads, siblings, and friends who lost someone last night.
The best we can do in the face of any tragedy that we see from a distance is to not let the darkness overtake us. Telling yourself that the world is full of madmen only lessens your awareness of those who act with love.
Since we cannot erase what has happened, we must simply move forward in the rhythm of our everyday lives. Here are the words that are calming my soul today:
Practice peace in every moment. Speak highly of yourself and others. Do things that are good, all in the name of service. Put the needs of others before your own. Let go of petty inconveniences and see a slow-moving line as a chance to find something to be grateful for. Tell those around you that you love them. Make sure they know why. Hug tightly. Anger slowly. Forgive quickly. Strive for nonviolence towards all beings in thought, word, and deed.
And most of all, send love-whether through words, action, or thought-towards those in need (including yourself!) every chance you get.