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It is Sunday night, after watching a Hallmark
“Christmas in July” movie, Ann grabs the
remote and says, "let’s check with CNN and
see what happened today," fully expecting
and hoping for an uneventful news cycle.
Before I could say - ok, or please no - I was
watching the gruesome news that three
Baton Rouge police officers had been shot
and killed earlier in the day - assassinated
while responding to a bogus call from an
out of state attacker, with at least three
other officers seriously injured.
The conclusion to one of the worst weeks
of carnage I can remember in my lifetime,
a week full of terrorism, racial hatred,
political unrest, and just plain madness.
Quite frankly, our world was unraveling.
So, I wake Monday morning and meditate,
asking for guidance on how I, we, all of us
might constructively respond to, approach,
and hopefully, eventually, circumvent this
ongoing pattern of daily disaster.
The response, listed below, titled Wrong
Reflection at first seems clearly escapist,
but after some consideration, I realize
our current fixation with violence in all
forms, as well as the anger, hatred, and
institutionalized meanness, requires a
radical reconceiving, at least on the
spiritual level, hopefully helping us to
stop attracting and perpetuating our own
madness. It is time, I believe, for a new
vision, a more purified reflection: a world
of sanity rather than violent extremes –
a world worthy of refection.
Look away, divert your focus,
refusing to entertain the tragic
consequences of wrong reflection,
the work of madness given form
by frequent rumination, refusing
to speculate on the ways and means
for fixing what is broken, and instead,
reflect actively on what is desirable,
positive, worthy and valuable: stepping
within this vision, clarifying even
the minutest detail, feel the refreshing
breeze of hope, of compassion, empathy
returned; letting it surround you, flush
through you, breathe it in until you are
one with it; know this conscious vision
will, slowly, erase the despair, when
held in unison with all those who choose
harmony, peace, and compassion –
forthrightness; look away, divert
the focus, each and every time it hurts
your soul; look away and within until
this shared vision takes tangible form;
until kindness resurfaces one magical
moment at a time, until, like a wave,
a new presence forms, restores and
revitalizes this existence, this life.
NOE G. 7.18.2016
WITH LOVE, G.