In a world of violence, LOVE WINS. Every. Single. Time.
"In the face of hate and violence, we will love another.
We will not give in to fear or turn against each other.
Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us."
— President Obama (on the tragic shooting in Orlando).
On Sunday, June 12th, 49 people were violently murdered, and another 53 were injured during an shootout at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, with ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack.
The day before, Christina Victoria Grimmie, an American singer and songwriter, known for her participation in the NBC singing competition The Voice was murdered after a concert performance in Orlando, Florida. After shooting Grimmie, the murderer took his own life.
Acts of violence like these leave survivors and communities devastated — grasping to understand why this happens.
It is SO easy — so seemingly justifiable — to allow our confusion and grief to meld into anger and revenge. But in these times, we must endeavor to hold fast.
Most of us understand that an act of violence against another is — on a soul-level — an act of violence against ourselves and ALL of humanity. We are interconnected.
Whether we are attune to it or not, the life and death of one of us, affects all of us.
Although there is seemingly no connection between the nightclub attack and the murder of Christina Grimmie, both men pre-meditated these murders and drove to Orlando to carry out their intentions. BOTH of these men operated out of FEAR and HATE.
They had no capacity for self-love, and therefore had no capacity to extend compassion to anyone else.
Self-love is the key to ending such heinous crimes. When we love and honor ourselves, our self-love bubbles over into love for others.
When we extend kindness, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, gratitude, hugs and kisses to our fellow humans — THAT is when we end violence.
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we honor our grief, send our prayers and respect to those whose lives were lost and the families and loved ones left behind, let us also ask ourselves — What ONE thing can we begin to do TODAY to show ourselves more love?
What one thing can we begin to do today to show others kindness, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, gratitude and love? It is only by engaging in these mindful conscious practices that we begin — one person at a time — to shift our world out of violence and into a world of peace, joy ... and ultimately love.
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