As 2015 comes to an end, we can’t help but remember how heavy hearted and weighed down we felt by the acts of violence perpetrated here and abroad. At times the news gives us a sense of hopelessness about the world but, we also need to hold on to the good that can sometimes go unnoticed. In the last 50 years, there has been growing aversion to war, non-governmental organization helping those in need have sprouted all over the world and there is an expanding sense of being a global community.
When facing feelings of despair looking for beauty behind the madness can soothe our hearts. Even under the most difficult circumstances; it’s possible to connect with a memory or even an imaginary sense of beauty that knows of a higher calling. Irish poet John O’Donohue says that beauty can be the antidote to even the most pressing global crisis. When we engage the beautiful, it allows our hearts to awaken, we open to others and our life brightens with surprising courage. Beauty reminds us of what is transcendental, of what is infinite within us and is also a call to transform what is hard and wounded.
As a New Year’s resolution; make 2016 the year to consider all our fellow human beings our brothers and sisters. Each one of us can be part of making this a more peaceful world by just becoming aware of what moves us to create the separation between “them” and “me” that would justify any act of violence.
Happy Holidays and a Peaceful, Loving and Healthy 2016
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