I've spent the majority of my adult life trying to come to grips with the following mantra:
"ENLIGHTENMENT is the quiet acceptance of what is"
Most people older than myself know it as a different version; 'Che sara, sara', or 'whatever will be will be'. I happen to like the version that I mentioned better as it reminds me to keep striving to live an enlightened life (or some reasonable facsimile thereof). Trying to fully understand and live by this mantra is no easy task. It forces you to take a step back from questioning all that you may consider 'wrong' with your life and the world today and come to an understanding that it is all in perfect order. I GET IT. I understand that it's not the 'events' that happen to and around us during our journey called life, but 'how we process' it all. And to this point it really has helped me to get through not only difficult times in my life, but difficult times in 'our lives' as a member of our race...the human race.
But to think that what this pedophile ex-coach from Penn St. did to the lives of these boys is in 'perfect order'?
That is troubling to me. How could that be? How could it be that these innocent children were 'supposed to be victims'? That in the grand scheme of their lives journeys that it all made perfect sense? I find that very hard to wrap my brain around. I know it's because my heart breaks for them (and their families). That after all this time it's now going global and will be on every newscast, TV and website for the foreseeable future, and in turn reopening the horrendous wounds for the victims to relive all over AGAIN! So again I wonder...
How is this 'supposed to be?'
Well, if we look back at my first sentence, I said that this mantra is something I'm 'trying' to come to grips with. And while I still can't comprehend how an atrocity of this nature was supposed to happen, I won't be naive enough to think that that's not the case. I don't know, and for all intents and purposes I'm sure I will never know. How can any of us ever figure that out? So the question now becomes...
How does one accept these like atrocities?
Like with everything in life, we have a choice. You can fill your heart with hatred and join the millions who fight to put a stop to such actions. Or, you can fill your heart with love, and join the few who've chosen to pray and be for a life where these actions (hopefully one day) don't take place. Did you catch the subtle difference? I am looking for the same resolve, but by removing the word 'fight' I am coming from a much different place.
(Read: "Anything that you fight weakens you and anything that you’re 'for' empowers you").
What you need to know though is if you realize it or not, you will choose which side to be on. Again, as it applies to this current Penn St. event, I have found it extremely difficult to find 'love' in any aspect of it, BUT I have CHOSEN NOT TO CARRY HATE. I would rather be an advocate for carrying and thinking 'love' because what we think about expands. I have chosen to pray for the victims and their families and the hopes that these acts will stop. When I address ANY current event that appears to us to be horrible or unfathomable I will know that how I process it will not only help my life but our collective lives. When I question anything, the answer will be LOVE. I will not judge for I know that I am not being judged by my God. I will make a conscious effort to come from a place of peace and will try to share that peace at all times, for again I know that I HAVE A CHOICE. I know that it is the collective thoughts of our world that have become magnified and is a reflection of the condition we find ourselves in. So with that said I will choose to...
Practice the quiet acceptance of what is, and
Continue to come from and share, Peace Love & Light