Some of you may know that I live in the city of Minneapolis, and you may have heard what has been going on here over the past week. Some of it may now also be affecting your communities.
My heart has been so troubled… I can’t really even formulate the words to describe the range of emotions I’ve been experiencing, but grief, anger and fear have been at the forefront.
Grief over the death of George Floyd, grief and anger over the racism, hatred and injustice that exists in our world; and grief, anger and fear over all of the violence, chaos and devastation sweeping over my city right now.
I don’t have the answers or a solution of how to fix anything. But I do believe that our thoughts and emotions have energy that expands outside of ourselves and affects the world around us. So I want to take care with the type of energy and vibes I’m putting out. I don’t want my grief, anger and fear to add any fuel to the literal flames going on around me – I want to radiate peace and love out into my community, and out into the world.
Even though I feel very small and powerless to change anything, I have to believe it makes a difference somehow. I can shift my focus and take these actions…
“Lord make me an instrument of Your Peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow Love
Where there is injury, Pardon
Where there is doubt, Faith
Where there is despair, Hope
Where there is darkness, Light
Where there is sadness, Joy
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console
Not so much to be understood, as to understand
Not so much to be loved, as to love…”
That is what I was meditating on as I made this mandala ~ making it heart-shaped as my heart went out to my city. And making it with Bleeding Hearts felt pretty perfect…
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of George Floyd. Peace and Love to all the people of my city, and in the world, who are hurting.
✿~Peace & Love~✿