Finding Hope

Today I am stunned and heartbroken over the results of the election. I want to write more, but I don’t have the time right now, nor do I want to mull over the sadness I’m feeling. Furthermore, I don’t wish to alienate anyone who disagrees with my view.

My goal now is to give and receive positivity by finding ways to be of service to others. And in spite of the fact that I don’t agree with everyone’s view, my aim is to love others no matter what. People like Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield… these are all people who led by example, people who, in some cases, endured tragic circumstances but held strong and true to their beliefs. They are my role models.

Here’s one of my favorite prayers, the St. Francis of Assisi prayer (the 12-step version):

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
Amen.

I hope that you too will look to spiritual teachers and the pitfalls that come in life as lessons to learn, regardless of whether or not you feel the same about this particular issue.

Peace and love,

TCH

 

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