On Friday, my wife popped her head out of the back door and found me sitting on our back porch in meditation. “There’s been some sad news,” she said. Mary went on to tell me something about a gunman in a movie theater on the other side of town. I couldn’t quite grasp fully what she was trying to tell me.
By now, all of us have been inundated with media coverage of the events in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. There is no need for me to reiterate them.
Later, as I tried to go about my planned errands, I kept running into news coverage. It was on the radio as I got my hair cut. It was on the TVs at Costco as I walked by with my shopping cart. People gathered around the monitors to watch a press conference. There was a sadness in the air that was palpable.
The theater was just minutes from a spiritual center where I used to serve as a minister for several years, New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living. On Saturday, I heard that one of their congregants had been fatally wounded in the shooting.
My heart goes out to the community of Aurora, New Dawn and everyone who was impacted by this tragedy. My prayers continue.
It is in such heartbreaking moments that we draw upon our faith. We all do this – even those who think they have no faith. It is natural to look out at the world and try to make sense of it. It is natural to look within to what we believe about life and death to try and gain understanding. In ordinary moments, our beliefs invisibly guide how we see life. In extraordinary moments, our beliefs are sought out for solace and comfort.
I have looked within. I know that life is eternal, that when we move beyond this human realm, we expand into even greater ones. I know that evil is not a thing onto itself, but that there are only people who are separated from the truth of their unity with others so much that they do evil things. I know that in my own life when I have experienced a challenge or setback, in time it gave me gifts that I could not see until much later. Similarly, looking back at humanity’s history we know that challenging events can be seen as catalyst for positive evolution.
I know all this on some level, but at this moment it brings little solace and comfort. Losing loved ones hurts badly. Although I did not know the victims on a personal level, it makes no difference, I sense our connectedness. On some level, we are all friends and family. In moments such as these, we all feel sad, we all feel the loss.
My love, my thoughts, my prayers are with everyone who has been touched by this sad event.
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