Sunday, December 16, 2012

a search for meaning

In difficult times I remind myself to stay centered, stay calm, and search for the spiritual meaning.

We count on the natural progression of life: birth, school, love, work, children and grandchildren, continual learning, retirement, review, and finally- after a full and rewarding life - - a gentle death.

That doesn't always happen. Sometimes people die violently, young people, children: that's shocking and upsetting. And what possible spiritual meaning could there be in that situation?

We mourn now for the families in Connecticut. Why did this happen? How can we bear it? What are we supposed to do about it?

For now, let's just stop. Sit. Listen.

Listen to the snow fall. Listen to your loved ones breathe. Listen for answers from your heart.