In the 1980’s when I facilitated the New York Healing Circle, for people with HIV, AIDS & their friends, and many of us who were afraid to contract it, we were trying to connect to unconditional love as a way of dealing with & healing the fear of loss & dying a horrible and isolated death. It was completely spontaneous and clearly a NYC socio-pshcho-spitirtual phenomenon of how the human spirit can shine in the depth of darkness. 30 years later, I’m feeling that the time has come for a form inspired by the Healing Circle, and that’s relevant to our times. “Honoring loss – Celebrating Life. Following your breath – Loving All The Way”. I trust without any doubt, that when we choose to follow our breath over our stress, we can’t go wrong. LOVING ALL THE WAY, is simply having compassion, and continuing to breathe love through the stuck places, the losses, the adversities & the obstacles. It means that you make space for the loss and honor it, celebrating your life without calling yourself a looser. It reminds me of a plaque I got a couple of years ago by the Dalai Lama:
“Never Give Up. No matter what’s going on – never give up. Develop the heart.
Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Develop the heart. Be compassionate, not just to your friends but to everyone.
Be compassionate. Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Work for peace and I say it again – never give up.
No matter what is happening,
what is going on around you –
never give up.”
Samuel J. Kirschner