Yesterday at a meditation class I teach weekly, when the question was asked “What do you need to love-all-the-way today?” one of the participants said “my disdain”, and talked about her reaction to the killing of the three boys in Israel. After we practiced the five steps of BREAZE, and did a ‘heart clearing’ of ‘honoring our loss & finding our celebration’, she shared with us that while she had a righteously indignent reaction to the killing of the boys, she also felt that she was hurting herself with self-disdain. There was something powerful about the awareness, and the conscious choice she made – to partner her dilemma with the breath, and to ask for support. It was very freeing & compelling to hear about that self-caring choice.
I also felt inspired this morning when my Afghani friend Ali who has a coffee & bagel stand in my neighbourhood said to me – “What do you think about the killing of the Jewish boys in Israel? My heart goes to their families. I have three boys, one of them is sixteen. That’s the time that you start to enjoy them most. I hope it doesn’t turn into a big mess there.” What he really wanted to share with me was his pain he felt about the loss of the Jewish families as a muslim father. He also said that the Koran doesn’t encourage people to kill chidden and that it was insane. I trust that that’s what loving-all-the-way is about. Admitting that you’re stuck. Asking for support to endure & honor your pain, loss & grief, before you go reacting and making more of a mess of your life and the life of others. This includes heads of state, politicians & the people who give the orders and those who execute them.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, voice of the BREAZE