Watch the Light, Follow the Compassion

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Please forgive me if I come across sounding dazed and confused.  I think I’m waterlogged from the torrential rain of vitriol pouring out of the news media and its social counterpart.

I’ve been consuming too much lately.  I have a love-hate relationship with news reporters and so-called analysts.  Journalism is my trained profession–although I’m always quick to point out that my degree speciality is magazine,  not hard news.

Sometimes I’m proud to align myself with the industry, but more often than not lately, I’m shaking my head in disgust.  What are they thinking?

Today, I wanted to stay in bed

Everyone has an expert opinion about court trials!  I try to escape into Facebook for a bit but post after depressing post comments on the same topics.  Ugh.

I sought escape into the All-Star game but during breaks in commentary instead listened to speculation and gossip about the dozen or more players about to be suspended for using performance enhancing drugs.

Flipping through channels, I encountered news about another star found dead in a hotel, and later learn he suffered an overdose of heroin and alcohol.  There’s an epidemic of murders among black gang members in Chicago.  Politicians are stirring and sliding into position for their mid-term, take-no-prisoner sprints.

Dear God . . .

Where did the love go?

My heart aches for balance.  My system yearns for decency.  Has love lost its place at the banquet table of dignity?

Peace, be still, I remember.  Be the peace, I’m reminded.  Take action, reads my morning Soul Clarity Card.

Stir the depths, love is still there.  Open my eyes and look closely.

Little gifts begin to appear.

First, a quote:

There is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. ~ Blaise Pascal

Then a prayer:

The Light of God surrounds us; the Love of God enfolds us; the Power of God protects us; the Presence of God watches over us. Wherever we are, God is.

And finally, a blog post snippet following a personal meeting between inspirational speaker and writer Danielle LaPorte and the Dalai Lama:

His Holiness (answering her direct question about his advice for young people):  “In the West, you have education, and this is good. And you have technology. And this is good. But, you do not educate your people in values. Values of the heart. Compassion. This you must do.”

“And you see, it does not matter whether you are Buddhist or Christian,” he went on. “Compassion lives in heart, beyond religion. Even me, Buddhist, I can say, you do not need Buddhism, just the compassion of the heart.”  Click here for Danielle’s full post.

Yes, love is still here; in fact, is everywhere.  Watch the light and follow the compassion.  That’s where you’ll most likely find love.

Photo courtesy of amann


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