लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु
May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts, words and the actions of my own life contribute to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
How many days in a row can we go on being heartbroken? How many senseless killings will we have to endure? How many sons, daughters, fathers, mothers lost?
We cannot fight hate with hate. We cannot combat fear with fear. And we can’t win one war by starting another. We can only pray. We can pray. Hope. Return to love. Tonight I’m on my knees praying to everything I believe in for love to rise above. Please – join me. Drop everything you are doing in this moment and close your eyes and pray. You don’t need to be religious, or enlightened, or “spiritual” – you just need to believe. Believe that we have the power to rise above instead of giving up. To unite instead of separating. To speak up instead of remaining silent. To love, even when all we see around us is despair and when we don’t know what tomorrow may bring. To trust, even when the media tells us not to.
I believe, so tonight I pray.
With all of my might. May we all find peace. May we be safe. May we be happy. May we be free.