“…Peace to all beings, everywhere. No exceptions.”

So my very beloved teacher Birgit W Patty ends our meditation sessions, in our shared Buddhist practice facilitated through Apex Yogic Living.

What does this mean? Forgive the gunman who killed at Sandy Hooks Elementary in Connecticut? Accept this? Wish peace to his spirit, with absolutely no exceptions? Am I capable of this?

One of my young clients spoke to me about a letter she wrote to the teacher at Sandy Hook who stood up to the gunman and hid her classroom of children in a closet so he wouldn’t find them. The teacher was killed but didn’t give up the whereabouts of the children. This beautiful, spirited client wrote about how that teacher was her personal hero. Then the girl turned to her mother and me and said, point-blank: “Why are you letting this happen? How could you let this happen?” We just sat together, all with tears in our eyes.

Fred Rogers wrote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of “disaster”, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in the world.”

Sometimes, words just get in the way. So today, I’ll stop here and light a candle, with the intention of honoring our beloved children, of lighting a place in the darkness of despair, to the mystery of “why?”, of illuminating the love and burdens we bear.

“…Peace to all beings, everywhere. No exceptions.”