Wednesday, October 1, 2008
from Pema Chodron
"Every day we could think about the aggression in the world, in New York, Los Angeles, Halifax, Taiwan, Beirut, Somalia, everywhere All over the world, everybody always strikes out at the enemy, and the pain escalates forever. Every day we could reflect on this and ask ourselves, " Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?" Every day, at the moment when things get edgy, we can just ask ourselves, " Am I going to practice peace, or am I going to war?"
This reading resonated with me this morning. Everyone is talking about our dire situation on Wall Street, and those of us who grew up with parents who survived the Depression and World War II and Korea, who came into adulthood during the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon, can be reminded that it is not the world that needs to change, but our response to it.
Peace out, brothers and sisters. Each one of us contributes or contaminates...