As I return from a healing retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico, led by the gifted team of the Institute for Spirituality and Health, unexpected blow has come to us once again, this one in bursts of rapid fire and penetrating sounds that bring us to the deepest pain within as we cringe physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It feels forceful and heavy in my body, and I close in to protect my heart from experiencing more pain. The reality is that none of us can escape this deep tragedy, a collective pain that wounds us both individually and as a whole. When we experience this kind of pain—senseless and alarming—and we experience it deeply within our bodies, it is like an alarm going off telling us that we cannot ignore this, we must pay attention. What has happened to the victims in Las Vegas and their loved ones has happened to us. Our spirits know intuitively that we are called forth to pray, contemplate, meditate, and act. We may not yet know what we can do, but as we process this together, and listen deep within, we will know. Answers will come. And each of us will play our own different and unique role, bringing voices of justice, healing, meaning making, and hope. Feeling paralyzed is part of the experience of the initial shock of it all, but this will eventually pass, and we will be guided to become a part of the solution, however that will unfold.
In the meantime, feel. Embrace what your heart says, because your heart teaches you. Your heart knows the way forward. At your October 21 YogaMass, we will set our intention for healing within ourselves, and for the collective, offering up prayers for the lives lost, that their souls be at rest in the realm of divine peace. The world needs our prayers and intention for the greatest and highest good. We will continue to strive to be the light and love of a people who profess Christ and know that love always wins.
May the peace of Christ light your way, namaste,
The Reverend Gena Davis
Episcopal priest, yoga educator, author, spiritual director, founder of YogaMass®