Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light get’s in.
~ Leonard Cohen, Anthem
Thinking about the 20 precious children and 8 adults, who were lost, and the families, schools, and communities, who are crumbling at this time, I believe that one of the remedies to this darkness is to bring light.
I believe that we can offer our own light, as a means of shinning into the collective darkness. One of the most powerful ways to share our light is through making an offering of love and hope. By making a deliberate and conscious decision to do one thing that offers hope and love, you can honor the lives lost. This offering also allows our light to seep into the cracks of our own hearts and hearts of others. The heart ~ mind ~ and body integrative wisdom used to create this offering will provide light to you and others.
One’s love and hope offering can manifest in many forms. The offering can be alone or the community of family, friends and others.
~ Extra hugs for loved ones
~ Preparing meals with love
~Blowing bubbles filled with love and hope with your children or friends
~Going to water and floating hope on the water or down the stream, river or ocean: fresh cut flowers, intentions and wishes
~Burning a candle and offering something in this light
~Attending a vigil
~Exercise: talk a walk, run, swim or yoga practice filling each movement with love and hope
~Offer the gift of sound and music
~Create: making something with your hands with hope and love
~Reconnecting with whom you have lost touch
~ A random act of kindness for a stranger
~Raising awareness around mental health needs from a place of hope and love
~Raising awareness around gun control and safety from a place of hope and love
Talking with your children about this tragedy can be filled with love and hope too. If you are wondering about how to process this with your children, Brene Brown offered a heartfelt post about how to move forward with resources. My local colleague, Dr. Rebecca Resnik provided practical steps in her blog.
What will your offering and hope and love be…?
Honoring the hope and loved filled light in you and those who have past,