Newtown School Tragedy: A Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditation & Comments
May I be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May I experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.
May my family, friends, and all those I interact with be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May they all experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.
May Adam Lanza also be experienced as a victim of the tragedy he perpetrated, and as being well, happy, safe, and harmonious and filled with lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.
May all who suffer and cause suffering to themselves and others, victims and perpetrators alike, be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May all beings be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May all beings experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.
Comments: It is natural and appropriate to react to tragedies - such as occurred in Oklahoma City, Columbine, on 9/11, in Norway, in Tucson, in Aurora, and now in Newtown - to experience the full range of emotions: sadness and compassion for the victims and their families; disgust, anger, and a desire to punish the perpetrators; and surprise, fear, and a sense of helplessness that comes from the realization that such horrific crimes do happen, are unpredictable, and could happen to us.
The practice of regular sitting meditations, Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditations, and Prayers can open our hearts to understanding how ignorance and suffering, anger and fear, and mental illness can lead to the acting-out of instinctual and learned aggressive tendencies. Adam Lanza took the lives of children, teachers, and caregivers, and then himself, perhaps acting out his anger, resentment, disappointment, despair, and feelings of deprivation and hopelessness, of never having had or ever being able to experience a normal and happy life himself.
I'm use the above Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditation as part of my regular sitting meditations, shared it at a Des Moines Meditation Group sitting, and put it on the www.DesMoinesMeditation.org website for anyone who might want to use it personally or with a group.
As with any lovingkindness and compassion meditation, feel free to modify it and use any other words or phrases you prefer. Remember, the primary purpose of these meditations is to strengthen our own innate capacity to experience lovingkindness and compassion for ourselves and for everyone else, including our enemies and those whom we fear and distrust.