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One Life, One Breath, One Mother

How do we respond to the endless images reminding us that the world is at war?
How do we process the horror scenes, the carnage in Israel, the massacre in Gaza?
How do we sleep, having witnessed the cold murder of whole communities, and now the horror facing a million children in the world’s largest open-air prison?
How do we respond to the endless images reminding us that the world is at war?
How do we process the grief? To paraphrase our friend Bayo, how do we pray, do we act, do we think, in ways that do not perpetuate what has produced this war?

None of us can hold this suffering alone. Some of us cry. Others take stands on social media. And some find refuge in their spiritual practice. But the pain flows on.

How does our spiritual realization illuminate this darkness?
Can we find it in our hearts to stop adding horror to horror, violence to violence, injustice to injustice?
Revenge has never been a path to peace. It only breeds more hatred and inevitably comes back, the next time around.
By responding to atrocities with atrocities, we are planting the seeds of our own destruction, which begins with the destruction of our own humanity.

Let our hearts break wide open.
Let it help our mind sift out the narratives that no longer serve life.
Let it pull the veils back, revealing the long chain of relationships we belong to, shaped over millennia by ancestors whose pain we either perpetuate or heal.

Small gestures can do gentle work. Perhaps we can only prostrate when we feel helpless and whisper, “I see you.”

Which new solidarity can we share? Which initiatives can we embrace toward a world more alive and just?

Peace and justice exceed borders, blossoming through radical kinship. For no one is free until we are all free.

May we uplift each soul’s dignity.

Our lives are One Life, One Breath, One Mother.


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