A couple of days ago the blasts went off at the Boston Marathon. How does one maintain equanimity in the face of fear and evil? Not so easy, unless we are practicing concentration and mindfulness with skillful balance of effort and ease on a regular basis. Then we actually might remember to breathe, really sense our body in contact with Mother Earth, and close our eyes for just a moment to reconnect with our deepest values. Truth, peace, love, kindness, open heartedness, reverence. Do you know what you value when faced with mindless, heartless behavior? We need inner stillness to know where wise action begins. Life is precious and must be protected. Can we protect each other without falling into the endless cycle of retributive anger and violence?
The poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling begins, "If you can keep your head when all about you, Are losing theirs and blaming it on you," and goes on to give advice to a son about how to be wise in this wild world. May we all "keep our head" as we contemplate the right response to terror. May we step out of blame and into reconciliation.