Today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day weekend heralds the unofficial start of summer, time for beach, barbecues, blockbusters… But it’s also a day when we’re called to remember the men and women who died in all wars. To see some of their faces:
Regardless of what you or I think about war, about the military, or about what defines honorable service, we can understand the longing to live for a purpose bigger than just ourselves. America’s warriors are volunteers, people who care. They choose to put their lives on the line to serve and protect others – us!
Wherever we stand on the political spectrum, we can separate our passionate, wildly divergent beliefs from simple respect for selfless service, personal sacrifice and love of country. Mutual respect is an honorable path to peace.
When we practice mindfulness together, over the years we realize that we and our beautiful country, our magnificent blue planet, and our magical, heart-breaking world are not separate. We can see how all our various diversities represent a larger whole.
With more and more loving awareness, we feel the stunning unity connecting us in our multiplicities, in our humanity and aliveness. We, too, can inspire ourselves to live with the intention to serve and take care of life – life in the form of you, of me, of all beings everywhere, without exception!
Image Credit: T. Goodman