When I need guidance, I beacon in.
I lean into my daily practice of self-Reiki and meditation. I ask for guidance, and I listen.
Here is the message that emerged today.

The shooting in Pittsburgh dimmed the light in many of us. We are sad.
As beacons, we are sources of light. We serve as a guide to others. We are committed not to allow anything or anyone to dim our lights. And yet, the synagogue massacre on October 27 shook us.

How do we keep shining bright when we fear for our children and wonder if the world will ever be safe for them?

Here is what we do:
We pause.
We grieve.
We cry.
And then we bring purpose to the pain and turn this tragedy into an opportunity.

An opportunity to talk to our children and tell them that it is not okay for anybody to hurt someone else just because he or she is black, white, Christian, Muslim, or Jew.

An opportunity to teach our children that freedom of religion is a constitutional right in the United States and that discrimination is always born out of hatred.

An opportunity for each of us to lean into forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and love.

An opportunity to do what we can in our little world.

To engage in radical self-care.
To love ourselves.
To be kind to our family members and have compassion toward our friends.

An opportunity to be committed to love–no matter what.

An opportunity to keep shining bright, especially in darker times.

Like Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Shine on!