Most of us are glad that the U.S. Presidential Elections are over. In most of our lifetimes, we have not experienced such hateful, angry and divisive rhetoric than in the most recent elections. But I am not here to judge which party was more angry and hateful. Both parties have some real soul searching to do. Their campaign strategies and actions have created a serious and lasting emotional scar on our country.
As parents, we try to teach our children to be thoughtful, kind and compassionate toward others. Our Buddha teachings also convey that kindness matters and hate can be destructive. As a nation, we are damaged by the words and actions that were displayed during the campaigns. How do we heal ourselves from this unfortunate chapter in our history?
The answers are revealed in our Buddha teachings and we must focus on these for support and healing. The “voices of unity” should be so loud that they are deafening. It is important to strengthen our resolve by loving and peaceful measures. Our actions should start with forgiveness and love for all mankind.
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The Spiritual Practice of Forgiveness
In this time of bitter discord, we must be committed to free ourselves of anger, fear and resentment. Many people in this country feel that their struggles are not noticed, and they feel very disenfranchised. Our practice should be focused on finding ways to support each other, rather than looking at ways to remain divided.
All “voices” are important, and we can learn to be better people if we just listen! We cannot have peaceful protests by destroying others’ livelihood and property. During these unsettling times, we must stand together and heal by caring for each other.
Our spiritual practice starts with our own healing before we can be a “beacon of light” for someone else. If we are full of hateful messages and careless labeling of others, then we are not honoring Buddha. Our actions should always be of peace and compassion for others. If we feel wronged, we should not damage others with our actions. Damaging others allows hate to grow and metastasize, leaving us lesser for it. Hateful words and actions can cause great suffering, as the following quote suggests
“Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering.” –Terry Tempest-Williams
The Rewards of Forgiveness Practice
As we move forward from the campaigns to the start of a new administration, let us be mindful of our actions. Let us find the ability to support one another and promote kindness. As followers of Buddha’s teachings, let us honor his words by our thoughtful and caring support of all people. Let us stop the anger, hate, and thoughtless labeling of others and try to find common ground. Our country can be strengthened if we can overcome our differences and be more inclusive of others.
Hate is not the answer; it destroys the very fabric of our souls. We must work toward a world of love, peace, and compassion for everyone, no exceptions!
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” –Buddha
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