In the last few days, with the news of Paris, the world shifted on its axis and the hearts and minds within our family were rattled to the core and moved anew, with it. A time was, when it was just my husband Todd and I shaken by the mindless atrocities of violence, but now we have two boys, 7 and 9. How to navigate the waters of explanation? Is there such a way?
After a week spent exploring and honoring the stories of our Veterans, creating poppies of gratitude and delivering them first-hand to soldiers who shared openly of the experiences that shook and shaped them, our boys were in a place of pure consciousness with their fellow man.
News of Paris, even in the toned-down version for small boys to hear, made war a thing of the present, not of the past. Knowing their mom had lived and fallen in love with the magic of Europe, having heard stories of decadent eclairs as a reward discovered once having climbed to Eiffel Tower’s top, Paris was not something on a map, but a vision in their hearts.
Years ago, when our little Nathaniel was rocked by nightmares, hardly able to be understood as something of this lifetime and moved to tears at the sorrow of strangers, of course, we would stop at nothing to ease his sadness. One of the tools we used was Tapping. I had known of this technique for bringing greater peace to your life for years, but when I heard Nick Ortner speak at an I Can Do It Conference in Toronto, we explored it further as a potential for easing Nathaniel’s sadness. And it did indeed help, in wondrous ways. We didn’t know just how much until the other evening, after Nathaniel had heard about the attacks in Paris. We had been listening to CBC Radio and as we turned in the driveway and shut off the car, Nathaniel said, “Mommy, can we do tapping before we head to bed tonight?” And then as I was getting him settled in, he asked me again just to be sure.
We cuddled up close and began to Tap… talking of how the world can be scary and make us worry, but it’s okay, we love and accept just who we are, as we are, right now. It moved to speaking about how we know our negative thoughts can’t help anyone, but our thoughts of love and compassion can. We spoke of how we will shift our thoughts from those of fear to love, for those who are in need, shift from Awfuls to Waffles. We reminded each other that we are grateful to be safe right now, with each other, in our home, and now we need to think of those who don’t feel safe, and send them strength and courage.
By the time we had moved to the top of our heads and tapped about sending compassion and love out into the world, to those who have hurt others – to find a way to peace in their hearts and through their actions – and to those injured or who lost loved ones – to find strength in a world that holds them close in their hearts… we found new courage ourselves.
Nathaniel curled up and went instantly to sleep.
The following day, we knew there was more to be done. My husband found John Lennon’s, “Imagine” song and cued it up in our Centering room. We gathered the boys, lit candles and incense and held hands. The Imagine melody filled the room and our hearts. As we listened and put all our attention on the possibility of peace, we felt our spirits join with those across the sea, in delicate but determined hope. We thought of our brothers and sisters and held them close. And when we were moved back to home, we opened our eyes and shared the ways in which we would play our part, at bringing peace to our day, to the work we would do in the world and the Sparkle Thoughts we would continue to send our global family in Paris.
We all have our ways of enduring the agonies of the world, of rising above them somehow; these were, and are, ours. Perhaps you will find this article and be moved to Tap, to sit in stillness and hear John Lennon’s words and Imagine a world where there’s Peace, that we can all affect and bring to one another.
My hope, our hope, is yours and we join hands and hearts with you today, as we envision a new world where We All Can Live As One… xo jenni