If It’s Raining It Must Be Friday

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…or any other day of the week here in the south of England.

It’s been a violent and bloody week, both here and in the U.S.  A British MP was murdered yesterday during what appears to be a random shooting by a mentally ill individual.  It sent shock waves through the UK.  We don’t get a fraction of the gun violence here that we get in the U.S. and so people are in shock and mourning in Great Britain today.

Everywhere there seems to be such vitriol and hatred towards the other and I truly don’t know what to do with it all except to vow not to hate.

 

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. ” –Confucius

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  In my limited understanding of Buddhism there is a practice called Dana.  Dana is simply  cultivating generosity.  Generosity doesn’t have to be donations of money or time (although it can be that).  Dana can be practised by simply picking up litter from the ground… helping a neighbour move their garbage bins… smiling at a stranger on the street.  It’s that simple.

  Perhaps this is a good time to start.

 

 


6 thoughts on “If It’s Raining It Must Be Friday

  1. I feel the same as you Kim. Let’s spread some Metta (loving kindness) through Dana (generosity).

    June is Buddhist action month. I can send you a load of things you can do, big and small, to make the world a better place.

  2. I have embarked upon a campaign to teach Chicagoans how to drive. I stop for pedestrians and stop signs. I don’t block cross streets when traffic is heavy. And, I let people in when they use their directional signals. I do honk the horn though, when some asshole is engrossed in their smart phone and the light has turned green. Nobody’s perfect.

  3. Like virus resistant to treatment, this vile idiocy spreads. In 2 weeks we will go to the polls, still being represented by (some) candidates who have so little understanding of their tasks…some even make phoney videos of pretended shootings of opponents.And are still allowed to stand for election.

    i try to be kind, polite, happy…

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