In times of terror and tragedy, we are called to love | An interview with Sister Jenna

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In times of tragedy we are called to love, deeply

Sitting with my journal in hand, tears streaming down my face, these words were so difficult to write, though I know them to be true. When I see people around the world who are killed or tortured simply based on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I weep. I grieve for the lost lives and for those left behind who must wrestle with the what ifs? or why us? Questions that cannot be answered. At least not with our earthly minds.

In these times of tragedy, trauma and terrorism, we must reconnect to our heart of compassion. We are called to love deeply and extend compassion to ALL.

No one is born full of hatred and only a person in great pain, confusion or distress would harm another. At the level of the soul we are all perfect, and the souls that do us harm are also grieving, for they will have to come face-to-face with the results of their actions. The karmic debt does not go unpaid.

Knowing this, why would we want another to suffer now? Knowing that the pain one delivers shall be delivered unto him until he is able to return to the perfection that lies at his core, we need not seek vengeance nor retribution. We are called to pray, meditate and love even our enemies, for their soul suffers, too.”

~ Dr. Andrea. July 16, 2016

After joining with thousands around the world for a 21-day Compassion Meditation Challenge, I realized just how much we need a deep spiritual practice, faith and meditation. As we each deal with anger, rage and grief following any number of tragic events, I asked a friend, a true spiritual leader to help guide me and to share wisdom with us.


I reached out to the ever wise and positive Sister Jenna for support not knowing that within a few hours her words would be even more poignant and necessary.

On July 14, just hours before I left to watch fireworks on the beach in honor of Bastille Day, I had a deep conversation with a trusted friend and colleague, Sister Jenna. She is the founder of the Meditation Museum and a spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris. I was already shaken and disturbed to learn of the police shootings in America, the deaths which occurred during the coup attempt in Turkey, and countless other bombings around the world. It seemed to me, in this mid-Summer afternoon, that the world is incredibly unstable.

Have a listen to our conversation and enjoy the guided meditation that Sister Jenna leads.

The cure lies at the level of the soul. ~ Sister Jenna



As you bask in these wonderful feelings of kindness and compassion, extend the wish to all beings on the planet. Spend a few minutes allowing this wave of loving kindness to swirl around you and radiate out from you.

Take this feeling of connectedness  with you throughout your day. Always remembering that you, too, are worthy of a life free from suffering, full of peace and true happiness.

Please share this 21-day challenge with your friends and loved ones using the hashtags #Compassion #Meditation

May you be free from suffering. May you be peaceful and truly happy. May you be well in body, mind and heart. May you live with ease.

With love,

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