"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

September 9, 2011

9/11, an Ironworker at Ground Zero, and a Song to Help Heal the Heart

As  the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, each of us will find our own individual way of dealing with our pain, sorrow, and loss over that terrible day.

One healing way of dealing with grief and loss is through music. In this video, from CNN, we see how an iron worker's spiritual experiences at Ground Zero inspired singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter to write the deeply moving song, "Grand Central Station."

Here is the video.  It brought me tears, and, yes, brought up many painful memories.  But somehow it was also was very healing.  If there's one thing I've learned in my spiritual path, it's that by being open to our own pain, and to the pain of others, with compassion and understanding, we are transformed.  We sense what is best in ourselves and touch our common humanity.  This opens up our hearts and helps us release our own "lost spirits"—our bound-up memories and wounded heart energies—allowing them to "go home" and find peace too.

May this story and music be as healing for you as it was for me and many others.

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