“Healing rather than harming is our most fundamental ethical choice.” The day approaches when two Australians may be executed in Indonesia. And on this or any other day hundreds of others, perhaps thousands will die needless deaths from personal or state-sanctioned violence. with this in our minds and hearts, I would ask you please to consider what your own relationship is to the quality of mercy: how it resonates in your heart and life: how it shapes your thinking, choices and actions.
This is a deeply timely talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick at a moment when violence and injustice seem to dominate the headlines. How do we stay in touch with our own peacemaking efforts, our will towards kindness? She starts with an ancient prayer from the Bhagavata Purana that resonates for all: “May the world be at peace. May those with restless minds be serene. May all learn to think about and care for others. May their minds [may our minds] be engaged with what is uplifting. May our hearts be filled with selfless love.”