New Zealand grieves

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

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Aotearoa is waking up after having our innocence horribly removed yesterday…
We will have all looked out to those killed, to those injured, to their families, their friends and their communities, to those who witnessed it, those who carried them to hospital, to hospital staff who have bandaged their wounds, those who kept the scene safe, those who carried the news to all of us… those leading a way forward with openness and compassion…

Equally, we will have looked out at the immediate perpetrators and wondered how could their hatred lead them to do this? Then perhaps at the social media outlets and wondered why they didn’t take down the YouTube of it more quickly and so allowing others in their hatred to praise it while it was happening.

It is likely too, that we may have looked out and felt an emptiness within, a wordless gaping hole struggling in disbelief or flooded with despair.

It’s been said by others already that something as horrendous and heinous as this can’t ever be understood rationally because it is not rational. However, in that emptiness within, we may notice that we too have harboured hate in small and insidious ways and that we too have to acknowledge that while we can’t conceive of doing what was done yesterday, we commit, unthinkingly, small acts that can cause harm and cause others to lose their innocence.

To have compassion is to be broken open and to be made tender by that not hardened. For most of us, this is only possible by standing beside and with others trying to do the same. To everyone within the Contemplative Network, both here in Aotearoa and in Australia, let's stand together in openness so that we may all take the next step to plant seeds of trust, hope and love. It's sorely needed now.

Te mamae me te pōuri nui e ngau kino nei
With love and sympathy

From the Contemplative Network team
Pip Nicholls
Agnes Hermans
Kaia Ariel
Pat Neuwelt
Bev Silvester-Clark


Posted on 16/03/2019 by Pip Nicholls, Agnes Hermans, Pat Neuwelt, Kaia Ariel, Bev Silvester-Clark