We have all heard the saying.

Hurt people hurt people.

The cycle of violence continues until we decide to break it.

Yet there continues to be more violence in the world.

When we are a peaceful person, it can be heart-breaking to see the violence in the world today.

It can be confusing, frustrating, or just plain depressing.

Seeing the violence in the world can make it hard to see things from a higher perspective.

To see the causes and the potential answers to it.

For we get caught up in our own pain even when it does not involved us.

And it still hurts to hear when someone else is a victim of violence.

Violence never brings us closer to peace and freedom.

It only pushes us to more violence.

To more pain.

Until we lash out at the people who have lashed out at us.

Our humanity suffers when there is violence in the world.

Understanding and compassion are its first victims.

How can we find compassion when there is so much pain from a violent act?

It can feel overwhelming and hopeless.

Yet this is the time when we need hope most of all.

We need to know that there is a way forward.

A way to find healing.

To find a release from the sadness and pain we feel.

And that takes time and distance from the act.

For the Earth still turns and life continues.

So must we.

We must find a way to rise up and spread the compassion that is so lacking in the world.

It must start with us.

Finding peace in our own hearts first, before we do anything else.

For we are the ones who can see clearly while others are blinded with rage.

To ask them to find compassion is almost impossible while they are grieving and in pain.

The people who are outside of the devastation must be the peacemakers.

Even when our hearts are heavy we can still find a way through.

A way that leads us to a better world.

Where we can find peace after the pain.

Hope after the grief.

Compassion after the tears.

The person who commits an act of violence did not do so in a vacuum.

There are always justifications.

We might not think they are valid, but those who were suffering before, they surely are.

For ultimately, to solve the issue of violence, we must address the cause.

Not the symptom.

To create a world where violence would never be considered.

That will take time and extreme effort.

Yet it is possible.

Perhaps not tomorrow, or the next day, but we can start moving in that direction today so one day we can find ourselves there.

In the garden of Eden we all desire.

Wouldn't that be worth it?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour