Moment of silence
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that honors the lives of those who were killed during the tragic attacks on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001.
The pop star called on fans to "reflect on our love and respect" for the Queen of Soul.
Newsrooms paused their work at 2:33 p.m. EDT, exactly one week after the attack, the deadliest day for U.S. journalists since Sept. 11, 2001.
"Why don't we change what's happening?"
“I don’t want to offer any more condolences, I want to find answers,” said team manager A.J. Hinch.
At first glance, the idea of having an interreligious prayer might seem disingenuous and perhaps even insulting; one might ask whether or not the prayer is truly "meaningful": does the language used reflect how one understands their idea and conceptualization of the divine?
From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.
Meditation does not have to be difficult. We are changing the habit of constantly thinking. We are changing our pattern of carrying the details and challenges of daily life all the time within us. Meditation can teach us to let go of our busy mind and be in our heart.
In silence we find the steps within where everything that is good is present. In silence are the steps to perfect joy. Whether we are busy with the details of modern life or live as a monk and mystic in the woods, sooner or later each of us will travel the inner silence of our hearts.
Providing an opportunity for public school children to reflect on their unique values through a moment of silence does not need to violate the first amendment's prohibition on establishing a religion.
Instead of celebrating and partying with the usual aches and discomfort the next day, why not be in the perfect stillness and let the peace and quiet bring its special presence into our lives?
Maybe the gift of silence is what this year's holiday is really about. The gift of silence can restore the mystic within an unbelieving soul. Given the opportunity, the peace and stillness this Christmas Eve can restore something even more beautiful: our innocence.