A Letter of Peace

By Alexis from Wake Up Montreal on Tuesday November 17th, 2015

A response to losing a family member in the Paris attacks.

The following is a letter of peace by Alexis from Wake Up Montréal in response to losing a family member in the Paris attacks. It is a poignant reminder that we have the power to break the cycle of violence by taking time to breathe and remain open to each other:

Dear friends from around the world,

I am writing to you from Montréal. On Friday, I lost my cousin during the attacks in France. Faced with this terrible news, I cried. Eric was the father of a little girl and his partner is due to give birth in two months. So many things are jostling in my mind.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

Eric, you were (and you are in my heart) a being filled with joy. I will pay homage to you by being joyful and mindful to offer joy to others. Today, I wish to carry that joy into this violence, this nameless suffering. You are an example and I will follow your lead on this path of joy and openness of spirit.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

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I have not given into the anger or the desire for revenge. Because it is anger and revenge that brought on these odious acts. Today, I wish only to hold those dear to me, and those whom I don’t know, in my arms and tell them that I love them. Only love will get us out of this circle of suffering.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

In losing a loved one, I am aware of what people go through daily, whether they are from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, but also the United States. Every day, people around the world are killed by gunfires. Today, I have the opportunity to join them, their loved ones, and send them my compassion.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

To hate, to Mara and to all those who fall into it, I see you. You are nothing but an illusion and I will not identify with you. On my path of peace, there are no exceptions. Facing suffering, I observe and I let go. I do not oppose. I do not identify. I also offer love to these men who kill. Even if I completely condemn their actions, I cannot forget that they are a portion of our collective suffering. I vow to work on my own personal sufferings, in order to lessen, in my humble way, our collective suffering.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

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Today, people are speaking with one another, opening doors that were once shut, and are in solidarity. Even if this wave is only for now, I do want to see this presence, this support, this love for one another. I am sad that this only occurs in moments of despair, but I am happy to tell myself that it is always present. I vow to maintain this spirit of openness within myself and to accompany others to open themselves.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

I breathe in, I breathe out.

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Words By Alexis from Wake Up Montreal

Originally posted on Wake Up



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3 Comments on "A Letter of Peace"

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Mangalika Fletcher
Mangalika Fletcher
Yes your thoughts are correct.If we all can understand this truth no longer we need any arms and ammunition to protect us.Love is enough for all the sufferings in this world.The spiritual leaders and the enlightened ones are practicing.The ones who are short of love and care are causing violence.. The world has to find the solution.Mr Samuel Alexander’s article gives a acceptable solution.End of the economic growth for a while and bring up the living standard of every human to a sort of conformable level without discrimination.Basically establish a strategy to each human to get provided the four essential… Read more »
Christine Régnier
Christine Régnier
Thank you for those beautiful and powerful words, Alexis. I’m lucky enough to be out of this at the moment but still I’m taking care of my inner position, even of my thoughts. I keep hoping that it would be exactly my position if I had lost a close relative on Friday. My second daughter works in theaters in Paris and she goes quite often to see artists on stage. I know it can happen around her… and I keep meditating, aware of my breath, in love as much as I’m able to be, to keep the connection with Peace,… Read more »

Thank you Alexis. Your words warm my heart and I will follow your example. Love and light and peace 🙂