Several weeks ago my 9 year old son was at a park where several other 9 year olds that he didn’t know called him profane names and tried to pick a physical fight with him. Besides feeling a need to console and love, I was surprised at how young this aggressive behavior started. Although friends counseled me that this is part of growing up, I could only think that there’s an opportunity from this experience to lift humanity’s thought somehow. I wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the cycle. I couldn’t help but feel that there are ties between a childhood park altercation to an abusive marriage to gang violence to genocide. I wanted to use the opportunity to help my son and myself find a spiritual perspective that would add to the “stop the cycle of violence and hatred”. Thoughts lead to action – and if we can help direct our thoughts towards the divine power that made each of us, then we’re individually adding to a more spiritual attitude on things which in turn helps lift humanity out of the ugliness of bullying and violence. This is an ongoing process for me as I continue to pray for more answers and also to watch my own consciousness – weeding out thoughts of stereotyping, hopelessness, and aggression. I find that I speak more gently to my children and husband; and I have renewed compassion for inclusiveness. Unwilling to give into the “it’s a normal right of passage/growing up,” I’ve found some great articles on the subject of bullying that provide an uplifted perspective. Here’s a recent article from the Christian Science Monitor that discusses a spiritual take on bullying – I hope you find it helpful. Compassion and Hope for the Bully and the Bullied.