Daily Dose of Wonder

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

I felt such sadness this morning when I read about the Pussy Riot member who has been missing since she was transferred from her jail cell over a week ago.  Her family is frightened, suspecting that her recent hunger strike and outspoken comments against inhumane treatment in Russian prisons has brought about some new punishment.  I thought back to my post yesterday, and I wondered if she’s got even one beautiful thing to see where she is now, wherever it is, if anyone is being kind to her, even a little bit.  If there’s any grace in her life right now at all.  She’s sacrificed so much to take a stand for her countrywomen and her punishment is so severe.  I’m worried about her.  I’m grateful to her and I’m worried about her.

What can I do?  I can sign petitions, I can share her story, and I can pray.  I can pray hard.  So I thought about Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.  I thought about her many thousands of miles away in a miserable jail cell somewhere.  I thought of her dark hair and her determined eyes and her brave brave heart and her children waiting for her back at home.  I’m thinking of her now.  And I am reciting the Loving Kindness Meditation as I do so.

May you be peaceful

May you be healthy

May you be loved

May you be happy

May you be free