You can see a person’s soul by looking into their eyes. You may see different things when you look into different people’s eyes – joy, sadness, anger, pain, fear, love . . . it’s all there. The brightness of the soul may manifest as a spark, a light, a glimmer.
Yesterday I saw someone whose spark has nearly gone. For context, he is a relative who tried to commit suicide last year. This was the first time I’ve seen him since then. (He didn’t want to see me last year while he was in hospital after the attempt.)
He is alive but there is no twinkle or glimmer of happiness left when I look into his eyes. He used to joke a lot but now there is no more playfulness left. In his eyes, I see sadness and pain. He has suffered a lot in his life and now it seems like he is existing more than living.
This is an example of when I call on Kuan Yin. When I am home from my travels, I will light a candle on my altar for him. For now, I pray:
Goddess of Mercy, I ask that you ease R’s suffering
Shine on him the light of your compassion
So he may be embraced by it
May it ease his suffering
May he find joy in life once again
May he find peace
Note: This series was inspired by the Month of Written Devotion idea. If you want to participate, go there for the list of daily prompts.