Posted on December 22, 2017
Posted on May 9, 2017
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But, try to find peace in the process.
Life is always shifting, dynamic, intense and wildly unpredictable. But go your own speed.
Today, I affirm my own strength.
I’m not sure that I think that healing is a end destination. Maybe instead it is something that we are all continually aspiring towards: becoming more whole, living more holistically. Perhaps, even healing doesn’t always require forgiveness. (Dangerous thought!) Or, maybe it doesn’t require forgiveness in the traditional sense. My journey has meant learning to forgive myself for not loving myself more kindly; for not being more gentle with myself; for not owning myself more completely. This journey has meant unlearning the lies about myself that I believed and it has meant unlearning the lies others want me to believe as well as learning to set and keep boundaries.
Posted on May 4, 2017
I mentioned earlier that I attended a rally. And, I was one of those persons standing there staying in my little circle. I engaged in a few discussions with strangers about their signs and their anti-oppression work, but I continually felt this growing sick feeling in my stomach. I felt like a poser. How could I proclaim to be anti-oppression and pro-immigration when it was so hard to get to know my neighbors? It was uncomfortable making small talk. It was uncomfortable being at a rally that felt unorganized. It was uncomfortable being screamed at by strangers. Frankly, it was uncomfortable doing this hard thing. But, that’s the rub sometimes, right? It was for me. I like to do the easy things. I like to know that I am safe. I like to know that I am comfortable. But, I am continually challenged by the idea that this body is not meant to hide. This body isn’t meant to only do the easy things. This body is fully equipped to engage in peace-building and community building right here. And, maybe that isn’t your call. Maybe you have a different one. But, I’d invite you to start to listen to those little nudges, those moments when you feel uncomfortable, those moments when you are challenged to examine your own “safe space” mentality.
Maybe we all can do better together.
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