Healing: Our Principles in Practice
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century propelled us from the status quo of structured discrimination into a new era of laws aimed at institutionalizing justice. Great strides were taken towards structurally creating an environment of equality, and cognitively communicating the rights and wrongs of how to treat other human beings. I want to honor all the ground that was taken, while maintaining focus on the incredible growth still needed. The sacrifice of those who came before us has set the stage for us to move from the beginnings of cognitive recognition to deep understanding and empathy. Just as our schooling years lay the framework for acquiring life experience, so now we must take our instruction and let it change the core of our beings. As we move from education to experience, let the real-life experiences and pain of those around us inform the direction in which we proceed. Healing is encouraging the information to travel from our heads, to our hearts – the longest, most painful, and also the most life giving, journey we will ever take. To heal is to become more whole; an understanding of how core realities affect myself, my neighbor, my communities, and the world at large.
I have a friend who has spent the last year on a journey of deep contemplation, observation, introspection, and silence. She has always been a gracious, loving person, but took 2020 to intensely forge an even truer path from her head to her heart. The increased grace, courage, and loving passion created in her soul is intensely magnificent. I watched her be in prayer, dive into research, and refrain from touting her position, for a very long time. She wisely listened, gathered evidence, and pondered before speaking.
Although some of this dear friend's positions are quite divergent from mine, I am watching her speak from a beautiful place of love, understanding, strength, and unity. Not only has she experienced a kind of renewed personal healing which defies description, but, she has also found inspiration for how differing viewpoints might discover common ground and work toward honoring the other. During the course of a recent conversation, she expressed concern that I wouldn’t be able to connect with her newfound insight as a result of our differing perspectives. Her thoughts were in no way divisive. I couldn’t help but be in awe of her delightful passion, grounding excitement, and loving concern for others. I am hopeful that her grace-filled ideas for pushing forward will insidiously spread through our interactions and begin to affect the people and communities around us. I am hopeful that the intensely magnified healing in her heart will continue to affect the healing in my heart; such healing fashioning a fierce hope for a future we only now dream could exist. This is healing, hope of something new; a tree growing a fresh limb where another was lost, a vine stretching out a
Healing is a deepening understanding of both our unique contributions and our core sameness. Healing is gathering our differing perspectives, while finding a way to honor the other and work towards a common good. Healing is moving the cognitive into meaningful practice, and feeling the impact of that painfully honorable journey.
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