Artwork Credit: Marty Kenny
The past 24-hours felt like the day I awoke to 9/11. I found it extremely difficult to pry myself away from social media & get on with the rest of my day to focus on every day life, applications, work, food prep, everything… it felt synonymous to being bound to the TV on 9/11, as everything sank in, layer by layer…
And then realizing how blessed I am to be in communities, families, where we are so united in love with each other and the earth, committed to making this world a better place no matter what. Our brother sheds poignant light below that captures the spirit of so many incredible beings with whom I have the honor of connection, and walking this path together.
Sending 🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻 to my All One brothers & sisters at Catharsis in Washington D.C., holding space for one another, united in love, peace, & reintegration. With you in spirit. Let us all practice more compassion with ourselves and one another. ❤️
“We experience traumatic events that displace our mind, fracture our lives, and violate our perceptions. One moment can cause such upheaval, that it might seem impossible to return to that safe place we once knew. When our lives are ripped asunder, and we are left to pick up the pieces and stitch them back together, the struggle to recenter and find yourself feels insurmountable.
Traumatic stress was written in 760 BCE by a Greek poet, Homer, in the Iliad and the Odyssey, and studied by the historian Herodotus in 490 BCE. It has been present in every war ever fought. It has been present in every community that experiences rape, brutality, oppression, and systematic violence. Violence and disaster can have lasting impacts on body and mind.
Despite its timeless reach, it has widely been swept away and disregarded as a personal weakness, not a disease. The survivors of hellish trauma left to fend for themselves and often told they are “weak” or to “toughen up.” We have come along way.
Breaking through the cycles of anger, depression, and victimization with time, understanding, and forgiveness can lead us home to safe and comfortable place once more; a task infinitely easier to write than to perform. Communal experience and expression can lead to lasting transformation and peace. It can bring those who are ready home.
Home is where you feel at ease and safe. It is not pinned down to a physical location with a door and windows; it has no borders. It is a place where we take refuge and our base of operations. It is accepting and loving. We gather in this space.
We gather to celebrate wellness and reintegration. We gather for art and community. We gather to shake free from the stigmas of surviving. We gather to honor and support those who travel this road alongside us. We gather to end the silent suffering of millions. We are on the journey home together.”
~ Tim Clark