This morning on my BREAZE walk, I asked the tree I frequently sit by at madison Square Park – “What gives us strength?” My question was focused around the beheading of James Foley. Like with many acts of horrific violence, there is a ‘dark imagining’ of “what would I do if I was in his predicament ?” All I could come up with is – “I hope I could remember to open my heart, ask the breath for help, breathe-as-one with my fear & connect 2 the Big-Breath in the earth, the way my elder tree reminds me to do with its presence. (And if I could remember Nelson Mandela , maybe connect 2 the big-breath in the be-header?..) I have a strong sense that there is a connection between losing our humanity when we react, retaliate, protecting & defend, and finding it again by raising it with acts of kindness & compassion, starting with ourself, and taking the highway of healing. Responding rather than reacting with the help of the breath, can be a way out of the paradox.
I’d like to start a conversation “What gave you strength at the most challenging times in your life?” If you’d like to join this conversation write to me at -firstname.lastname@example.org