Tag Archive | healing

WHO AM I?

I don’t know how important it is to answer this question. I do know that it can be helpful sometimes because how we spend our life’s energy is directly tied to how we have answered that question. In other words, if you consider yourself an athletic person, you’ll work out a lot. Philosophers philosophize. Thieves steal. Artists create art. Loving people put their efforts on developing compassion and loving kindness.

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IT’S OK IF YOU DON’T LOVE ME

It’s ok if you don’t love me

or like me

or respect me

like I always thought you would.

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HOW TO DETACH FROM NEGATIVITY

     ABOUT MOVING DOWN THE PATH…
Here’s my thinking (i.e. what I’ve figured out so far…..)  about how to “detach” something negative from some part of one’s self……

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REALIZING THE STAGES THROUGH OPPRESSION

         A shared understanding of how oppression affects people similarly in spite of differences in the cause of the oppression can increase understanding and support for all.
 STAGES THROUGH OPPRESSION
June 13, 2004

These are my thoughts about the different stages that individuals might pass through in response to being oppressed. I don’t think everyone necessarily goes through each stage. Some people leap passed a stage.  Other people get stuck at a stage and never move beyond it.  Regrettably, it seems that only a few seem to make it to the final stage.

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Written – 1/1/2002 – Poem – Strong Enough

This poem was written when I was relatively new to volunteering with the Black Prisoners’ Caucus at Washington State Reformatory.  It came out of my reaction to the part of prison culture where the men are forced to stuff emotions in order to be “tough” all the time – just to survive.   I understood why that was but still, I also knew that it takes great strength to do some of the things they considered to be “soft” and those things are part of being human.  I was sad to see them cut off from their own humanity.  Read More…