Watching the news these days can be . . . disheartening. We seem so committed to “othering,” to shaming those with whom we disagree, to shutting down the voices we don’t like, to ad hominem attacks and violent attacks. It seems that we can so little tolerate difference that we’d rather dehumanize each other than sit with the discomfort of the complexity that life offers.
But we need each other.
We need people who are deeply concerned about the well-being of the planet, and those living in poverty, and income inequality, and social justice. We need people who ask how we’re going to pay for our social programs, who are concerned about security, who value individual ingenuity, who are deeply concerned about protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We need people who create order and form and rhythm.
We need people who create art and connection and fun.
We need people who teach us how to trust.
We need people who teach us how to question.
We need people who remind us how amazing and whole and complete we are.
We need people who show us the ways that we could use some improvement.
We need people who have learned to sit with their discomfort. Who have learned to pause and not react. We need people who can make space inside of themselves for the pain that arises when they don’t get their way, or when someone doesn’t agree, or when they realize they don’t have any control. Who have learned how to stand for what they need and want without demonizing those who need or want something different. Who can sit in the center of the chaos and breathe. We need more of this.
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Rafia Rebeck, MEd, MA, LPCC, is trained in the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy. She offers a warm, sincere, and safe approach for those who seek personal transformation through mindfulness. Please feel welcome to get in touch by contacting email@example.com. If this blog postcard was meaningful for you, please feel free to share it with others who may benefit.