Antioch University Seattle is awesome. It feels like home, like a bigger more serious but just as authentic Leapyear, in a way. A lot fewer hugs and a lot fewer tears… but all the feelings are there. One of my classes is the Foundations: The Great Turning. We explore our place in the great turning towards a more conscious society. As part of the process, we must move through, honor and acknowledge the pain of the world, the grief that gets swept up in the dust. Randy (professor) asks, how do we maintain our gaze with the grief of the world? It reminded me of India and how another student of Antioch had said something like, “India will rip your skin off - whatever you do, do not let it grow back.” While reading a powerful retelling of Randy’s experience in Japan in seeing the grief and ever present effects of Hiroshima, I really felt the pain split me down the middle. While watching a video of Joanna Macy walking us through a breathing exercise to “breathe the pain through” I just sat there crying. I cannot even begin to comprehend the grief of the world because it is so immensely deep, and I do not know how not to get lost in it. Joanna Macy says that gratitude will ground us, but I am having a really really hard time getting that bit.
Everyone is doing something to contribute to healing the world. What are you doing to help this process along?
With so many questions and a heart cracked open wide,