As We Move On, Mending and Repairing…
I posted A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand earlier this week, written before the results of the 2020 U.S. national elections were finalized and clear. Larry Robinson posted “For Nothing Is Fixed” by James Baldwin last Saturday, the day after the election results had been declared clear.
For nothing is fixed,
forever, forever, forever,
it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting,
the light is always changing,
the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them
because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails,
lovers cling to each other,
and children cling to us.
The moment we cease to hold each other,
the moment we break faith with one another,
the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
– James Baldwin
It’s the last lines – The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out – that are such a clear expression of what we, the entire world, needs to practice right now.
I’ll be suggesting powerful practices to do just that in my November 21, 2020 webinar at Insight LA: Resilience: Coping Mindfully and Wisely from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster.
Originally scheduled long before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, before the world-wide protests about the murder of George Floyd, before the devastating wildfires here in California, and the nail-biting roller coaster of our U.S. presidential elections, this webinar offering practices of mindfulness and self- compassion that support bouncing back to what we treasured before, bouncing forward to new opportunities of a new normal, as relevant and timely as ever.
As John Powell, professor of law and African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, says, “Yes, we must hold each other accountable, but we must hold each other.”
It will be people working together, holding each other accountable, keeping faith with one another, that will allow us to “stay woke”, stay afloat, and keep the lights of reason and respect shining in the unfolding days and weeks.