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Harming, Healing, Hope

The following is a post from herbalist Aubrey Ellen Koch. I met her years ago when she was a teen and had the pleasure of making some wearable art for her. She was then and continues to be an empathetic, creative, and gifted person.

In the wake of the New Zealand tragedy, she posted the following on FaceBook and has given me permission to share it with you. Take heart! Let us all be healers, each in our own way.

“On this day and on so many days in the past few years as I watch the rising tide of acceptance for, and indulgence in, deep hatred and white supremacy I have felt hopeless. I feel small and impotent against this deluge of hate. I struggle every day with my own trauma, my own gaping wounds, my depression and the aftermath of the things that were done to me as a child. I struggle with the horror I feel as I see the unfolding of massacre after massacre of people just like me. I struggle with the ancestral memory of the members of my family who died in concentration camps. I struggle with the indelible image of a girl with my face, my body, blown up larger than life in a room at the holocaust museum.
“In the end I am not a violent fighter, and I have no power for revenge, but I pledge myself over and over as a healer to reach my hands out to all who are in pain, who are exhausted, who are fighting for themselves and their families and their community. I pledge myself to those who have been displaced and have no home, who are seeking any safe place to exist. I pledge myself to lift up as many as I can and to be the foundation for anyone who has the heart to fight. I am yours and I will support you with all that I have.”

Aubrey Ellen Koch, back

New Life

New life in two senses today! I finally recovered from a wedding over the weekend ~ AND

today Sidney was born – on Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday! My niece Anna gave birth to her first child. To celebrate new life in both senses, I attended an O Baby consignment sale, where one of the things I bought was one of my favorite books: On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Frasier.

“Welcome to the spinning world,” the people sang, as they washed your new, tiny hands.

“Welcome to the green Earth,” the people sang, as they wrapped your wet, slippery body.

And as they held you close they whispered into your open, curving ear, “We are so glad you’ve come!”

afternoon with a soul mate

Today my friend Gail stopped by on her way traveling from West Hartford, CT to Syracuse, NY. Reconnecting with old friends is heartwarming. We told each other stories about our lives and caught up. With such a soul friend, even though time had passed, it was as though we had seen each other yesterday; the conversation was immediate, free, deep, and easy.

In our past, we shared raising and home-educating our children; we found we embraced similar spiritual interests; we were both involved in creative pursuits¬† involving textiles, and we’ve shared the joys and challenges of life.

Gail reminded me that, no matter the time and distance between friends, we are never far apart. For this I am grateful.

At the end of our visit, we enjoyed a Japanese meal together. All in all, it was a very satisfying day.

Stepping Out ~ Gingerly

Because I was suffering from a serious case of cabin fever, this afternoon Ankle and I bravely (and gingerly) stepped out to attend brother-in-law Cliff’s retirement party. It was exactly what I needed to regain my perspective, bask in the love and companionship of family, and savor my watermelon dipped in my cup of wine. Yum.

Being with fun, kind, musical, playful, laughing, thoughtful and intelligent adults and children reminded me of the goodness in the world. What a blessing!

Now I’m rejuvenated, ready for the week ahead.