Huge appreciation for Luma!
Thank you Luma for your latest post, We share your grieve!!!!!!!!!!! This truly is a hot topic! I have already told Luma that within the PulseWire community team we often discuss and consider how to best support our sisters around the world who have lived through a traumatic experience such as rape. We will be listening with eager ears and supportive hearts to your thoughts, responses and wisdom gained from personal experience.
We invite everyone in this group to post your response as a journal entry within the ‘PulseWire Lounge’ group. Let’s use this space as a place to have and encourage these important discussions! (Alternately, if you would like to post in your personal journal, I encourage you to also post a link to your personal journal entry as a comment to Luma’s ‘assignment’- this will allow us to find you!)
Before I get back to the flurry of another full day, I would like to pause and share what came to mind when Luma posted her ‘assignment’. Upon reading Luma’s prompt, Jensine and I remembered a book propped on the bookshelf in our office, full of blessings by the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue. From these pages are some words that we would like to share that you…
after a destructive encounter
Now that you have entered with an open heart
Into a complex and fragile situation,
Hoping with patience and respect
To tread softly over sore ground in order
That somewhere beneath the raw estrangement
Some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed
To release the grace for a new journey
Beyond repetition and judgement,
And have achieved nothing of that,
But emerged helpless, and with added hurt…
Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility,
Loosen from your heart the new fester.
Free yourself of the wounded gaze
That is not yet able to see you.
Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.
Draw deep from your own dignity.
Temper your expectation to other’s limits,
And take your time carefully,
Learning that there is a time for everything
And for healing too,
But that now is not that time… yet.