Mind, Call, Spirit

Portraits of Reconciliation
Photographs by Pieter Hugo; Text by Susan Dominus
The New York Times Magazine

This beautiful and moving piece offers us a glimpse into the transformative power of forgiveness for individuals and communities. Through images of Hutu and Tutsi survivors, side by side, 20 years after the genocide that divided their country, we are reminded “when it comes to forgiveness willingly granted, one is satisfied once and for all. When someone is full of anger, he can lose his mind. But when I granted forgiveness, I felt my mind at rest.” How might you practice forgiveness? What does your portrait of reconciliation look like?

What Suffering Does
By David Brooks
The New York Times 

How do you experience suffering? What practices open you up to insights, and perhaps clarity, amidst pain and difficulty? In this article, Brooks invites us to consider suffering from a new framework and challenges us to understand more deeply “that people in the midst of difficulty begin to feel a call…They can’t determine the course of their pain, but they can participate in responding to it.”

by Margaret Wheatley
Still Harbor Blog: Meditations & Reflections

In offering up this poem this week, we invite you to reflect on how you view action in your life and what your action teaches you. For, in the words of Wheatley:

“…Action, like a sacrament, is the visible form of an invisible spirit
an outward manifestation of
an inward power. But as we act,
we not only express what is in us
and help give shape to the world.
We also receive what is outside us
and reshape
our inner selves….”

Visit the Still Harbor Blog: Meditations & Reflections for the full text and to share your personal expression and experience of your invisible spirit.


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