Like Words Together Reflections from the deep end of Practice.


Self Identify

On Saturday we saw a performance of The Vagina Monologues that featured CK's Mom performing one of the pieces. It was fantastic, moving, and I feel so privileged to have been there.

At the end the directors asked everyone in attendance to stand if they were the survivor of sexual abuse or domestic violence. It is hard for me at times like this. I feel a little like a traitor because I don't stand. I feel ashamed.... and then I feel ashamed of my shame.

Ugly. It too is a Practice. Someday it won't be so terrifying to stand or someday I'll just be alright with the fact that it terrifies me to self identify as a survivor of abuse, particularly a survivor of sexual abuse.

Powerful Art - Sacramento, California - April 14, 2012

Metta Prayer for All Survivors

May I be
Freed from
The misery
Of shame.

May I
Be released
From the thought
That somehow
It was my fault.

May I
Rest in the
Truth that I
Do anything

May all
Be free from
Anxiety and fear.
May we all
Be at ease.

May we all
Be happy.

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