Notes on Resilience

Dear friends,

Can I be honest? This week has been hard. It has triggered old wounds and new wounds, bringing sediment to the surface so that it may be examined. This week I found myself uncomfortable in my own vulnerability as I watched the #MeToo dialogue unfold. Challenging as it has been to revisit personal experiences, I know this conversation (a movement that began over 10 years ago) is necessary, urgent, and on time as the New Moon settles into Libra, a sign with concern for connection, relationship, and balance.

I hope you are taking care in whatever ways you need. One of the ways I’ve tried to do this is by engaging more deeply with what I love—photograpy and plants. This past July I had the opportunity unite the two while visiting the American Botanical Council for a tour and lecture. Listening to the stories of the plants and seeing them thrive reminded me of their resilient power. It was an honor to witness.

Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola
He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu
Ma Huang
Ma Huang
Plantian 1
Plantain 
Fennel
Fennel

In sharing these images today, I am also reminded how resiliency in nature can offer poignant learning opportunities, lessons that are centered on the elimination of systemic violence—whether in a prison, a home, or a garden.

In solidarity,

Christian


Links:

MeToo Movement website

DemocracyNow! in conversation with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke

In These Times Interviews for Resistance with Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan

American Botanical Council

 

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