there's a lot of tragedy and collective heroism in the forefront these days.
as I watched footage from today I noticed they're were several instances where "moments of silence" were observed: for the student lead- anti gun March in DC, and the deadly Florida bridge accident.
Emma Gonzalez held the silence for nearly 4 minutes.
At about minute 2 you could tell the crowds were getting restless, confused and sort of wanted her to resume speaking. They chanted and called out her name, but her gaze remained present, and her mouth remained shut.
No one likes to be with the silence of something difficult.
Our inner "crowd" wants rage, noise and most of all, answers.
No one has the time to "feel" the situation. No one wants to.
It's almost as though through feeling it, we are being "defeated" by it.
But what if we listened just a minute or two longer. Would that surrender open up a new channel of communication?
I am so proud of this young girl for making everyone "feel" the silence of this tragedy we are all part of. The intellect cannot answer wounds that have infiltrated our collective psyche. Only the Spirit has access to the raw power that is required to become "more" than we've ever been.
Id like to think that when something hurts me I take the time to be silent with it.
It's tempting to want to talk it out, get advice, write a blog on it etc. And of course there are times when expression and communication are needed.
If silence scares you, take a deep breath and pretend that we are holding hands :)
Welcome in the fullness of who you are to understand you, heal you, and change you.