Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness Moments

Those of you who know me personally may have heard that I have recently been involved in something deeply disturbing. While my Phd from the University of Life has given me the tools to attend to the practical, I am navigating my way through my inner landscape which throws up many questions and diverse thoughts.  I’d like to share some of my deeper considerations over the coming blog posts:

When we are faced with something that shocks us, how do we find a way to talk about these topics without getting triggered? How do we communicate about taboo subjects and learn how to explore and understand the emotions they stir in us?

Crimes like domestic violence, racism, hate, child molestation, rape, incest, are all topics that provoke extreme reactions. The division of victims/survivors and perpetrators is the norm. We use labels to identify people as psychopaths, narcissists, crazy… but how do these labels help? What should we do to educate ourselves and our children about these topics?

How do we find a safe path between dealing at an incident level – when we are trying to survive, repair, protect or take other action to prevent further harm – and, when the major harm has passed, how do we repair and restore?

As difficult as it is, we need a way to discuss these topics in order to effect change in society. We must raise awareness in a manner that avoids whipping up a harmful emotive storm.

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