Easter – rise

Easter – rise

Blessed Easter. And thank you for your thoughtful poems and reflections throughout this season. Our last word for writing is "rise." On pathways to collective flourishing, what will we rise for? What is needed in order to rise again after a deeply painful blow? What past political uprisings have led to your benefit? When are you most likely to feel entirely hopeless - and what/who helps you not to stay there permanently? What do you have the power to rise against? What oppressive powers depend on the assumption you will not join others in rising up against them? How are you represented or...

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Day 40 – Mourn

Day 40 – Mourn

If you haven't read the introduction to this practice on our webpage, we encourage you to first read more about it here. View the whole collection here. Today's word for writing is "mourn." On pathways to collective flourishing, how do we practice mourning? In your family of origin, what did you learn about mourning? What systems/powers have contributed to the lack of collective mourning this year? What are the collective consequences of moving on without mourning loss, pain, or violence? Do you feel able to support people in their processes of mourning? When are you most tempted to rush...

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Day 39 – scream

Day 39 – scream

Today's word for writing is "scream." On pathways to collective flourishing, over what do we scream? What is your relationship to instinctual embodied expression - yours or others? How does emotional and verbal repression shape our culture? What circumstances draw up within you the need/desire to scream? What kinds of screams are punished and which are praised? In what ways can we, should we, do we scream for each other? Reflect. Meditate. Pay attention. Feel. Then, write three lines of poetry. May it be a prayer, a confession, an observation, a longing, a release, or a sensation - whatever...

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Day 38 – stay

Day 38 – stay

Today's word for writing is "stay." On pathways to collective flourishing, with whom do we stay? How do you discern whether it's a time for staying or leaving in difficult contexts? Have you ever needed to ask someone to stay with you in a vulnerable circumstance? What triggers your impulses to run from hard things? What emotions do you have the hardest time staying with? What causes are important enough to you that you will stay with them as they ebb and flow from public attention? Under what circumstances does staying become stuck in the status quo? Through what life events are people most...

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Day 37 – solidarity

Day 37 – solidarity

Today's word for writing is "solidarity." On pathways to collective flourishing, with whom are you in solidarity? Who are you willing to be - and stay - in the trenches with? Who do you share your resources - financial, material, spiritual, emotional - with? Who has stuck by your side when others scattered? How does your relationship to power and privilege shape your understanding of what solidarity is and how it is practiced? What are the gifts and offerings of relationships built on genuine solidarity? What kind of life changes would be required if one were living in solidarity with the...

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Day 36 – fragile

Day 36 – fragile

Today's word for writing is "fragile." On pathways to collective flourishing, what is fragile? What are some structures/systems that are more fragile than they boast? Under what circumstances can fragility be destructive or distracting? Under what circumstances is fragility important to honor and respect? What creates or leaves relationships in a fragile state? What kind of creatures/creations have fragility woven into their structure/survival? How do you relate to fragile things - within you or around you? What are the gifts that fragility bears? Reflect. Meditate. Pay attention. Feel....

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