26 Jun '11, 6pm
Seeking Reconciliation: The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. – Thich Nhat Hanh I grew up accustomed to angry bursts of violence. My parents divorced when I was thirteen, but the years leading to their final separation made the divorce more of a relief than additional pain. Communications were mostly done in different octaves of yells and even now, my children often have to remind me about how loudly I am speaking. We were all stranded in that family, wanting what everyone wants: to be valued, acknowledged and loved. No one in my family had enough of themselves to offer anything to anyone else. The only rule I was ever entirely dedicated to for my own children was the enforcement of reconciliation on a daily basis. They weren’t allowed to leave the room, or even go to bed, when they were young until they worked through their conflicts. I ...