“[T]he pain never breaks us.
We push forward.”
Despite the verdict in the Chauvin case, we steady ourselves in the reality of work that remains to be done, trauma that still must be healed, hope that still needs to anchor us in victory that still must be claimed. As Professor Esau McCaulley wrote in the NY Times yesterday about the verdict, “happy” is the “wrong word when a life has been lost.” But “the pain never breaks us. We push forward.”
Hebrews, verses 17-19 says we are guided to “take hold of the hope set before us [so that we] may be greatly encouraged” and so that we “have this hope as an anchor for the soul.” We hold on to something greater than ourselves, a consciousness that is the unconditional love that gives our souls peace.
That which is greater than ourselves is not of the world but can be found in the silence of a simple breath, breathing in “now” and breathing out “begin,” breathing out “I” and breathing out “am,” breathing in “We,” and breathing out “are one.”
We push forward, refreshed by the hope that tethers us to the truth that we are more than hatred and violence, more than murder and madness. We are more than the uniforms we wear, the color of our skins, the texture of our hair, the size of our bodies, the construct of our races, the tongues that we speak. We are more than the tribes that we identify with or the culture we feel most acquainted. We are one family of all beginnings, the issue of one truth.
When push forward, anchored to the truth that we are not here for ourselves but for each other, we find our way back to the light that leads us out of the darkness of weariness and despair, and we lean into the love that lifts us above all pain, all poison, and all lies.
The truth that sets us free is the inhalation of a moment, the sweetness of allowing it to fill our lungs, our bodies, our hearts, and our souls, and then be released without worry, aware that we are all moments breathed as one.
We push forward with our faith, which is greater than the appearances of things, and allow the greater good to anchor our souls.
Here, take this moment once again. Breathe in its balm of oneness. Every breath is an opportunity to heal.