Wednesday, June 5, 2019
…The reason we’re seeing a rise in depression, anxiety, substance dependence, and suicide is because humans are in crisis. Much of what creates distress is overwhelming stress. Trauma, abuse, neglect, poverty, and injustice play key roles in contributing to emotional pain… As long as people are isolated, lonely, marginalized, and lack support, people will experience despair.
We must foster empathy by caring for one another and looking beyond ourselves.
As humans, we need to know we’re not alone. We need unconditional positive regard and an opportunity to reflect and problem solve. Ideally, these needs would be met through family and community relationships, but if there are ruptures in bonding, it’s hard to thrive. In many ways, we’re like plants. If watered and cared for, we do well. If not, we may wither.
Lise Porter, Self Bitch of a Daughter Blog
Every day we are assailed by ugliness
It comes from so many directions
From religious radicals
Power hungry politicians
It comes from people who are fearful
And people who are hate full
It comes from those who have power
And from those who want power
From those who have the money and want more
And from those who feel that somehow
They have been cheated out of the wealth, love, fame, power they want
It comes from everywhere
of words and actions
that pound us inexorably
slowly eroding our souls
rupturing our connections with others
and leaving us “isolated, lonely and marginalized”
We seem to have no place to turn
And the church, which should provide us with sanctuary
Which should be that place where we can gather, connect, and be re-created
Is all too often part of the problem
And we are stressed out
What is missing is this thing called empathy
That capacity to look beyond ourselves, and feel with another person
That capacity to put ourselves in the place of that refugee mother who does not know where her young child is kept.
That immigrant family that lives under the shadow of ICE
That woman who sees her place in America diminished, as assaults are dismissed and rights are taken away
That person of color who fears for his or her life, every time they encounter the police
That farmer who can no longer sell a crop
That person with cancer who has no healthcare
That family that sees the supports that offer them food and housing, taken away
That LGBTQI person who sees more rights taken away, daily?
Can we find it within us to become bound with others?
Can we learn to help people know they are not alone?
Can we learn to accept and welcome
Can we allow ourselves to be touched, filled,
nurtured, and empowered by God,
so that we become those who incarnate the Sacred?
Can we become those who water and care for tender souls
And help them to flourish?
The answer is