I was SO touched to find a post tonight that originated on a site called rawbeauty.com. It is SO akin to my heart’s core desire and the mission of Scholars Together! I am humbled to be reminded once again of the kind of dignity, care and love in which I strive to hold each of our students and parents, each of our teachers/mentors, and myself. (Oh, if I could remember and express with more consistency that we ARE held in this way by a higher Truth, the space I cherish and hold in our learning community could be even more potent and far reaching, as well as healing for me!) What a true gift to one another it would be if we would follow the practice described below. Will you join me?
“I was recently told of an African tribe that does the most beautiful thing.
When someone does something hurtful and wrong, they take the person to the center of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds him. For two days they’ll tell the man every good thing he has ever done.
The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as GOOD, each of us desiring safety, love, peace, happiness.
But sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help.
They band together for the sake of their fellow man to hold him up, to reconnect him with his true Nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth from which he’d temporarily been disconnected: “I AM GOOD”.
What more is there to say except that this is RADICAL, REAL and PRACTICAL love for our fellow brothers and sisters …expressed in a way that could benefit us all and bring healing. This practice could help us get beyond the disdain or judgment we often feel in regards to other’s (or our own) choices, comments or actions, — transforming us, reminding us all that we EACH are truly a piece of the same delicious pie of light and love, especially in the times when we may have forgotten and need to hear our heart song again.
Tien Stone Langlois, Scholars Together Learning Community, Inc.