If you are feeling anything like me you might be a little burnt out from the inevitable chaos of the holidays. Christmas is always a nostalgic time for me as tradition is strong in my family. There is something incredibly comforting about predictability isn't there? As the end of the year approaches I know that I will be doing A. B. and C with my loved ones. Occasionally there is the random awkward interaction or argument but overall its written in the history books time and time again as an enjoyable and loving experience. As soon as the trees went up, the baked goods were in ALL the ovens, and as consumerism began, I immediately started thinking of all my HQ family
We discussed their plans and most of them weren't anything relatable to my life experience. Many did not have any plans at all and everyone else that I talked to were going to see 'chosen' family or an Aunt and Uncle. The overall energy surrounding the holiday was one of indifference and sadness. I immediately began to contemplate my privilege as I often do in these situations. It can be so easy to take these moments for granted, we all have done it
A young man attempted to take his own life at HQ last month and then immediately after two young men declared that they were going to commit a crime against a young woman. It has become clear that most of them if not all are living from a place of survival. Getting them to sit for small increments of time has been the only way to access these small moments of peace. If we do longer periods of time they get incredibly uncomfortable, this is when we use the rest of the time for discussion and reflection. Their lives are anything BUT predictable, which leaves them in an almost constant state of unease.
The happiest moment I saw them this month was painting. They are all incredibly creative individuals and it has been a driving force behind the mission of bringing them yoga and meditation. Through music and creative expression we have built relationships and trust and therefore are able to have those more vulnerable quiet moments.
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member