This past week or so has been intense. Still feeling the aftermath of the Ferguson decision and reeling from the revelation of the Eric Garner grand jury verdict. Still experiencing woe and frustration and even exhilaration as a student who is politically active on the issues of race and justice and democracy. Struggling with what it means to organize effectively, struggling to maintain my own sense of peace and clarity as I engage in this work, so that what I am offering are tools for peace and not for conflict. And yet, how to stay sufficiently on guard? How to stay sufficiently critical and unrelenting in the quest for equality, and for a system that helps put people and communities back together, rather than tear them apart.
The Millennial Juror This article from the April 2012 Texas Bar Journal discusses how Millennials (which the article defines as those born between 1982-1995, though a quick glance at Wikipedia shows an age range anywhere from 1981-2004) are forcing lawyers … Continue reading
I am reminded of the lesson that stillness brings action for two reasons right now.
The first has to do with exams. It has to do with allowing myself the rest I need to prepare mentally and emotionally for the roller coaster that is sitting in a windowless room for hours pouring every scrap of intellect you have into an assignment that feels removed from life and arbitrary yet so very crucial to the prospects of one’s future at the same time… I have been practicing inner-listening like crazy. I have been massaging my hands and feet like crazy. I have been clearing internal space so that what must rise to the surface for the good of my academic standing can come.
Something I do pretty often is take Madame out to the woods for a jog. It is surprisingly hard though for me to enjoy this time without the distraction of Pandora in my head phones. I suppose it helps me get into an exercise groove. But what does it prevent me from doing? Being present in a different way…
Today we had a great time in quietude. Just for a few moments. But that was all I needed.
Never underestimate the value of a good break from noise, even if it’s noise that normally keeps you focused and moving. That stillness is important too.