24 April 2020

What is there to say after the tragic event that shook Nova Scotia and all of Canada last weekend? In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis?

Likely nothing. Perhaps only silence appropriate…

sitting in the silence with our brothers and sisters unable to bear the too-fresh silence, loved ones gone too soon.
sitting in the dark and holding space for those whose time it is to rage and wail against the night.
sitting in the quiet and committing to staying awhile.

Or perhaps it is more song. more dance…

Zorba the Greek danced when he felt choked by emotion – whether it be happiness or sadness. A wild defiant dance. Others thought he mad as he danced when his young son died. He said he would have gone mad had he not danced.

And what is the other option in turbulent times like this? Fight/Flight/Freeze?
Your body would rather you dance, collapse, shake, hug, scream, or defiantly sit and hold your centre…..anything but freeze. Your body is there so you don’t have to freeze.

This is such a difficult time, dear patients and students, and we need to buoy ourselves up with presence and embodiment. Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other.

My heart and prayers are with you all, and I look forward to connecting with some of you on “zoom” in the coming days and weeks.

In solidarity, and with deep sadness and great love,