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Folks seemed to flock to Karma Kitchen in Berkeley this past 9/11 weekend, where collective wisdom settled on a theme of 'healing.'  About 120 people shared space, food, various gifts (like this inspired booklet about the other September 11 -- in 1906, when Gandhi first started his experiments with nonviolence) and other expressions of the heart. Here are some guest reflections on Healing:

  • Tincture of Time
  • "The body is more like a flickering flame than a lump of meat." --Candace Pert
  • Healing can be brought on by something as simple as a kind act of a stranger -- be it a smile or a warm meal. Kindness inspires healing.
  • "There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with." --Harry Crews
  • The ability to bounce back.
  • I acknowledge that healing may take a long time, but any progress made at all tells me that I'll get there.
  • Healing is to return to source. Not evolving ever higher nor expanding into the myriad of complexity. The 10,000 becomes the 10 becomes the 2 becomes the one. Inherent connectedness -- awakening to it -- bestows a perfect balance.
  • Healing is not a solitary process.
  • Healing is the intercourse between grief and enlightenment. To acknowledge pain is to become vulnerable and reconnect with ones humanity. Thank you for this meal; everything can rejuvenate.  Sometimes this is the only hope we can rely on.
  • the natural ability of life to heal itself is boundless

And while unrelated to healing, this last note will serve as a fitting closing :)

"Our experience here today has been fantastic. The atmosphere and the service are top notch. The work that volunteers here perform is amazing and we would be delighted to come here again! Thanks for having us today and we sincerely hope that this effort continues to thrive in the future."

--server :) on Sep 16, 2010

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