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|Parabola 41:3 Ways of Healing & Experience
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Parabola 41:3 Autumn 2016
Ways of Healing
The root meaning of heal is whole. Healing does not mean being unbroken. It means illness and mishap and even great tragedy can lead us from the pain of isolation to a greater wholeness. There is rich evidence of that in this Fall 2016 issue of Parabola, on “Ways of Healing.”
In Newtown, Connecticut, a new school is about to open to replace the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where on December 14, 2012, twenty children and six adults were senselessly shot and killed. How can a building help heal such an unspeakable tragedy? Parabola ’s editor and publisher, Jeff Zaleski, interviews architect Barry Svigals, whose firm designed the new school and who speaks of beginning the design process by inviting the community in to share memories and pictures of what they love about their town and school. “There is a kind of remembering that is about the past and there’s a kind of remembering that is about the present,” says Svigals. When people speak of love of a place, others feel it, he relates. This kind of remembering brings people back together individually and collectively after fracturing, as does remembering nature. “It’s so elemental, to be fully human.”
Also in this issue, Pulitzer-winning poet Mary Oliver offers new poems that help us remember our full humanity and the goodness of life. Beloved author Mark Nepo describes how a successful trial attorney, ambitious and well equipped, climbed a legendary peak in Mongolia, only to be stripped of all he thought he was. “All that was left was the bare fact of his own existence, the fact of his breath connecting him to the fact of all existence.” This stripping down, Nepo says, brought the wisdom that Whitman conveys in “Song of Myself”: I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood./ I see that the elementary laws never apologize.
The path of healing is not easy. But in the words of ServiceSpace leader Pavithra Mehta from her contribution to this issue, “it has softened my gaze. Opened doors of compassion for the world that I didn’t even know were closed.” May all of the essays, poems, stories, and art in these pages accompany you on the way to becoming whole.
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Table of Contents
ESSAYS AND CONVERSATIONS
The Editors, And Jesus stood still: In which the Nazarene heals a blind man
Jeff Zaleski, To Feel the Love: A conversation with architect Barry Svigals
Mark Nepo, Our Authority of Being: Welcoming the life-force
Lillian Firestone, My Life in the Chair: Awakening in the midst of suffering
Barbara Straus Lodge, Into the Fire: Seeking for her son, she finds herself
Gray Henry and Susannah Marriott, The Universal Rosary: Beads and the way of prayer
Richard Whittaker, A Shared Vision: A conversation with Ayurvedic physician Ramkumar Kutty
Kenneth E. Lawrence, art by Kumiko Lawrence, Noh Drama: The spiritual healing of the samurai
James George, Afterthoughts: Memories of Pierre Trudeau, Anandamayi Ma, and a life well spent
Patty de Llosa, Getting Out of the Way: How a doctor learned to heal
Tamarack Song, Enter the Silence, Listen, and You Will See: The healing power of nature
Didier Mouturat, Learning to Walk: Nothing is possible without that
James Opie, A Voice Spoke To Me: A young man encounters Truth
Janine Shepherd, I Made My Choice: Love called her back
Pavithra Mehta, The Privilege of Living: A conversation with ServiceSpace co-founder Viral Mehta
Bill W., The Twelve Steps: Surrendering to a greater Power
Three poems by Mary Oliver
Anonymous | Korean, Shimchong, the Blind Man's Daughter: Retold by Betsy Cornwell
Susan Brind Morrow, The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts| reviewed by James George
Rue Harrison, Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy | reviewed by Bob Scher
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Parabola is published quarterly by the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition. Each issue includes: * Original articles and interviews on mythology, spiritual practice, religious tradition, literature, popular culture, science, and the arts * Retellings of traditional stories, myths, and fairy tales * Book reviews * Comments on contemporary film, theater, music, art, and events * Artwork ranging from the traditional to the contemporary
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