Being a mother has reinforced my understanding that offering unconditional witness to the pain and suffering of others matters. It matters whether or not I understand the experience of the other. Witness is the foundation of accompaniment. And accompaniment—the relational building of trust, companionship, and connection—is the foundation of social medicine.
Reflecting on the current state of affairs in the world today, I find myself pondering... What is the most powerful form of action? How do we navigate the space between listening and protesting? What is the role of bearing witness? With those questions in mind, I invite you to watch this video of writer and activist, Sisonke Msimang from The Moth.
The capacity to share and to receive opens us up to transformation. Whether with a story, a community, or a place, we create true connection when we show up as our authentic selves and are present to the real nature of our surroundings. May you explore this beautiful reciprocity with these offerings.