Riding The Storm & Remaining Intact


It takes time to cultivate the mind. It takes time to grow in wisdom. It takes time to savor the difficulties of living. It takes time to feel one’s way into oneself. It takes time to walk with God.
— Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader

As some prepare for the holidays, many hold space for family and relationships, and we all contemplate the turn of the year, it is an important time for meditation and reflection. This piece by Dr. Maulanga Karenga, who is Chair of Africana Studies at California State University-Long Beach, offers a beautiful reflection on the "storm-resisting spirituality" of the late Howard Thurman. As Kwanzaa approaches, Dr. Karenga offers Howard Thurman's words as a resource in the practice of meditating, remembering, and recommitting. Dr. Karenga shares Howard Thurman's wisdom teaching about the use of spirituality in navigating difficult times: "It is good to know what there is in us that is strong and solidly rooted. It is good to have the assurance that can only come from having ridden the storm and remained intact”

And Dr. Karenga goes on to explain in his own words: "riding out the storm and remaining intact is a metaphor for a personal resiliency, rooted in a depthful and disciplined spirituality. It begins with a conception of spirituality as a power of good and strength in the world that dares to heal and hope, to build and unburden, to dream and think deep about things of sacred and transcendent worth even, and especially, in the worst of times."

How are you cultivating a depth of spiritual resiliency at this time of year?

Read more of Dr. Karenga's reflection here