The Healing of Community

October 3, 2014 3:17 PM

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For as long as I can remember, I've been attracted to the margins -- the places inhabited by the lost, the wanderers, and the disenfranchised. Growing up as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I became adept at revealing just enough of "me" to fit into whatever community I desperately wanted to belong to. As an emotional chameleon, I was able to slide through my life on a superficial high, while deep inside I was uncoiled and disconnected.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about sense of community and about where I belong. So much of our identity is enshrined in our community, so is it any wonder that when we subvert our "true" identity simply to satisfy our thirst for belonging, we sabotage any hope of actual connection? I can attest ...

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