A small group of artists and leaders in the field of peacebuilding came together to reflect on the roots of compassionate presence. As they shared their stories, I was struck by the way artists shine a light on what might be, even in the midst of bleak violence.
From the beginning of our time together, Isabel moved my heart deeply. Without spoken language, she communicated through her eyes, the slight lifting of the corner of her mouth to form a little smile, and with movements of her tiny fingers.
It turns out that we all have a lived experience of mental illness touching our lives, whether it is personally or though someone we love. It is in the courage to share our journeys that we are able to transform our pain and our struggle into a blessing, a human connection, and a shared path.