Lost in the Jungle.

Hands-support-community-New-Life-FoundationA New Life Foundation tradition:  On the day a volunteer or resident leaves, he/she says good-bye during the morning meeting.

Today Mariki from South Africa told us about being lost in the jungle.  She’d gone out for run at twilight and realized she couldn’t find her way back to on her own.  There weren’t even stars in the cloudy sky to navigate by.  So, she did the only thing she could, she became very still and listened to the whisper in her heart.  God guided her safely home.

Mariki volunteered at New Life in preparation for beginning her own new life.  Recently divorced after ten years of marriage, she will soon go home to a new home, new job, new companions, new solitude.

She described her New Life experience by quoting a poem.

“Somewhere there are people

to whom we can speak with passion

without having the words catch in our throats.

somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,

eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us

whenever we come into our own power.

Community means strength that joins our strength

to do the work that needs to be done.

Arms to hold us when we falter.

A circle of healing.  A circle of friends.

Someplace where we can be free.”

–Starhawk, from Dreaming the Dark

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