Tikkun Magazine, Winter 2011

Listen, Laugh, Love

by Frances Payne Adler

Four support beams that have sustained me through twenty-five years of social action tikkun work:

1. Listen to what you know through your body. Our minds are often cluttered with what we're "supposed" to think and do, rather than what we know to be the truth. Your body remembers, your body knows what's just.

2. Don't let fear stop you. Name it, address it -- take whatever physical and/or emotional steps are necessary -- and keep going.

3. Collaborate. Work with people you trust and whose work you respect. The days ahead will be challenging; there will be dark times. Work with friends who can lead when you're not up to it, and through whose dark times you can lead.

4. Maintain balance: laugh, love, take breaks. Your stamina and your health depend on it. If there's no laughter, there's no revolution.

Poet Frances Payne Adler founded the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay. Her most recent books include Making of a Matriot and Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing.

Source Citation: Payne Adler, Frances. 2011. Listen, Laugh, Love. Tikkun 26(1): 28

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