THE GIVING TREE: GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED
What: Ten trees, collectively called “The Giving Trees” installed on the steps of Harvard Memorial Church one week after the 2016 US Presidential election.
Instructions: Write a message of hope or love, something you possess and can give to someone today. Take home a message of hope or love, something that speaks to your heart, something you need to be reminded of today.
The last few days when I was confronted with the political state of American and what felt like a rejection of my identity, I've also seen the most outreach of support and acceptance. This keeps my head up.
I believe in you. Right now. Forever. I believe in you. You're going to be okay.
"And I say to this: when it is all too much; when the news is so bad meditation itself feels useless...find a Human Sunrise. Find those people who are committed to changing our scary reality. Human Sunrises are happening all over the earth..."
What: An installation to prompt reflection on the following quote by Alice Walker: “And I say to that: When it is all too much; when the news is so bad meditation itself feels useless, and a single life feels too small a stone to offer on the altar of Peace, find a Human Sunrise. Find those people who are committed to changing our scary reality. Human sunrises are happening all over the earth, at every moment. People gathering, people working to change the intolerable, people coming in their robes and sandals or in their rags and bare feet, and they are singing, or not, and they are chanting, or not. But they are working to bring peace, light, compassion, to the infinitely frightening downhill slide of Human life.”
Instructions: Write the name of your Human Sunrise and the reasons why they are your Human Sunrise.
Jigmet is my human sunrise because he re-taught me that being kind and inclusive doesn't take anything away from us. And that even if we don't give back what we give, that might be better because we get lighter every time we give something away.
A wise friend who also speaks slowly.
For making home so close to the heart.
You are music, you are light, you are always working so hard towards love and goodness. You are absolutely brilliant.
You're my Human Sunrise because you believe in humanity. On the most depressing day, when I can see nothing but negativity, you help me see the light. Love you.
SIDEWALK CHATS: WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART? WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?
What: A public living room created to hold a compassionate space for honest and vulnerable conversations. “Sidewalk Chats” was curated in part to de-stigmatize and normalize support sought out for mental health. Professional counselors and chaplains representing a diversity of faith backgrounds were on-site for support. ("Are You You" original by Shantell Martin)