Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Self-Kare Korner

The ooze is thick and persistent. It spews forth from the malignant maws of fear and hate.
The ooze is deep and confounding. It gathers and forms an opaque build-up, enrobing our faculties sensory and cognitive.
Even the most mindful among us (maljohn) struggle to orient themselves as we writhe strenuously scalp-deep in the viscous disinformation.
The distortion is thick and persistent, deep and confounding--unfathomable fathoms beyond any potentially acceptable level of distortion perpetrated by the internalized biases of the most thoughtful wielders of power.
We desire to shed the burdensome ooze under whose weight we quake, within whose confines we gasp for breath.
Once cleansed, we desire to travel light, to move forward unhindered--our bearing true--with clarity, intentionality, and purpose along the path toward reason, compassion, and justice.
Maybe another "prompt-in-a-post" as we did some months ago will help, a brain-teaser of sorts to stop us in our tracks and help jostle our minds, bodies, and souls from and bolster our immunity against the encumbering, life-force-sapping, disinforming, distorting ooze of fear and hate.
Here we go:

This post is
a prompt
to dislodge you
from your
mental rut

Or better yet,

This post is a guide
on the well-worn neural
channel like a river
or a stream
or a creek you're
on in a boat
or a raft
or a tube with an oar

The water is choppy
with rocks at your feet
with trees at your arms
and face
the intensity, the frequency
the water's high and rising
you see a fall not far ahead
the end is Niagara

This post calls to you
from the bank and throws
a line and yanks
you say thanks as this
post lifts your craft
above its head
to portage your thoughts
to somewhere where
they won't soon be dead
like an infrequetented lake
placid and safe

Will you right the ship of thought?
Or scuttle the ship
and lash together
logs in vain?

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