Day 26, To See What Can Be Seen: Inner Life, Political Act?

IMG_0629detail from painting, Cat Charissage, 2013

Dear Friends,

Many years ago I worked at a sexual assault center, and I learned much from Sandra Butler, the author of Conspiracy of Silence.  She had great depth in her teaching, and one of her comments floored me:  at that time I was struggling between my two life paths, political activism and a contemplative way of life.

She said, “To have an inner life is a political act.”

Does that resonate with you on a deep level, on a soul level?  What might it mean for you?  What kind of life comes out of that for you?

For a little bit if playful humor, today in your journal draw some signs as though you would carry them in a political demonstration or protest march.  What would they say?  “”Don’t tread on my inner life!”  is what comes to mind for me.  What would you write on your sign for the world (or at least the local newspaper) to see?

With love,


Day 26  of a series of daily prompts for written, visual, or art journalling, or just for pondering.  For more background information, see the Intro page, or this post on visual journalling:

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