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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 86 us out of our apathy and immersion in ma- terialism. They can help us to get in touch with the deep currents of meaning and communion that are the basis of real soci- ety. In a reversal of the heartfelt processes by which ancestors and elders guide youth, our youth today can gently—and at times not so gently—guide us back to our hu- manity, back to a sense of our basic good- ness and all that it implies. When he arose in my heart that day in the meditation hall, Germaine brought that message to me. SOME TIME AFTER that experience, I found myself sitting and talking with an- other of Jamil’s friends, Joshua. Jamil had called him a brother and asked that we call him a son. Joshua had told me his story many times before, and as he told it again I heard him calling to my heart through the silences and tears, asking that I take my role as elder and help him find his way. Be- fore this conversation, I had not listened deeply. For once, it was time to listen to what the children and their stories had been trying to teach me, teach all of us. When Joshua was fourteen—by which time he had got himself into a fair amount of trouble—his mother put a gun to his head and told him to get out of her house, out of her life. His father was already out of his life, serving a lengthy sentence in pris- on. With his grandmother’s help, Joshua found a place to stay and lived what he ad- mitted was a wild and crazy life for a while. But then, at a certain point he stopped try- ing to escape from the overwhelming pain in his life, and something deep began to take hold. By the time he was eighteen, he was visiting his father and his friends in prison regularly, bringing them messages of encouragement and support. Through intensive reading and deep conversations with his grandmother and with men and women his own age, Josh- ua began to put the pieces of the puzzle together for himself. He began to under- stand where history had placed him and why. As a young black man who had lost many family members and friends to drugs, prison, and homicidal and suicidal death, Joshua began to realize something profound: that the kidnapping from Africa, DEUTER MUSIC as far as the ear The sublime harmonic vibrations of Tibetan bowls resonate deep within the heart. A refreshing CD, ideal for calming the nerves and healing the spirit. TIBET: NADA HIMALAYA 2 EAST OF THE FULL MOON 1 800 570 4074 www.newearthrecords.com Request your free catalog of over 100 visionary titles at or A tapestry of dreamy music evoking the moods of the night... slow-paced and reflective, ideal for providing a soothing backdrop for relaxation or meditation. can listen