using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : September 2019
One of the healing practices the group did during their five days at Flowering Lotus Retreat Center in Magnolia, Mississippi, was dancing to traditional drumming, led by facilitator Rosetta Saunders (below). “Drumming has been my medicine in working with and healing my own personal trauma,” she says. their ancestors. Berry spoke of traveling to Virginia and of a phone call with a descendant of the fam- ily who had enslaved some of his ancestors, while Saunders spoke about her journey to Camilla, Georgia. “There was so much pain in the one story my mother would tell,” she said. “I had to go to that place where the pain had occurred and festered within her.” Williams speaks of coming to this work as “the culmination of all that she has lived and trained for, and the family that raised her up.” Both of her parents were originally from the South and were part of the Great Migration, from the South to the North. For Williams, who describes herself as “a true believer in the bodhisattva way,” liberation from suf- fering is deeply tied to liberation from the suffering caused by historical trauma. “I spent many years of my youth traveling down South from Brooklyn with my mom, dad, and aunties, listening to the stories of my people and the history of Southern living,” says Williams. “I remember having to make sure we left at the right time of day so we didn’t get caught driving through Virginia and North Carolina in the mid- dle of the night, and having to always make sure we had enough gas to make it through. I remem- ber the fried chicken and potato salad we made to eat on the road, which was delicious, but the adults knew it was to make sure we did not have to stop and face being unable to purchase food or eat at certain restaurants.” The facilitators offered several experiential exercises to investigate and illuminate the silent trauma, to strengthen group belonging, and to bear witness to each other’s family stories. The small number of participants allowed for a depth of intimacy that surprised many participants, who felt that they expressed more emotion to fellow retreatants than they ever had to friends, cowork- ers, or family members. “I saw that people were suffering the same way I was,” says participant Aliyah Rowe, a New York– based meditation practitioner in the Vipassana tra- dition. “We cried with each other. We shared things with each other that we haven’t even told members of our family.” Beli Sullivan, a fellow retreatant, agrees. “It was the perfect group. The teachers were so incredibly loving,” she says. “They were the beacon we were looking for. They were always present.” On the third day of the retreat, the group of six- teen traveled to the Whitney Plantation in Louisi- ana. As the only plantation in the country to narrate the horrors of slavery from the perspective of the enslaved people, it allowed the DTL participants to sit with memorials to infants, children, and adults who lived and died on the plantation, as well as a monument to the largest slave uprising in the his- tory of the U.S. Retreatant Kabir Hypolite was particularly struck by this monument. As he walked by rows of ceramic black heads on poles commemorating those beheaded in the uprising, Hypolite came upon his own last name. PHOTOCOURTESYOFNEWORLEANSPLANTATIONCOUNTRYPHOTOBYDIANEYASKI LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2019 37