Where is the One Who Will Open Their Heart to This Hard Work?
By Bryn Truett-Chavez | Abdominal Therapist and Educator | California, USA.
For many people, justice refers to fairness. And while justice is important to almost everyone, it means different things to different groups. For instance, social justice is the notion that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social opportunities regardless of race, gender, or religion. Distributive justice refers to the equitable allocation of assets in society. Environmental justice is the fair treatment of all people regarding environmental burdens and benefits. Restorative or corrective justice seeks to make whole those who have suffered unfairly. Retributive justice seeks to punish wrongdoers objectively and proportionately, and procedural justice refers to implementing legal decisions in accordance with fair and unbiased processes.
Justice is one of the most important moral values in the spheres of law and politics. Legal and political systems that maintain law and order are desirable, but they cannot accomplish either unless they also achieve justice.
Yesterday, I attended the first of the Abdominal Therapy Collective’s “book club” series on equity and equality. This gathering of minds and hearts was focused on racism, and I was taken with the raw, sometimes awkward, sometimes painful willingness of all those who attended to lean in to dismantling white body supremacy, beginning with racialized trauma.
The courage it takes to begin the difficult process of shaving away white body supremacy, understanding that many of us won’t be there for the successful culmination of the process (and trusting and believing with our whole hearts that it’s a worthy endeavor) and that the changes will come is monumental…Amazonian, even. I am in awe of those willing to dive in and persevere indefinitely. Because, we store trauma in our bellies, in our bodies, in our cells, in our etheric bodies, in our chakras, in our hearts and ancestral DNA, and it gets passed on down the line. Until it stops. Full stop.
Nelson Mandela said, “It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.” Don Elijio asked, “Where is the one who will open their heart to this hard work?” The Abdominal Therapy Collective responds, WE are the ones that have opened our hearts to this hard work. And we will use our hearts and hands to help pass the healing along to as many as possible. We know deeply that this is crucial for beginning to heal the trauma embodied within ourselves, and those who seek healing touch. We look to these concepts of justice to help us lay the framework of who we want to become in this world, and how we want to change the world to reflect a more equitable space for all. We do this because we are healers and nurturers and educators. Because we have seen and felt what injustice and trauma can do to a body and spirit, and we seek to change the future. Because we envision a space where all people are taught to love and nurture themselves, and thereby love and nurture each other. This is how we enact change, one belly at a time.