Coping With Trauma by William Klein

The act of birth itself is traumatic. We enter from a womb of comfort and security into a bold, daunting and dissonant, chaotic, hurried fluorescent lit world – bloodied and wet, sticky, being handed from one to another and relying on multiple sensibilities to hold a frantic awareness calmly, serenely with understanding and poignant culpability.  … Continue reading Coping With Trauma by William Klein

Rehumanize Yourself by William Klein

The Police wrote a song titled “Rehumanize Yourself.” It was a song written about “people becoming disconnected from their humanity when placed in certain circumstances.” The song was inspired by a real incident. Lead singer and songwriter Sting heard about some skinheads kicking a man to death outside his house. “Policeman put on his uniform/Had … Continue reading Rehumanize Yourself by William Klein

“Mindfulness” by William Klein

In a talk given at the Religious Education Congress in LA, Father Ron Rohlheiser reminded the audience, “There’s an old saying that ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. That’s why G. K. Chesterton wrote, ‘Our perennial [enduring] spiritual and psychological task is to look at things familiar until they become unfamiliar again’”. There have always been those times in our lives where … Continue reading “Mindfulness” by William Klein

“Invisible Made Visible” by William Klein

The invisible is made visible in fascinating ways. Vibrant energy is popping all around us and the act of creation is the life-giving flow that stimulates more life and opens the floodgates of grace to produce more beauty. I once heard that Picasso would look at a blank canvass for over twelve hours.  He wouldn’t … Continue reading “Invisible Made Visible” by William Klein

“The Power of Humility” by William Klein

History has witnessed mighty individuals fall due to callous egos.  Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin come to mind and in recent years Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden.  Shakespeare wrote compelling tragedies and histories about people who were caught up in the whirl of their own narcissism and the great bard depicted how it would ultimately be … Continue reading “The Power of Humility” by William Klein