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July 4, 2021

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Leaf Seligman: On Redemption and Beautiful Scars

It is only in an uncondemned state that any of us can change.

– Leaf Seligman –

Leaf Seligman: On Redemption and Beautiful Scars

“As humans, we inevitably experience harm: we feel hurt, we get hurt, and we hurt others. We free ourselves from this experience not by imagining we can escape harm but knowing we can heal it–moving from wound to scar–and then learning to love the scars. This can, of course, be the work of a lifetime. Luckily, I have long loved scars. When I was four, I accidentally cut my left eye. As a result, a small scar formed directly under my eye and inside the eye, where the pupil stayed dilated with a keyhole in it. After I had the eye removed at twenty-one, a photographer I knew told me she wanted to record people’s scars, so I asked her to photograph me with my empty socket. It may be that at twenty-one I looked youthful, even radiant, but that one-eyed image of myself is my favorite photo; in fact it’s the only picture of myself where the subject feels beautiful.” Author, educator, and restorative justice practitioner Leah Seligman shares more in this powerful piece. { read more }

Be The Change

Join a special circle with Leaf Seligman this upcoming Wednesday, July 7th: The Magnificent Broken- Redemptive Healing Through Words. More details and RSVP info here. { more }

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