We stand with the communities in Christchurch as they bury the victims of the horrific Islamophobic, anti-immigrant attack and move toward healing and justice. FFI’s Rachel Broudy shares her reflection and hopes in this blog post.
I’ve always thought about New Zealand as my escape fantasy. I’ve never been there but know it is a beautiful country and I’ve heard stories of the kindness and hospitality of the people who live there. My husband spent time there and often joins me in my fantasy of moving to New Zealand to escape the craziness of politics in the U.S. In fact, my daughter’s middle name even comes from New Zealand, as we carried on a family tradition of giving middle names that mark beautiful places in the world and build our own connections to a global reality.
In the wake of the massacres in Christchurch, I felt like there was no escape. No escape from the violent racist attacks and news stories, spreading terror in defense of white supremacy. But there was a kernel of hopefulness in this for me. If there is no escape, then the need to build another story is even more critical. The need to connect our work and our countries and our people across hope and strength is critical.
I want to tell another story, a story that connects us through our search for wellbeing and our sharing of ourselves.
So today I share the story of the Haka given as a gift by the Black Power Maori biker group at the Al Noor Mosque. The man who led the haka stated “This is a dance of love. This happened here in our community. This is all of our communities.”
I share the story of the Kindness Institute, and Kristina Cavit, who is working with young people in schools, prison and poverty to offer mindfulness and yoga teachings and is having positive outcomes on youth anxiety, depression and mental health.
Join me in the revolutionary act of telling a different narrative–a narrative of equity, justice and peace, of community building, a story of us building a global pathway to wellbeing.
Do you have a story to share?
Rachel Broudy, M.D. is Director of Healthcare Transformation at the Full Frame initiative. Rachel is passionate about building a future where healthcare is based on wellbeing, where our clinical interventions integrate older people more fully into our communities, and our systems of care prioritize and encourage agency, social connection, and sense of purpose.