A lecture about my research in Jerusalem provoked nervousness when the projector failed. This prompted a Focusing process of reckoning with more helpful, supportive ways of relating and interacting with people. Here are some snippets.
I gave a lecture about my book this week
But the projector failed despite my checking it the day before
I was speaking about borders in Jerusalem and wanted to use maps and pictures
People seemed to tune out and I spoke to fill the space, the words nervously streaming out of me
I wanted the listeners to experience something of what I felt in my encounters
Like the delight of a Palestinian woman demonstrating a childhood game of five stones
Or my wonder at an Iraqi Jewis man's recollection of Passover before 1948, when Arab villagers from Lifta came to exchange their fresh produce for matza
Perhaps I could engage with people in a more direct way
After months of isolation
I wrote this in April 2020, before the vaccines came to the US. I conceived it in Hebrew then added English translation. The direction is right to left.
Morning focusing session with Hilla
In Hebrew, right to left.
TAE Class Exercise