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Beyond Brokenness Hardcover – October 19, 2009
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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About the Author
Rashani Réa, born as Tori Harris, began writing poetry at the age of seven and was published four years later. She was born in Northern California where she spent the first fifteen years of her life and began teaching art when she moved to the east coast with her family a year later. Raised with the motto "freedom is discipline," her childhood was an immersion in artistic explorations and an ongoing inquiry into the nature of beauty. Inspired by Martin L. King Jr. and Joan Baez, Rashani was awakened to the impact of art in social change and became an impassioned social activist at the age of twelve. Her other books include Beyond Brokenness and The Unfurling of an Artist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"It is not a manner of banishing grief but of turning toward it with tenderness, opening to whatever it will reveal. By “calling it to our arms where it can change,” we discover a deeper aspect of joy. Joy is not the removal of grief, but the capacity to meet whatever arises moment to moment with compassion. Can we trust our brokenness enough to look and feel deeply into its sentient essence?
Through the crucible of anguish, we are often forced into the unknown, where we enter like a caterpillar, the process of liquefaction. This is a total melting similar to the creation of glass. The raw materials must be heated to extremely high temperatures in order to become liquid. As the liquid gas expands, form and empty space are created in the same breath. It is here, at the interface of death and deathless, that we began to sing!
And then just when we think we’ve arrived, we discover that the nature of being is a constant, lifelong letting go and wearing away of anything that is not essential. And the erosion continues moment by moment, day after day, for the rest of our miraculous ordinary lives."