Thursday, October 31, 2013
"Amazing things happen when large crowds gather to share positive emotions...I was the guinea pig to test whether the heart energy of joy is contagious..." Eric Leskowitz, MD
In the pre game show of Game 1 of the World Series, one of the reporters said, "Baseball heals." They did a #BostonStrong segment.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, having the Red Sox go from dead last in the 2012 season to winning the World Series in the 2013 season was powerful medicine for our city.
We came together as a community - Red Sox Nation to be exact - to cheer on the home town team who had not won a World Series at Fenway Park since 1918.
My friend, Rick Leskowitz,MD wrote a book and produced a documentary called, "The Joy of Sox," a documentary on sports and spirituality. I highly recommend the book, the DVD and that you follow his blog. Rick is a holistic psychiatrist at Harvard and heads the Integrative Medicine Department at Spaulding Rehab Hospital.
He explores through scientific inquiry, the power of home field advantage, the energy of the crowd, the power of intention and team chemistry.
He also explores the possibility of Fenway Park as a sacred space.
I was fortunate to go to the premiere of The Joy of Sox at the West Newton Cinema. I have read the book and follow Rick's blog. I watched the parallels between the 2004 Red Sox season and this year's team.
In social media and in real life, you could feel the coherent heart energy of joy and everyone coming together to will a win for the Red Sox.
And last night it happened! As it happened in 2004 with the "bearded idiots". Only this year was not just about a World Series Championship. It was about redemption. It was about healing. It was about strength, and power; moving forward and celebration
A game was played at Fenway Park on April 15th, 2013 as it is played every year on Marathon Monday. Less than an hour before the bombs exploded, the Red Sox had beaten the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, and celebrated a Patriots Day and Jackie Robinson Day victory. They were en route to Logan Airport. David Ortiz made his now famous, "This is our f****ing city," claim.
And rather than seek revenge or allow anger, resentment and paranoia and fear to fester, the home town team and fans came together for an October Fest feasting on the joy of victory.
Baseball heals. Boston heals. We are Boston Strong.
Focus on the Healing from Seasons of the Soul. My books of inspirational poetry are available on Amazon.
Focus on the healing not on the wound
at first blush imperceptible changes
like the first peak at the crocus breaking ground
we can only imagine
what flower will emerge after the darkness of winter…
I had a dream last night
terror filled my body in the darkness
my father the intruder
thunder and lightning filled the room
crashing around me
home made sticky buns on the stove
what a mess
“I never wanted to harm you”
Hyperventilation slows into steady breath
no longer raw and weary from the fight
only the trace of a scar remains
a reminder of the miracle of my life.