My memoir's subtitle is A Woman's Journey to Peace With Scoliosis, Her Mother and Her Polish Heritage. Inner peace is my personal daily practice. Peace is that hummingly alive place where I don't fight. I don't do mental violence to myself for looking crooked in my clothes, I don't do emotional violence to my mother for not being a feminist like me, and I don't do verbal violence to myself and my people by telling ethnic jokes.
Peace is the still center within, the place I go to in yoga class, in meditation, and this afternoon with a cup of tea, looking out my window at the slant of sun in the woods. From this place, I can go out into the world again, renewed, and speak up against physical violence everywhere. I can refuse to participate in verbal attacks. I firmly believe that peace will reign on our planet when most of its people are at peace with themselves.
Causes Linda Wisniewski Supports
Women for Women International, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Story Circle Network, International Women's Writing Guild