The pre-cursor to human-becomings.com was collectivewisdomcircle.com, which is now housed within this website. This collection—of threads of wisdom that span disciplines and eras—was born out of a period of deep sadness in my own life, which dismantled my sense of certainty and created space for new learning to come in.
After marinating my heart and mind in the wisdom of the wise, I came out believing in these truths: that joy and sadness can be bedfellows, that certainty is an illusion, that conflicting truths are perennial, that the heart’s capacity to love can grow infinitely and that that growth is always accompanied with pain, and that progress is a widening circle, not a line.
The heart is broken and healed by human connection. The most primal connection is, by necessity, to the self. As writer Brian Doyle says best, “We are utterly open with no one in the end—not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart.” This needn’t be a dismal thought. Alone needn’t be lonely. One of the most joyful parts of getting to know yourself is in fact, being better able to fling the “windows of your heart” open wide to others.
I believe that each of us has something core and essential that is the foundation to our being. And as the name “Human Becomings” suggests, I also believe that who we are is a process of continuing unfolding. As my own unfolding continues, I hope to connect with others through a variety of modalities including workshops and ceremonies, yoga and shared stories. If any of these resonate with you, please be in touch.
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