Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formally Marcia E. Rosen), New Horizons Small “Zones Of Peace” Project Executive Director and Founder.
A personal and professional blog exploring the vision behind the New
Horizons ZOP and how it reflects my journey from blindness to recovery.
“I wear a thousand masks – and all of them are me.”
Anastasia, the storyteller, with editor, Marge Hulburt, prepare for a storytelling event at New Horizons Harpers Ferry Retreat Center, July, 2006.
Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formerly Marcia E. Rosen) is a retired psychotherapist with more than thirty-five years in the mental health field. Now a community development and violence prevention coach, consultant and trainer, she is the author of five books in progress, including "The Middle East Crisis In My Backyard" and numerous articles.
Anastasia makes her home in the mountains above Harpers Ferry where she is happily nested with the birds, the trees and the squirrels. She is at her most fulfilled watching the sunset from the deck of her home -- and/or -- sitting around a campfire in the woods telling and listening to stories.
relationships and families, as well as nations, are built upon the scripts they
develop as blueprints for carrying out the essential tasks of life. When these
scripts or life blueprints are disrupted upheaval results, be it personal or
cultural, bringing with this disturbance an existential void – and – the accompanying
panic that one’s very mortal survival is
are naturally created to aid humans in resolving basic existential challenges;
most fundamentally these involve answering core questions such as:
1.Who am I?
2.Who are you?
3.What is everybody doing here?
4.And, of singular importance – “What
am I supposed to do in a place like this, with people like you?
Future Shock, as Alvin Toffler wrote of it
more than forty years ago, predicted the existential void we humans would
encounter when our traditions, even the minimal ones practiced in a new country
such as the U.S.A., would be threatened
into demise by the fast moving pace of our lives.
shock” is no longer off in the future. Future shock is now! And, it is driving
us into an an
insane way of life.
One of the key symptoms of this
malaise is the “othering” that we do when we join in with the prevalent cultural
practice I call “othering.”
it. You do it. We all do it, even when we, oftentimes, consciously believe we
do not. Othering is the opposite of “happening to one another” (a topic you
exploring here.) Beyond the cost to the individual is the enormous cost to
our society, as a collective, and beyond that, again, even to the death and destruction
carried forth over this entire planet that “othering” breeds.
please, join me this week as I host the Possible Society In Motion Show and explore
this issue with our “Consciously choosing to travel with “others” topic.
show has as its intent the generating of engaging community conversations,
along with storytelling, to help, collectively, pave the way to awe.
Awe meaning, at least, win-win problem solving which, frequently, begins with
letting go of our “othering.”