Scott Peck opens his book The Road Less Treaveled with: “…Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters….”
I just finished five days of interviews while we were doing a week long meditation retreat at the women’s prison in Lowell, Florida. At some point today, it occured to me that those women I have known that made some of the best efforts at re-entry from prison were those that not only understood life was dificult but understood why. Understanding the biology of the human development couple with their own history is the key first step.
The free Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is the best hour long explanation of early development I have ever seen. It takes a lot of guilt and shame that is all too often a product of dysfunctional human developement which makes the process of working on those aspects of dysfunctional behavior easier.
Most women (and for that matter men too) in prison started life without getting to the ‘starting blocks’ for who knows what reason. As they understand this, then taking the next step which is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction offers them the experiential tools of obtaining a meaningful life. (Think in terms of Man’s Search for Meaning)
As importent as it is for them to get not so much a good life but meaningful life, it is for their children to break the prison cycle where statiscally some 70 percent will go to prison. Once again, the free Zeitgeist: Moving Forward lays out the dynamics of why this happens. To understand them prepares the mother for the struggle she is going to encounter on re-entry to the free world from prison.
However, free Zeitgeist: Moving Forward not only lays out to dynamics of the struggle but the reasons why society does not believe it is in their best interest to assist her in breaking this cycle. To know and to know why provides the groundwork to understand the challenges she will face.