1 (a): to restore to friendship or harmony; (b): settle, resolve
2: to make consistent or congruous
3: to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant
4 (a): to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy; (b): to account for
Reconcile (v.): mid-14th century, of persons, from Old French reconciler (12th century), from Latin reconciliare “to bring together again; win over again, conciliate,” from re- “again” + concilare “make friendly.” Reflexive sense is recorded from 1530s. Meaning “to make (discordant facts or statements) consistent” is from late 14th century. Intransitive sense of “become reconciled” is from 1660s.
"The goal in some types of yoga is to try and reconcile all the characters within a person, and, in fact, the word 'yoga' comes from the word 'union.'"
Asghar Farhadi (b. 1972, Iranian producer, writer, and director, best known for writing "A Separation" and about "About Elly")
"Women must be the spokesmen for a new humanity arising out of the reconciliation of spirit and body."
Carol P. Christ (b. 1945, leading feminist historian of religion and a theologian who leads the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete, a life transforming tour for women)
“If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.”
Timothy B. Tyson (b. 1959, senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina; author of "The Blood of Emmett Till," a New York Times bestseller)
“Propensities and principles must be reconciled by some means.”
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855, married name Mrs. Arthur Bell Nicholls, pseudonym Currer Bell, English novelist noted for "Jane Eyre," a strong narrative of a woman in conflict with her natural desires and social condition)
"This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can... reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.'"
Leonard Cohen (1934-2016, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and painter; most famous for the song, "Hallelujah")
“This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can… reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah.'”
Lately, we have been trying to reconcile the messiness of our collective world as well as our own personal messy parts. In the midst of our traumatic circumstances, we can despair, become angry and desperate. But, there are times when we can dive below the surface and find some internal joy and peace.
Reconciliation can be very challenging, especially when our circumstances change dramatically, as has been case with the latest devastation of flooding, fire, and death in our nation and around the world.
Trauma to such degrees can induce a great deal of stress. Whether it’s natural disasters, man-made wars, sickness or death, we human beings are built to endure, especially if we have the internal and external support systems to see us through. Circumstances such as these can also quicken and transform us to levels we never anticipated.
That’s why mindful practices like meditation, contemplation, communing with nature, and/or listening to divine music are not only the medicine that builds vital healing bridges to our souls, but also deepens wells within us so we can tap into the Infinite Loving Gap during times of distress.
When we do our own personal and transformational work and establish meaningful spiritual practices, we become living testaments to the wellbeing of our minds, bodies, and spirits, simultaneously. Otherwise, we are victims, frayed and windblown, subjected to the whims of our collective circumstances.
Reconcile what you can, sojourners, and then accept our messy world as it is, so we can be creative in the movement to facilitate healing, transformation, and personal and global change.
Faithfully and Lovingly Yours, Tonya