Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter Twenty-Five: “They Are All with Me”: Troubled Youth in Troubled Schools (Allan Donsky )
“They Are All wiTh Me”: Troubled Youth in Troubled Schools allan donsky Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden. (eliot, 1943, p. 19) T h e s pa C e i n - b e T w e e n As a physician with over 30 years of “practice” (at once a noun and a verb), half of them as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I was, and continue to be, in the midst of pain and suffering. Students and parents invited me into their space to be with and witness their lives, both in the relative comfort of my office and at school. I was lured, both metaphorically and literally, into schools in an attempt to more fully “be with” their suffering. As I spent more time in classrooms, the layers and complexity of suffering continued to show themselves, a kaleidoscope of relating and related fragments. It was only with careful and gently attuned attention I was able to see how I could explore the interwoven richness and interpretability of suffering. An understand- ing of the causes and conditions (to use Buddhist language) of this suffering is never really fully grasped, it seems. Each moment, word, perception, sense, idea, and wondering is so fleeting. Life cannot be stopped long enough to dissect each C h a p T e r T w e n T y - f i v e 184 | allan donsky frame, as if somehow I could treat lived experience and suffering as I...
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