Advice from the Experience of Prison

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison having been convicted of second degree murder. In what he describes as the most “chaotic night of my life,” Shaka admits to having made a mistake that forever changed him. In a recent podcast featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations with Shaka Senghor, he speaks to what prison has taught him in terms of healing and growth:

“I began writing. I began to realize that the man that I was at the time was really a broken little boy with accumulated years of masked hurt and abandonment. And as I began to repair these things, it made me think about the world that we live in and how we see ourselves…..and it makes me think about the power of transformation. Its about the ability to emerge from the cocoon of spiritual, mental and emotional immaturity into your full actualized self………Transformation comes when we can see the broken child in every person we encounter. The broken child inside; that is their authentic self. And I remind myself that if I only respond to their authentic self, I can only respond out of kindness, empathy and compassion.”

Well said, Shaka, well said.

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