It’s a big topic for this newsletter. I was inspired to write about it when I heard Angel Kyodo Williams talk about in on On Being. She’s a Zen priest, and came by it as a gay African American. Gayness liberated her from her Baptist upbringing, and freed her to begin to take in points of view that are different from hers, suspending judgment.
She found that she had to become vulnerable if she wanted to be able to transform a potentially closed encounter to one of openness and connection. And she believes that our world is in great need of this openness.
She has great hope that there are enough of us to embrace this willingness and flexibility – embrace a willingness to not know and possibly be wrong – that the chasms that we’ve created between cultures and political sides can be breached.
The way to become open is to begin to see how much of what we believe comes from someone else. We’ve inherited it from our culture, parents, and other influencers. These opinions and beliefs we carry aren’t even ours. We assume them, and then absorb them, unknowingly. Ms. Williams believes that we can learn to become aware of what we truly know and what we have picked up; that we can then chose how to respond in a new way.
And that this new way opens up the way to change and re-connection.
On Healing and Space
Quote of the Week
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
– Helen Keller
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