Extending the circle

Extending the circle

“Extend the circle of ‘us’ to include as much of the world as you possibly can.” ~Rick Hanson

Violence, hatred, cruelty, and conflict are fueled by the illusion that there is a “them” separate from “us.” The only cure is embracing the radical truth that there is no “them.” There is only “us.”

In this election season of focusing on our differences even more than usual, the practice of extending our circle of “us” (even to those we disagree with) is a challenging and much-needed practice of peace.

 

Image adapted from one shared by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Lovingkindness

Lovingkindness

“Lovingkindness is a profound recognition that our lives have something to do with one another, that everyone counts, everyone matters.” ~Sharon Salzberg

Lovingkindness is more than just a vague sense of well wishing for others. It’s a deep knowledge that we are all connected and are all one in ways that are deeper than words than convey. It’s knowing and acting on the reality that everyone does count and everyone does matter.

 

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay