Dear Still Water Friends,
Recently, because of the divisiveness of our times, I have been reflecting on how I can respond with mindfulness and compassion to those who hold different perspectives than my own. I have thought about how to draw upon the spiritual values of our Buddhist tradition – recognizing suffering, embracing unpleasant emotions, seeing nondiscrimination, practicing loving kindness and compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh has offered numerous teachings, stories and practices that guide me in being more skillful with thoughts, words and actions.
To what extent could I speak to someone whom I knew to hold a different political perspective? My cousin in... Continued