Looking Deeply

Sitting meditation is a practice that helps us heal and transform. It helps us to be whole, and to look deeply into ourselves and into what’s around us in order to see clearly what is really there. Looking deeply, we light up the recesses of our mind and look into the heart of thing in order to see their true nature.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Reading the words of Thich Nhat Hanh is like a soothing salve and has the same effect on me as being on or near water. As I read the passage above, it occurred to me there is no better time than now to begin the process of healing and transformation in an effort to close the divides we are experiencing in the United States.

I am not sure how to play a role, but I am committed to trying to see what is really there and being responsive in a positive way. Won’t you join me?

7 thoughts on “Looking Deeply

  1. I couldn’t agree more. That is the beauty (or was) of our United States, we are all ONE. No matter what our personal opinions, political leanings, there were days in the past where we could agree to disagree, where we loved each other, where we didn’t call each other names. I long for those days again, and I believe with all my heart that we can get there again. Let’s make this happen with kindness, to live together in harmony. xo Lidy

    1. I am with you. Thank you for sharing your view.

  2. Wonderful post, Linda. I agree with your sentiments, and plan to do my part to begin to heal the divide in our nation.

  3. Staying positive is my motto…
    …lovely post my friend!

  4. Big fan of Thich Nhat Hanh. Thank you for this quiet moment

  5. Yes, looking deeply. Thank you so much for the post!

  6. I’m all for trying to find a middle ground. I think our nation’s citizens have forgotten that the world is not built upon the “My way, or the highway “ motto. As a democracy it is meant to be, and SHOULD BE, a nation of compromise. We can’t get our way 100% on every issue, nor should we lest we become a country with no wiggle room beyond what is dictated by a small group of people whose aim is to build a utopia that has no regard for anyone else. There is NEVER a time when 100% of the people will agree on 100% of what is put before them. Hell…I had a guy tell me the other day that he doesn’t like ice cream. Doesn’t like it?!?!??!? It’s so rich and creamy and delicious and soul-satisfying! Even a convict looks tame licking an ice cream cone!!! That rocked my world!!! But if he doesn’t like ice cream, that’s his right not to. I’ll eat his share and serve him pie instead!😋 Point is that no matter how great we as individuals think something is, and no matter if 99.9% of people are in favor, there’s always going to be that fraction hanging out there. Someone is not going to agree or be happy. It’s called life. And we have to learn not to get all bent out of shape when things don’t go our way ALL the time. We can use our words, use our hearts, use our heads. Try to reach a middle ground. But not throw tantrums and go off the deep end! This is a nation of diversity on SO many levels. These who are socioeconomically blessed will not necessarily want what those of more modest means want. Those who live in the country won’t necessarily see eye to eye with city folks. Men and women will have different points of view. Young and not-so-young. Black and white. Christian and non-Christian. The list goes on and on. But at the end of the day we are all HUMAN BEINGS who have the right to equal protections under the law and deserve respect. It’s that flippin’ simple.

    So…that being said, I’m with you. In whatever ways – large or small – that I can make a positive difference, I’m all in. I will choose to use my energy towards the greater good rather than the demolition of what is useful to propel us forward in the search for unity and peace. “…with liberty and justice for all.”

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