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Lions Roar : November 2019
In the same way we train on the cush- ion, we can train in conscious commu- nication with each other and gradually widen the circles to connect with those who may be more notably of difference. There are many effective practices, such as insight dialogue, nonviolent com- munication, and circles of reconcilia- tion, which offer formal structures for communicating. Importantly, we need to practice in our close relationships. A couple of times a week, my husband and I meditate together and have a period of silence where we reflect on inquires such as “What are you grateful for right now?” and “What is difficult for you right now?” We also ask “Is there anything between us that’s getting in the way of an open, lov- ing flow?” The other person listens with a kind, accepting presence, and we each get to name what we’re experiencing. What about those who aren’t willing to engage in conversation with us? For- tunately, our capacity to feel connection isn’t hitched to their capacity to connect to us. Of course, it’s easier to feel it when there’s mutuality, but we can offer kind- ness from our hearts regardless. It’s pos- sible to do this in every situation, with every person we meet. I have a morning prayer that’s really simple: “Teach me about kindness.” When I move through the day with that informing me, the moments become filled with presence, tenderness, and aliveness, even when I encounter chal- lenging people, myself included! It’s natural that in the face of hurt, injustice, and deception we feel fear, hatred, and anger. But the negativity bias can lock us into being at war with ourselves and others. It’s important that we pause, be with ourselves and each other, and open fully to the feelings that arise. When we honor those feelings, we can get beneath them, down to our human vulnerability and the care that’s really our essence. It then becomes pos- sible to respond to our world aligned with our hearts. ♦ Enhance your animal’s well-being with DACREMA CBD PET PRODUCT • is safe for your pets • contains full-spectrum CBD and 0% THC • helps with anxiousness, joint pain, skin problems, and depressed mood • aids your pet’s skin, coat, and digestion Our Hemp Healing CBD Pet Product: Since 2014 Order Today! DaCremaBotanicals.com “unexpectedly centering.” @simply_sitting /simplysittinggear simplysitting.com f ind true center the ultra lightweight meditation seat that breaks down and reassembles in one swift, magnetic motion for easy portability patented pedestal design promotes perfect posture, balance, and breathing the evolution of the meditation bench handcrafted and curved for comfort “groundbreaking.” “a total game changer.” LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2019 21