“We are exploring a citizenship of solidarity in how we show up for each other. We’re joined today by Reverend angel Kyodo Williams, acclaimed author and Zen master, as we talk about holding the complexity of who we are in America and why meditation is not enough.”
This week on, Metta Hour, Sharon has a conversation with Rev Angel Kyodo Williams about political activism and spiritual practice.
15:20 – Sharon shares a story about meeting civil rights leader Miles Horton. After sparking a conversation about meditation and loving-kindness, Horton recounts Martin Luther King Jr.’s beliefs on loving everyone. Horton insisted that he only had to love the people worth loving, but Rev King would say, “you gotta love everybody.”
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An Interview With angel Kyodo williams Zen teacher, activist, and author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace angel Kyodo williams says we can […]
Because these stories are fairly random, right? I got born this time to these people in this culture in this society. And I would have been someone different had I taken up the stories of another time, another set of parents, another region, another culture, another side of the country, speaking another language. So how much really of that is you? So why don’t we start choosing the stories that we’re going to take on? Why don’t we choose the stories that most enable and empower us to meet the fullness of our role and responsibilities as the energetic force that supports life and thriving and creativity?
I got the news that I was selected last night at 9 pm. “pack your bags” my friend and coordinator of the media team said. “you’re on the list. you’re going.”Looking into the only heart that knows, I realize, with all the complexity, that I am not here for reasons humanitarian or political in the conventional sense. I am here by the call of Spirit. I am here as a priest. I am here in my role as a fellow human being Bearing Witness to what too much of the world has ignored for far too long.
Commit to taking the Whole Foods Boycott to another level by telling Whole Foods “I Don’t Buy It.” It’s time to increase the pressure and urgency on Whole Foods. Some powers that be, naysayers, talking heads, and even John Mackey may believe Whole Foods can just wait out a boycott and continue business without significant impact on their bottom line. I don’t buy it. And you shouldn’t either.
It will arise from the embodiment of that more perfect union by folks that know and act on what’s right:…It will arise from the embodiment of principles in and by the people that show up every day to “narrow the gap” between the hope for our society and “the reality of (our) time.” It will arise through the embodiment of actions that manifest the longing held in our hearts, the vision that we cannot yet see, but can feel the truth of it in our very core. Thus with great faith, we reach inward, act outward, and move toward it. Our more perfect union will arise from within the people.
We, the willing practitioners of transformative social change, are the only ones who can shift the paradigm. We are the moral & inspirational frontline of America. Like no other movement before us, we span the globe, defy description, and transcend all boundaries: some of us wealthy in cash, some in culture, we are cross-class and transgendered, Caucasian and Cablinasian, neo-social and hyper-spiritual, we bow at the altar of Authenticity.