Another episode with Leanne .
All lives matter. ✨
To respect this statement, we need to allow ourselves to dig deeper. ✨ - Is it possible for us to look past things we don't understand and make room for those things to exist? - Is it possible for us to acknowledge when we feel threatened and pause to reflect on our fear instead of reacting from it? - Is it possible to self-soothe before causing harm to ourselves or others?
Each of us is more than the cultural, racial, ethnic, political, sexual, gender, religious and other kind of groups that we identify with. We identify with multiple groups and cultures. ✨
Sometimes we're able to understand this, sometimes we're unable to. But in those moments when you're struggling to understand something that is different from your belief, is it possible to pause and reflect: - What does "not understanding something" mean to you? - How do you feel about not understanding it? - Is it possible for an opinion to exist that is very different from yours? - If yes, how can you make room for it? - If no, what makes it difficult for you to accept a different opinion?
It isn't just about cultivating tolerance. It is about actually digging deep and learning to respect, value, validate, and understand that our fields of experience may be different from each other. There is space for everyone if we choose to create and cultivate it.
We all matter and we all have a place to exist. Make space for everyone to feel valued, validated, understood and respected, even if their views are vastly different from yours.
The next time you feel your values and beliefs being challenged...Pause. Reflect. Where is it coming from? How can you choose to create and cultivate a space for empathy and kindness to exist? ✨
Start spreading empathy today and everyday :) sending you all love, light and warmth in these trying times.
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