“It seemed to be alive. And it seemed to know I was afraid. … It was as if it had opened a door into the Cosmos and stood blocking the doorway.”
“As far as the eye can see” can be a pretty small place.
“We need to prepare for the fact that the battle against prejudice and injustice may never end, but the fact that we fought it makes us victorious. We need to have each other’s backs (and each other’s phone numbers).”
At a time in my adolescence when religion was unspoken in the small, rural towns of Wisconsin and “monks” were something that existed in another (very ancient) time, the monastery stood as a monolithic symbol of everything I feared about religion. But years later, my mind would change.
The more we distance ourselves from our neighbor, the more we estrange ourselves. The more we unfriend people who disagree with us, the more we create gaps and echo chambers and an inability to engage in meaningful and transformative dialogue.
Being caught doodling was a horrible feeling. It was like being caught in the act of … something inappropriate.
I am more self-aware today and am also aware that I must display the same grace that I would expect from anyone else. The real work, the inner work, begins now.