If we were consciously aware of what we really know about ourselves and others, we could not go on living as we do, accepting so many lies. ~Erich Fromm, from To Have or To Be?
There are so many things we are unaware of, and must be, to live in the world. If I consciously attended to the news about our president’s war, deeply felt the planet’s anguish, held those in distress close to my heart, how could I happily eat the carrot salad I had for dinner, or drive 75 miles one way to work? I am drawn to expanding my heart and practicing compassion, and at the same time terrified of letting in what hurts.