What a beautiful experience dear Lauren, this truly demonstrates that it does not have to be a utopia, that living harmoniously with love and respect with others is totally possible! This is a beautiful example of hope!!!! ❤
This past weekend, I was invited to participate in some sacred ceremonies belonging to another culture. I was welcomed into something I have very little understanding of and held there, supported. I was included. It was a situation where I could easily have been held at a distance, left to observe. But I was drawn in, arms open.
All week I have been thinking about this experience. Truthfully, seeing things I have never seen before, I feel changed. Make no mistake, this isn’t a glorification of something I don’t entirely understand, but a deep gratitude for being included in a way that I felt genuine belonging in a space that does not belong to me. Inclusiveness is tremendously powerful. Not only is it acknowledgement and acceptance, it is love.
Our societies are rife with division and judgment. In so many spaces we are included only if we meet specific criteria…
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