Sharon has a conversation with Rev Angel Kyodo Williams about political activism and spiritual practice.
What is the interplay between activism and personal practice? In this talk recorded at the JCC in Manhattan, Sharon and Rev Angel Kyodo Williams, discuss the qualities of the two and what they bring to one another. In this week’s episode, we learn how to make radical change happen and love everyone in the process.
10:20 – After a brief introduction to their live audience, Sharon leads a loving-kindness meditation to give a moment for everyone to fully “arrive.”
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.”
This idea raises the difficult question of, what is to love everybody including those with who we have a conflict or wish to harm us? Just because we have to love everyone doesn’t mean we have to like them.
21:00 – Angel discusses her experience with activism and spiritual practice. She addresses the intersection of a mind that wants to change the world and a steady awakened mind which acts from a place of love.