There is no more important yet difficult spiritual experience than making amends, pursuing reconciliation and forgiving those near or far. Nothing.
There are many ways we show love and compassion to one another. Many times to those we know; but sometimes also by actively engaging on behalf of persons some may call strangers. There are equally many ways in which one may choose to be an activist, each unique to our time, talents, interests and other considerations. So, why did 29 Unitarian Universalists, along with our UUA President, Peter Morales, and myself, allow ourselves to be arrested and jailed in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 29, 2010, protesting SB1070? As you know, this is far from over! I have a riveting first-person story to tell you all!
Sometimes bad stuff happens. Sometimes we feel ashamed about stuff that happens and we keep these thoughts and stories secret. And yet, these stories of personal shame wilt in the light of compassionate sharing. And these shared stories are imperative if we want to reside in wholehearted living. When do we need our comfort zone and when can we let it go for a while?
Wisdom from the East is one the six sources that inform the practice of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Singer, outlaw, husband (married several times), golfer, and patriot - to name just a few- has a lot of life experience to share from the many roads he has traveled. And he actually knows about the ancient Chinese spiritual wisdom found in Taoism.