What we practice in small, everyday situations, we also carry to larger, more complex situations.
The folks at the Empathy Museum in London tell us “our empathic capacities are rapidly being eroded. Our failure to appreciate other people’s viewpoints, experiences, and feeling is at the root of prejudice, conflict and inequality.”
They’ve opened a new exhibit, A Mile in My Shoes, which invites patrons to wear and walk a mile in the shoes of a local worker while listening to a narrative of that person’s life. When we know another’s story, we connect with their humanity, begin to understand them, and cannot discard them.
Forgiveness begins with empathy, understanding and compassion. To even vicariously walk a mile in another’s shoes – be it for one leg, two legs, or even eight legs – opens us to new perspectives and appreciation, even care.
Authentic love is of one piece. How you love anything is how you love everything. Richard Rohr
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