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January 27, 2019

Being Lonely

What does it mean to remain faithful to our shyness? When feeling at home in ourselves is different from feeling at home in the world.
Exhausted, we all sat down for dinner at the end of a whirlwind day that had spanned two continents. Our jet-lagged group included Republican lawmakers, the chief policy voice for a major evangelical organization, and a couple of folks like me with ties to the right-leaning non-profit that had helped…
I thought perfection was the glue of secure attachment, that rewriting the story was the hallmark of redemption. But when I stopped running from the mother I didn’t want to be — when I forgave my mother for the narrative she unknowingly authored — I could finally give my son what he needed all along: my presence.
Editor’s note: This is a transcript of a dharma talk Thich Nhat Hanh gave on the mindfulness of anger meditation session at The Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin in 2003. Who is five years old here? Who are less than five years old, please? How many of…
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