The word “enemy” has been surfacing a lot for me lately, especially in our political climate and upcoming election. Does the word serve us any good, or does it place walls between us and other people/concepts that we apply it to? Not sure, but Mel’s entry puts it into perspective.
It was some 20 years ago when I heard Jack Kornfield describe this practice, and it has stuck with me all this time. Every once in a while, he said, he spends a day imagining that everyone else on earth is a fully enlightened Buddha, and each has been sent here to teach him something. I’ve tried it, but never for a full day.
It’s not easy to accept that everyone has something to teach us, and that everyone deserves our gratitude for that. But it’s true. Some of the lessons may be negative, a in: I’ll never embarrass my child the way that parent is doing. But nevertheless it is a valuable teaching.
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