Interbeing Project: Evolving definitions

(Fall 2019) Dear Interbeing,

I notice you most when…

  • I sit under the trees that are shedding their autumn leaves.
  • I mumble into the phone, “I’m okay, mom. I really am. Everything is fine.”
  • I go home and see my family pore over old photos from Vietnam strewn across the house, memories coming up when you least expect them to
  • I think of taking care of my grandmother—a family display of generational strength and love shifting over time, from birth to illness to death
  • I look up at the sky and see the clouds that move across the world, reminding me of the value of the vast Earth under my feet
  • I realize the importance of a healthy body mind and body when I am feeling unwell
  • an extreme emotion overtakes my rational thought
  • I am in a large group of people and we are all doing something individually, but related
  • I am on a long slow run processing the contents of my mind.
  • I take a moment to honestly answer how I’m doing.
  • I read my family’s WeChat group messages.
  • I turn myself away from distractions and just sit still and be with myself

Dear Interbeing,

Thank you for helping me to let go, heal, and transform my…

  • bitterness to become a more forgiving, gentler person than I was in the past.
  • emotional outbursts that would inevitably follow me after bottling up my feelings.
  • frustrations from feelings of helplessness into empowerment.
  • misunderstandings of the world around me and of myself.
  • anger at those who are unaware of the impact of their actions.
  • judgement of others when I don’t really know their story.
  • my urge to protect myself by building a wall.
  • my feelings of fear, anger, anxiety, and despair towards the future.
  • stress and tension in my body
  • disappointment in myself for all the times I am not mindful and act harmfully towards myself and other beings.
  • childhood and adult trauma.
  • voice.

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