Validating differences connects us all…

I am sitting in the middle of Riad Saba, with the gentle sound of flowing water from the fountain in front of me, the stone floor cool under my bare feet.

Riad means garden and these beautiful buildings are built with trees and plants in a central courtyard and feature a fountain or swimming pool… The windows only look inward, allowing for a really peaceful energy within, away from the activity and vibrancy outside…

Looking up I can see the blue sky and shining hot day above me – an open roof is also one of the criteria of a Riad.

Yesterday a dove flew over and pooed as it flew, which landed on the table beside me… Jamal, the manager of Riad Saba said this was a first.

I am taking it as a good omen…

This attitude feels to be keeping with the energy of the land….’God’s will’

Crossing a road here feels quite hazardous… There is no system, some cars go, some might wave you on, but there is not a consistent pattern and there are very wide roads and a lot of cars!

And so it feels best to join in and go with the flow, become part of the whirl of movement and energy, the constant pace and activity of humanity.

I find that going with the flow allows for  connection with myself, others and all that is… Flowing with the ways of the land, the people, the customs, the weather, the food… Embracing and validating our differences.

It is in validating difference that we connect. This is evident between friends, couples, colleagues… When we listen to the other, truly listen, hear what they say and validate it…

Then we cross the bridge into the world of another, then we meet them and connect.

This is true at an individual level, within our own culture and land; and it is very prevalent when in a new land, with new tastes sounds smells and customs…

If we can practice this in every moment, truly step into the shoes of another, stretch to imagine what it might be like to live in their world…Then we are uniting at an individual level, which naturally opens to a group level. which extends to a global level.

It is by validating our differences that we connect.

When we do this in every conversation we have, then we have the possibility of healing the world interaction by interaction…

 

 

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