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Moving Closer to Those We Hate

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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Moving Closer to Those We Hate

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, I want to

share a quote by Abraham Lincoln.

So one of my favorite Abraham Lincoln

quotes is, "I don't like this, man.

I must get to know him."

Very simple.

"I don't like this, man.

I must get to know him."

Our tendency in relationship,

especially when we're behind our

computer and using our judgmental

mind against everything that we're

seeing, especially with politics, is

to label people as other or having bad

qualities or having poor character.

And we see something that we

don't like, and we use it as an

indictment against their character

and it just creates more separation.

Well, what I like about this

quote is that it's actually

inviting us to get closer.

Saying I don't like this person.

Maybe I should get closer to them.

Maybe I should understand them.

And it was Brené Brown who said

"It's hard to hate people up close."

When you get to know a person, when you

understand their internal world a bit

more, there tends to be more empathy.

We see our shared humanity and

there's less division and othering.

And so as you navigate your own life

and your own relationships, notice

this tendency, like I don't like

this person I need to step away.

And what would it be like to shift

that to I don't like this person.

Maybe I need to get closer.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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