December 18

photograph by Matt Harvey

photograph by Matt Harvey

Perhaps your holiday plans include gathering with relatives you haven't seen for a while; and maybe you find yourself dreading a repeat of those conversations that you've had before, that end with hurt feelings and nothing changing. 

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, speaking of interactions among people from different religions, suggests that we must bring a radical openness to our conversation. 

In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. ....  If we think we monopolize the truth and we still organize a dialogue, it is not authentic. We have to believe that by engaging in dialogue with the other person, we have the possibility of making a change within ourselves, that we can become deeper.

Take a moment now to imagine bringing this kind of openness to the table.