Informed Choice

If you live in the USA, I hope you will  exercise your right and ability to vote in November. Please read/hear all sides of the issues you are voting for and learn about the person you are voting for.  Ask questions if you are unsure of who and what to vote for.  Please make an informed decision, and know that all our  choices matter.  Our voice matters.

I went to my local library last week and there were two women at a table, offering to register people to vote. If a person was already registered to vote, they still engaged each person with an offering of a pamphlet, website to learn about issues and reminding people to vote. I appreciate them for their volunteering and their engaged activism.

In 2003, Thich Nhat Hahn spoke to the members of Congress and highlighted the practice of deep listening as a way to reduce anger and violence, while building compassion.

He also asked people to lobby to their elected officials,  saying “We have to offer them our insight, our compassion. We cannot just afford for them to be surrounded by advisers who do not have that insight, that compassion.

You can read the interview, listen to Thich Nhat Hahn via this link.  Although the interview is about 15 years old it is still so relevant. Perhaps even more relevant today.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2003/09/19/september-19-2003-thich-nhat-hanh/1843/

Deep listening is difficult, when we disagree with others and their views. Its really not for the faint of heart.   Yet it is exactly at that point of difference when it is most crucial.

In Dalai Lamas words,

If you want others to be happy, practice Compassion.  If you want  to be happy, practice Compassion

Our choices matter. Our voice matters. Our future matters. Our planet matters.

Please vote.

Namaste,

Shobhna

 

 

10 thoughts on “Informed Choice

  1. You are correct. Our legislators are unfounded unless we speak to them. We elect them on the premise that they understand us. We have to keep reminding them! Listening is difficult because for that time in essence we ‘become’ whomever we listen to, and what they are saying. A firm of selfless compassion, as you aptly describe.

    Thank you for this.

    1. Thank you. We have to keep reminding them that they represent a vision bigger than themselves. And our work as voters doesn’t stop once we cast our ballots. Appreciate your comment. Be well.

  2. Thank you, Shobhna. Such an important message for these times. I enjoyed the video. I’m not sure that I have ever watched it before. He offers wise counsel that I fear was not fully received or understood. Peace to you and yours.

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