Something emerging through the listening.~Thomas Huebl
He said, step into the shoes
of the perceived other and
I miss baba ghanoush, especially
—my one-time specialty—
of all the nightshades banned.
Oh, I understand when inflammation
is the only game in town,
each culprit a revelation
as I regain ground lost
off balance. It’s not by chance
that I exchange dairy and gluten
for freerange bison, high-falutin’
local food only, who knew?
Tomatoes and peppers taboo.
How must they feel, excluded,
deemed dangerous and never included
in my menu? Ah, loves,
our separation’s only temporary.
I sit in silence, release the stress
I carry—mountains of collective trauma
sparking my tired body’s drama.
And now into stress’s shoes I climb
and see, it’s what’s too much
that lingers, never felt just
branded on the skin, a red
raised welt. So many frightened
parts of us are banned, moving
with great longing to land, yet
pushed away. I sit. And say,
what’s culturally approved
what society gives sanction to
suddenly opens, the floodgates bursting
wide, the ones we’ve damned
and pushed aside reclaimed
Inclusion is the tao.
Inspired by: Revelation, Exchange, Eggplant (and thus baba ghanoush), Approve and a recent talk about being present to Climate Change between William Ury and Thomas Huebl. You can watch it here. There is a powerful 14-minute meditation starting at 37:40.