We all get shit wrong. So the question is: Have you built the capacity to care more about others than you care about your own ego? Will you choose to protect someone else over your own ego?
~Austin Channing Brown
You can widen your circle of influence by widening your circle of service.
Open your hands if you want to be held.
A classic Zen exercise is the ensō, the circle hand-drawn in a single fluid brushstroke. It is close to perfect, but never there. If perfection is what you want, you can produce it anytime by using a compass or a computer, but the ensō defies such mechanistic precision; indeed it is often incomplete, left slightly open as though in invitation to everything beyond it… A perfect circle is uninteresting, a closed system containing nothing, while an imperfect one vibrates with warmth. It invites us into the moment of its creation…It is open, human, fallible—an expression, that is, of soul.
You will never outperform your inner circle.
I live my life in widening circles…
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
~Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Joanna Macy
we belong to the grand communion…
we are the dust, the dust that hopes…
the dust that dances in the light
with all other dust…
that makes the world.
~Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2022 Soul Matters materials for the theme Widening the Circle.)