Don’t treat the following questions like “homework”, or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you right now. The goal is to figure out which question is yours, or which question contains a piece of your work.It may even be helpful to read the list to a friend or loved one and ask them which question they intuit is the onewith which you need to wrestle.
When were you “saved” by someone who widened a circle to let you in?
Are you a circle maker, a circle joiner or a circle avoider?
Who needs you to widen the circle for them?
Has an experience of being excluded permanently left a mark on you?
Has an experience of failing to confront racism permanently left a mark on you?
How has your definition of racism widened or shifted since you were younger?
How has your understanding of being Canadian changed and widened over the years?
Has taking a trip ever widened your circle of concern?
Is your circle of friends keeping you small?
Could shrinking your circle of expectations set you free?
Has your sense of self ever widened so much that you’ve felt “one with the universe”?
What has life taught you about widening circles to include “enemies”?
Covid shrank our circles of connection. Is there any way in which that was a blessing to you?
What’s your question? Your question may not be listed above. As always, if the above questions don’t include what life is asking from you, spend the month listening to your days to find it.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2022 Soul Matters materials for the theme Widening the Circle.)