Letting your heart break … open.

With Martin Aylward recorded on December 13, 2015.

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Martin looks at current events with an eye on the suffering of refugees, the climate emergency and growing Islamophobia, exploring how we can both empathize with and respond to human suffering, while also cultivating joy, gratitude and ease of heart.

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