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Other People Are the Path: Relationships as Practice

With Kaira Jewel Lingo recorded on October 21, 2018.

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In this session, we explore how our relationships are the very path of awakening and how we can show up fully in our interactions with others, especially those we find challenging. People we find difficult can teach us a great deal and we learn ways to practice with these painful relationships to profit from their transformative lessons.

We also do a writing exercise that can be helpful in keeping our relationships fresh and as a way to support reconciliation with those we are struggling with. So bring paper and pen to class, and you are also welcome to do the writing practice as a guided meditation instead if that works better for you.

Listen to the audio version below, or click here to download the mp3.

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