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Healing the Separations

A Manifestation of Love in Action


Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
How might we remedy the core delusion that underlies world-spanning systems of exploitation, oppression, and devaluation?
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Can we really think about how we’re relating to this beautiful thing called the Earth? And recognizing that when we talk about that Earth out there, we’re talking about ourselves, we’re talking about an aspect of who we are.

Every human being who’s ever lived has … lived where? Here. Right here. And so with the living, those who’ve gone before, those yet to be born, are all here.

We think of ourselves as so radically separate. It’s that thing out there that if we are really good and we decide at some point to address the climate, you know, we feel good about ourselves, but we’ve been radically forgetting every other moment, that we’re always choosing to behave in a way that has implications for this thing we call the climate. We’re always impacting the climate.

How do we repair that sense that we’ve been trained in and that we’ve inherited, that we’re somehow separate from Earth? And in the course of that, how do we repair the sense that we’ve been trained in and we’ve inherited that we’re somehow separate from each other?

The transcript for this talk can be found here: Healing the Separations – Audio Transcript

This talk was excerpted from The Time Is Now: Showing Up for the Planet, a daylong program on April 22 hosted by Spirit Rock. Explore additional program resources here.

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Rhonda Magee

An internationally-sought-after mindfulness teacher and keynote speaker, and a thought and practice innovator of mindfulness-based social justice principles, concepts and practices, Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Contemplative Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco. The author and teacher of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, Rhonda’s work explores the inner-to-outer practices that support us in meeting and transforming all forms of suffering and injustice. To learn more visit
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