Trudy Goodman

From Trudy

Skin in the Game

A tragedy occurred while we were teaching in Singapore, the act of terrorism that killed 9 Black people praying in their church. It was on the front page of all the Asian newspapers! Can you imagine not being able to meditate safely in our center, in our communities of refuge and celebration? How can mindfulness help?

When we’re mindful, we can see that “race” is just a concept – albeit a deeply ingrained one. There is no cell, gene, telomere that can distinguish the Singaporean from the African American from the Chinese American from the Jewish American or the Hispanic and Latino American.

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied together into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Breathe these words in. ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly’. Who said this? The Buddha? Thich Nhat Hanh? Or Martin Luther King? Great leaders see clearly how interconnected and interdependent we are, that we inter-be in all our joys and sorrows.

Today, you may be rejoicing that the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Today, you may be grieving institutionalized bias and violence blighting countless lives. What does it take for any majority to have ‘skin in the game’ and take an active role in rejecting prejudice and violence?

When we practice loving awareness, we come to a felt sense of inter-being, of the whole world as our family.  When anyone is hurt, there’s naturally ‘skin in the game.’ We truly care. And standing up in that felt sense of connection, we put our caring into mindful action — with respect for all beings and reverence for the planet we love.



Image Credit: T. Goodman