If there was ever a time when we needed to show compassion and put our differences aside, that time is now.
In this episode, we speak with Cheryl Hanson, a thought leader, teacher and conversation facilitator. In partnership with the international organization, Preemptive Love she developed a program in her city called “Gatherings” where people from different cultures, races, faiths, and politics are able to come together in an environment where everyone has a voice, a safe place to be heard and valued.
You can connect with Cheryl here:
Instagram - @cherylhansonspeaks
Facebook - @cherylhansonspeaks
02:55 Cheryl explains what radical compassion is and how can we develop it.
05:26 Building bridges with people who are different from us starts with awareness of who we are first.
07:51 Are younger people more open to change than older generations?
11:04 Sheryl explains how her grandchildren have the opportunity to grow up in a diverse neighbourhood because their parents purposely chose to move from an affluent area where everyone was like them to the place where they can learn from different cultures.
12:14 It is our responsibility to respect humanity, and when we don't, it permits us to hurt people, and it makes it easier to disassociate with a particular demographic.
13:36 She was growing up in a cultural bubble to being exposed to diverse groups in her work in the non-profit sector.
14:57 Cheryl recounts a man who seemed selfish, but when she heard the story that informed his behaviour, she realised that we could go further into connecting with people if we just listen to each other.
17:10 It is essential to know people on a human level before you can make any assumptions about their behaviour.
19:05 The importance of taking the time to build relationships and open the door to the conversation as it shows the other person that they are seen and heard and you care enough to take the time to understand them.
20:53 The transformative power of allowing someone to be seen and heard and respecting their humanity.
22:07 Cheryl's tip for listening is when someone is telling you something, don't be in your mind thinking how are you going to respond but truly hear them out.
24:13 How her group gatherings work and the power of having the co-host/ facilitator who is very different from Cheryl. but has the same goal to create a safe space for people to listen to each other.
30:30 Healing in communities comes from hearing each other's experiences and discussing how we can move forward together instead of focusing on our differences.
34:48 Cheryl explains the term "Love Anyway" and the power of choosing to love people who are different from us and even caused us pain.
37:12 When you provide settings where people can share their stories, you can see the change happen in front of you both physically and psychologically.
38:29 When it comes down to the basics we all want safety, opportunity, family, love and relationships
42:24 Not everyone has to take massive action to make a change, it can be a minimal change; Having a change of heart about a topic, learning and listening. Allow people who are different from you in your inner circle, get to know your neighbour and that alone will lead to bringing more love and understanding into your life.
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