Old woman: You can’t fix what’s in your head using what’s in your head.
Me: What do I do then?
Old woman: Unlearn.
Me: How do I do that?
Old woman: Choose differently.

This is from Embers by Richard Wagamese. I turn to this book each morning and read a page to fill my soul in preparation for the day. It feels important to ground myself in the wisdom of our spiritual ancestors.

In truth, Richard’s heritage has much in common with other spiritual traditions across the world including my own, the Irish tradition.

It always reminds me of how much more we have in common than separates us. And yet, we spin stories in our heads that create a world of them and us – of difference – of judgement.

How then can we get out of our heads and embrace our shared humanity?

Embers by Richard Wagamese