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"love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters."
Omega: How do you see self-care as a particularly radical act of freedom and healing? How can meeting our individual needs bring us closer to being able to meet the needs of the many?
angel: My colleague and dear friend Kerri Kelly and I talk about the difference between wellness and well-being. Well-being is about being well. It’s about having access to the resources to self-determine the unfolding of our lives because we’re not going to all do it the same way and we don’t need to. Self-care puts us in touch with a personal gauge of well-being.
"Our action expresses our voice and the voice of our heart." —Rev. angel Kyodo williams
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Rev. angel Kyodo williams doesn’t like stereotypes. That’s not entirely surprising, since she also seems to enjoy shattering them.She’s a black queer woman in an American Buddhist tradition often steered by white men; a Buddhist operating in activist circles of mostly Christians and Jews; a leader of the Religious Left who doesn’t use the word “God.”
What do we need to do to make a global shift? angel Kyodo williams addresses how separation and individualism is no longer a viable option and how the current global crisis creates an opportunity for shift to happen.
If we are to uphold the dharma, says Rev. angel Kyodo williams, we must stand up to racism and expose its institutionalized forms—even in our Buddhist communities.