Fear, anger, resentment, anxiety, hatred, jealousy, and despair all arise from confusion. They arise because deep within us we are asking “What is going on?” and we are not satisfied with not having an answer to that question. The body is already one step ahead of us, acting as if it knows the answer (or at least understands the question) and we don’t. Our mind is lagging behind. That gap between mind and body is the space that we fill with these various forms of aggression. Actually, the confusion itself is aggression: aggression against wonder. Wonder is accepting that we don’t know what is going on, that what is going on exceeds our expectations, our concepts, our words. Wonder speaks when we are speechless, when we are open, when we listen. Then, from this wonder, arises love, compassion, joy, and wisdom.

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