Overview of Living with Open Hands

Posted on April 21, 2012


Living life with open hands

is an outward expression of the inner work

of  learning to live with an open heart,

live with an open mind,

and live with an open will…

This opening up requires open eyes that see with the heart . . .

a “Seeing” that goes beneath the surface

of actions, reactions, and interactions,

habits and conditioned responses,

mental models and assumptions,

. . . to the heart below the surface.

With this openness,

we “See” with new eyes

at a deeper level into ourselves, other people,

organizations, communities, and systems.

This inner work is then expressed outwardly

by living with open hands;

welcoming others and life,

giving and receiving openly,

embracing community.

Living with open hands

is not a series of notions

nor is it a system of belief.

It is a way …

expressing itself in action.

It is a way …

expressing itself clearly and visibly

in integrity, equality, simplicity, community, and peace.

“Poetry may make us

. . . a little more aware of the deeper,

unnamed feelings which form

the substratum of our being

to which we rarely penetrate;

for our lives are mostly

a constant evasion of ourselves.”

T. S. Eliot, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1948

(as quoted from A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer)