The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. ~ Thomas Merton


Pick any human-made object in the room you’re in right now.

Take a close look at it. Notice how it’s put together.

Now, think about its genesis. What materials were used to create it? Where did they come from? Who were the people who manufactured it, packaged it, transported it, and sold it?

If the answer is, “I have no clue,” just take note of that, too.

No matter how much or how little you know about the people who created this object, acknowledge them inwardly, honor their labor, and offer them your gratitude.

We invite you to do this quick and simple practice regularly. Allow each practice to deepen your sense of being an integral part of an extraordinary network of human beings — past, present and future. Each of us tenderly reliant on each other. Each of us fed, clothed and supported by the labor of others. Feeling connected and humble, we are grateful.


Jalaja Bonheim, a German native, is the author of several books and an expert in the use of circle gatherings as a tool for healing and peacemaking. She has trained hundreds of circle facilitators from around the world, including India, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Australia, Kenya and Germany. Her workshops are life-changing cauldrons where people connect in a spirit of authenticity and openheartedness.  She has gathered special acclaim for her groundbreaking work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the Middle East. For more information please visit and