AwareNow: Issuu 17: The United Edition

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‘POLLINATING WITH PURPOSE’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY AJAY DAHIYA

A TRUER PICTURE

AS SEEN IN THE FOREST OF HUMANITY

Suppose two people are on opposite ends of a vast and lush forest that stretches for many thousands of acres.

One stands beside a rushing stream, watching the light play on the water.

The other is in a heavily wooded thicket, so dense that very little light filters through at all.

If they were to describe the forest to each other, their accounts would be drastically different.

They aren’t standing in the same place or having the same experience.

Perhaps they might argue about what the forest looks like.

Or, they could choose to listen to each other and grasp a bigger conception of the forest; one that accounts for the fullness beyond their own immediate horizon.

The moral of this little story: Our own lived experience matters.

It is important, yet a worldview centered on this alone will necessarily result in a very limited understanding.

You may be sitting beside the stream, but that doesn’t mean someone else isn’t standing in the thicket.

The forest of humanity is limitless, the map of which is a tapestry of all of our collective unique experiences.

The truth of another’s story in no way invalidates your own.

In fact, the more perspectives we can hear with an open heart, the larger and truer our picture becomes. ∎

AJAY DAHIYA

Chief Vision Officer of The Pollination Project

www.awarenessties.us/aj-dahiya Ajay was born in the outskirts of London to a working-class immigrant family. Growing up in a diverse and disparate environment his childhood was immersed in a variety of cultures. From early on in his life, Ajay felt a great spiritual calling. While in pursuit of this deep calling Ajay became ordained as a monastic in his late teens.

As a monk for close to a decade, Ajay had the honor of serving diverse communities across the globe. After transitioning out of monastic life would go on to hold executive leadership positions in a variety of missiondriven organizations

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