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The Statue of Liberty As Ishta Dev

Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being Blog
Published November 23rd, 2015

I saw the Statue of Liberty as affirmation that there was a place for everyone and, therefore, a place for me. She wanted and welcomed, even those who weren’t wanted anywhere else. She is a woman bearing light. She was my first symbol of bottomless compassion. I think about what it must have been like to leave the known world behind, to be desperate enough or adventurous enough or frightened enough to journey far, to begin a new life in a new land. I think about what it must have been like to see her, standing on her island in the New York City harbor, welcoming, saying: You also count. You matter. There is a place for you.


Sharon Salzberg

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