Ever struggle with forgiveness?
Can you stay in your heart, even when facing someone who hates you?
Are you open to an essential, profound conversation between two men on racism?
In this episode, my guest, Arjuna O’Neal … and I mine these questions and more for useful insights to make a meaningful difference in your life … and we have an essential, profound conversation between two men, one white, one black – or as Arjuna prefers to say, one melanated, one non-melanated – on racism.
Arjuna O’Neal is a profoundly wise man.
Growing up in Detroit, MI, as the son of a notorious drug dealer in Detroit, Arjuna’s early life was just steeped in many of the tragic circumstances that countless young black men live with daily in these United States of America.
I met Arjuna last year through a small, private men’s group, called Man Cave Elite, brought together by our mutual friend Preston Smiles. Since meeting him, the conversations we’ve shared and the explorations we’ve plunged into have revealed to me exquisite depths of experience and wisdom in this man.
In this episode you’re going to hear his story of being shot, his practices around forgiveness, and how he stays in his heart even in the face of men and women, including police, who may be targeting him because of his skin tone.
I originally recorded this on an Instagram live with Arjuna – and although the sound quality is a little different than my typical episodes, it nonetheless flows like a typical episode, very little audience interruption so you should be able to enjoy our conversation, and be deeply moved and inspired by it, as you would any other episode of Men, This Way. Also, it’s a little longer conversation than normal, but I chose to feature it in its entirety because Arjuna has profound, lived wisdom to share with us.
So please stay tuned all the way through to the end of this episode of Men, This Way …
Let’s dive …