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2019-01-12: Shutdown

Topic:   How do you feel about the US government shutdown? Or as always, you can talk about whatever is alive for you.

Cafe Facilitator:  Lou Zweier
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Empathy Cafe: Bridging Divides 2: Government Shutdown
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I am so full of feeling. I feel so grateful for the conversation that the four of us just had. 


I am so full of feeling. I feel so grateful for the conversation that the four of us just had. The listening was so skillful and so right on for me and I think for others also - is my observation. It was a very rich and very deep  conversation. I really got to talk about things that were important to me and I really enjoyed hearing what everyone else had to say.   I learned some new things, I was exposed to thoughts I hadn't heard before and I am grateful for that. 

I wish to continue participating in conversations like this because it was really wonderful for me.
Lou Zweier


I think we really approached some very deep and emotionally sensitive things. 

I wanted to reiterate that is was very enjoyable. I think we really approached some very deep and emotionally sensitive things. I just want to acknowledge the deep courage of everybody in sharing that way and my deep respect for everybody who did. 

It went ok.  I like this format, it's pretty good. What I wish would be a later time. I think it would draw a different crowed. Like when I do these things I'm the only one on the right and there's a couple of neutrals and one more lefty. So I can be more vulnerable when I am not the only person defending one side. 

So that is one of the problems with this and everything as a whole, that when you feel you are the only representative of something that it's hard. You can't be too vulnerable because you are already vulnerable by default. 
David Carson



I really enjoyed our group. I think vulnerability is a means to strength and I think that we are getting into a very strong place

I really enjoyed our group. I think vulnerability is a means to strength and I think that we are getting into a very strong place. Which means a very vulnerable place.  We are creating a space where we can do that and I just want to reiterate the gratitude and appreciation for doing that. 

I think this is a good thing and a powerful thing and I would like to keep doing it.  And keep bringing more people in and keep upping peoples listening skills. The listen skills were excellent. everybody is very strong and powerful listeners, and I just want to keep bringing more people in and upping those skills for everyone. 
Tyler Morris


I liked that I did somewhat manage to feel connected and hear and be heard despite significant technical difficulties.  I also am wishing for a later time and also want more.. Want to be able to say more. 
Toby Yesterday



I also really appreciated when people are vulnerable and share things from their own lives. A lot of emotions come up for me and I feel really strongly when that happens. So thanks for doing that, and I encourage more of that from others and myself.  

Wishes, we are still working at getting more people from the right so if anyone wants to collaborate on that. 
Evan Magor


 I feel that every time I am in one of these, I feel like I am able to be more vulnerable and more open about things and I see that with everybody else too.  

It's a progressive thing with these Empathy Circles, I feel that every time I am in one of these I feel like I am able to be more vulnerable and more open about things and I see that with everybody else too.  This was a very powerful session and I really really appreciate and am grateful for the passion that we all shared with these conversations. 

 And honestly I don't know if I really want this but if I had to say one thing, one thing I wish for is that it was just longer today because I feel like we were just going, and going in a really great place. 
Art Burns



 I enjoy the richness of it. It feels like a lot of insight comes up.

What I really like is the diversity of options. I see the power and interest of having the right and left and having diverse options and points of view to clash and explore. I enjoy the richness of it. It feels like a lot of insight comes up.

What I wish for better technical environment and i have background noise here with a jack hammer near by.. We had some technical issues and they inhibit the connection a bit. 

I wish for getting more people involved. There were 36 people had indicated they were interested, and I would hope that more interested folks would come and we get more variety of people. 

I like people taking more responsibility and doing hosting and make this all come together.



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