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How to Reveal Your Blind Spots

The Practice of Compassionate Unmasking


OwlCat by Sandra Dieckmann

A few years ago, Roberto, a student in the yoga and meditation class I taught at San Quentin State Prison, described how it felt to go up for parole and face the families of his victims. He had, before age 20, along with another person killed a man and injured another in an attempted car burglary that turned violent. The murder happened in mere seconds, with almost no forethought. He had since spent almost 30 years behind bars doing transformative inner work, including 10 years of yoga and emotional intelligence training. He had gleaned from his life experiences the hard-won qualities of earnestness and wisdom. …

About the Author

Kelly Boys

Kelly Boys teaches meditation and emotional intelligence to tech companies, veterans, prison inmates, humanitarian workers, and psychotherapists. She directed the launch of a facilitator training for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, based on Google’s neuroscience-based emotional intelligence and mindfulness program; created a Peace on Purpose program for the United Nations Foundation; and has trained frontline humanitarian workers in the Middle East. Kelly is the author of The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You (Sounds True, July 2018), from which this article was adapted. Kelly lives in Sausalito, California.

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