Feeling small? Here is some Mid-Week Inspiration to remind you how magnificent you are!
While waiting in line at the grocery store the other week, as the checkout lady was scanning my cauliflower and eggs, I noticed this funny feeling. It was a small, almost imperceptible, but insistent. I felt weak and uninspired. I started counting the numbers of evenings I had recently spent in my room, doing little of anything. My moral character felt floopy, like a Gumpy figure with no bones or spine to hold me up, like I was drifting listlessly through life with no where to go. Unsure of what was going on–… Read More
It’s Thursday! If you are looking out the window at what I am looking at– blue skies, chirping birds, mid-70’s weather– then it is possible you are also counting down the hours until the weekend starts. But there is still plenty more week to live, plenty more opportunity to keep acting as agents of change and love and the Great Turning (and of course, this is not a 9-5, weekdays only position). So, in the case that you need a little Mid-Week Inspiration to keep you feeling juicy, here it is…
The natural world, be it amidst thousands of acres of rugged wilderness in Utah, or that patch of daffodils in your backyard, is nothing short of magical. And, taking the time to sit regularly with that magic is purely transformative. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the way that having a sit spot, which is intentional time sitting in nature, has changed me. Here is how you can adopt the practice too.
In nature, mycelium is the vegetative portion of a fungus; it is a complex interwoven tapestry that connects the organisms it touches. In the human world, The Mycelium School is an educational organization that “opens up new pathways for change-makers and business leaders to affect the world”. I got to speak with Matthew Abrams, co-founder and vision keeper, and Dana Pearlman, lead facilitator and coach, not just about their innovative educational model, but about big topics like transforming education, authentic leadership and working across difference.
For several years, I have spent my mornings sitting outside in the same spot, sometimes for just a few minutes, sometimes for an hour. This practice, despite it’s simplicity, or perhaps because it, has had profound effects in my life.
After attending a workshop about engaged Buddhism and climate change, I reflected on the way our attachments– which the Buddha names as the cause of suffering in the world– are making both us and the planet unhappy.
“If you found yourself in front of a respected elder, and only had one question to ask, what would that question be?” The question lingered in the air enigmatically as those huddled around the campfire paused to contemplate it. The entire scene, in fact—the crackling fire, the 20 some illuminated faces of those surrounding it, and the vast starry sky above—felt like something of an enigma, profound and deep and so out of the ordinary. Despite the novelty, this scene, with its depth of conversation, crackling fire and expansive sky, is… Read More
With a little help from Bob Marley, here is my recent experience with reconnecting with my unique purpose in the world.
Feeling a little bummed about hate speech from Donald Trump? Holiday consumerism got you down? If you are needing a little inspiration this holiday season, look no further then Prince Ea’s newest video, Man vs. Earth. Prince Ea is a 27-year-old spoken word poet whose art focuses on social and environmental justice. His videos, which have gained millions of views on YouTube, pair inspirational lyrics with beautiful images. In his latest video, Man vs. Earth, he frames human impact in planetary terms: if the existence of the Earth were condensed into 24 hours, human’s… Read More