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When I Grow Up…

  A couple of recent conversations have reminded me how I have long been uncomfortable with the emphasis our society places on career as the basis of identity. It’s in the ritual question we ask a stranger: So what do you do? It is generally assumed that what is most relevant and interesting to others is the particular way in which we have been able to monetize ourselves. The consensus is that this defines us. And this shapes assessments about our relative success, worthiness, potential,...

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Grief & Reconnection

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview of Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett. In the conversation they explore Joanna’s path, her early experiences, and her current insights. The fact that the dialogue draws heavily on the poetry of Rilke is a definite bonus. I deeply value Joanna Macy’s teachings and view her as an important elder playing a critical role. I belong to a Work That Reconnects practice group, based on her teachings. I am so grateful for this beautiful, supportive circle of souls. We...

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What We Are Losing: Imagination & Myth

  There’s a scene in this amazing film about Marion Woodman, the renowned Jungian analyst and author, which really landed with me. Quite profound. (Actually there are quite a few scenes in the film that moved me – I really recommend it highly.) But in the segment I want to mention here she speaks about the relentless “concretizing” of the world and how we are losing the ability to work intentionally with myth and metaphor, to participate in life’s mysteries through ritual. She links this...

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What We Are Losing: Community

  Around the solstice and new year’s eve I spent a lot of time sitting with the question of what I want to create in 2014. This wasn’t a practical, strategic kind of exercise, but rather an inquiry into what sort of energies I am wanting to expand or invite into my life. I use a practice called focusing and also deep imagery to work with such questions. This helps me get out of my rational mind and allows guidance to come from a deeper, somatic place. Something that kept coming up was the...

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Remembering the Sacred

  Some years ago in Boulder, I saw Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speak with Father Thomas Keating about interspirituality. At the time, I was so taken with Fr. Keating that Vaughan-Lee barely registered. But since then, he has become a strong voice for ecospirituality and I’ve come to admire him greatly. I was deeply moved listening to this interview about Vaughan-Lee’s new book called Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era. Though I haven’t read it yet, it’s clear that the book...

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Gleanings #2

Time to share some more gleanings from my internet wanderings. The metaphor of addiction came up a couple of times, describing our predicament. First, in this interview of Jungian psychologist Marion Woodman. The interview barely scratches the surface. I wish it was longer. A short clip from a film about Woodman’s life and views is included. The film looks fascinating, with Andrew Harvey as interviewer. I hope to have some time soon to watch this. Addiction came up again in this rambling...

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