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A Post-Election Pre-Apocalypse Survival Kit: How to Navigate the New Normal

Posted by on 11:20 pm in World We Live In | 2 comments

from The Imaginary Foundation

from The Imaginary Foundation

 Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered.
We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.

–Adrienne Maree Brown

 

The unthinkable has happened… a Trump presidency is on its way. While most of us didn’t believe that a Clinton presidency was the answer to everything, it did seem to hold at least a certain sense of stability, of knowing the ground we stand on. That ground no longer exists.

Or at least that’s one way of seeing it. From another viewpoint, this is the ground we’ve been standing on the whole time—a country that was founded, yes, on lofty and admirable principles enshrined in the Constitution, but also on genocide and slavery.

All of this is true of these United States. And more.

Our karma is deep, and it is complicated.

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Inviting the World to Transform: 5 Core Intentions

Posted by on 9:31 pm in World We Live In | 0 comments

photo and haiku by Katya Kathy Lesher / www.pausingturtle.com

photo and haiku by Katya Kathy Lesher / www.pausingturtle.com

 

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach….

To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these —
to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both –
are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

~ Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

The world is on fire.

That’s how it’s felt lately — but I’m not sure that the times we live in are more challenging than any other time in history. Yet we are in them and witnessing suffering unfolding before our eyes. How do we respond? How do we make a difference?

How do we change the world? Is that even the right question?

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How to Make a Decision Without Driving Yourself Crazy

Posted by on 1:52 pm in Livelihood+Financial Liberation | 1 comment

Mt Kailash / photo by Maia Duerr

Mt Kailash / photo by Maia Duerr

Should I stay or should I go?
If I stay there will be trouble…
if I go it will be double.

– The Clash
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Many years ago, I went on a life-changing pilgrimage to Mt Kailash in Tibet, one of the most sacred mountains to Buddhists and Hindus.

The six-week journey from Nepal to Tibet and back took our group to the edge, physically and emotionally, many times. We were faced with blizzards and sub-zero temperatures (in May!), altitude sickness, potential border crossing challenges (we arrived there not long after the U.S. had ‘accidentally’ bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade), intense inter-group dynamics, and more.

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