I’ve been checking in with spiritual teachers and healers of different stripes to see what hopeful insight I can glean in these weird times we’re living in. I’ve been sitting with all the same cultural anxieties and personal griefs that you may be feeling, too, and after feeling depressed and rather hopeless, I found just enough vroom to remember that sadness is not the whole truth.
I know this. I know, deep down, that much of what troubles us is an act of shadow-puppetry, that the real deal behind it all is Love, evolution, revolution, interdependence, and the inevitable dance toward healing. You probably know this, too. But it can be very easy to forget when the news never stops, the work seems bottomless, or the chill (literal or metaphorical) sets in.
To keep us warmer, I’ve started collecting words of wisdom. Please drink them in, please stay hopeful, please bring the world your own kind of medicine. We need you!
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“I once read a teaching by George Gurdjieff, an early 20th century spiritual master. He taught that the ‘unconscious’ masses will suffer at times from waves of ‘mob fevers’ that can manifest as chaos, social strife and war. He taught that it is the task of the conscious, those among us who strive for inner growth, to remove ourselves from the craziness and remain centered even while the world around us may seem to be burning up. The fever will pass. This perspective helps me. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, another inspiring teacher, said ‘you are made for these times.’ Whatever spiritual practice and spiritual community you have, double down on that work and connection. We are made for these times. Keep shining, no matter what. ”
– Rabbi Reuben Modek
“The feeling you have of anger is real and just; the feelings of hopelessness and despair are not…People are beautiful and Revolution inevitable. We don’t need to grow compassion in a petri dish; everyone’s fine — we just have to scrape away a few repellant systems.” – Russell Brand, Revolution
“The contemporary artist can do no less than to dedicate the power of his spirit and the flame of his art to bring light to the dark places.” – Jose Limon