On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture (Joanna Macy)

Macy believes nothing short of a radical shift in consciousness is mandatory.

“What I’m witnessing is that this uncertainty is a great liberating gift to the psyche and the spirit,” she said. “It’s walking the razor’s edge of the sacred moment where you don’t know, you can’t count on, and comfort yourself with any sure hope. All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given. In that sense, this radical uncertainty liberates your creativity and courage.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Let your pain tell you that you are not alone

To be able to suffer with is good news because it means you can share power with, share joy with, exchange love with. Let your pain tell you that you are not alone. What we thought might have been sealing us off can become connective tissue. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Gratitude: Where Healing the Earth Begins

We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it—is a wonder beyond words. It is an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness of our own actions and the ability to make choices. It lets us choose to take part in the healing of our world….

…That our world is in crisis—to the point where survival of conscious life on Earth is in question—in no way diminishes the value of the gift of life; on the contrary. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Transforming despair

To reframe what we’ve generally been told about mental anguish and suffering by the mental illness system is a very important part of healing. Psychiatry makes out that the individual is sick. A much more honest as well as empowering way to view much mental anguish is to see ourselves as part of the web of life. Our despair is telling us something very real and valid. We should listen to it and pay attention and learn. Feeling pain is not a weakness it is a capacity. We can learn to let it fuel us rather than cripple us.… [click on title to read and view more]

Uncertainty

Joanna Macy on Uncertainty…she is just stunning. Beautiful. In this inspiring film clip Joanna Macy talks about the gift uncertainty plays in sparking our passion, creativity and focus for the work of The Great Turning, coming into a sustainable relationship with the earth. Other wonderful posts on Beyond Meds featuring Joanna Macy’s work see: ● […]