During troubled times, or times of intensity, we must look toward those things which save and nourish us.
I hope you are all attending to the care and feeding of your souls.
We need beauty. We need rest. We need friends. We need the steadiness of all of our practices. We rely upon all the things that keep us healthy and strong.
We need these in order to engage for the long haul. Burnout helps no-one. Despair and exhaustion are just despair and exhaustion.
Body, heart, and soul need contemplation alongside action.
What helps you to refill the well?
What practices are you relying upon? Are you going for walks? Are you sitting in stillness? Are you re-centering? Are you making offerings? Are you reading things that nourish your spirit? Are you praying? Exercising? Sharing a meal with friends?
When things are swirling around us, our impulse is often to keep extending outward. That’s alright, as long as we remember: we must extend equally within.
Don’t give up. Dive more deeply. Let your practice anchor you. Let your center guide you home.
And don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Joy is an important part of any long term goal: raising children, going to school, building community, or working for justice.
You may have noticed I’ve not been blogging here as frequently as usual. I’ve been writing at Patheos and would like to share my two most recent pieces:
I’ve also been marching in the streets and connecting with communities organizing around police violence and the need for justice and change.
The other project that is taking my time – besides my regular work with my wonderful clients and students – is writing fiction and learning book design. Look for some exciting new projects next year!
Thank you for all of your support.