As we consider living lives that matter, we do well to recognize that we humans are meaning making beings. When religion get things right, it provides a grand narrative of redemption to inspire our personal stories toward growth and hope, even in the dark times.
As forecasted in Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, we have become numbed and dumbed, replacing purpose with pleasure. If we want to live lives that matter, and contribute to something bigger than self, we can start by linking our everyday actions to: 1. leaving the world better than we
Our social fabric (and our personal relationships) are in tatters, in part because our Western-culture instincts leave us without a reconciliation skill set. Learn three practical ways to train in the art of caring so you can begin restitching the torn fabric of community.
Yes, the discipline of caring takes energy, but no more than what we use to desperately guard our fragile ego identity. Trade coping for caring. Entering into shared space with others pays harmonious dividends that our false-self strategies can never afford us.
The language of the prophets is the language of hope and promise. Even in times of despair, they take the long view. Divine reality, which lives and breathes in each of us, always brings light to the darkness, fairness to the unjust, peace to the fearing.
We are relational beings. Our overly exuberant, Western reverence for individualism has become toxic, leaving us to believe we must shoulder the world alone. Broaden our well-being concerns beyond “me, my and mine,” and counter-intuitively, each of us becomes a benefactor. We are all bolstered by the well-being of the whole.