Through working with Joanna Macy and other great teachers, I have come to believe in the power and importance of despair work. Most of the people I speak to about this work are totally understanding of this need, and are excited that this work is spreading through the communities engaged in activism around environmental and social justice, personal and collective transformation, and spirituality. However, I recently became aware that even within the community there are some that find the thought of such work self-indulgent and unnecessary. Though I could write for hours about why I disagree, I will post a link to this article written by Joanna Macy for Yes! Magazine (one of my favorites!) — Joanna is far more capable of summarizing why this work is so essential to these most challenging times.
Would love to hear what y’all think. This is one of my favorite quotes from the article:
Zen poet Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “what do we most need to do to save our world?” His answer was this: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”
To our ever-deepening power to listen — within and without,