This week Awesome Stories brings you revolutionary love, interbeing, and warriors of the spirit.
Valarie Kaur delivers a passionate plea for love in her recent TEDWomen Talk. I found her talk incredibly vulnerable and moving. Having experienced racial hate firsthand, Valarie faced many inner battles to emerge as a champion for love as a tool for justice. Her love has been forged in the fire of deep inner work. She defines “revolutionary love” as the choice to love to those who are different, those who oppose us, and ourselves. She believes we need to extend love in all three directions for it to be integrated and sustainable. Her story of how and why she became a love warrior is incredibly moving.
Interbeing Instead of Scale
We don’t create movements; if anything, they create us, arising like swellings in the ocean, the sum of millions of ripples that feed and excite each other. ~ Charles Eisenstein
I find Charles Eisenstein to be one of the most intriguing writers and deep thinkers of our time. In this article, he explores the idea of using interbeing (Thich Nhat Hanh’s word for connection) instead of scale for defining value. His main premise is that our culture relies too much on the idea of bigness, that if we aren’t working on something big and grand, then we won’t make a difference. He isn’t saying that we don’t have big problems that need planning and many people taking action, but that maybe the concept of scalability is a false foundation for global solutions. Maybe if we get scalability out of the way, love and connection can move us organically to create new innovative solutions. I also like that he has resisted the urge to scale up his own ideas and influence into building an organization for the same reasons. Maybe the world doesn’t need more organizations, but more individuals following their heart, doing what calls them moment-to-moment, where organic waves spread instead of being planned, photographed, and corrupted by the systems of our world.
I also like Margaret Wheatley’s idea of giving up on the idea of progress. If you look at the bigger picture, the US and world seem to be in a downward spiral. Instead of working so hard to fight the decline, maybe it’s time to accept that our world economies, environments, and social systems are falling apart. And according to Margaret and many others, technology not only won’t save us but is part of what is driving the decline. She suggests we would be best to accept the reality of decline, face it, and ask where can I make the most impact by doing humane acts of service. Margaret believes that there will be increasing need for person to person and local efforts to help each other. The big systems are going to fall apart so she’s calling for those who want to help as “warriors of the spirit” to be anchors of love and compassion is an increasingly challenging world.
This week’s stories aren’t as cheery as usual, but maybe that’s what we need. A dose of reality to wake us up to live more intentionally, doing what we can, where we are, to help those we can. Carry on my sweet readers.
Calling all warriors of the spirit!