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Where's the Spirit?

A weekly collection of content from the wonderful world wide web that challenges us to explore the role of spirituality in society.



Image via Living the Questions

Image via Living the Questions

When Can I Trust?
Interview with Erika Carlsen
by Casper Ter Kuile
Living the Questions Podcast

We’ve discovered Casper Ter Kuile’s podcast, Living the Questions, and we’re inspired. In this recent interview with Erika Carlsen, the founder of Arriba Latinas and a student at Harvard Divinity School, the question we are challenged to live is, “When can I trust?” Erika shares her story, her wisdom on leadership, and reflections on the Buddhist practices that helped her understand the deep and transformative value of trust in her life, work, and the world.
“Trust is an integral part of leadership,” she explains, “… the real journey of leadership is a journey of self awareness. It’s understanding: Who am I? How can I trust who I am? How can I trust who I am with the wholeness of my being in relationship to someone else?” Listen to the full podcast for more of Erika’s story and insight.

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are


Image by Katherine Streeter via NPR

Image by Katherine Streeter via NPR

Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'
by Maanvi Singh
National Public Radio

What significance does language have when working to treat, heal, or transform mental distress? How does language influence the ways we understand our own experiences and the ways others understand our experiences? In any field of service or healing, listening matters and understanding (beyond the limits of language) matters. In this brief article on mental health treatment in cross-cultural contexts, Dr. Devon Hinton highlights, “Ultimately, it's just a matter of being an interested listener." Let’s all strive to listen more.

Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.
— Cuban Proverb


Image via thenewandancientstory.net

Image via thenewandancientstory.net

Wasting Time
by Charles Eisenstein
The New and Ancient Story

What is wasting time? What is effective action for social justice, environmental healing, and peace? Eisenstein, in this blog post responding to a reader comment, highlights the ambivalence of retreat, restoration, and reflection for our world’s change agents, activists, and leaders. He does this while criticizing the “try harder” motto of our modern day pressure-cooker society.
After thoughtful, but anxious, musings about both retreat and action, Eisenstein offers his invitation “to trust the impulse to look inward, to do work on oneself, to accept that by healing the inner dimension of oppression and ecocide, we can become more effective at healing the outer as well.” 



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