Failure Voice Flow


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Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.
— Rumi



How to Fail: Advice for leaning into the unknown
by Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön explores what it means to fail in this brief musing. She takes the time to highlight that failing is a skill. We must practice it and orient ourselves to failing in a way that does not place blame or leave us despairing. We need help. We need models. Chödrön shares an approach to failing wisely that she has learned, writing: “Getting curious about outer circumstances and how they are impacting you, noticing what words come out and what your internal discussion is—this is the key.” Engage curiosity. Notice. How are you succeeding at failing?


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 'Fear of causing offence becomes a fetish'
by Nicole Lee
The Guardian

Nigerian author, wisdom speaker, inspiration giver, and leader of today, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, closed the PEN World Voices festival with a speech that offered challenges to certain cultural scripts that may lead us into silence as we avoid ruffling feathers or rocking boats. Adichie seems to have called us all out (again) on the use of simple narratives to silence dialogue, understanding, and truth. Her call to us all is to find our voices. She stands with each of us, saying, “I would not want to live if I were not able to have the consolation that stories give me, and for this reason I will stand and I will speak for the right of everyone, everyone, to tell his or her story.” At Still Harbor, we often contemplate the difference between sacred silence and scared silence. What’s your story? Where might you need to move through your fear and speak up?


Philosophical Espresso: Jason Silva interviewed on CBS
Jason Silva’s Facebook page

via CBS

Here at Still Harbor, we tend to like the YouTube channel, Shots of Awe. You may recall that we’ve shared Jason Silva’s wisdom-filled musings in Where's the Spirit? before. Here he is interviewed on CBS This Morning. It is fascinating to see him in an interview setting—his voice is clearly from his own deep inner being. He says, “The delivery on the videos is all stream of consciousness. I like to think I go into a flow state.” He is one of many in the world today helping make philosophy more accessible. Three things to consider as you watch:

  1. How do you explore wisdom and philosophy?
  2. When do you enter a flow state of your own?
  3. What is your experience of and relationship to awe?