Amiel Handelsman is a thoughtful executive coach who serves a community of other thoughtful coaches with his excellent podcast “The Amiel Show”. He interviewed me several years ago, and he asked me to appear again. We had another deeper, probing conversation last month.
This time we dived deep into the “elephant in the room” — the enormous psychological, spiritual and emotional challenges of relating to the miraculous gift of life amidst our collective civilizational ecological predicament. I explored how we deepen in both seriousness and joy — how we can relate to climate change and our ecological predicament as a useful catalyst to showing up — even in the midst of our consumer culture — as agents of wholeness, depth, and growth.
Ironically, our collective predicament can actually help us live full and meaningful lives! IF we wake up and discover that it is possible to take our current situation extremely seriously — and even let it reorient our priorities — but without sacrificing our deep gratitude, sense of humor and an attitude of lightheartedness.
I spoke about many of the themes in my book A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, of course — but in some new ways. One theme we explored is how we can find our way to radical commitment to make a more substantive difference. Meanwhile it is important to keep reawakening gratitude that we are having this amazing experience of life — especially in a time when we can actively participate in the evolution of the very character of our species.
To listen to the whole interview click here