“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist.
The 40′s can often be a time of great transition for women, especially those childless as I am. I’ve found myself questioning many of my career and life choices, and exploring topics such as sustainability, permaculture, community living, organic gardening and vegetarianism. I stopped watching the TV a long time ago, conscious of how drained I felt by shrewd advertising, biased news reporting and increasingly commonplace violence.
My spiritual beliefs, often so difficult to talk about in this modern age like some shameful little secret; basically consist of the ancient tenets of ‘do no harm’. But I realised with oft inconsolable grief, that this life I was living, that we all are living, has ‘harm’ built into almost every facet of it.
I have a deep belief that the lives of others shape our own, and as long as the least among us are not happy, safe and free, we can never hope to be so. But some, like me, born into the relative privilege of a comfortable western life do have the freedom to choose something different, to try to be part of a creative solution to the seemingly insurmountable problems that we’ve co-created through ignorance and negligence. [click to continue…]