Deep Living Digest // September 2011

Pines in misty forrest, deep living digestEditor’s Note: After quite a long hiatus, I’m bringing the Deep Living Digest series back. There are just too many important things out there that are worth sharing and reflecting on. But this time, instead of every two weeks, the DLD will come out once a month on (or around) the full moon. A bit of a way to help keep on tuned in to the natural rhythm of things around us. Interested in submitting a link? Please reach out to me on Twitter or leave a comment below. Want to get future editions of the Deep Living Digest delivered right to you? Take a few moments to subscribe to The New Pursuit via RSS or email. Many thanks.


With so much potential for distraction, it is so satisfying to be able to filter out the “noise” and focus in on what really counts at the end of the day — relationships and experiences that help us grow and learn right here in the moment. At the end of the day, we don’t need much to deem our lives a success. Perhaps the biggest challenge is having the courage to take a stand for what is real and beautiful in this world, and leave behind all that extra baggage that just keeps us down.


These last few weeks have been about coming face-to-face with what our culture of consumption and capitalistic mantras of unyielding economic growth really mean at the end of the day. While we keep on keeping on, the earth’s bounty continues to slip away. These stories are about amazing people taking amazing stands for what is worth fighting for — both inside and outside themselves. It is a reminder that sometimes we must go beyond just living for ourselves and be a part of something bigger.


Each day brings so many new moments to live in and through. Simple joys are there for the taking — all we need to do is open ourselves up to them. It’s about not letting our spirits be stifled by what may be going on around us — whether the calamities are big or small in the grand scheme of things. Life happens. We must nurture our individual and collective being to give ourselves the capability to see the moment for what it is — and is not.


Over the past month or so I’ve been reminded how important being connected to our community is. Communities are a place to meet new people, discover new things and appreciate the common threads we share. Communities must be invested in, supported and most importantly, participated in. We can’t sit at home or at work and expect our communities to grow and thrive. Our communities need each one of us to roll up our sleeves and get involved — from the economic to the social to the environmental. If you don’t do it, who will?


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