The values and ideals I live by were inspired by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone’s book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy. Macy, ecophilosopher, scholar of Buddhism & deep ecology, is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, & I had the great honor of taking one of her weekend workshops. She addresses the unsustainable systems & spiritual crises that lie in the center of our world’s disharmony & dis-ease. An activist, teacher, spreader of tools to awaken & connect people with each other, the environment, & with healing, Macy’s work asks us to see our part in the entire play of life. She encourages us to create vows to live by, & they “should not number more than the fingers & thumb of one hand.”
- To daily practice loving myself & others through the work I do to ease suffering in the world.
- To practice sacred activism by remaining nonviolent in my thoughts, words, & deeds.
- To find & be part of a nurturing, God-loving community that holds the space for me as I hold the space for others.
- To believe that the blessings & grace of spirit are within guiding me, & without protecting me, so that I am safe in the world.
- To offer gratitude every day.
Macy & Johnstone write: “the greatest danger of our times is the deadening of our response” to the troubles & injustices we see. Active hope means being committed to the healing & recovery of our world.
Won’t you join me in making your own vows to this deep purpose?