It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
Our world is in a great deal of flux and we are experiencing bouts of violence throughout the United States. Whether people are murdered due to their religion, their race or their gender, or we experience our home and towns incinerated by powerful fires, there is much grief and upset generated by these tragedies. Typically in times of loss, people create meaning for themselves in religion or other spiritual pursuits. Terry Gross interviews Elaine Pagels, a renowned expert in American religious history talks about her own experience of loss and healing following the deaths of her young son and husband as well as her waning and waxing relationship to religion.
Unless sanitation workers in our town go out on strike, most of us never think about garbage. After all, it’s refuse and exists only to be removed from our premises. A few weeks ago, my nephew Chris Duffy did an engaging interview with Dr. Robin Nagle on “You’re The Expert,” in his comedy/science podcast about her role as the NY City Sanitation Department’s anthropologist-in-residence. Afterwards, I felt compelled to find out more about her and the role of garbage collection in our lives. Besides being packed with numerous anecdotes about her own experience as a participant observer collecting garbage on the streets of the Upper West Side of NYC, she also fills her book with facts that many of us do not know. For example, sanitation collection is one of the most dangerous jobs in this country. Garbage collectors frequently get injured and die as a result of picking up the garbage that we all continuously generate. After reading this book, you will never look at garbage in the same way again!
How we treat each other is how we treat the environment because we are the environment. John Francis is an incredible man who spent seventeen years walking the world in silence. He gave up talking so that he could learn how to listen. He gave up using motorized vehicles to protest the oil spills that were happening in his midst. Find out how this lifestyle profoundly changed him and prepared him to make another equally big lifestyle change ten years ago.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,