Early in this stage of the Spiral, it is beneficial to introduce the practice of Breathing Through that appears in Chapter 13, “Meditations for the Great Turning.” It makes it easier for people to take in distressing information without tensing up. Link to practice in Meditations section.
Resource Type: Honoring Our Pain for the World
(30 to 45 minutes) This exercise provides a swift and easy way for people to voice their felt responses to the condition of our world. Its structure helps people both to listen with total receptivity and to express thoughts and feelings that are usually censored for fear of comment or adverse reaction. Method People sit… Read more
(30 minutes) This simple sharing practice comes after an exposition of the Great Turning and the Great Unraveling. Clustered in small groups, people tell each other how they experience in their own lives the collective crises of our time—environmental, economic, social. People rarely get a chance to report and reflect on these realities without appearing… Read more
HONORING OUR PAIN FOR THE WORLD In this stage of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects, this is what we do. We bring to awareness our inner responses to the suffering of our fellow-beings and the destruction of the natural world—responses that include dread, rage, sorrow, and guilt. These feelings are healthy and inevitable—and… Read more