Dear ones -
I used to think I was a pretty cheerful person. But in the last 5-7 years or so, there’s been a gradual shift into something distinctly more pessimistic and darker.
That’s not inherently a bad thing. We need to drop into the shadow and befriend the monsters. Light without acknowledging and honoring the dark can be just as unhealthy as living full-time in the dark.
Yet, time and again, I see how either-or does not offer us wholeness, only more fragmentation. We need the ‘And’ space: both light and the dark; mess and the beauty; physical and subtle; human and beyond.
Recently, I’ve been challenging myself to focus more on the positive, not because the challenges don’t exist and not in some head-in-the-sand kind of way; but because believing in joy as an orienting force in the universe gives us something to keep moving towards.
In the darkness, we compost and root; in the light, we grow and fruit.
In today’s podcast episode with Kari Hohne, you’ll hear a powerful and wise voice advocating for joyful living.
Kari is a dream analyst, artist, and expert on the eastern and western archetypes that inspire our dreams and oracles; including ancient astrology, Tarot's archetypes, and the Tao te Ching and I Ching. Through her website Cafe au Soul, her seven books, and her music; Kari taps into deep rivers of spiritual and transcendental wisdom while bridging the gap between an appreciation for nature and the spiritual journey.
(*Note: if you're used to watching the episode, this one is audio-only, per Kari's needs. Video will be back next episode. It is still posted on YouTube.)
You’ll hear us explore:
and much more.
Parts of this conversation stayed with me for a while after. I found myself chewing on those paradoxes at the heart of this human journey.
Join us around the fire to tap back into the joy and magic of being alive?
I hope you will <3
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