Life is practice.
In the 21st century, flooded by information, we need to be flooded by experience. Overwhelmed by the immensity of our personal and collective problems, we need a clarity of direction that enables us to choose to be useful anyway. Enticed by various ideological formations that keep us stuck, we need a form of community that quite paradoxically serves as a motivation and a bulwark for the sacredness of our individual autonomy.
I dedicate this blog and this project to the service of my own growth and development, that of others, and of what’s needed for the collective. I seek to contribute to dialogues and explore forms of online community at the intersection of spiritual practice and adult development.
My primary source of inspiration for this project has been a few years of coaching work with Matthew O’Connell of Post-Traditional Buddhism and around the same amount of time engaging with the work of David Chapman.1 Both have found meditation and ritual helpful across multiple life domains, and have keen interest in mining our spiritual and intellectual heritage to create curriculum, ritual, and group support towards the development of maturity. Such a curriculum, while being discussed, and possibly even actively developed,2 does not yet exist.
I sense an opportunity to contribute.
As I set out on this project, something’s calling me, pulling me towards the void…a drive from the core of my being.3 As less seasoned members of the conversations I’ve mentioned, what could we co-create together, instead of waiting around for someone else to make it happen?
1 They recorded together my favorite podcast of all time a couple years back.
2 For STEM folks—I share key personality quirks with those folks, but I’m unfortunately not well-inculcated into the mentally disciplined regimens inherent in their way of being, and so such a curriculum, which I believe David is working on, wouldn’t be an exact fit for me (and those like me, who are more primarily stuck in areas of emotional morass), even if fully actualized.
3 Some secondary purposes:
- A place where someone else on a similar path might feel less alone, and inspired to keep going
- A reference point for me to point people to as I enter into dialogues
- A forum for conducting intellectual/practical explorations