Updated: Mar 2
The year 2020 has taught us a lot. Letting go of our plans and desires, losing the loved ones, and standing up again to coil back. We never thought we had the inner power to go through such outer circumstances. And we did!
With 2021/22 as we are in the plutonic death and rebirth struggle, we would need more inner power to create a new normal where we would lose what we don't want to carry further and move ahead. Where would we source this power from?
The word Resilience has Latin roots with re (to back), and salire (to jump), where we recoil back (again and again) with a new consciousness and see the world differently. C.S. Lewis said, "You can't go back & change the beginning, but can start where you are and change the ending." Gratitude and connecting with a larger picture are the simple tools to help us change the ending.
Gratitude is the most straightforward and most powerful tool to connect with oneself. Through understanding what we are grateful for, we might realize that resources (social, intellectual, moral, and financial) required for tackling the challenges are all around. One of the most critical resources is nevertheless our own Self, full of potentialities waiting to spring forth into action.
Our Self, embedded in the wider web of life offers us opportunities we can not fully comprehend. Starting with our immediate family to community to nation-states to human species to the entire biosphere and beyond, just like the butterfly effect, what we do impacts the whole field. When we change as a single entity, the whole world changes with us, consciously or unconsciously.
The 21st century is the time when we are living in between two stories, one of intense capitalism with business as usual, and other of, as eco-philosopher Joanna Macy termed the Great Unravelling with prophecies of an imminent ecological disaster.
Crushed between these two global stories, is also our individual story, how can we live a meaningful life in these times of change? We need a third story, a story of continuous Resilience where we regain our inner core against all the odds.
Charles Darwin defined evolution as "survival of the fittest." In the 21st century, with self-reflective human capacities, our evolution depends upon our inner Resilience to external factor changes. Through consciously developing this skill, we might be able to save us and the planet this time.
MQ Learning offer trainings and workshops to build the inner resilience. Checkout our trainings at: https://www.mq-learning.com/learning