The Interior Life


TIKKUM OLAM

Lawrence Kushner: Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God
On Being with Krista Tippett
National Public Radio

Image credit: National Library of Israel

Image credit: National Library of Israel

The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah describes "a cosmic significance to the practical moral call to tikkun olam, 'repair the world.'" Listen here as On Being's Krista Tippett speaks with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah. In what ways does this tradition and/or its message speak to you? 


BEING A "SECOND SELF"

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Image credit: Getty Images

What can I do?
by Mark Nepo, Field Notes on Living
Patheos.com


"Ask gentle questions, expecting nothing."
As you read this short piece, let Mark Nepo's "question to walk with" guide your reflection: In conversation with a friend or loved one, think about someone who has been a second self for you. Has there been a time in your life when you have wanted to be there for someone but unsure of how you could best do so? What insights did you learn through the process?
 


Image credit: Netflix

Image credit: Netflix

In 2011, Lotje Sodderland was a 34-year-old Londoner who led a life familiar to many. She worked a demanding job, traveled when she could, and enjoyed spending time with her wide circle of friends. That all changed one night after she woke with a pounding headache and ended up in the hospital. She’d had a brain hemorrhage, the result of a vascular abnormality that developed before birth. Sodderland’s stroke left her with significant cognitive problems. However, in the aftermath of her recovery, she was "transformed." Her journey is the subject of a new Netflix documentary, My Beautiful Broken Brain. Vogue contributor Julia Felsenthal writes that the turning point in recovery for Sodderland came when "she began to discover what she calls her 'core identity': a deep-rooted sense of self that persists even when all external markers—career, romance, friendships—are under siege." Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt your "core identity" was being uprooted? What impact did such an experience have on your life going forward? 


INSPIRING OTHERS

Meet 10 of the 2016 GOOD 100
Good Magazine

Image credit: Marco Kesseler

Image credit: Marco Kesseler

Each year, GOOD Magazine celebrates 100 people from around the globe who are improving our world in creative and innovative ways, people who "refuse to accept the status quo." Over the course of March, the magazine will roll out content featuring those honorees. For now, they've published 10 of the 100, sharing on their website: "We hope you find as much inspiration in these incredible individuals as we do. Meet some remarkable individuals tackling pressing global issues today."