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In this episode, featuring the amazing poet Rumi, we will explore the ecological predicament we're in and how poetry can play a vital helping role. It’s never been more critical to understand the history, facts, and context of our ecological crisis.
However, if we only dwell on the difficult and painful facts, we risk overwhelm and eventually despair. Good, well-chosen poetry flies under the radar screen of the logical, linear mind directly to the heart. It allows us to more easily rest in the truth that we are already living. We might say it this way...
To hear the earth's most difficult truths
requires a mind that's receptive and open.
And to bear the full weight of those truths,
takes the strongest heart, even as it is broken.
In this way, a broken heart is not a handicap. It is the heart grown numb, incapable of feeling that is our deeper challenge. In fact, a broken heart may be the only kind of heart that is capable of engaging with our current ecological predicament with the skill and equanimity required to participate in real and effective change.