Good morning Reader,
Today is officially Unmasking the Inner Critic’s one-year book birthday! As part of celebrating how it’s moved the past 365 days, I’m offering a free extra copy to share for anyone who buys a copy in the next couple days. More info on this is at the bottom of today’s email!
Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week:
Before reading today, I invite you to pause and take a deep breath.
The world feels so heavy right now.
I've been feeling it in my muscles and in my posture – a sense of constriction. From the human destruction being done in Israel and Palestine, to the mass shooting in Maine, to the 3-week chaos and final election of a Christian theocrat as House Speaker – there is a growing tightness in my chest and a feeling of dread when I look into our world.
Perhaps you feel a bit of this, too.
Valarie Kaur has a powerful teaching on revolutionary love that feels vital in this time of seemingly-endless crisis and transition.
Here's what she has to say:
She goes on to ask us, in the midst of this moment:
To breathe in the heaviness, the anguish, the frustration, the questions. To let all of this settle, to see it, to be with it, to be with each other, to understand the context in which we are in. To recognize our joy, our grief, our anger, our wonder.
To push forward and embody revolutionary love within our communities as we commit to moving toward justice and healing and new futures being made possible.
- Take a moment to breathe in your experience of the world right now. What are you feeling? What is the texture of the current moment for you? How is your body holding – or not holding – this reality?
- Are you loving yourself right now? How? Are you loving your opponents? How? Are you loving others? How? In what ways do you have the capacity to embody revolutionary love in your communities? And what might that look like?
- "Breathe and Push" by Valarie Kaur (short video)
- See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur (book)
- Fierce Love by Jacqui Lewis (book)
In a recent Instagram post, Valarie Kaur writes:
Please consider calling your representatives and telling them you want the United States to support a ceasefire in Gaza and a release of hostages. It is a numbers game and every call counts.
Over the course of the past year, Unmasking the Inner Critic has really found itself in the midst of a great adventure. Here are some of the tales from its travels:
🎧 Featured on 18 podcasts
📚 11+ book groups have used it
👍 5.0 rating on Amazon with 41 reviews
🌏 Over 2,000 copies shared across 12+ countries
🏆 Awarded the 2023 Pacific Book Award for Best Spirituality
🏆 Awarded the 2023 International Firebird Book Award for Best Mind/Body/Spirit
Again and again, I’ve been filled with gratitude to learn of people sharing the book with friends, reading it alongside others, and recommending it to colleagues and community members. It has simply been an incredible experience.
To celebrate how it’s moved over the past year, I’m offering an extra copy to anyone who buys one in the next couple days!
All you have to do is purchase a copy using this link and I’ll send you an extra one to share 🙂 (And if you've already bought one, maybe consider buying another and giving your new copies to a friend or local church that could use them!)
Thank you all so, so, so much for your love and support – I’m just as grateful today as I was one year ago. ❤️
Sending you good vibes,