profile

Andrew Lang - The Wednesday 1-2-3

Entering the December Season of Frenzy: The Wednesday 1-2-3

Published 3 months ago • 1 min read

Happy Wednesday Reader!

Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week:


1. Teaching

An interesting thing happens in the United States when we cross the calendar threshold of Thanksgiving.

We enter the unofficial season of Frenzy.

Beginning with Thanksgiving, we pack this time of year with loud and outgoing festivities: Black Friday, tree lightings, visits to outdoor malls blasting Mariah Carey, the Christmas holiday itself (often filled with people and yearly rituals), and then we cap it with the raucous New Year celebration.

All with the steady drumbeat of "buy-buy-buy" texturing the energetic soundtrack of the season.

But if we pause, we might notice something else happening: nature all around us is constricting and pulling in, protecting and quieting down.

In this context, it makes sense so many of us feel frazzled and anxious during this season of Frenzy.

Because we, too, are a part of nature, also made cold by the wind and in need of holding ourselves close.

And yet, we've manufactured a season of busyness, social obligations, and energetic outflow, disconnecting ourselves from the softness of our animal bodies.

There is a tension in this – in striving to keep pace with the season of Frenzy while our bodies yearn for slow movement, quiet evenings, and the soft glow of warm fires.

2. Questions

  1. What is this time of year like for you? How does this tension, if present for you, show up in your body?
  2. How were you taught to see yourself as separate and distinct from "the natural world?" What experiences do you have that have broken down or challenged this sense of separateness?

3. Resources


⏪ If you missed last week's email:

I shared a teaching from Lama Rod Owens about his concept of "the new saints."


Sending you good vibes,

Andrew

A Guidebook for Our Inner Work & Communal Healing

With a blend of reflection questions, body practices, and action prompts, Unmasking the Inner Critic will help you engage your inner narratives and step into the world in a new way.

Andrew Lang - The Wednesday 1-2-3

Weekly resources for your inner work

I support folks who are questioning the stories they were handed (by religion, by capitalism, by their families) and who are seeking new practices that resonate with their evolving sense of purpose and identity.

Read more from Andrew Lang - The Wednesday 1-2-3

Happy Wednesday Reader! Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week: 1. Teaching Having resilience doesn’t mean to “bounce back.” And yet many of us have been given this default understanding of what it means to be resilient – to recover from harsh changes and challenges so we can keep moving forward. This is a problem. Dorcas Cheng-Tozun notes this default understanding implies “the resilient person bounces back quickly, mostly unharmed and unchanged, from any...

about 6 hours ago • 1 min read

Happy Wednesday Reader! Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week: 1. Teaching What does it mean to be “on the hook?” The usual response sounds something like this: to be “on the hook” is to be responsible for something or someone. When we’re given a task at work, we’re “on the hook” for its completion. When we’re caring for toddlers at home, we’re “on the hook” for their safety. But what if being “on the hook” isn’t just about being responsible for something or...

7 days ago • 2 min read

Happy Wednesday Reader! Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week: 1. Teaching In her poem “The Summer Day,” Mary Oliver wrote perhaps her most famous line: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? If you’ve ever heard this quoted by someone before, I invite you to think back to the context of that moment. For me, I've mostly heard this quote used by others to be inspirational – something akin to Robin Williams’ carpe diem monologue...

14 days ago • 1 min read
Share this post