Mia Birdsong reading from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s ‘Braiding Sweetgrass,’ and discussing connecting to what you are longing for.
Michael’s new book How to Begin: Start Doing Something that Matters is now available at www.HowToBegin.com.
‘Traveller, there is no path. The path is made by walking.’
This is a quote from a poem by early 20th century Spanish poet, Antonio Machado. Though I’ve known about it for 20 years, I’ve only just given it any real thought, and I think it’s slightly subversive – disconcerting, even. Here’s what I now see in the depth of those lines: what seems obvious is not as certain as it appears, what seems built is not as solid as it appears, and what you long for is not yet built – it’s in doing the work that the world we want is created.
Mia Birdsong is someone who’s making the path by walking. She’s the author of How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, and she describes herself as a pathfinder and a facilitator on the road to social justice.
Mia reads two pages from ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer. [reading begins at 19:35]
Hear us discuss:
- Connecting to your longing: “Create enough presence to notice yourself.” [12:13]
- Our responsibility to our gifts. [24:49]
- Clearing away old stories of yourself. [31:23]
- Creating and telling a new story: “Absolutely, we are meant to survive.” [33:54]
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