If you’ve been a long-time listener of this podcast, or even if you’re a new listener to this podcast, you’ve likely noticed the gap between the last episode and this one. A while back, I made a decision to officially end the podcast. But then inspiration that I wanted to share would hit me and I felt the need to record it and offer it to listeners. So I decided that the Unplug podcast would become inspiration-dependent. Recently I’ve been sparked by some significant inspiration by a connection I now have with Dharma teacher and author, Catherine Ingram. It felt necessary for me to invite her into a recorded conversation that I could share with all of you.
I feel it pertinent to share that It’s been a notable gap between the last podcast and this one, primarily because this year has been a challenging one for me personally. These challenges have been important in helping me reach a place inside of myself that brings more light and expansiveness into the topic of this podcast episode.
For those who follow my blog, you will know about my painful personal situation regarding the shocking and heartless breakup of my 20-year relationship that left me reeling just before the covid lockdown and pandemic narrative took hold of our world. Needless to say, I’ve been navigating a lot of grief, confusion, bitterness, betrayal trauma, and creating closure where there was once absolutely none. It’s also been a Powerful exercise in letting go, acceptance, and personal transformation as I cocooned myself into a healing phase that I’m only now emerging from. I finally feel steady enough on my feet to share my voice once again. And in sharing my voice, I’m feeling a deeper sense of meaning.
I’ve moved through a lot of personal healing to reach a place of acceptance with my personal reality while, at the same time, discovering deeper layers of acceptance with the state of our world and our planet. That is the foundation for my potent conversation with Catherine Ingram in this special episode: acceptance. How it impacts us in our personal lives and how it ripples outward in how we navigate our global reality. Acceptance is a powerful realization that has great potential to transform our lives. I’m thrilled and deeply honoured to be in conversation with someone who gets it; someone on a similar journey with a similar mindset inspiring a very different way of life.
To offer a little background about Catherine Ingram is, she’s an international dharma teacher with communities in the U.S., Europe, and in Australia where she now resides. She’s also A former journalist who specialized in issues of consciousness and activism. Catherine is also the author of two nonfiction books, In the Footsteps of Gandhi, and Passionate Presence, and one novel, A Crack in Everything. In February of 2019, she published the long-form essay “Facing Extinction” which is how I first discovered her immense body of work. Most recently, she’s been featured in the beautiful and deeply moving documentary by Michael Shaw, Living in the Time of Dying.
Catherine and I recently connected after I felt a strong internal prompt to reach out to her with the unifying bond of our parallel messages. The connection was instant, kindred spirits. It only made sense after that to invite her into a recorded conversation that I’m now pleased to share with you as we we explore The Winding Path of Acceptance in End Times.
Here is a beautiful short video by Catherine about the importance of tears for acknowledging our grief and our humanity.