Author, journalist, & activist, Sarah Wilson joins Raghu to discuss balancing the inner spiritual journey with outer action, sharing, and sacrifice in order to be of service to the collective.
Sarah Wilson is a former journalist and TV presenter, author and activist, who wrote the New York Times bestsellers I Quit Sugar and First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, which Mark Manson described as, “the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read.” Previously she was editor of Cosmopolitan Australia, host of Masterchef Australia and founder of the largest wellness website in Australia, IQuitSugar.com. In May 2018, Sarah closed the business and gave all money to charity. She now builds and enables charity projects that “engage humans with each other” and campaigns on mental health and climate issues. Sarah ranks as one of the top 200 most influential authors in the world and has a combined digital audience of 2.5 million. Sarah’s latest book, This One Wild and Precious Life, is a soul’s journey through the complexities of climate change, coronavirus, racial inequalities and our disconnection from what matters. For more info, visit SarahWilson.com
Dangerous Opportunity: Service & Sacrifice
Touching on the ‘dangerous opportunity’ of the coronavirus pandemic, Raghu and Sarah highlight the silver linings and potentials instilled within the chaos and unpredictability of our current predicament. Discussing the need to steer our energy beyond our personal issues in order to help others and the planet, Sarah shares an infamous parable of a monk to reflect on how we can balance inward spiritual practices with outer offerings of service and social action.
“We see people cherry picking the nice bits of spirituality – the love and light – and neglecting the other aspect of it, which is being of service, and sacrifice. ” – Sarah Wilson
Redefine your circle of compassion through service and sacrifice, and see social justice as love, on Ep. 19 of Sufi Heart
Creation, Maintenance, & Destruction (6:10)
Sharing stories from India showcasing awakening through service, Raghu invites Sarah to speak about her personal spiritual practice of hiking in nature. Sharing that it’s importance is vested in sharing that love and wisdom upon returning, Sarah explores the current calling for service from the world through the Vedic lens of creation, maintenance, & destruction.
“The times are dictating that we go out, not in. The world is calling us out to be of service. It’s asking us to step up and meet it, so that we can save it. ” – Sarah Wilson
Open yourself to the calling of the world, imbibing this difficult process as a collective ‘labor of love,’ on Ep. 126 of the Metta Hour
Individualism, Collectivism, & The Planet (28:51)
Diving into the climate crisis and slew of social, political, economic, racial, spiritual, and ecological imbalances and injustices steering the systems and people on this planet, Sarah and Raghu help to uncover the base reason for these unequal skews as being a problem of individualism vs collectivism. Rather than caring for others and the planet as a collective, we, as a species, have coopted ourselves to care mostly for our immediate individual desires. Right now is an opportunity to change that.
“We are in the situation we are in because we have lost an understanding and respect for the collective.” – Sarah Wilson
Join Raghu for an exploration of the planetary karma of the climate crisis, and how we can move forward as a collective, on Ep. 367 of Mindrolling
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