The Harm of Overheated Talk

In recent walks around town and in sessions, I’ve had similar conversations, as people share how difficult they find it to remain balanced and joyful as the overheated world burns through them. Jamie links to some good refresher tips, and I would add that anytime chaos begins to erupt, you’ll have far more influence than usual if you can identify, summon, pursue and amplify those things you DO want.

You don’t need to know the entire picture. As Gurumukh said, “We must start somewhere because if we don’t start somewhere, we’ll be nowhere. Start wherever you are.” Don’t be afraid to make mistakes while living a more authentic life. In times of chaos, “mistakes” create springboards for those present and centered enough to recognize opportunities swirling around them. Observe and then poise yourself to spring into action when something whispers clearly to your heart and soul.

Sophia's Children

Ceyx and Alcyone, 1768, by Richard Wilson. Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum of Wales.

“I’ve been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes it mobilizes supporters—but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead.”

~ David Frum, “Waterloo,” 3/21/2010 (referenced in 3/2017 The Atlantic)

Eruption des Stromboli (Isolde Eolie, Italien). Photo by Wolfgang Beyer, GNU Free via Wikimedia

Mr. Frum was writing in 2010, though the insight about “the harm of overheated talk” is always timely.

He also noted the very personal, ego-centric agendas of those stirring up the frenzy by way of purposely inflammatory ‘talk’, and that this created an environment that “trapped” those leaders who otherwise preferred collaboration and compromise yet were pulled along in the toxic current that…

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