A question for you: “What sustains you?”
Like a Zen koan, a question that doesn’t have an automatic answer is an invitation to pause, to check inside, to sense what emerges, and to mindfully explore what comes up.
We want to stay grounded in felt experience – – which is the key word here. We are not trying to describe a specific path, a ‘right way’ to do things, or a ‘correct’ narrative of how it all works out. To the contrary. We are coming at it from different approaches. And we value the ‘unfinished’ quality that comes from describing these issues while we are in the midst of grappling with them, not knowing how things will turn out. Actually, an implicit assumption of this project is that depth of experience is related to our ability to tolerate the ‘not knowing’.
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If this is important to you, then consider yourself part of the What Sustains Us project. Think of the project as a virtual community of people who are sharing, not the same answers, but a similar motivation to find the answers that are meaningful to them.
This website features conversations where people share their process of getting in touch with what sustains them. See: Conversations.
It also features a book in progress. Several of us have started writing first-person essays on this topic. In the future, a printed book will gather all chapters. Meanwhile, chapters are being released as they are written. See: Book.
What Sustains Us is edited by Serge Prengel. He co-edited the collaborative book Defining Moments For Therapists.