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Living Myth

Mosaic presents Living Myth, a podcast with Michael Meade, renowned mythologist and storyteller. Meade presents mythic stories that offer uniquely insightful and wise ways of understanding the current dilemmas of the world we live in. Living Myth proposes that genuine solutions to the complex and intractable problems of our world require both transcendent imagination and cohering, transformative narratives.
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May 22, 2024

This episode brings a focus to ways in which the troubles and tragedies of the world can fall upon us in storms of emotion. When life becomes greatly uncertain, and the daily world becomes deeply unsettled, we can find ourselves subjected to sudden states of fear and anxiety. Michael Meade uses an old Sufi teaching story to open up the emotional territory where fear can become contagious and one emotion can turn into another.

 

Emotions are a necessary and mysterious presence, a flow of energies without which we cannot tell if we are alive or not. Emotions make us vulnerable and volatile, but they also allow us to change and grow. The old idea is not that we should avoid, reject or repress emotions, but rather that we need to learn how to feel them. Raw emotions can be eruptive and disruptive, yet feelings can contain emotional energies so that they become centering, instructive and healing.

 

Fear can awaken instincts and intuitions that we need for survival. Anger can reset personal boundaries when we feel overwhelmed or violated. Sorrow can wash away attitudes that no longer serve us. Emotions turn out to be part of the great outflowing of life, without which we cannot fully live or change or meaningfully grow. When not repressed or denied, emotions serve as the vital links between body, spirit and soul. In that sense, emotions can be seen as messages that keep us connected to a deeper sense of self and to a greater sense of life, especially when the world around us is radically changing.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can hear Michael Meade talk more about the territory of emotions by joining his free online event “How To Not Abandon Oneself” on Thursday, June 13.

 

Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. 

 

You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 625 episodes and a 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.

 

Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

If you enjoy this podcast, we appreciate you leaving a review wherever you listen and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well and thank you for your support of our work.

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