Drilling for Water and Wisdom.
“What makes the desert so beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that, somewhere, it hides a well…” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Wisdom and water have something in common. You need to drill for them, especially in the desert. We know that's true where MEA resides, both in Baja and Santa Fe. Water is a precious resource, and finding it underground is a gift.
Similarly, when your life feels a bit arid and barren, you must drill for wisdom. Better yet, you can create your own wisdom well. To get started, here are three questions you might ask when you're looking for some wisdom during a challenging time:
1. When have you gone through a comparable life experience in which you faced an obstacle that required you to end an old way of thinking, navigate your "messy middle," and welcome a new beginning? Can that experience influence how you deal with your current challenge?
2. Who in your world is best suited to be your wisdom partner through this challenging time, partly because they're wise and partly because they've gone through something similar themselves?
3. What if your wisdom partner asked you this repeated question five times, with you having to answer differently each time: "What are you pretending not to know when it comes to the solution inside of you?" Your answers could serve as an archeological dig that could connect you to your wisdom.
P.S. I’m excited to announce I made the cover of Spirituality and Health Magazine (almost as good as the cover of Rolling Stone). I was interviewed by Editor-in-Chief and MEA alum Stephen Kiesling, where we chatted about a range of topics—from Esalen to MEA to the joy of coming out. I’m also thrilled to reveal that Stephen and I will be co-hosting a special Workshop called “Spirituality+Health in Midlife & Beyond” at MEA's new campus being built just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico (March 24-31, 2024). Check out the article here. And, if you would like to stay updated on details of this special Workshop week, take a look here.