Bridging Heaven And Earth Show 270 - with Sherry Ackerman
Oct 23, 2011
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Sherry refers to herself as a socially engaged philosopher who believes in "doing philosophy on the streets". It's not that she hasn't done the academic scene. She accumulated four, yes four, graduate degrees and did a 35-year stint as a Philosophy Professor. Then, one day a light-bulb went off inside her head that reminded her that Socrates had done his thing "on the streets" and not in the ivory tower. So, she waved goodbye to the University and has been out there—among the flotsam and jetsam of Humanity—ever since. But, what does that really mean?
It means that she has spent more time with horses than humans—time that steered her toward learning how to homestead and create green solutions for modern living. She has cultivated a deep insight into what constitutes real sustainability. She's decided that sustainable living is a cornerstone of integrated spirituality. She is not talking about recyclable grocery bags and hybrid automobiles. Sure, they are a start—but she is talking about something much deeper. Radical lifestyle change based on observing the Universal Laws of Nature. This is Spirit: where transcendence meets immanence. Yin and Yang. Shakti and Siva.
Her fertile, organic gardens, animal husbandry skills, and practice of living simply on the land has given her a gift of freedom from anxiety and tension and an opportunity to live harmoniously in an increasingly complicated world. It gives her space inside her head for the Mind of Meditation. Less distraction. Less noise. She lives a Good Life. It's that simple. And, it's so easy that it's hard.
America is at a crossroads--where there is an opportunity for people to take their lives into their own hands and live in a simpler, less routinized, more socially sensible manner. Good Lives. This means, though, giving up a lot of old ego-entrenched patterns and hubris. It means changing our values. It means realizing that we are not the center of the Universe. It means living One Life in One Love.
Sherry offers a blueprint--a practical course in radical stability through voluntary simplicity. She offers it to you as a catalyst to begin writing your own story-- a guide to finding personal freedom. She has written a couple of books that map out the territory, loudly and clearly. If you are into animals, particularly horses, you will really resonate with her book, Dressage in the Fourth Dimension. If you want to go a step further and move into gardens, lifestyle and sustainable living, then The Good Life: How to Create a Sustainable and Fulfilling Lifestyle is going to give you a lot of grist for the mill!
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