Skillful Means Podcast

#27 Meeting Uncertainty & Change

October 12, 2020 Jennifer O'Sullivan & Sarah Jane Shangraw
Skillful Means Podcast
#27 Meeting Uncertainty & Change
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Skillful Means Podcast
#27 Meeting Uncertainty & Change
Oct 12, 2020
Jennifer O'Sullivan & Sarah Jane Shangraw

In this episode, Jen and Sarah Jane address the human predicament: We are wired to avoid unfamiliarity, uncertainty, and unpredictability in life, even while these very forces are ever-present realities. This simple paradox is the source of much of the stress in our complicated lives.  

Acknowledging the particular challenges of navigating life in the midst of a global pandemic, the US election, and seasonal changes, Jen and Sarah Jane share the methods they use to soothe the nervous system in times of distress. But what about building long-term resilience so that we may engage with life as it is, no matter how it is? Back and forth, they share what they’ve learned for, drop by drop, “filling the pot with good.”

Ultimately, they talk about how understanding and accepting the nature of change can ease passage through life that will naturally be filled with obstacles. Like water running downhill and around obstacles, aligning ourselves with the way things work is foundational to living a life free of, at least, the unnecessary sufferings we place upon ourselves.

Related Resources

Sarah Powers Insight Yoga and online practices to fill your water pot, drop by drop.

Adyashanti’s The End of Your World, for spiritual clarity on the nature of the world.

Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright, on how Buddhism addresses the human condition. 

Coming in November on the show!
We’ll be offering a virtual retreat in November, with live Zoom check-ins to start and end, two practices a day via the podcast feed for three days, and two Q&As tucked in between for support. Make sure you're subscribed to receive it all.

In the meantime, you can find us on Facebook and Instagram, or send us your comments at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com.

You can also get in touch with Jen and Sarah Jane directly. 



Show Notes

In this episode, Jen and Sarah Jane address the human predicament: We are wired to avoid unfamiliarity, uncertainty, and unpredictability in life, even while these very forces are ever-present realities. This simple paradox is the source of much of the stress in our complicated lives.  

Acknowledging the particular challenges of navigating life in the midst of a global pandemic, the US election, and seasonal changes, Jen and Sarah Jane share the methods they use to soothe the nervous system in times of distress. But what about building long-term resilience so that we may engage with life as it is, no matter how it is? Back and forth, they share what they’ve learned for, drop by drop, “filling the pot with good.”

Ultimately, they talk about how understanding and accepting the nature of change can ease passage through life that will naturally be filled with obstacles. Like water running downhill and around obstacles, aligning ourselves with the way things work is foundational to living a life free of, at least, the unnecessary sufferings we place upon ourselves.

Related Resources

Sarah Powers Insight Yoga and online practices to fill your water pot, drop by drop.

Adyashanti’s The End of Your World, for spiritual clarity on the nature of the world.

Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright, on how Buddhism addresses the human condition. 

Coming in November on the show!
We’ll be offering a virtual retreat in November, with live Zoom check-ins to start and end, two practices a day via the podcast feed for three days, and two Q&As tucked in between for support. Make sure you're subscribed to receive it all.

In the meantime, you can find us on Facebook and Instagram, or send us your comments at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com.

You can also get in touch with Jen and Sarah Jane directly.