I’m doing a lot of soul-searching about these times and the climate catastrophes happening before our eyes. In just the last few weeks, an astounding number of record-breaking tropical storms have laid waste to millions of people and communities.
I’m doing more inner reflection and circumspection, wondering how we got here and who’s paying attention. I’m resourcing as many people and props as I can for answers.
David Pryce is one of the most soul-inspired authors I’ve discovered. He’s on Medium, a platform for writers of any persuasion or talent to flaunt their inner meanderings. It’s so cool, it’s almost out of style, SubStacked by a TikTok on a Reel of Instants.
David’s short piece, “Raise Your Glass,” reminds us that today we are being called to live more deeply and see more deeply. It’s time to wake up because only the privileged fall asleep during these visible shifts.
He references Leonard Cohen’s quote, “When things get really bad, raise a glass, stamp your feet, dance a jig.”
Is it time to start drinking?
We’re secretly hungry for things of substance that connect us to nature / the mystery and to each other.
A Good Drink May Get the Connections Flowing
Since we are all dipping our toes into social contact again, I’m inviting friends over for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Some are nervous or out of practice.
In that case, there’s no better way to impress them than with a fantastic drink, whether full-bodied red wine to pair with red meat, whipping up lemon drop shots or a bottle of the finest champagne.
Organic Spirits Make the Best Classics
The Old Fashioned is one of the oldest cocktails in the bar book and has been around since the late 1800s. Swap out the whiskey for a gin or rum, use maple syrup instead of sugar, or top it off with a splash of sparkling water.
Classic Negroni is a super simple cocktail made up of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The Fabiola is a traditional Italian cocktail that has been around for decades. It’s a simple combination of gin and orange juice, served over ice.
The espresso martini is a classic cocktail of espresso-infused gin, a splash of vermouth, and a dusting of cocoa powder. The espresso-infused gin is where the magic lies, and it’s super easy to make. Just take one tablespoon of espresso grounds, pour it into a jar with one cup of Gin and let it sit for a few days. The longer you leave it the stronger the taste!
Open Minds Are Better Ice Breakers Than a Stiff Drink
David reminds us, “We don’t realize how trapped we are in a world of separation. Nor do we understand how this separation from nature and each other is linked to our current world crisis. To our very psyche.
“We aren’t going to flourish unless we see beyond our cultural and learned biases.”
Carol Sanford’s Regenerative Life Series Aims to Transform our Biases
In her Seed Communities, Carol proposes that “there are nine foundational roles we play in life, roles such as parent or entrepreneur; roles that have great potential to influence the society we live in.
At one time or another, we’ve all played one or more of these roles. But without understanding their essence and social significance, we are likely to play them in mechanical and unconscious ways, patterning our choices on what we grew up with or on the behaviors we see all around us.”
Her book THE REGENERATIVE LIFE teaches you to see your roles differently: stripping away all preconceptions of how it should be done, understanding what your role is at its core, and building yourself back up to become something new; something so grounded, inspiring, and resilient, it can change the world.
Live a deep connection with the universe, nature, and others. Understand how we have become separated from what matters most.
Raise a glass, dance your jig, AND open your mind. New waves are washing your way, and they’ll require navigation skills.
Perhaps along with a good old martini once in a while.