Way #7: What's Yours to Do?
The short video below offers a message from beloved Pachamama Alliance friend and indigenous ceremonial leader Arkan Lushwala. In it he talks about how discovering—and fully owning—your gifts is actually an important first step toward taking meaningful action in the world.
Watch the video and then reflect: What is yours to do? What is yours to be?
If you are willing, share what comes up for you in the forum below.
Why Do This Way?
When challenges are urgent, pausing to reflect before jumping into action can feel like a luxury. In the video below, Arkan shares that yes, this is a time when action is absolutely necessary, and our actions will have the greatest effect if they are grounded in our unique passions, skills, and sense of self. As Arkan puts it, “What you can do is a consequence of who you are. By knowing our nature, our being, our gifts, we know what we can do.”
Engaging with This Way
This message from Arkan is succinctly summarized in a quote by noted author, philosopher, and civil rights activist Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
At this point in history, the Earth is crying out for people who have not given up, who do not dwell in a fog of despair, but who have come alive.
What are your gifts? What makes you come alive?