The environmentalist Bill McKibben says he appreciates snow more than usual, because it’s likely in the not too distant future that it will disappear from our warming planet. How much more, then, must I cherish these winter days, love the white blanket of quiet that descends over everything, slowing the rhythms of even a churningly busy city like Washington DC to almost complete stillness -- a rhythm more in accord with the soul, with nature, with our long-forgotten selves. When snow goes, what will serve to remind us of those ancient, lonely depths?
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Finding the “Deeper Story” Behind Current Events: Connecting the Spirit of the Times with the Spirit of the Depths
Presented by Pythia Peay
Lecture: As a writer and journalist on the inner life interviewing scholars, religious and spiritual teachers, psychologists and Jungian analysts, Pythia Peay will speak on the mythic narratives operating beneath the surface flow of public events. Drawing on the work of Jung and contemporary Jungian analysts and psychologists, she will discuss several themes: Hermes as the god of communications; climate change and the Grail story of the wasteland; drone attacks and the myth of Icarus; and the Jungian process of individuation and the American myth.
Pythia Peay is an author and depth journalist whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Washingtonian, Religion News Service, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. read more.
Years ago, when I was struggling through a dry patch of writer’s fatigue after completing a particularly demanding feature story, my wise Jungian analyst remarked that “sometimes you have to take time to let the well fill up.” Like stones dropped into water, her words sank into my psyche and stayed there. Now and again, when I’m coming up empty with words or narrative, I practice waiting for the rain to fall and the well to fill.
American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, The Woman Who Defied the Puritans, by Eve LaPlante.