EP011: Melanie Dewberry - A Philosophy for Action Grounded in a Deeper Truth

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This week, we go on a deep dive with the brilliant Melanie Dewberry, a coach, speaker, author, and indigenous ceremonialist.

Melanie gets real, and she gets deep down to the gritty, unpolished truth here. And this ended up being one of the most valuable conversations to me personally that I’d had in a while.

We talked about what it means to advocate for change, w/o being trapped inside the very system you are trying to change. We talked about the harm we do to ourselves when we are always reacting to what the system throws at us. And we talked about accessing a place of greater truth, stillness, and love, that’s inside of all of us, and learning to act from there.

This episode is a slow burn. It’s layered, and it builds gradually. So I invite you to hang in there until the end, where I think you’ll find -- as I did -- that it’s an unexpected gift, and it pays off beautifully.

We talked about:

  • What it means to advocate for change, w/o being trapped inside the very system you are trying to change.

  • About the harm we do to ourselves when we are always reacting to what the system throws at us.

  • Accessing a place of greater truth, stillness, and love, that’s inside of all of us, and learning to act from there.

  • The role of spiritual practice in personal growth and activism

  • The difference between vocation, career and work. Find out more about those distinctions by reading Stephen Cope’s book, The Great Work of Your Life.

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Interview Highlight:

[53:30]: It took me years to realize to go inside myself. And to change my chaotic way of being. My chaotic thinking, my chaotic belonging to this consensus reality, and inhabit the world of beauty inside. That took me 10 years to realize. 10 years.… and now, I can honestly tell you. I’ve got more beauty that I’m living in and that I’m creating from, than I have chaos. And that is making a change in everybody I touch. And everybody who touches me.

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