Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute and author of Spiritual Misfits, Collaboration and Belonging in a Divisive World. In this episode, Shahar dives into the challenges and fears that arise when moving into collaborative leadership and how to cultivate unwavering trust, even in the face of immense adversity, mental health challenges and the global dying and rebirth it feels like we’re in the midst of.
Listen in while they talk about:
- Moving from Individualism to collectivism, why it’s so difficult and also necessary for our co-evolution, as well as the need for the individual to be strong to healthily move into collective spaces.
- Mental health and leadership. You can be compromised and still lead. You can be navigating depression and anxiety and still cultivate deep trust and hope. How deep time and connection to wisdom traditions and lineages help us to navigate challenging times.
- Navigating the frustration and potential defeat of leading initiatives that you know won’t come to fruition or completion in your lifetime. How to be in the in-between and give yourself over to purpose.
- Right timing, knowing when to sit with and let something incubate and when you must act. Trusting both timing and also knowing that to not heed a calling will create more suffering than all the terror of leaning into it.
- Reclaiming the word religion, looking at what’s been lost in cultures and communities that have left religion behind and what it may look like to reclaim this word in “progressive” or “spiritual” spaces that have developed an allergy or intolerance given the harm and oppression that’s historically occurred in religious institutions. If you’re triggered by the word religion, make sure to stay all the way to the end. Such juicy perspectives.
- Knowing what is and isn’t yours and how collectivism takes the pressure off what you’re holding and births something you can’t do on your own.
More from Shahar:New Earth Institute (NEI) Immersive RetreatA three-month comprehensive training for leaders who are inspired to take action to benefit their communities and the earth. The training is designed to support those who are interested in building initiatives for a world in transition. Participants will embark on a journey to ignite passion, grow resilience and reclaim the power of an interconnected world. Learn more here. Book: Spiritual Misfits: Collaboration and Belonging in a Divisive World
Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute in Vancouver. He is a registered Clinical Counsellor and adjunct Professor of Counselling Psychology at Alder University and a published author. He formerly served as the Program Director of the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island, with years of experience in treating trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety. His academic research has been mainly focused on mindfulness and body-centred interventions as means for well-being, connection, and growth. For his work with disadvantaged soldiers, he earned a Certificate of Excellence from the President of Israel. Shahar also has a broad spectrum of work experience as a choreographer, philosophy teacher, yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and even a clown. He brings his knowledge from all of these fields to his work with students and clients. As a meditation instructor, he draws on years of study and practice with prominent non-dual teachers from various traditions at monasteries in India, Nepal, and Thailand.
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