Creating a Better World from the Inside Out with Oren Jay Sofer

Our ancestors’ village was not the global village of the 21st Century, so writes Oren Jay Sofer in the Introduction to his book, Your Heart Was Made for This. The ancient ones did not have to contend with a bombardment of reportings of mass shootings, wars, and other ecological and social catastrophes. Nor were they being doggedly chased by social media algorithms trying to convince them to consume stuff and goods that would soon be obsolete. In today’s climate of overwhelm, Sofer addresses such clear questions as: How do we find the strength and clarity necessary to engage skillfully with these immense problems of our time? What are the inner resources available to us? In our deep desire to be of help, how can qualities such as integrity, concentration, gratitude, and generosity possibly lead us to become more skillful in positive activism in the world? With practical wisdom, Sofer provides the strength and clarity in how to increase our resilience and engage more effectively with the immense problems of our times. He advises us to let our deep joy meet the world’s deep hunger and deep need. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Oren Jay Sofer teaches meditation, mindfulness, and nonviolent communication in secular and Buddhist contexts. He received his degree in comparative religion from Columbia University and is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication as well as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. He serves as a member of the Teachers Council of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California.

Oren Jay Sofer is the author of:

  • Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication (Shambala Publications 2018)
  • Your Heart Was Made for This: Contemplative Practice for Meeting a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity & Love (Shambala Publications 2023)

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