We were made for these times

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Mis estimados queridos, My esteemed ones

Do not lose heart. We were made for these times.

Those are the opening lines from Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ essay, which was the inspiration for this month’s theme: We were made for these times.

Estés writes:

I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now. It is true, one has to have strong cojones and ovarios to withstand much of what passes for “good” in our culture today. Abject disregard of what the soul finds most precious and irreplaceable and the corruption of principled ideals have become, in some large societal arenas, “the new normal,” the grotesquerie of the week.

It is hard to say which one of the current egregious matters has rocked people’s worlds and beliefs more. Ours is a time of almost daily jaw-dropping astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

…You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking.

Yet … I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is – we were made for these times.

Read the rest of Estés essay here. Then enjoy our interview with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, a female, black Zen Buddhist priest, who believes the 2016 election has given us an “uprecedented opportunity” to come together to redefine our vision for our country.

We also have powerful essays from shamanic practitioner Anna Alkin (Awakening from the Nightmare); from poet/professor Nicholas Powers (How to Topple a Wall with a Heartbeat); and from activist/author Martin F. Leyva (Love Will Keep Us Together).

We’re also thrilled to have an excerpt, “Pulling the Lever for Doomsday,” from John Feffer’s new dystopian novel, Splinterlands; a short story, Ruint Horse” by award-winning author Thomas Atkinson; and a new short story by Garrett Rowlan, Eve’s Apple. Plus poetry by Bob Findysz, Rachel Kann, Cristina Norcross, George Northrup, Larry Thacker, and Joanna Zarkadas, along with two short Movies You Might’ve Missed (but that you can watch here) and MOON Shine.

Finally, to build community, nourish ourselves in nature, and hone our ability to dream a new future, The MOON is producing a year-long journey around the Inca Medicine Wheel, beginning February 10-13, 2017. Let us know if you’d like to participate by contacting leslee at moonmagazine dot org.

Thank you for being part of The MOON. I’ve missed you!

Wishing us all a peaceful, powerful New Year!