SDI Encounters

EP045 - My Boss is a Zen Priest - On Metamorphosis

December 2, 2019

This week I’m running the lastest episode of a series I’m calling “My Boss is a Zen Priest” –  so my boss is SDI’s Executive Director, Reverend Seifu Anil Singh-Molares. He’s my manager and he provides oversight on the things I’m working on, and he’s also an ordained priest in the Zen Buddhist tradition. We have weekly one-on-one check in meetings, where I tell him about the things I’m working on, and he provides feedback and insight. And because we work at SDI and my boss is a zen priest, that feedback and insight often delves into deep dives around spirituality.

In this conversation we talk about our most recent publication of Listen – a digital publication that you can read on our website, – and the inspiration for Rev. Seifu’s article, and my illustrations, on the concept of metamorphosis.

As you listen to this conversation, and all the metaphors we contemplate as descriptors for the spiritual journey, I invite you to reflect on this point in your own journey, and how you might define it.

As you reflect on your own sacred story, and yes your own story is indeed sacred, what are some metaphors you would use to tell this story? What’s in that cocoon of yours right now, being combusted? I invite you to journal on these questions, and share with a spiritual companion.


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