Avra Chayim 5782: ReMembering Ethics & Eros ✡️🕯

Cherubim — one male and one female — atop the Ark of the Covenant, an artifact that captivated me as a child. Kabbalists interpret cherubim as mythic symbols of sex, which models the erotic experience of life (extending far beyond the sexual). Many believe the goal of life is to achieve this integration of the masculine and feminine in all facets of existence.

😌 I Just Want To Live Better

What is Ethics, actually? What’s Eros?

Rita Fei illustrating an erotic scene

☯️ How can we make ethics erotic, & the erotic ethical?

“If not me, who? If not now, when?” — Hillel the Elder

“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” — Mother Teresa

James Jean

☸️ Wheel of Life

Wheel of Life example (not mine)

✒️ Livelihood

📚 Education & Personal Growth

  • Lifelong Learner — 2021 was the year I claimed the identity of writer, artist, and lifelong learner. Robbed of a good education growing up (designed instead of raised to actualize my human potential), I am endlessly curious and find learning to be joyful and synergistic with all other aspects of the wheel. Learning from both “the book and life.” I’m celebrating that much of the learning I do is for its own sake, and that it often integrates into the professional work I’m doing in the world, sometimes down to the very project I’m being paid for. I recall being on the cusp of this prioritization of learning back in India in 2013, but wouldn’t allow myself to dive in, because of intense guilt around needing to focus on my career. What’s in your Learning Journey? I’ve created an exercise to help you get clear on what you can learn in order to create and live in a more life-honoring way.
  • Embodiment— I want to call out the importance of balancing how much effort I put into learning on the ethics side of the scale and the eros side, as the former is much easier for me. Further, reading books (knowing through the mind) is one thing, while my learning edge is certainly the embodiment piece (knowing through emotions and body). So bring on more opportunities to practice dancing, making art, bodywork, music and rest. I believe I’ve reached a limit on how much written word I can metabolize.
Tree of Life

🕍 Religion & Spirituality

😽 Romance / Sex / Love

I ♥️ sex, drugs, and God! It’s all one…

James Jean

🏘 Community and Home

  • Winter — I’m feeling nourished by several seasons in the New York area, and starting to look ahead to winter and beyond. Two of the big questions on my heart lately have been “where is home?” and “who are my people?” Being a bridge is confusing and lonely at times. Being a wanderer has its pros and cons. None of the dreams in this essay are possible if I’m not living in community designed around shared values and intentions. I’m calling in community homes and land to ground into for weeks to months at a time. Some of the communities I’m drawn to include psychedelic earth-based Jews, ethical technologists, mystical and radical queers, new paradigm visionaries, permaculture communitarians, metamodern monks. Places where I can commune with nature regularly. Express myself freely. Speak my heart. Have a balance of solitude and social connection. Be inspired. Play! Cuddle. Feel. Practice living ethically and erotically. My astrocartographer recommends: Hudson Valley and Berkshires; Vancouver, btwn Portland and Seattle, btwn LA and Santa Barbara, Baja; Lisbon, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Friendships — I yearn for deep connection with loved ones. Groups tend to be more challenging for me, with greater likelihood of idle chatter and missed opportunities. If you and I have been through life together, nothing would bring me more joy then a good ole catch up. 1:1 real and vulnerable connection is my nectar. I want to learn, reminisce, clear, and celebrate in ways that are mutually supportive. Please forgive me if I have been slow to communicate or challenging to connect with in recent years. I’ve been on one.
Blue lines and circles = good! Astrocartography is how the placements of the planets affect the energies we feel in certain places we live or visit, depending on when and where we were born. It’s just more information.

🌿 Health

Moïse devant le buisson ardent by Marc Chagall

Here’s to a more ethical and erotic year!

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Regenerative Tech | Business | Culture | Life. Co-founder @getsiempo, Digital Wellness Collective, @Wharton Wisdom. www.andrewmurraydunn.com

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Regenerative Tech | Business | Culture | Life. Co-founder @getsiempo, Digital Wellness Collective, @Wharton Wisdom. www.andrewmurraydunn.com

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