Embracing our essence

This week we share extracts from a book of conversations with prominent women, discuss the trend toward living simpler lives as it is viewed in the United States, and we meet an American who has served the elderly in India for the past twenty-three years.

Freelance writer Susan Skog, who has reported for sixteen years on advances in science, medicine, the environment, and technology, has compiled a book that explores "that deep place inside all of us that yearns to love, connect, and grow in goodness." In her introduction to Embracing Our Essence: Spiritual Conversations with Prominent Women, Ms. Skog writes: "Women ablaze with spiritual goodness and purpose are transforming and healing our world as never before. Millions of us are embracing—or may be just on the verge of discovering—our spiritual essence—our intuitiveness, wisdom, resilience and compassion. We are awakening from a spirit-less somnolence to see our relationships, society, environment, children, institutions, and, most important, ourselves in a starting new spiritual context. Infused, even exhilarated with our individual and collective abilities to shine, we finally see we can indeed create a new world."

In the book's pages, twenty-eight prominent women suggest how we can all "live more lovingly, purposefully and simply."

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April 8, 1996

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