These twenty practices come from lessons learned from living and working in the community of Thistle Farms for the past twenty-five years. Thistle Farms has grown slowly, but surely, by using these practices. We have tried to distill ancient truths into practical disciplines that can change individuals, communities, and corporate culture.
Enjoy the wisdom from thoughtful leaders, survivors, and advocates. All of the reflections are written by women and men who have learned that together we are stronger, more loving, and better able to handle the joys and sorrows of this world that inevitably come our way. The 92 contributors live in 12 states and 5 countries.
We have learned these practices can transform the mission of companies, inspire religious communities, and change the work of non-profits. The hope is that by using these practices formed from a 21st-century community of survivors, you can be more intentional and consider, once again, how your life can broaden with the depth of love.
Through these practices, you are invited to look again at ancient insights and well-worn words with wisdom from the streets and truth from stories. We want this book to be a gift to you, whether you are reading it from an ivory tower or under the top bunk in a cell. We want it to carry you through your everyday life, to broaden its joys, lessen its sorrows, and console you beyond grief.