We are all flawed. We don’t need leaders. We need each other.

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I am excited to share about this community @onecommune and the amazing Wellness Summit they are offering from December 5th-14th for free. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Discover practices for physical, spiritual, and societal health. We all have those moments where the world feels like it's falling apart, simple tasks are a grind, and happiness seems just out of reach. But they are here to show you another way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Commune Summit is a free, 10-day online event featuring 25 of the world's foremost experts on health and wellness. Each day includes a keynote lesson and a daily practice so that, step-by-step, you can bring techniques into your life that lead to greater and greater ease and joy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It has been an honor to photograph some of these incredible teachers. Getting glimpses and hearing sound bytes of what they have to offer over sharing meals together. I wholeheartedly recommend signing up for the summit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I just love this photo of @jeffkrasno + @schuylergrantyoga taken on the property! More so… I love what they are creating and how they are choosing to live and share so generously. and…. I love the small part I get to play in it all xo

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Local photographer, and former Wellness Almanac guestagrammer, Anastasia Chomlack, was recently hired to shoot portraits of a host of wellness celebrities and teachers for a new offering from the producers of Wanderlust. So, I started to follow.

This little video clip features Russell Brand answering the question: could the 12 step process used to help people manage their addictions, help society at large?

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Here’s part of what he has to say:

“Because I have a program, because I live a spiritual life, I see craving itself as neither good or bad. What it ultimately wants is love and oneness. All desire is just the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be one with God. I always ask myself what is your intention in this moment, what are you trying to get to? I have to focus on being free of my own defects of character, my own flaws, which I can only do intermittently, so it’s important I’m part of a collective, so the other empowered people in the collective I  participate in can say, oh lovely speech, but seems like you’ve drifted back tinot the narcissism! I don’t think it’s necessary to have stratified societies, those kind of hierarchies that deify, rarify and worship an individual, even though I love all that stuff, I love an icon, I love Martin Luther King, Che Guevara, Ghandi – of course they were flawed. But anybody in a position of power is vulnerable to the predelictions of the powerful. One of the things I like around the tradition of 12 step support groups is that you acknowledge that all people are flawed, and you don’t ever put anyone in a position where they can damage the whole. The collective, the value of the collective is everything. Connection to other people in a group, service to other people, helps me to be free of the self-centredness that otherwise governs me.”

When we look around for heroes and leaders and saviours, we are condemning them to fail. Everyone will eventually succumb to the pressure. What we need, instead, is to create collectives, ways that we support and hold and uplift each other, and keep each other accountable. Isn’t that a marvellous idea and invitation?

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This is Part 2 of a two-part series on recovery with Russell Brand. . Last week we explored how 12-step recovery can be applied to the addictions in our lives, but can the same model work with our society? Can we collectively recognize a problem, commit to change, undertake a thorough inventory, recognize patterns, and create a culture of service? Today we take the 12-steps one step further — from personal to communal. . Listen to the rest of this episode on the Commune Podcast. To hear more from Russell, sign up for his upcoming Recovery course on Commune (onecommune.com/recovery) or check out his Luminary podcast, Under the Skin (luminary.link/russell @hearluminary). . ALSO! Sign up early for his Recovery course launching in a few weeks! It will run for FREE for the first 10 days! –> onecommune.com/recovery . #russellbrand #russellbrandrecovery #communepodcast

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