When I envisioned the Inner Fortune journal back in 2006, I had been working for a few years in banking. My idea was to infiltrate the “nefarious” world of capitalism in order to make change from the inside. I was struggling with intense forces of injustice that seemed to threaten my very soul. My mind-body became utterly beat up by the strategic understaffing in banking. To the point when, after 18 months of working 6 days a week non-stop and getting into a terrible car accident on a Friday, I was back to work on Monday in a neck brace.

The broader impact of capitalism that led me to personally try to “be the change” was bearing down on me so hard I thought I might go blind with migraines I suffered in silence. Inner Fortune was my gift and, honestly, my salvation. I learned that we can’t go it alone. Independence must be reframed as Interdependence. And Isolation is dangerous. This is what I learned after years of reflection and through community involvement as an advocate for justice.

Ultimately I left banking to try to serve the planet. But really my service is about learning to fall back in love with our Mother Earth. And learning to appreciate all of the elements in our body-mind is the same sort of journey. We are one heart, expressing itself in billions of ways.

Now, years later, the vision for Inner Fortune continues to include strengthening community and our sense of being seen and understood — advancing the experience of belonging. I do not know how this journey will continue to unfold but I do believe in the goodness of humanity and its capacity to rebalance our harmony with nature, each body-mind, each expression of Inner Fortune, together.

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