Interview: Jen Lemen

January 10, 2011

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I first met Jen in 2005 when both of us were newly exploring territory as writers and artists. We spent that first year of friendship talking weekly about our blocks and our fears and the dreams and bright hopes that we held for our work. I was struck then by Jen’s optimism and the sense of possibility that she carried right into the thick of the darkest parts of our inner worlds.

Since then, Jen’s work has taken her across the globe and into situations that have severely shaped and tested her practice of tending trust. I’m delighted that she’s here today to talk about what Life beyond fear and tending trust mean to her, and about an online course that she co-facilitates with Andrea Scher, called Mondo Beyondo, which connects so much with the work on this site (links below).

This week I’ll be talking more about my take on Life beyond fear, but in listening to this interview, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. What do you think? Does it seem possible? Hopeful? Discouraging because you feel far from it? And if you’d like to add to Jen’s list of bread-and-butter practices that help you tend your trust, I’m all ears.

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p.s. Mondo Beyondo was a transformative experience for me and I hope you’ll consider taking it if you haven’t already! Winter session starts today, but the doors are still open and Jen and Andrea would love to have you.

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  1. Oh. My. Goodness.
    It was so good to hear your voices again! I can’t believe it has amost been a year… (sigh)

    Comment by Jamie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:03 am
  2. I’m all signed up for MondoBeyondo and poked around in the classroom a little today. SO exciting. <3

    Thanks for this interview. I'm all head coldy and body achey and needed something this good to break me out of my pity party. :D

    Comment by Effy — January 10, 2011 @ 11:43 am
  3. Jamie – yes, it’s been so long! Hard to believe!

    Effy, yay that you’re in MB!! I hope it’s a really great experience for you! And I’m sending all my best wishes that your cold goes away soon!

    Comment by Kristin — January 10, 2011 @ 12:08 pm
  4. I am with Jamie – it is SO wonderful to hear your voices. Thank you for giving me insight and motivation when I needed it today.


    Comment by KathyB — January 11, 2011 @ 8:57 am
  5. A pleasure, Kathy! Missing you!

    Comment by Kristin — January 11, 2011 @ 10:45 am

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