Why ‘Churning’?

A woman churns butter by hand while reading a newspaper

People often ask, why is this book called “The Churning”?

There are three reasons.

The first is because of the churning that is happening in the world around us. Huge changes in technology, economics, politics, society, and of course the environment, have turned the world into a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous place.

The second churning comes from the emotions we can feel as a result: the feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and loss that can arise from so much change. Like a sock in a washing machine, this is our inner churning.

And the third kind of churning is the churning that turns cream into butter. Because change is nothing new. And when we have the right tools and perspective we can learn to let go of what doesn’t matter and create instead what does. We can ‘churn’ ourselves to become whatever we want to become.

This book is called The Churning because the times that we are living through, and the feelings that creates, provide an opportunity for us to churn ourselves from cream into butter. The book gives us the tools to do so.

How much churning is happening in the world around you? How much inner churning have you experienced? Are you churning yourself from cream into butter?


The ancient Hindus understood this process. They described it in the legend of The Churning of the Milk Ocean.


Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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