Why is it called ‘The Churning’?

People sometimes ask why this book is called “The Churning”. There are three reasons.

The first is because of the changes that are happening all around us, in technology, politics, the economy, society, and of course in the environment. Together these have created a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. This is the outer, physical churning that we face.

The second type of churning is the inner, emotional churning we can sometimes experience as a result: the feelings of uncertainty, loss, anxiety, and even fear that naturally arise when so much change is happening. Like a sock in a washing machine we feel tumbled about. This is our inner, emotional churning.

And the third kind of churning is the churning that turns cream into butter.

The fact is, change is nothing new — it has always been with us. The only thing that is different this time is the number of changes we now face and the rate at which they are happening.

With the right tools and techniques we can learn to ‘churn’ ourselves from cream into butter: we can learn to use these changes as an opportunity to become stronger, ultimately becoming whoever and whatever we most want to become.

How much outer change is happening in your world? How much inner churning has that created? Are you using this time as an opportunity to become stronger and churn yourself from cream into the butter you want to become?

The ancient Hindus also described this process 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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