The Age of Anxiety

Seventy years after it was written, The Wisdom of Insecurity still carries a message for our time—this age of anxiety where things often feel urgent, groundless, and unstable. As a result, we might often feel alone in our quest for meaning and purpose in this absurd, pain-filled, and beautiful experience called life.

The “age of anxiety” was coined by W.H. Auden in his 1947 poem of the same name and explored by Alan Watts in The Wisdom of Insecurity. It describes the disconnection and uncertainty we often experience in an increasingly connected world.

I am excited to start exploring The Wisdom of Insecurity in the Haven Book Club this season. The Age of Anxiety is the first chapter.

We will use the book as a source of gentle rebellion and creative inspiration. It’s an opportunity to pause, reflect, and rest for those of us who feel worn down by a world that doesn’t stop.

Coming Up

Join us on Monday for our next Live Café session.

Focused time can often feel hard to come by. The Live Cafe Hour is an opportunity to spend 80 minutes “alone together” alongside other members and focus on what matters most.

It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with those important (but non-urgent) activities. Or receive gentle accountability to focus on that thing you’ve been putting off.

Theme Kota | Sunday 1st October 2023 (6pm UK)

As social beings, humans are wired for belonging. But in a judgemental and critical world, it doesn’t always feel safe to be yourself, especially when you don’t seem to see or experience the world in quite the same way as other people.

We will bring our Haven hive mind to these questions:

  • What does belonging mean to you?
  • What tells you it’s safe to “be yourself”?
  • In what ways are you different around people you feel safe with?
  • What characteristics in other people help you feel safe and connected?

Whether you want to get actively involved in the conversation or quietly observe and absorb, you are so welcome to join us.