We think of community as something outside of ourselves, but according to Robina Courtin, we need to look within if we want to improve our relationships, our society and the world at large.
It might sound like a paradox, but Robina Courtin says the best way to change the outside world is to look within and work on ourselves first. That is the only way to break the cycle of dissatisfaction and desire that drives our increasingly materialistic society.
“The more you get, the more you want; it’s a self-fulfilling kind of energy. But if you learn to focus the mind, get clear on what attachment is and why you get sucked into buying all this stuff, you realise you can live in this world surrounded by all these million-dollar gorgeous things and not be affected by them. You can let them pass like a dream and enjoy listening, looking, tasting and smelling, but not have to hold on to everything.”
INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA SCIBERRAS
WORDS BY RENAE ROBINSON