Here at Commune we believe in communion as an exchange of intimate thoughts, particularly when that discussion weaves together the personal, political, and spiritual in a way that helps us find common ground despite our differences.
What began as a series of heartfelt messages to the Commune community at the beginning of the pandemic evolved throughout 2020 into just this sort of communion. Each week Commune Co-Founder Jeff Krasno would sit down to write a fresh essay addressing the most pressing topics of the moment through the lens of intimate personal stories and timeless spiritual wisdom.
This book is an exclusive, small-print-run collection of those essays alongside all-new reflection exercises and meditations.
If you find yourself heatedly discussing the most confounding issues of our times – from political polarization and race relations to vaccine skepticism and climate change – this book offers you fresh ways of thinking about those thorny topics as well as compassionately and effectively moving those conversations forward.
At times laugh-out-loud hilarious, and at other times profoundly serious, Communion is a must-read (and re-read) compendium of the current and timeless.
In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being, where he also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of luminaries from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand. Jeff pens a weekly essay exploring spirituality, culture, and politics that is distributed to over one million people.
Jeff is also the creator of Wanderlust, a global series of wellness events. In 2016, he was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the SuperSoul100 as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Schuyler and their three daughters.
"2020 was a year we will never forget. The pandemic, the national reckoning for social justice, the election, the scourge of misinformation and the rise of conspiracy - these phenomena thrust us into uncertainty and tested our resilience. This book is a reminder that even in our most difficult times, there are ways to dig deep and find the meaning in all of it."
“If we ever want to reach a critical mass in world consciousness for a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier and more joyful world then this book is the manifesto for you! Emergence happens when there is shared vision and maximum diversity along with emotional and spiritual bonding. Let this book guide you on your journey to wholeness.”
“I read every one of Jeff’s essays as he rolled them out. His writing voice is charmed, but it’s his very deep intention to bring us all together that makes us consider more and inhale some hopefulness.”
“Communion is a thought-provoking book that offers the reader a whole new perspective on how to show up during tumultuous times. Jeff Krasno provides thoughtful reflections, stories, and exercises for the reader to shift their perception from fear back to love.”
April 5, 2020: Go To Your Room
April 12, 2020: Maybe
April 19, 2020: We Are Enough
April 26, 2020: The New Frontier
May 3, 2020: Giant Steps
May 10, 2020: Women Leaders & COVID
May 17, 2020: On Death
May 24, 2020: For Those Battling in Paper Armor
May 31, 2020: 8 Minutes, 46 Seconds
June 7, 2020: The Boiling Point
June 14, 2020: Privilege
June 21, 2020: Finding Fatherhood
June 28, 2020: Words Matter
July 5, 2020: Interdependence Day
July 12: 2020: Who Am I?
July 19, 2020: Navigating Post-Truth
July 26, 2020: Walking Among the Divine
August 9, 2020: A Bedtime Fairy Tale
August 16, 2020: The Other Epidemic
August 23, 2020: From Straw to Steel
August 30, 2020: A Bridge to America’s Future
September 6, 2020: You Split. I Choose.
September 20, 2020: Antisocial Media
September 27, 2020: Small Is Beautiful
October 4, 2020: The Middle Way
October 11, 2020: The ‘Rona
October 18, 2020: Good Grief
October 25, 2020: Be Ready!
November 1, 2020: A Solemn Pledge
November 8, 2020: Communion
November 29, 2020: Enough is a Feast
December 25, 2020: Christmess
December 27, 2020: When Lightning Strikes
"What a wonderful, creative and thought-provoking book! Communion provides an opportunity to reflect, process, and unpack the myriad complexities of 2020 as we re-emerge into our “new normal” going forward. Through personal storytelling and follow up questions that flip the inquiry back on to us, Jeff Krasno invites us to consider the impact COVID 19, racial terrorism, personal and collective grief, social media, privilege, and much more, have shaped our physical and mental health this critical and historical year. It is so important that we don't miss the chance to look inward and learn from this moment and Communion provides the structure and inspiration that can help us make sense, and meaning, of our unique experiences. Read this book if you want to move into our collective future with more determination, compassion, and hope, and the renewed vigor to create a happy, healthy, and just world for all."
In an era of sensationalism and hyper politicization, these essays attempt to step out of the political invective, cultivate awareness of biases, and find a middle way — bushwhacking a pathway back to sanity through reason, secular morality, and a smattering of dubious dad humor.