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Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

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Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger is the force that protects it.

– Valerie Kaur –

Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

“Revolutionary love is the choice to enter into labor for others who do not look like us, for our opponents who hurt us and for ourselves. In this era of enormous rage, when the fires are burning all around us,…revolutionary love is the call of our times.” In this TEDWomen 2017 talk, Valarie Kaur gives us the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate. In her journey from the birthing room to murder site, Kaur shows us how the choice to love is a force for justice: see no stranger, tend the wound of those around us and who have done us harm, breathe together as we push together in our work in the world. { read more }

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Walking the Path of Love

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March 30, 2018

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Walking the Path of Love

Let your heart go out and abide in things. Let things return and abide in your heart.

– Dogen –

Walking the Path of Love

In 2011, Matt Hopwood set forth on a journey through the United Kingdom and beyond to practice heart-led activism and compassion. Seeing love as the source of human connection and genuine social action, Hopwood listened to and shared as many love stories as he could. The experience ended up being incredibly meaningful to him not just because of the moving stories that came out of it but because of the profound beauty and joy of the interactions themselves. In return for deep listening and compassion, people opened up their hearts and homes. Connections were made, bridges crossed, and emotions shared. In this essay, Hopwood shares how everyday exchanges can be transformative, and with loving interactions we can walk a more compassionate path. { read more }

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Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

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Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

"Revolutionary love is the choice to enter into labor for others who do not look like us, for our opponents who hurt us and for ourselves. In this era of enormous rage, when the fires are burning all around us,…revolutionary love is the call of our times." In this TEDWomen 2017 talk, Valarie Kaur gives us the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate. In her journey from the birthing room to murder site, Kaur shows us how the choice to love is a force for justice: see no stranger, tend the wound of those around us and who have done us harm, breathe together as we push together in our work in the world.
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Margaret Wheatley: Warriors for the Human Spirit

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Margaret Wheatley: Warriors for the Human Spirit

For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.

– Khahil Gibran –

Margaret Wheatley: Warriors for the Human Spirit

Margaret Wheatley is a writer and management consultant who draws upon systems analysis, chaos theory, and other diverse fields of study to inform her work. In this interview from Sounds True, she writes talks about how we are in a time of destructive change that will bring a new way of life along with it. Our best path forward is to be warriors for the human spirit as we create “islands of sanity” in the chaos we see around us. As much as we might feel fear and anger, Wheatley says we must avoid engaging in the destructive forces we want to overcome and instead reach out to others in acts of service that bring new life and light to our local communities. { read more }

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In times of change, there is a human tendency to withdraw, Instead, reach out in service to others in your local community to help create a new world.

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What the Dolphin Said

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March 28, 2018

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What the Dolphin Said

True communication is communion – the realization of oneness, which is love.

– Eckhart Tolle –

What the Dolphin Said

Judith Simon Prager, PhD, is a writer, teacher, and clinical hypnotherapist. She has lived all over the world working as a novelist, screen writer, and journalist. However, Judith is probably best known for her method of Verbal First Aid, which teaches first responders that how they speak with a patient in an emergency situation can ultimately save that person’s life, as well as speed up healing. During her time traveling around teaching Verbal First Aid, Judith had an experience with a dolphin in captivity that changed her life. Through this experience, Judith was reminded that although words matter, the intention and feeling behind those words matter too. And this is where Judith came into alignment with the oneness that connects us all; not just human to human, but human to animal, animal to animal, animal to earth, human to earth, and so on. In this interview with The Moon Magazine, Judith discusses her verbal and non-verbal first aid methods, her experiences with dolphins and other animals and their role in healing, and the connectedness we all share. { read more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: Giving More With Stillness

We are able to give more when we are centered in quiet and calm. When we feel everything spinning out of control, that is exactly the time to slow down and find a measure of peace-with meditation, nature, walking-whatever relaxes our minds and reminds our hearts to open wider. In that sacred silent space, we find our more than enough, enabling us to give without depleting our inner stock. – Mindy

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We are able to give more when we are centered in quiet and calm. When we feel everything spinning out of control, that is exactly the time to slow down and find a measure of peace-with meditation, nature, walking-whatever relaxes our minds and reminds our hearts to open wider. In that sacred silent space, we find our more than enough, enabling us to give without depleting our inner stock. – Mindy

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Bryan Stevenson Beats the Drum for Justice

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Bryan Stevenson Beats the Drum for Justice

Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.

– Bryan Stevenson –

Bryan Stevenson Beats the Drum for Justice

The great-grandson of slaves, Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, author, activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Having been shaped by his experiences as a young African-American growing up during the civil rights movement, Stevenson is no stranger to bias and injustice. However, he turned those experiences into something positive by representing those on death row in one of the country’s highest areas of highest incarceration through the Equal Justice Initiative. Over the years, EJI evolved into an organization “committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. ” In this interview Stevenson discusses EJI, his upbringing, and how working with the margins of society has changed his life for the better. { read more }

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We can all do more to conquer injustice in the world. One of the best ways is to recognize your own unconscious biases, because when we bring them into the light, we recognize where we are falling short, and where we can make small changes to become better people. To learn more about injustice and inequality, visit Bryan Stevenson’s TED talk. { more }

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Awakin Weekly: What Happens When We Wonder?

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What Happens When We Wonder?
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2291.jpgWhen I think about wonder I think about waterfalls, newborn babies, and whales. I think about seeds, snowflakes, and rainbows. I think about lightening, skyscrapers, and silk. Wonder defies description. Wonder often leaves me speechless. Wonder does not happen every day.

What happens when we experience wonder?

People get along. When people are struck with wonder, they generally are not yelling, arguing, fighting, or angry. Wonder brings people together. We all agree that flowers are wonderful. We all agree that ducklings are wonderful. We all agree that coral reefs are wonderful. Butterflies? Wonderful. Chocolate? Wonderful. Sunsets? Wonderful. Wonder provides a moment where we can hold hands, (perhaps) tear up, and find common ground.

The noise of life fades. A silence akin to speechlessness falls when we experience wonder. A gentle hush that is beyond words eases tension. Reflection paints wonderful moments with reverence. Wonder is calm in the chaos of the world. I learned this on the road to Hana in Maui, when I had to be reminded that my iPhone was not as important as the majesty of a volcano. I had to let the noise go and be present to the wonder of the moment.

The best parts of ourselves guide our thoughts and actions. Gratitude, compassion, and understanding happen during wonderful moments. Our interconnectedness, our stories, our dreams, our histories connect us when we allow ourselves to feel wonder: to really see, to really touch, to really taste, and to really hear. Creating and being present to moments of wonder in our lives builds our best selves. We have less time to be less than our potential when we experience wonder. Our sights are set higher.

We are connected to the natural world. Nature is wonder. Glaciers. Fjords. Mangroves. Mountains. Coral Reefs. Oceans. All animals. All plants. All stars and planets and galaxies. There is wonder when we see beauty in all of that, and feel related and interdependent and grateful. Appreciating and respecting the wonder of the natural world creates an environment of protection and stewardship in which future generations will also know wonder in nature.

Miracles can happen. Wonder makes me believe in miracles. Every day is a miracle. The sun rising. My heart beating. My breath flowing in and out of my lungs. The fact that all that happens with perfection is miraculous. Let me take it a step further. Our capacity to experience awe, for our jaws to drop and for time to stand still, is a miracle. Feeling wonder, and the joy and happiness of it, is a miracle. May we know more, and more, and more wonder.

About the Author: Katie Steedly is a seeker, thinker, and writer. She has trekked the Abel Tasman, bathed in the healing waters of Tirta Empul, and run a marathon in search of the why. As a woman living with Turner syndrome, she believes every day is a miracle.

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Waiting for the Thaw

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Waiting for the Thaw

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.

– Henry David Thoreau –

Waiting for the Thaw

“It’s about this time in the long stretch of winter that I begin to ache for spring. By March, I tend become a bit dulled to the beauty of winter. Though my prayer and meditation keep my heart open to seeing the passage of time and seasons with appreciative eyes, mostly I just want the cold days to be over. As the earth begins to thaw, we often want the process to hurry up. I long for bright flowers blowing in a spring breeze and warm summer evenings on the porch. While impatience with winter is only human, I pause and remember the need to move slowly through this time of year.” What follows is a lovely meditation on waiting for the thaw, followed by three classic poems that capture aspects of this transitional time. { read more }

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Remarkable Beings

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Remarkable Beings

Elephants have a way of being in this world which transcends what we humans label instinct and survival: they live according to patterns of belonging which are ancient, beautiful, and deeply meaningful.

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Remarkable Beings

Where would you turn to learn about familial love, cooperative community and walking through life with peace and gentleness? Expand your horizons and understanding in this essay on what the desert elephants of northern Namibia reveal about belonging on a cosmic scale. Eleanor O’Hanlon shares what she has learned from these remarkable beings in an article for Parabola magazine.
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