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Writing a Better Story – Carrie Newcomer

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Mar 31, 2022
Writing a Better Story - Carrie Newcomer

Writing a Better Story – Carrie Newcomer

There comes a time when we choose what stories we tell ourselves personally or as a community. "So let us all honor the stories that gave us courage and personal grounding, the stories that brought us here, the finest ones the ancestors carried for us until we could carry them for ourselves. Let us acknowledge the stories that its time to finally release, to name the dragon so that the dragon can fall and transform into winged wisdom and insight. Let us build a new collective story of healing and the rise of a new power on earth, based in love, supported by love and extended in love." Listen to Carrie Newcomer sing us out of stories that no longer serve us into claiming stories that are truer and more life giving.
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A Selfless Respect for Reality

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March 31, 2022

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A Selfless Respect for Reality

Humility is not a peculiar habit of self-effacement, rather like having an inaudible
voice. It is selfless respect for reality and one of the most difficult and central of all virtues.

– Iris Murdoch –

A Selfless Respect for Reality

“Thinking about our current global situation, I recall the work of Kazimierz Dabrowski, the Polish psychiatrist and psychologist who proposed a theory of personality development called positive disintegration. This is a transformational approach to psychological growth based on the idea that crises are important for our personal maturation. Dabrowski’s concept is similar to a tenet of systems theory: living systems that break down can reorganize at a higher and more robust level–if they learn from the break-down experience.” Roshi Joan Halifax shares more. { read more }

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For the 8-Year-Old In You

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March 30, 2022

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For the 8-Year-Old In You

If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless.

– Kate DiCamillo –

For the 8-Year-Old In You

Kate DiCamillo’s books include, “Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, The Magician’s Elephant, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Flora & Ulysses. Krista Tippett read Kate’s books with her children. Then, in the early pandemic months, feeling unmoored, she cracked them open to read by herself, inspired by a piece in the New York Times by the wonderful writer of adult novels, Ann Patchett. She wrote of making her way through the Kate DiCamillo opus as one of the most satisfying literary adventures of her life — and also incredibly calming. With honesty and wisdom, laughter and tears, Kate DiCamillo makes bearable the mysterious fact that hope and heartbreak live so close, side by side, in real life. This is her gift to her readers, and to us this hour.” { read more }

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Finding Joy in the Unknown

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Finding Joy in the Unknown

I don’t know what the future will be, but I absolutely know that joy and the things that give us joy in this world, especially the natural world, are essential for everything.

– Dara McAnulty –

Finding Joy in the Unknown

“Writing was a way for me to communicate,” says Dara McAnulty, “I didn’t like to speak to people. In fact, I spoke to basically nobody outside of close family, and any conversation I had outside of that was incredibly awkward and I hated every second of it. Writing, on the other hand, I found incredibly easy to do. It was something where I could take what was going on in my mind and put it into something a bit more physical, something that I could touch.” In this interview with Emergence Magazine, 17-year-old Dara McAnulty–a naturalist, conservationist and author, discusses his identity as an autistic person, his writing, and his conviction that joy is a necessity. { read more }

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Do What You Please, But I’m Watching

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Do What You Please, But I’m Watching
by Hubert Benoit

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tow1.jpgAlone, in a quiet place, muscularly relaxed (lying down or comfortably seated), I watch the emergence within myself of mental images, permitting my imagination to produce whatever it likes. It is as though I were saying to my image-making mind, ‘Do what you please; but I am going to watch you doing it.’

As long as one maintains this attitude – or, more exactly, this relaxation of any kind of attitude – the imagination produces nothing and its screen remains blank, free of all images. I am then in a state of pure voluntary attention, without any image to capture it. I am not paying attention to anything in particular; I am paying attention to anything which might turn up, but which in fact does not turn up. As soon as there is a weakening of my voluntary effort of pure attention, thoughts (images) make their appearance. I do not notice the fact immediately, for my attention is momentarily asleep; but after a certain time I perceive what has happened. I discover that I have started to think of this and that. The moment I make this discovery, I say to my imagination, ‘So you want to talk to me about that. Go ahead; I’m listening.’ Immediately everything stops again, and I become conscious of the stoppage. At first the moments of pure attention are short. (Little by little, however, they tend to become longer.) But, though brief, they are not mere infinitesimal instants; they possess a certain duration and continuity.

Persevering practice of the exercise gradually builds up a mental automatism which acts as a curb on the natural automatisms of the imagination. This curb is created consciously and voluntarily; but to the extent that the habit has been built up, it acts automatically.

The principle of the liberative method is now clear. Man triumphs over his imaginative automatisms, not by pitting himself against them, but by consciously allowing them free play; his attitude towards them is one of active neutrality. His final triumph is the end-product of a struggle in which his voluntary attention does not itself have to take part. (Such participation, it may be added, is incompatible with its pure, impartial nature.) Man rules by dividing; refusing to take sides with any of his mental forces, he permits them to neutralize one another. It is not for Divine Reason to overthrow nature, but to place itself above nature; and when it succeeds in taking this exalted position, nature will joyously submit.

About the Author: Translated by Aldous Huxley from Vedanta and the West (March-April 1950)

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What does refusing to take sides with any of your mental forces mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you exercised an attitude of active neutrality toward your own ‘imaginative automatisms’? What is a mental automatism you have developed to help you curb the natural automatisms of the imagination?
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Shop Class As Soul Craft

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Shop Class As Soul Craft

A decline in tool use would seem to betoken a shift in our relationship to our own stuff: more passive and more dependent.

– Matthew Crawford –

Shop Class As Soul Craft

“Matthew Crawford was on what most people would think was the “right track.” Then he left his job as executive director at a think tank in Washington to open a motorcycle repair shop. In his book, Shop Class as Soulcraft, he makes the case that our society has placed too great a value on white-collar work and not enough value on the trades. Crawford tells host Guy Raz that the mechanical arts have a special significance for our time because they cultivate the less glamorous virtue of attentiveness.” More in this NPR piece. { read more }

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Conserving Quiet

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Conserving Quiet

Only in quietness do we possess our own minds and discover the resources of the Inner Life.

– Helen Keller –

Conserving Quiet

“In nature, there is nothing wrong with quiet. It exists under the weighted depths of ocean and in the cool of rocky caverns. It spills out beneath the wings of eagles as the world below freezes. Nature is never wholly silent: she speaks in breathy whistles and the jingle of dry leaves. She listens, but she is not mute. Even in the high desert, where sage-shrouded grouse have just begun to stir and a girl sits alone in the shelter of a camouflage blind, she has so much to say in her quiet. I have been called ‘quiet’ from an early age. Our world of constant conversation often makes me feel expendable. There is no appropriate response to the phrase ‘Youre really quiet.’ It is observational.” { read more }

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Seek Silence

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Seek Silence

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Seek Silence

Silence helps us to explore our shared humanity as it speaks to the part of life that is beyond words. This video created by Green Renaissance and filmed in South Africa encourages us to hear the words that silence whispers to our hearts and to find a quiet space in the busyness of life, wherever we live. It invites us to explore what silence means to us. { read more }

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My Pen is the Wing of a Bird

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My Pen is the Wing of a Bird

I raise up my voice– not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

– Malala Yousafzai –

My Pen is the Wing of a Bird

“‘My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird’ came about through the efforts of Untold Narratives, a UK-based organization which works to develop and amplify the work of writers marginalized by social, geopolitical or economic isolation, particularly those in areas with recent or ongoing conflict. In 2019 and early 2021, Untold put out open calls across Afghanistan, asking women to submit short stories in either of the country’s two languages, Dari and Pashto. Writers responded from both metropolitan and rural areas. Subsequently, Untold’s editors and translators worked collaboratively with writers, to develop their craft, connect them to one another, and share their stories with readers in their own languages. This work was interrupted last August, when the Taliban swept back to power. Notwithstanding that disaster, 18 women’s stories are now able to reach new global audiences in English translation.” { read more }

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This week the Taliban reneged on a commitment to allow Afghan girls to attend secondary school, mere hours after schools had reopened for female students. In the following essay, three Afghan students share anonymous essays reflecting on their lives since the girls’ education ban. Read their stories here. { more }

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Seek Silence

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Mar 24, 2022
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Silence helps us to explore our shared humanity as it speaks to the part of life that is beyond words. This video created by Green Renaissance and filmed in South Africa encourages us to hear the words that silence whispers to our hearts and to find a quiet space in the busyness of life, wherever we live. It invites us to explore what silence means to us.
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