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3 Steps to Build Peace & Create Change

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January 31, 2023

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3 Steps to Build Peace & Create Change

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

3 Steps to Build Peace & Create Change

“As the child of Holocaust survivors and a World War II refugee herself, peace builder Georgette Bennett was stunned by the human toll and tragedy of the Syrian civil war. She got to work, bringing together historical enemies to build an aid pipeline from Israel to Syria — a feat many considered impossible, but has since helped millions. Through this inspiring story of unlikely partnership, Bennett shares three steps for creating change and invites all of us to take action when we see someone in need.” More in this TED talk by Bennett. { read more }

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For more inspiration, check out, “The Very Best Way to Pray for Peace,” by former CIA analyst turned peacebuilder, Janessa Wilder. { more }

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Reclaim Your Chicken

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Reclaim Your Chicken

–Jon Bernie

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2458.jpgBeing does not require thought. Be fully attentive, gently attentive. Trust the natural ease of awareness. Make no effort. No trying, no doing, no defensiveness. Just gazing and seeing without resistance.

As you allow this natural openness, at some point it begins to gel. The Jell-O of awareness! One minute it’s liquid, the next minute — bloop! It’s kind of a little jiggly, but there it is: connectedness. When you’re tuned in like that, there’s empathy. There’s no “your feelings” or “my feelings,” just the movement of sensation.

This is what it means to understand profoundly—not personally—what responsibility really is: the realization that we are interwoven with everything and everyone.

As we cultivate this attentiveness, interconnectedness of being emerges. With it comes the natural letting go of the burden of always being in survival mode. Unfortunately, as you all know, we live in a world where survival mode is normal. That’s the heart of why we are lost, hopeless, helpless, and in despair. We have lost touch with being; our true being.

But it is not lost. You are intimate with it. It is nourishing, loving, generous. Perceiving it fulfills us as human beings.

And so you can live naturally as who you are in the world, more in touch with your individual purpose, your contribution to the ecosystem of all being. You may not be able to articulate it, you may not understand it, but something deep within you completely trusts that movement is guiding you and guiding everything all of the time, because now you’re in sync with it.

Awakening is being in sync.

Years ago, I used to say I was into the Teachings of the Chicken.

You’ve heard the expression, “you’re like a chicken running around with your head cut off.” Remember that? Well, I changed it to, “you’re a head running around with your chicken cut off.”

You have to reclaim your chicken!

There is such wonder in experiencing peace throughout your whole nervous system. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, no one to be. What a relief! Then we really see. This seeing is also feeling, listening, being, connection. A profound synaesthesia.

At this stage of listening, very little instruction is required. If you’re looking for more, notice that urge. Notice that insecurity without trying to fix it. Allow insecurity. What if insecurity—wow—was nothing wrong? This is just a natural rebalancing in process—this is just healing. Healing isn’t necessarily getting rid of a condition. It could be. It’s also balance, and harmony even with imperfection, and ultimately freedom.

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Are You A Spectator or a Creator to Reality?

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Are You A Spectator or a Creator to Reality?

You are continually cultivating your past as a means of controlling your future.

– Lisa Feldman Barrett –

Are You A Spectator or a Creator to Reality?

“Your brain constantly runs a model of your body as it moves through the world. You come to know that world only through your cochlea, retina, and the other sensory surfaces of your body. Their signals, along with those streaming from within your body, continuously confirm or correct the ongoing signals in your brain. The implication is a bit startling: You cannot experience the world, or even your own body, objectively. Your experience is always from a particular perspective, and no perspective is universal.”Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett shares more in this piece that uses neuroscience to explain how opening yourself to new experiences and interacting with people who think differently than you gives you the opportunity to create new meaning, and find greater agency. { read more }

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More from Barrett in this piece, “The Surprising Origins of Emotion.” { more }

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The Book of Vanishing Species

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The Book of Vanishing Species

Never think that you are too small to make a difference.

– Beatrice Forshal –

The Book of Vanishing Species

“If you were to take a teaspoon of water from the ocean and look at it under a microscope, you would see many shapes — possibly millions, mostly translucent — of varying sizes and colours. Little spheres, tubular bodies with drooping tendrils, circles within squares, squares within circles; triangles, rectangles; spiralling helixes, some bristly, some hooked, some frilled; oval wreaths, concertinas, braided zigzags; antennae emerging from cone-shaped bodies; umbrellas, crossbows, sickles, bells, fans; barrels trailing thin, wispy veils behind them; hexagonal prisms like jewels; darting arrows and little suns. You could be forgiven for thinking that instead of a microscope, you were looking through a telescope, and instead of water, you were gazing into the sky – at galaxies, spaceships and planets with alien creatures – yet plankton are very much a part of this world. We depend on them.We depend on them.” The following is an excerpt from The Book of Vanishing Species: Illustrated Lives by Beatrice Forshall… { read more }

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The Practice of Story Stewardship

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The Practice of Story Stewardship

Empathy is not relating to an experience, it’s connecting to what someone is feeling about an experience.

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The Practice of Story Stewardship

“I’m going to start by acknowledging that I’ve been wrong about something for years. For two decades, I’ve said, “We need to understand emotion so we can recognize it in ourselves and others.” Without exaggeration, I’ve said this thousands of times, and I’ve heard it from other researchers at least that much. Well, let me go on the record right now: I no longer believe that we can recognize emotion in other people, regardless of how well we understand human emotion and experience or how much language we have. Why have I stopped believing that we can recognize emotion in other people? Two reasons…” Brene Brown shares more in this thoughtful post. { read more }

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The Unchosen One

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The Unchosen One

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.

– Terry Pratchett –

The Unchosen One

Devon Michael was a child actor living in poverty when he auditioned for the part of Anakin Skywalker for the a Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace. He saw this opportunity as his way out of poverty and he felt this might well be the most important thing he would ever do. In the aftermath he learned that he can tell his own story, as he does so rivetingly in this film. “It depends on how you tell your own story, how you tell your story to yourself. Maybe that’s what the Force is, giving yourself permission to see things differently.” { read more }

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Think of a time when you had to accept that you could not achieve a particular dream. How do you tell the story of that experience to yourself and others?

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The Unchosen One

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Jan 26, 2023
The Unchosen One

The Unchosen One

Devon Michael was a child actor living in poverty when he auditioned for the part of Anakin Skywalker for the a Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace. He saw this opportunity as his way out of poverty and he felt this might well be the most important thing he would ever do. In the aftermath he learned that he can tell his own story, as he does so rivetingly in this film. "It depends on how you tell your own story, how you tell your story to yourself. Maybe that’s what the Force is, giving yourself permission to see things differently."
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Putting the Power of Law in People’s Hands

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Putting the Power of Law in People's Hands

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

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Putting the Power of Law in People’s Hands

What can you do when the wheels of justice don’t turn fast enough? Or when they don’t turn at all? Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can understand, use and shape. Instead of relying solely on lawyers, Maru started a global network of community paralegals, or barefoot lawyers, who serve in their own communities and break the law down into simple terms to help people find solutions. Learn more about how this innovative approach to using the law is helping socially excluded people claim their rights. “A little bit of legal empowerment can go a long way,” Maru says. { read more }

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Creativity & Leadership in Learning Communities

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Creativity & Leadership in Learning Communities

Analysis means taking something apart in order to understand it; systems thinking means putting it into the context of a larger whole.

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“Every living system occasionally encounters points of instability, at which some of its structures break down and new structures, or new forms of behavior, emerge. The spontaneous emergence of order — of new structures and new forms of behavior–is one of the hallmarks of life. This phenomenon, often simply called emergence, has been recognized as the basis of development, learning, and evolution. In other words, creativity the generation of forms that are constantly new is a key property of all living systems. Life constantly reaches out into novelty.” Fritjof Capra shares more. { read more }

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Meeting Our World Views

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Meeting Our World Views

All real living is meeting.

– Martin Buber –

Meeting Our World Views

“It’s common these days to hear calls for new worldviews. These calls are often accompanied by a condemnation of the current ways of thinking, doing, and being. My claim is that every worldview is attempting to take care of something. And if we don’t acknowledge and respect these aspects of our current worldviews, then they wont fundamentally change.” Alexander Carabi shares more. { read more }

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Carabi defines one’s worldview as, “the fundamental set of assumptions about who we are and what life is. It’s our presupposed, embodied, often taken for granted stance towards ourselves, other selves, and life itself.” Take a few moments to reflect on your own worldview.

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