I Vow Not to Burn Out – Lion’s Roar

When I get desperate, which is pretty often, I ask myself how to not be overwhelmed by despair or cynicism. For my own sake, for my family, and for my sangha, I need to vow to not burn out. And I ask others to vow similarly so they’ll be around when I need them for support. In fact, I’ve formulated a “Great Vow for Mindful … Continue reading I Vow Not to Burn Out – Lion’s Roar

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Germany Offers A Lesson In How To Respond To The Far Right | HuffPost

In recent state elections in Germany where the Greens made big gains, Forsa’s Matuschek said, voters got “the impression that the Greens were defending something, they were standing for something — without fear.” via Germany Offers A Lesson In How To Respond To The Far Right | HuffPost Continue reading Germany Offers A Lesson In How To Respond To The Far Right | HuffPost

Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

…according to the World Health Organization and How we can help change the course. Listen to the podcast and then click on the links for information on how to get involved. Save.org: Facts about Suicide in the US World Health Organization: Facts About Depression National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Suicide Statistics Transcript: Greetings, this is Elle Madelyn with Alert Aware Mindful and this is … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

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Elle Cast 2.4: Phillip Montgomery Counselor, Social Worker, PhD Candidate

Welcome back to Alert, Aware, Mindful Please enjoy my interview with Phillip Montgomery as he discusses the abandonment of young men, particularly men of color. Also, the lack of guidance, social-emotional skills available to these men, and how it dooms them to solve problems, without preparing them for how to find the best solution—and the inevitable explosion that results from this cycle. We talk about … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.4: Phillip Montgomery Counselor, Social Worker, PhD Candidate

Sandra Bland trooper Brian Encinia: Perjury case dismissed – CNN.com

  Of course, it was. This way no one has to go to jail.No accountability found or given. That is my country. Philando, Trayvon, Michael, and Sandy. For some of us, America is good, others it may even be great, but it NEEDS IMPROVEMENT to say the absolute least. The fact is, juries can’t seem to find fault with the police. It reminds me of … Continue reading Sandra Bland trooper Brian Encinia: Perjury case dismissed – CNN.com

Taking Back the Wheel

This is a key problem standing in the way of peace between people and nations, this idea that “My way is infallible and absolutely Just and there is NO room for the evaluation of my ideology. To evaluate is to devalue and disrespect the (obvious rightness of it.)  The other dangerous mindset is when one party believes the other “will NEVER understand their position.”  This … Continue reading Taking Back the Wheel

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

“The Huffington Post recently interviewed a nun and a monk at Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village monastery in France, to ask what advice they would give to activists who want to take action during Trump’s presidency.

Sister Peace, who previously worked in the office of the mayor of Washington, says action must be inspired by a deep-rooted sense of love.

“If we can be strong in ourselves, then we could offer a resistance that is nonviolent,” she said. “But that means that we ourselves are at a place where we can have that recognition and we can offer that to another. And that is a great, great source of love and having the other feel they’re being recognized and listened to and embraced.”

She says that those who are passionate about taking action should learn from the nonviolent approach of the civil rights movement.

Referring to the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which marchers remained passive despite being chased and beaten, she said: “They were taught how to be quiet, how to be still, how not to resist and fight back no matter what happened.” Continue reading A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

Creating harmony: “Seek to understand…” | Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

“If we’re to have genuinely mindful dialog with another person, we have to respect that person. If he or she has a certain point of view, then we shouldn’t assume they hold it because they are stupid or unfortunate enough not to have heard what we have to say on the issue. They almost certainly have a complete set of reasons for believing what they … Continue reading Creating harmony: “Seek to understand…” | Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

“…A lot of adults in institutions have some pretty cynical prejudices about teenagers. Both the criminal justice system and the schools, unfortunately there are many parallels. [People] process and look at the incident as the focus, it [Restorative Justice] allows for that person to be seen as more than just that incident… That’s communicated with circles and mediation, it gives a young person a chance to say I’m not just the person who did that [broke a rule], I’m also this [the family breadwinner], this [caretaker to my grandparent who raises me], and this [a student with a 4.0 who wants to be an architect-for example] and it gives other people the chance to say it about them on their behalf. -Rochelle Arms”

This episode of Alert, Aware, Mindful includes the story where Elle gets schooled and takes a hard look at the deterioration of intimacy through the culture of “busyness.” Featured is Rochelle Arms, who will be detailing her work with the Peace Institute in New York City and with Restorative Justice in communities, schools, and the criminal court systems. Our Call to action segment honors the … Continue reading “…A lot of adults in institutions have some pretty cynical prejudices about teenagers. Both the criminal justice system and the schools, unfortunately there are many parallels. [People] process and look at the incident as the focus, it [Restorative Justice] allows for that person to be seen as more than just that incident… That’s communicated with circles and mediation, it gives a young person a chance to say I’m not just the person who did that [broke a rule], I’m also this [the family breadwinner], this [caretaker to my grandparent who raises me], and this [a student with a 4.0 who wants to be an architect-for example] and it gives other people the chance to say it about them on their behalf. -Rochelle Arms”