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
“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
“Briefly, the basic principle is: Holding your breath, shortness of breath, constrained and tense breath, rapid breath = survival, fight/flight/freeze, activation of the nervous system, stress. Natural, full, diaphragmatic breaths = opening up to life beyond survival, opening up to calmness, regulation of the nervous system, bringing about physical relaxation, improving health, being able to think. For PTSD specifically, conscious breathing seems to act as … Continue reading Exercises in Grounding from The Art of Healing Trauma (Through Healing Exercises, Stories, and Research) Blog
Very heartfelt speech focused on connecting with women around the world. Jolie plainly says that she doesn’t know why she was chosen for the life she leads, but she acknowledges how privileged it is and how we need to see how connected we are. Moving speech by Jolie who recently was appointed as visiting professor at London School of Economics Centre for Women, Security and Peace. … Continue reading Global Citizen
” I have never voted. By the time I was 18, I had a felony shoplifting conviction, which meant that I forever lost my right to vote in Virginia. I never had a chance. Not that I cared about voting at 18. I started getting into trouble very young — running away from serious issues at home at age 12, drinking, smoking weed. I had … Continue reading Virginia is finally giving felons like me the right to vote. We deserve it. – The Washington Post
An interview with Jeremy Whitley about his race-positive, gender-bending, subversive series for kids, Princeless Source: A Black princess who saves herself and exposes princess culture? Kids and adults say “Yes!” — Embrace Race — Medium Continue reading A Black princess who saves herself and exposes princess culture? Kids and adults say “Yes!” — Embrace Race — Medium
“If we could read the secret history of our enemies,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” Here’s a true fact: On November 6, 1963, when she was 18, Laura Bush ran a stop sign in Midland, Texas and crashed into a Chevy, killing the 17-year-old driver, Mike Douglas, who happened to be a friend of hers … Continue reading
Haben Girma was born deaf-blind but she had access to opportunities afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Girma is Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate and her academic achievements have catapulted her advocacy career, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities Source: Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate Continue reading Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate
What Is Privilege. Continue reading What Is Privilege (Great video from Buzzfeed)
Check out this amazing article. You can send the link to the others out there like Bill O’Reilly who claim we live in a post racial America: Majority Of White People Say There’s Racism Everywhere, But Not Around Them. Continue reading Still, nonwhite Americans were about as likely as white Americans to say they hadn’t taken any of the above actions against racism.