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

“…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”

Elle Cast 2.1 – Welcome Back

Welcome back to Alert, Aware Mindful. It has been a topsy turvy few months. Listen to hear about some of my revelations while away from the podcast. There are also some changes ahead and a whole new take on the broadcast. We have quite a few interesting interviews on the way this year. Take some time it’s less than 30 minutes, 2 of which are … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.1 – Welcome Back

Reposting* Elle Cast

I wanted to repost this episode with Philip Montgomery. We are discussing his job working with homeless Chicago LGBT youth. Mr. Montgomery also talks about working with youth who experience survival sex to support themselves. Philip is able to capture the poignancy of the situations but is also really, really funny.  It’s a good time! Check both parts one and two. Continue reading Reposting* Elle Cast

Elle Cast 20: To Paris With Love

Welcome back to Alert, Aware, Mindful. This episode is dedicated to the families and friends of anyone currently suffering from violence in their communities in general and also to Paris in particular.  This episode contains a plea for action instead of wishes upon a star. How charity begins at home and so does both compassion and violence.  This week’s Called to Action segment features a … Continue reading Elle Cast 20: To Paris With Love

No Podcast due to Non Technical issues

  Hello All, strangely there is no podcast this week due to the fact that Elle was stranded for most of the day when her car battery died. Just a few clicks, a flash of lights and it was gone. By “it” I mean the power. In my quest for a Spring cleaning of the podcast and site, I find myself reluctant to rush through … Continue reading No Podcast due to Non Technical issues

Elle Cast 18- Now Hiatus Free!

Welcome back Alert, Aware, Mindful-ers! After a much needed break I am back with a new website and theme song.  Sorry for the delay there were issues with theme song-age that have been fixed. Please let me know what you got up to during the hiatus.Tune in to hear about exciting new changes coming to an Elle Cast near you 🙂 Stream here or click … Continue reading Elle Cast 18- Now Hiatus Free!

Elle Cast 17 – Hiatus Until Mid October

Greetings Alert, Aware, Mindful-ers! Welcome to Elle. This episode is a brief one as Elle Casts are going on hiatus for about a month in effort to revamp the podcast and make a few improvements. Thank you to everyone who contributed during these 9 months. Stick around as I will be probably posting bits and pieces in the in-between during hiatus time. Please enjoy this … Continue reading Elle Cast 17 – Hiatus Until Mid October

Elle Cast 15: Special Guest Larry Coble With Chicago350 (Part I)

Welcome back to my podcast Alert, Aware, Mindful. This episode features Special Guest Larry Coble with Chicago 350.org. Find out which U.S. city is in the most danger of sinking in a swamp and about Oil bomb trains, both two pieces of information I did not know myself. So listen in on our conversation about Fossil Fuels, Climate Change and Activism/Beer Making. Thanks for listening, … Continue reading Elle Cast 15: Special Guest Larry Coble With Chicago350 (Part I)