“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
“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
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”
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
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
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!
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)
My recent posts have been highlighting that this site is not about pointing a finger at someone else, as much as looking within yourself for your own contribution to the goodness in the world, the badness in the world and the ravages of indifference. This week’s podcast talks about privilege–we all have it to some degree. We also address the reaction to black progress (i.e. … Continue reading Elle Cast 14: Privilege- Living Outside the Box
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.
Greetings, New Elle Cast is available. This episode will cover my reactions to the shooting in Charleston, victim- claiming (which I didn’t realize was a *thing*), and the perils of a reverse soul man. The Called to Action segment features a heartfelt and insightful throwback from Marvin Gaye. I’ve been asking myself this same question this year “What’s Going On?” Thanks for listening. -Elle Madelyn … Continue reading Elle Cast 12 Unnecessary Mental Gymnastics In Charleston