Archives for August 2010

living on the right

Five times per day, throughout this enigmatic city, the calls to prayer, or Ezan, ring out, initiating an exodus from homes, offices and even busy tourists shops and restaurants…this city has much to teach the economic capital of America’s Empire. From this vantage point, it is hard to comprehend the furor generated around the placement of just one mosque, that of the proposed Cordoba Mosque and Community Center in New York City’s lower Manhattan.

First Annual Sangha-Palooza | September 11, 2010

Sangha-Palooza is the first all-sangha East Bay Meditation Gathering of its kind — bringing together mindfulness practitioners from diverse sitting groups, sanghas, religious and secular organizations, as well as individuals interested in cultivating present moment awareness from all over the East Bay.

Cara Page | Reflections from Detroit: Transforming Wellness & Wholeness

In this reprint from Incite!’s (Women of Color Against Violence) blog, Cara Page shares her insights on healing justice, her work, and attending the US Social Forum.


“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, […]


Traditionally we are at the phase in the year when the power of the god wanes as the power of the goddess waxes: the purposeful, solar energy of Leo yields to the fertility of Virgo, bearer of grain and the future harvest. August has been celebrated as a time for harvest.  The Feast of Lammas (from the […]

What Does It Mean to Live as Our Higher Selves?

First, we have to get rid of our internal clutter–that excess “baggage” we’ve been recycling for decades & even lifetimes! Not only baggage accumulated in our garages, but baggage on our bodies, in our minds, in our hearts–all of which are conditioned responses that are familiar, safe, yet prevent us from living as our Higher Selves.

Pledge Now! SIT for Change has CHANGED!

Transformative space for activists is held in proportion to our SIT for Change pledge month success! Support Transformative Change and pledge to Sit for Change today! We are holding the exciting SIT for Change gathering at the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley for those in the Bay Area.

Eating with the Harvest

by Michael A. Bedar, Certified Spiritual Nutrition Instructor, M.A. Candidate Just brushing early autumn, late summer is a most extraordinary of seasons. On the one hand, it is a most bountiful time of ripening and harvest.   At the least that is what we see on the exterior. Meanwhile, on the inside plants realize that […]

Albino Garcia | La Cultura Cura

Chicano/Native activist Albino Garcia founded grassroots organization La Plazita Institute located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004. He grew up in Chicago and is no stranger to the streets; his background closely mirrors that of the populations that La Plazita Institute serves. He has done extensive healing work with youth, veterans, and gang members. His leadership style is grounded in traditional culture, and he is known and respected for approaching challenging situations with creativity, honesty, inclusiveness, and innovation.

Off the Grid | The Importance of Being Unplugged

Karen Muktayani Villanueva shares her reflections on the importance of spending time in Nature, being off the grid, and enjoying being unplugged.

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga Asana | Kapotasana

Kapotasana, also known as Pigeon Posture, is one of the backbends and hip openers of the Warrior Series. It is a great posture for finding opening in the thighs, abdomen, shoulders, heart center, and particularly the hips.

Cultivating Compassionate Politics Workshop | September 12, 2010

If activist organizations incorporated more of those personal and social lessons into their political efforts, might they attract more compassion-minded individuals and be more effective? That is what we want to find out. CXC’s Executive Director, Karen Muktayani Villanueva, will be presenting the “Defining Transformation for Social Change People’s Movement Assembly Resolution, adopted at the US Social Forum 2010.