Archives for May 2012

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  “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” James A. Baldwin – An American Writer, Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Activist

june 2012

Segregation In America | ‘Dragging On And On’ Are we really trying to diversify? Racial segregation in the US housing market has been on a decline since reaching its peak in 1960. However, black-white integration in most neighborhoods around the country is making little, if any, real progress. Most whites don’t want to be minorities […]

Pride & Progress

image credit: “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” ~Khalil Gibran At first glance it seems like a posture that will require little effort. All you have to do is move your head toward your knee. Seems simple enough, right? Not quite. Janu Sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend) […]

Poetry, Dharma & Song

These days the practice hall is being used for more than just yoga and meditation. We’ve increased our programs and this past May we held several terrific events, including our monthly dharma talk with angel Kyodo williams, which had all of us deeply considering the importance and meaning of integrity. Gina Breedlove came out to […]

Jim Toy | Transforming Societal Paradigms

This June, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, Jim Toy invites every viewer to shift the societal paradigm from “sex, politics and religion” to “love, justice and faith”.  Jim Toy is a pioneer in LGBT activism and education and has worked for the University of Michigan for 23 years. Watch Transforming Societal Paradigms

Radical Religion, an American Tradition

In his new book, Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan talks about the union of radicalism and religion, showing it’s long history and how these two seemingly different perspectives have supported communities in the US in fighting injustice since the 1800s. He also talks about the encounters these kind of movements draw forth in others, suggesting that […]

The Trouble with Triggers

Suddenly, almost without warning, I can be somewhere else–at a different time, a different place. It’s like I’m whisked away, held hostage and traveling, strapped into the seat of an involuntary time machine. Except it’s not in a silver DeLorean. And I’m not aiming to save my very existence by ensuring my teenage parents fall […]

How Students Are Painting Montréal Red

The largest, longest student protest in the history of North America is happening now in Quebec, Canada. Hundreds of thousands of students and supporters join together to protest tuition hikes and the passage of Law 78, the new anti-protest law, which does not allow for unpermitted marches of over 50 people. As a sign of […]

Early to Rise

Daylight Savings Time was officially instituted in the 1970s to defray energy costs. Although the benefits may not outweigh the costs to our sleep and our overall health, let alone the actual energy savings, it seems unlikely that the practice will ever change. It was not hard to find Daylight Savings Time detractors this morning, […]

The Engage Network | The Power of Being Heard

“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.” — Cuban Proverb Since 2007 the Engage Network has been working to inspire change through working with organizations interested in creating full-scale change. Their foundation for creating change is in simply listening. In this way they help create connections that rely on our very […]

june 2012

WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | June 8, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Celebration of People Power | Alice Walker, Francis Moore Lappé, Makana Town Hall Seattle |  1119 8th Ave | Seattle, WA Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 7pm […]

newDharma Talk | Atonement for Creating Separation

In our day-to-day lives we might think of separation as neutral, as the thing that differentiates us from others. From a spiritual perspective separation is divisive; it is a way of thinking or acting that keeps us from knowing our whole self. And knowing who we are means looking at the parts of ourselves we […]