Archives for August 2012

Volunteers At The HuffPost’s Oasis: Meet The Experts Making The Oasis Happen

Here’s a short piece (with great photos) of Off the Mat and MindfulVotes leaders at the Republican National Convention. The Huffington Post’s Oasis has some incredible volunteers. From certified massage therapists to yoga educators, they’re responsible for making The Oasis exactly that: a peaceful space for delegates to unplug and recharge. The nonprofit organization Off The […]

Cooperatives Put People—and Democracy—to Work

 Shift Change—Putting Democracy to Work, a film by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about life outside the corporate framework, is slated for release in July 2012. Examining cooperatives in both the United States and Spain, it documents the growing number of employee-owned businesses. At a time when many people are out of work, job security […]

Reach Out to Foundation Program Officers

This is the final installment in a 3-part series on how to get more funding. In this part listeners learn about the program officers who read grant proposals and how they can develop a relationship with them. Getting to know a foundation’s program officer is the smartest step a grant seeker can take. Program officers […]

adrienne maree brown | sabbatical your life (workshop report back from AMC 2012)

i have recently returned from a 6-month community-supported sabbatical. i am feeling healthier and happier now than i have ever felt in my adult life. i say that as someone who has burned out at least three times in my life, who has patterns of overworking, undersleeping, working in urgent hopeless conditions, and undervaluing my […]

Pollution, Poverty, People of Color | The Factory on the Hill

In early August there was a huge refinery fire in Richmond. Eight miles away you could see the smoke and hear the constant sirens into the night. The fire brought out the anger of the many people who live in the shadow of the Chevron refinery. Written a couple months before, this post tells the […]

It’s Never Gonna End—Enduring & Finding Softness

If there are certain yoga poses you just dread, read this post on how we can choose to suffer or how we can choose to find space despite the suffering. As I drove to teach class this morning, I came up behind a woman on a bike with stuffed front and back panniers, and a […]

96-year-old Woman Who Voted During Jim Crow Denied Photo ID

Voter ID may seem like a sensible request, but in many states issues like Voter ID end in complications that cut certain people out of the voting pool.  At age 96, Dorothy Cooper is the new poster child for what’s wrong with the state’s photo ID voter law. A retired domestic worker living in Chattanooga, […]

Politically Aware | Q&A with Congressman TIM RYAN

It may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s possible to be a mindful politician. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan tells readers about his practice and how mindfulness could affect the nation in the Shambhala Sun. Tim Ryan, who is serving his fifth term representing Ohio’s 17th Congressional District, was first elected to the House of Representatives […]

Better Eating Through Mindfulness

Deborah Hill used to think she was skinny. Her 5 foot 9 inch frame could take on a lot of weight without making her look out of shape. But last year she was shocked to discover that she weighed over 210 pounds, which classified her as medically obese. “It was just crazy,” says Hill. “I’d […]

newDharma Talk | Coming Back to What Matters

We’re often distracted by what we’d like the future to hold. Distraction moves our attention away from whatever’s in front of us, and we forget not only the moment we’re in but also ourselves. By doing so we leave our true selves behind. If we face the present, we’ll find there is value–life–in staying right where […]

Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again

One of the things people who get a lot done tend to boast about is how well they multitask. According to this article, they have it all wrong.  Don’t believe the multitasking hype, scientists say. New research shows that we humans aren’t as good as we think we are at doing several things at once. […]

five ways to lead with love

The vitriol and sheer negativity of some rabid conservative agendas feel like they drag us into contraction and smallness…Paradoxically, it’s only the expansive power of love that can lead us into a politic of inspiration. But how do we, especially in the face of great challenge and a fierce push to fight fire with fire, truly lead with love?