Archives for November 2012

Amy Cuddy | Your Body Shapes Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” –standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident–can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. […]

5 Poses for Extra Energy

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I’m still recovering from a wonderful weekend celebration with family and a little (OK, a lot!) too much to eat. Yoga teachers across the country will be teaching poses to help aid digestion and elimination. While poses to aid digestion are certainly warranted this time of year, I find that […]

What If Money Was No Object?

  We teach the next generation to do as we do: to do things we don’t like doing in order to go on doing what we don’t like doing. This clip narrated by Alan Watts suggests that it’s “better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long […]

The Case for a 21-Hour Work Week

To save the world–or really to even just make our personal lives better–we will need to work less. Time, like work, has become commodified, a recent legacy of industrial capitalism, where a controlled, 40-hour week (or more) in factories was necessary. Our behavior is totally out of step with human priorities and the nature of […]

The Subtle Power of Networks

The late David Bohm pointed out the lost potential of quantum physics as he saw it being assimilated by a traditional and very mechanical mindset that wanted to make it another instrument of control, prediction, and quantification. For him the power of the field was much more subtle, qualitative, and lay in the understanding that there is […]

So, What Now? Five Racial Justice Thinkers Make Sense of the Election

There was less swagger, but arguably more urgency as millions of people headed to the polls this week to re-elect President Barack Obama. It wasn’t so much a test of hope as it was one of patience, to give the man from whom so much was expected four more years to make good on his […]

If Willard Had Won: on safety, wellness and love

It’s been two weeks since the election, and all is right in the world. Okay, so that isn’t remotely true with Israel once again bombing Gaza in a stunning display of the imbalance of their military might. Even in the midst of all the injustice, death and destruction that continues, we can nurture the tiniest […]

Hope: The Key to Using the Brain Well for Poverty Reduction & Universal Welfare

The things that keep people caught in a cycle of poverty are not solely monetary. And getting out of that cycle is not necessarily about money either. Dr. Joseph LeDoux says that part of the reason that folks are locked into cycles of generational poverty is because of the way our brain reacts to emotions […]

Occupy the Dam | Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising

Wellness and being well extends beyond us to the earth. And, of course, what we do to the earth affects all of us. Dams are noted for their destruction of the earth. The Belo Monte Dam in Brazil, which Indigenous people have been fighting against for many years, is no exception. What may be exceptional […]

newDharma Talk | The Gift of Fearlessness

Practice is about changing what we do in order to become who we are. Often, we start with boundless enthusiasm and optimism for our unfolding self, but as we run into snags we fall into old patterns. Here are a few ways we can remember to give to ourselves so that we can truly become […]

november 2012

WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | December 7, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   fearlessMeditation II | Practice of the Breath CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | December 14, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   fearlessMeditation | Instructor […]

Ancestral Pride at the BC Legislature | Warrior Up Or Get The Hell Out of the Way!

In this video Gaaiwna Crow and Queen Sacheen speak bluntly about the problems facing Native American and non-Native American folks. They call special attention to the neglect of the environment and how that neglect is related to the oppression and exploitation of Native American people.