newDharma Talk | Bearing Witness to Suffering

As a friend of mine likes to say, “You got people, you got problems.” Even if we’re simply facing ourselves, we’ve still got problems. We can’t escape our pain. We can’t hide from it or make it disappear, but we can learn to live with it. We can be in relationship with it. It starts […]

Refueling Compassion After Burnout

This starts, like many of my stories do, with a very young me reading comic books. When I was about eight, I was reading a Superman comic, one in which Superman was explaining to Lois Lane that he is very selective about using some of his powers, such as super hearing and x-ray vision. If […]

Sit Every Day

If one of your resolutions for the new year is to start meditating, check out this article in Shambhala Sun. It doesn’t tell you how to get past all your obstacles (necessarily), but does give many good reasons why people don’t meditate and why they should.  Despite all those resolutions, post retreat, New Year’s, and […]

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 […]

Todd Paglia | Speaking for the Trees

Todd Paglia started his advocacy career with Ralph Nader in 1995 by taking on some of the largest companies in the US on issues of corporate welfare and consumer protection. He also led in the transformation of the purchasing practices of the federal government, the world’s largest consumer of paper.  After more than a decade with ForestEthics, Todd has […]

newDharma Talk | The Value of Effort & Release

With the election weeks away, many people are attached to the outcome. This dharma talk, originally published last fall, is a good reminder for us all to give our best effort toward the campaign and then let go of our attachment to the results.  “We run out into the world wanting to fix things with […]

Mindful Speech & Elocution in Buddhist Tradition.

The intention behind what you say gets communicated as much as the words that you say. In this short piece, Waylon Lewis reminds us of 6 simple rules that make up Mindful Speech. 1. Speak Slowly 2. Enunciate Clearly 3. Listen to yourself. 4. Listen to Others 5. Regard Silence as a Part of Speech […]

Freedom | Excerpt from Even My Voice Is Silence

While I was in Palestine from 2004-2005, the subject of freedom was persistently on my mind. I’ve spent my life with an awareness of prison, of the possibility of being imprisoned. With a sort of consciousness that I must somehow be prepared to be imprisoned, and that I must be prepared, somehow, to be mentally […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are People Who Meditate the Top Social Change Agents?

If you meditate, you’re more likely to be for sustainability of communities, the environment, and other similar issues.  Do you meditate? A few weeks ago, the New York Times Article “How Meditation May Change the Brain” by Sindya Banhooin the “Well Blog” garnered 590 comments and was number six on the list of most emailed articles that week. […]

On Spiritual Retreat

Like we do every summer, this past July XC hosted our Inner Justice Intensive retreat (IJI), one of our signature offerings for agents of change. It’s a retreat that’s meant to support activists in connecting to their inner selves so that the work they do comes from a place of true alignment, because how we […]