adrienne maree brown | coevolution through friendship

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coevolution is “the change of a biological object triggered by the change of a related object.” a couple of years ago i hosted a community of practice. one of the outcomes of our year of building relationship and sharing of ourselves was an idea articulated toward the end by gibran rivera: coevolution through friendship. meaning we […]

Domestic Work Is An Act of Love

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When the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of workers in the US, “to win votes for the 1938 law from Southern lawmakers, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to exempt from its provisions workers who produce America’s food and care for people’s homes, children and elders.” At that time, of […]

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy | Dana Saviuc

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  Sometimes when we want to make a shift in our behavior, we need to give some things up in order to make room for a new and improved way of being.   Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and […]

The Beauty of the Do-Over

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What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being So religious Like That. -Hafiz I am a big fan of the do-over. Perhaps it […]

Welcome | february 2012

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There’s a fairly old joke among Black folks that says we were given February to celebrate our heritage because it’s the shortest month of the year. Meaning, of course, that’s about as much as we could expect. I often consider the juxtaposition of Black History Month and St. Valentine’s Day. When I think about the […]

newDharma Talk | Wholeness Through Relationship

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In this dharma talk, we’re asked to focus on what’s hiding in the closets we call compassion, relationship, friendliness and joy.  Using Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as a platform, this talk asks if we are truly connecting with others or hiding behind a façade of actions and words and therefore living out of balance with ourselves […]

I Will Tell You if You’re an A*shole

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Original article appeared in The Elephant Journal (January 23, 2012), written by Sarah Simmons. It’s important to give attention to the quality of people that we choose to spend our time with. I live in an intentional practice community where we have agreements to hold each other to our agreements. This kind of living is not for […]

Support Practice

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    To be in relationship with your life as it unfolds is the point of cultivating presence. Some of us learn this best by going inward and getting to know ourselves better.  And some of us learn this best in relationship to others. However you choose to learn what it means to be in […]

Being Change Changes Everything

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Talking, writing, protesting keeps the light of truth and tolerance shining upon the hidden agendas of governments, industries, institutions, and individuals…Silence forgives violence.

Improve Your Relationships with Partner Yoga

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“Partner yoga is the medium to building stronger communication and intimacy between human beings in any relationship,” explains Cain Carroll, “Postures and flow sequences are designed to bring communication into a tangible, physical form, and help you witness the dynamic of relationships.”

welcome | february 2011

As we do every February we’re taking a look at relationships, those that are harmonious and those that struggle for harmony. We can consider the changing relationship happening as we speak between Egyptian citizens and their government, and the constant struggle of what it means to be in relationship with the US as a Black […]

28 Days Later

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All right, what’s your big resolution for 2011? A bunch of us are committed to meditating every day for at least 5 minutes. It’s a part of a virtual practice community called 28 Days, started last year by Gibrán Rivera of IISC…