Today is the last of 9 monthly sessions with the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership and my colleague Andrea Nagel invited me to tell the MICHL fellows the story of my using the kaizen method to develop my yoga practice as they develop action steps towards actualizing their vision beyond the fellowship… it felt good to provide an embodied example
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the...
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This is wealth: A just economy– Orland Bishop
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called “here” and you must treat it as a powerful stranger, must ask permission to know it and be known. Listen. the Forest breathes, it whispers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it you may come back again saying “here”. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two...
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adriennemareebrown: I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your dreams for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon… I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow if you have...
The following quote grabbed my attention in David Brook’s NY Times Column today - Started at the Bottom, he is comparing the children of immigrants who are now young adults to more privileged people in their cohort. I am wondering what we can learn from the “disposition” of these young people? Are they better positioned to thrive in a “postnormal” world? And...
Crisis is when the old has died and the new has not yet been born
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Journal Entry #2
I spent Saturday night in ritual, our purpose was to open our hearts and seek deeper wisdom. It was beautiful. It’s the second time I go on this journey with these folks, in this way. I have been in my process of discovery, of finding out what’s next for me, and so these are the questions that I have brought with me into ritual space. I’ve heard a very clear message both times: listen...
Let Me Fall by Josh Groban
This is the song that launched our integration session, Sunday morning after an evening in ritual: Let me fall Let me climb There’s a moment when fear And dreams must collide Someone I am Is waiting for courage The one I want The one I will become Will catch me So let me fall If I must fall I won’t heed your warnings I won’t hear them Let me fall If I fall Though...
Journal Entry #1
Here is what happened, we went to Singapore last summer and it started to feel like we could spend a couple of years there. Samantha would be closer to her family, and perhaps that would make it easier if we have a second child. It would also be an interesting career move – a big change for me. We were really on our way there. I had resigned from my job and given notice to our land lady. In...
Intimacy is tough. It’s fucking hard. Love is hard. With anyone: not just your man, not just your woman, but your mom, your dad, your siblings, your friends. Not because of the inevitable disagreements or any of that nonsense; while those might be annoying, they aren’t the real reason intimacy is painful. Intimacy is painful because the closer you get to someone, the closer you are to...
The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The...
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“The economy’s what we create every day, with every decision we make. And we can, with small steps and big dreams, create a better one. It’s a perspective anchored in creating real, enduring value, by doing stuff that matters most, in a messy, complex — and very fragile — human world.” -Umair Haque reviewing “The Power of Pull” via Stowe Boyd
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. ~ Pema Chödrön I’m struck by how incredibly uplifting these words sound - they make me feel alive! Then I contrast that feeling to the actual experience of being thrown from the nest and the gap between inspiration and practices becomes painfully obvious.
Underneath every system there is a set of networks. Systems change when new...– June Holley in the Network Weaver Handbook
When triggered, our heart rate raises to 10 beats per minute, and there is little activity in the neo-cortex. We literally can’t think. If you remove yourself from the triggering stimuli, after some time your body and energy will restabilize. This can take minutes or many hours, depending on the intensity of the trigger. But as leaders, we often don’t have that luxury. We need to...
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.– Michael Pollan (via stoweboyd)
100 Days of Yoga! On Jan 1, 2013 I refused to make a resolution - I came up with a change plan, and it’s working!
Whenever we find ourselves resisting, we have an opportunity to open unlove into...– David Deida
Solving the right problem is far more important than solving the problem right:...– Stephen Hoover, What We’ve Learned at PARC About the Business of Innovation (via stoweboyd)
“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’ ‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind...
Today is the Spring Equinox, Sally Kempton says that “just as the space between the in-breath and the out-breath is an open doorway to the center of Consciousness, these spaces [of transition]are like cracks between the worlds, times when our inner energy shifts… creates a natural opening” Take some time to turn within today!
While critical theory has narrowly come to define the Frankfurt school that...– Tanya Zack, Critical pragmatism in planning: The case of the Kathorus Special Integrated Presidential Project in South Africa (via gordonr)
To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the...– Peter Senge