It is extremely rare for the attention of so many humans around the planet to be placed on the same thing at the same time. Today’s is not just a game, it’s a massive event in consciousness. Watch the game, and once in a while tune in to yourself, go just beneath the surface and you might be able to sense this global web of connection.
Attention at this scald is something that was unimaginable just 100 years ago. Consider the evolutionary implications!
Nurturing the skill to tune into and become aware of the whole is a developmental imperative. Take today to practice.
Be amazed with me! These are the organizations represented at OPEN US. Their membership in the millions. Good humans, such a privilege to facilitate this space!
18 Million Rising
Citizen Engagement Lab
Democracy for America
New Organizing Institute
Organizing for Action
Online Progressive Engagement Network (International)
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Sun of Us
I also listened to the next segment of Seth Godin’s Modern Marketing Workshop, on Skillshare. It was titled “An Action Theory of Marketing.” I got through the segment but didn’t have a lot of energy to do the assignment.
But what if you have a coach? What if you have a solid plan for learning as you go? What if you have a community, a group of people with their own rockets to launch? What if you have all of yourself, your most present mindful self?
The people who are good in the long run fail a lot, especially at the beginning. So, when you fail early, it might be worth realizing that this is part of the deal, the price you pay for being good in the long run.
Every rejection is a gift. A chance to learn and to do it better next time. An opportunity to figure out how to bounce, not break. Don’t waste them.
We’ve been star gazers since the beginning of time. Our ancestors found wisdom, mystery, awe and guidance in the stars.
I was in Haiti three years ago, and there is no money waste there - no energy to waste. I still get chills all over my body as I remember gazing up up at the skies and seeing the Milky Way stretched out before me. And her we were, our pale blue dot, floating in this ocean of stars.
When we become able to take on a cosmic view, when our bodies can understand the radical uniqueness of this sphere called earth, floating in an ocean of space, we might finally be able to do what it takes to save it and ourselves.
I have seen it over and over again. Activists and organizers are rallied by anger, find a positive expression for it, and eventually get stuck trying to live a life for justice that is fueled by it. It becomes depleting. The opposite of life giving. That’s the biggest problem with anger, that it is not a sustainable fuel… READ MORE ON THE #IISC BLOG
It’s the spring equinox! “One of two times of the year when when the plane of Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun. At this time the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun.”
Powerful transition into Spring - what is it that has been gestating within you? What will you bring into being?
“Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and practice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.”
― Bell Hooks
Powerful to be here in India today, I’ve had a chance to glimpse into the national dialogue spurred by recent events.
Yesterday, here in Vieques, we reached a successful a beautiful conclusion to an often intense three-year process with the Barr Fellows. This morning I’m off to India!
I have no way to prove it, but it is quite possible that I’m the first person ever to make the trip from Vieques to Varanasi. Here are a few words about my destination:
"Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.Varanasi is also known as the favorite city of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva" -Wikipedia
"Slowing down is not about having a chilled out life. Slowing down is about becoming more effective in our evolutionary project. Slowing down is about tapping resources that we have neglected. Slowing down is about building a better world together."
Our three-year journey started in Haiti, only three days after my wedding. I’m in Puerto Rico to facilitate the last retreat that the Barr Fellows Class of 2011 will have as a cohort, here in Vieques, starting Wednesday. It has been quite an experience!
I can’t quite speak of what’s unfolding. Not because it is secret, but because it is so nascent. I’m in the middle of a journey. And this one is a big transformation. The last big one was about seven years ago.
I know it’s about presence and about embodiment. I know it’s about love. I know it is about attention and about energy. I know it’s about God. I know it’s about purpose and I know it’s about voice. I know it’s about shedding another layer of fear. I know it’s about releasing another layer of shame. I know it’s about unbinding what has been bound. I know it’s about liberation.
I’m here. And this thing is so dynamic! There more it reveals itself, the more vast it becomes. Life. What a gift!
My heart flutters with joy. I’m a husband. I’m a father. I’m a friend. I try to do good in the world. I’m a lover of this divine play.
Ohhhh! There is churning! And God knows that I have churned! And I am churning right now, and I’ll be churning some more. But that’s how milk becomes butter – and I’m game.
I want to love more, and I want to cling less.
I got myself a new moon this birthday, and I know that’s most auspicious! Here is what I plan to do between 39 and 40. My intention is to pay attention. To pay attention to my energy. I might play with it, I might tweak it, I might try to better manage the ebbs and flows of it. But that’s not my main intention.
My intention is to pay attention. To notice my energy. Not to fix, not to improve, but to notice, just to notice. Over and over again. Everyday. And to keep a simple journal of what it is that I learn. That’s my main intention. To pay attention to my energy. I’ll let you all know what I learn.
We had just finished a life changing couples’ retreat. It was truly a peak experience. We spent the whole of our time at a place called Mar de Jade, in Chacala, Mexico, about two hours away from Puerto Vallarta. When we went to get our boarding passes, a whole other adventure began. Samantha would not be allowed out of Mexico because the airline could not be sure that she would be welcomed back into the United States.
It was actually pretty simple – she wasn’t carrying her green card. Samantha knew she did not have her green card on her when we left the US. But she had consulted our lawyer, and she received incomplete information. Samantha had proof that her green card replacement was being processed, and proof that she had submitted her biometrics. We were told that these would be enough for us to get back in. Unfortunately, we were not told that she needed a special stamp on her Singapore passport from the US Department of Homeland Security.
We were stuck. It was a Sunday, and Monday was a Holiday, we would not be able to talk to the US Consulate until Tuesday. We had been away from Darshan, our two-year old son, for 9 days, which added a whole layer of emotion to the situation.
We had a sweet time in Puerto Vallarta, and we would not have gotten to see it otherwise. We kept our spirits up and made sure to be the first in line at the US Consulate on Tuesday morning.
The consulate was not able to help us!
We were left with two options, flying to Tijuana and taking a bus to the border or flying to Mexico City and sorting things out at the US Embassy.
We got to the US Embassy right before closing on Tuesday afternoon, only to learn that the service we needed would not be available until Thursday.
And this is where you all come in.
We felt so much love and support from our community. We felt your love, your prayers, your support, your good energy. We also received a lot of offers for help. A number of you offered to put us in contact with immigration lawyers. Someone offered to have food for us as soon as we got home. Another person gave us a thorough tip on how they gamed the system when similarly stuck.
In the end, we accepted help from Jeffrey Thomas, who stepped into our situation with incredible care and vigor. He put us in touch with a friend of his at Senator Warren’s Office. This amazing friend of his was able to get a letter to the US Embassy and facilitated our ability to get out on Wednesday instead of Thursday. We also had some fun walking about and eating great food in that phenomenally powerful city.
It was not the end of our adventure.
When we entered Houston, Samantha and I were split up. She was not allowed to use her mobile, so I had no idea what was going on. I later learned that she was aggressively interrogated and we were stiffly fined. But we made it onto our plane, in the very last minute, and after sprinting through terminals.
Here is what’s insane – we landed at midnight, and the same Jeffrey Thomas was at the airport to meet us! We got a ride home! Talk about service and love!
We did not get to see Darshan until the next day, but today we are very happy to be together again.
We are deeply grateful for your love, prayers and energy. We are also aware that as stressful as our situation was, it was truly a “first world problem,” a problem that we had to face only because we have so much privilege in the first place. As we express our gratitude we ask you to send loving energy, and wherever possible, to take action, on behalf of those global migrants who are forced to leave their homes because of our unjust global economy.
There are too many people who are split from their families for years at a time. There are too many people who can’t cross borders at will. There are too many people that have to settle for slave labor just because they want the best for the next generation.
Let’s take a moment and send them love. And more importantly, let us think of new ways to stand in solidarity with them.