The Story of Ishmael

(suggestion from Bridget Birdsall) If you haven’t read a book called ISHMAEL—the protagonist is a gorilla who may have some answers to your question. It’s been around for a while but is so darn timely, and a well-written good read to reflect upon…because in awareness of the problem, just like in the healing process, as […]

I believe we have lost our way

I believe we have lost our way. We are in trouble. How do we right our ship? How can we all become motivated to right our ship? What on earth are we doing threatening the extinction of our planetary home? What on earth are we doing threatening (and causing) the extinction of so many other […]

Living a Life of Purpose

Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope’s new book The Great Work of Your Life challenges us to find our true purpose in life, which he believes all of us can achieve. Here, he gives a taste of the struggle and payoff that comes with seeking to find and cultivate our unique gift. Here is a […]

Humanity & Nature Are Not Separate

Though a varied and complex story, the widespread separation of humans from nature in Western culture can be traced to a few key historical developments, starting with the rise of Judeo-Christian values 2000 years ago. Prior to this point, belief systems with multiple gods and earth spirits, such as paganism, dominated. They generally considered the […]

Barcelona’s Experiment in Radical Democracy

Introduction There are a couple of themes in this article that stand out to me as important, and why I chose this article to include.  Three main themes that spoke to me are (a) “Feminization” of Politics, and (b) concern to retain community common space that is for everyone, and (c) the principle of spending […]

Matrix of White Supremacy

[New podcast] “Unplugging from the Matrix of White Supremacy” Tami Simon speaks with Rachel Ricketts about spiritual activism, the presence of our ancestors, and the healing work of racial justice. Here is what changemaker, attorney, and healer Rachel Ricketts said at the beginning of our conversation about her new book, Do Better: Spiritual Activism for […]

Where to Begin? Practices for “Right Balance”

I start with the premise, myself, that I need first to be grounded firmly on the ground and connected firmly with Nature. For me, that seems a necessity. I even have a bias that that is needed for all humans to be in right balance with their essential nature. For me, I also seek to […]

Trauma, Needs, Protective Maneuvers & Impacts on “Right Balance”?

What if – for instance – we had a very narcissistic demanding parent, and our safety required giving attention to them more than being able to attune to ourselves, explore our own self-awareness, express our own ideas? Or what if we needed to sharply curtail our expectations of receiving from others, as a survival mechanism?? […]

“Right Balance” Systemically: When Checks & Balances Break Down

This image is meant to represent different energies within ourselves (also see Necessary Elements to Finding “Right Balance” Interpersonally). For instance, is our time spent working balanced out sufficiently by our time spent relaxing or playing? Is the amount of energy we expend to give to others sufficiently counterbalanced by time or attention we give […]