Editor’s Desk: A View from India

In January we aired an interview with Sam Daley-Harris, founder of Results, an international grassroots citizen’s lobby committed to healing the break between people and government and creating a political win. Our dialogue included such subjects as how we might move beyond feelings of helplessness and resignation regarding the deep polarization manifesting in the current political climate. A woman from India, Emily Curtis, heard this program and was inspired to write to Sam and he forwarded her letter to me. Because Emily shared in her email to Sam thoughts about dignity, empowerment, and making value-based decisions, I felt compelled to
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Editor’s Desk: Something to Feel Good About

I closely followed the recent Alabama senatorial race and outcome. Alabama is my ancestral home and I’m a proud graduate of Auburn University (War Eagle!). As many of you know, while living in Alabama in my 20s I was teaching in an all-black school in Sylacauga, Alabama when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated and George Wallace was running for president. I felt enormous pride in this recent voter turn-out as well as the dialogue around the election. Even so, I believe we must press on together to heal the divisiveness that exists in politics and our communities today. I
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Editor’s Desk: Talking it Through

This essay is a reprint that first published in a World Cafe blog http://www.theworldcafe.com. It is more relevant today than when first published. – Justine Willis Toms (essay reprinted with permission)   “We must tend communicative space, design our Cafés, search for the deepest questions that open gateways to the future, harvest and make visible our new collective thoughts as they emerge: together we will discover creative ways of living and being together in these uncertain times.” – Anne Dosher   We often refer to our beloved Anne Dosher as the Elder and the Guardian of the Soul of the World
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Firestorm in Santa Rosa

A week before a fire stormed through my hometown of Santa Rosa, CA and the surrounding area destroying 7000 homes and businesses, I attended a prescient event offered by social services. It was a disaster preparedness meeting that supplied advice on how to be prepared for an emergency. Lists of items were handed out as suggestions of what to have at the ready – a go-bag so to speak: important papers, passport, check book, insurance papers, bottled water for 5 days, a first aid kit, a wind-up solar powered radio, and more. Following that meeting, I began collecting these items and
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Editor’s Desk: The Trim Tab Factor

Our attention is most often captivated by what comes straight at us in our life: those big changes that come rumbling down the highway like a Mac truck pulling a full load. I’m more attracted to those smaller events that, when strung together like holiday lights, light up my life. I’m reminded of the words of a dear friend, author, and superb storyteller, Phil Cousineau, who quotes the Irish novelist William Trevor, reminding us to pay attention to what we see “out of the corner of our eye.” These are the kinds of moments that awaken my curiosity and deepen
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Finding Grace from the Corner of Our Eye

In a recent interview with Ron Pevny, which will be airing in September, we talked about the recognition of moments of grace. I pointed out that these precious moments are unpredictable and it is difficult to notice them when our lives are in a frenzy of busy-ness. When focusing straight on at the world, we may not register the illusive moments of grace, which fly by so fast and with such stealth that they may only be caught out of the corner of our eye. Pevny suggests that being in nature can help us to recognize more easily the wealth
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Editor’s Desk: Wisdom Requires Community

Almost every day I hear from a friend who’s feeling overwhelmed by the pace at which life is coming at them. So many of us are struggling to find ways to avoid becoming disheartened by the immensity of what is required to keep our emotional and physical bodies above water. My saving grace is to remember to circulate, not isolate. It’s essential to get out of the house and rub shoulders with life – even as we are being seduced with the perfume of the mainstream media that bewitches us into becoming paranoid and paralyzed with its continuous loop of
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Editor’s Desk: Conquering the Demon Called Clutter

Recently I was asked to be part of a beta-test of a time management program, headed up by a friend of mine. It was easy for me to say yes to her 8-week program because I’m always feeling the effects of too much to do in too little time. There was no doubt in my mind that I could use some help in scheduling my time more effectively. In the third week the assignment was that we consider the following questions: What’s a big recurring challenge you keep encountering with your time? What is the most elusive goal you would
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Editor’s Desk: Expanding the Landscape

Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. He’s primarily a consultant for business, and I subscribe to his blog, where he posts several times a month. He offers usually short and often pithy and inspiring reminders to pay attention and practice deep noticing. Reading a recent blog, I was reminded of a time, soon after Michael Toms and I met, when I was so certain of my position on spiritual matters that I was not able to be swayed by any amount of information to the contrary. I steeled myself from doubt by setting up my tent
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Editor’s Desk: Optimism is an Antidote to Worry

We’ve all heard the phrase, “If you are not worried then you are not paying attention.” No doubt there is much that is grabbing our attention that is worth deep consideration and action. But worry may not be the best course on which to set our internal GPS. As the wave of worry threatens to engulf us we might pause and ask: “What benefit will this litany of worry bestow upon us?” Psychotherapist and teacher of Kaballah, Estelle Frankel, says in her book, The Wisdom of Not Knowing, “Even if some of our initial concerns turn out to be correct,
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