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Aug 29, 2016

Finding inner peace requires us to hold perhaps the most subtle and yet most difficult tension of all: the tension between reality and possibility.

Aug 12, 2016

In “Breaking the Cultural Trance: Insight and Vision in America

Aug 01, 2016

It’s easy to react to each day’s news and events (personal and public) with raw emotion, adding to waves of anger, grief, and even calls for retribution well before the facts are in.

Aug 31

"Now, as I listen anew to this inner conversation, I set aside the duel between competing voices and own it all as who I’ve been, who I am, and whom I choose to be." In this brief, beautiful Season of Forgiveness post, Thom Andrews shares how a shift in the way he listened to his inner critic helped him "hear himself into wholeness."

Aug 31

For it is in giving that we receive. --St. Francis of Assisi

Aug 30

"Taking a stand is a way of living and being that draws on a place within yourself that is at the very heart of who you are. When you take a stand you find your place in the universe, and you have the capacity to move the world." Fetzer Institute board member, Lynne Twist, makes a distinction between taking a stand and taking a position and illustrates the power of the former to transform ourselves and others.

Aug 30

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we're so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. --Ram Dass

Aug 29

"It is difficult not to respond to violence and hatred with anger and a wish for revenge. In fact, we’re awash in rage and vengeful rhetoric. The 'you’re either with us or against us' narrative seems to be playing on a continuous loop, ignoring a complicated reality, and encouraging a dangerous mindset." Remembering the bombing of the Bologna Central Train Station in August, 1980, prompted this reflection and how “standing in the tragic gap” might help us consider different, longer-term approaches to curbing violence.

Aug 29

I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war. Where everyone hugs Instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles And rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, And everyone grins, And everyone cuddles, And everyone wins. --Shel Silverstein

Aug 28

“I had every belief that that congregation would be so excited when they could hear that Martin Luther King, Jr., wanted to come to their church.” Rev. Joan Brown Campbell recalls the mixed reactions when Rev. King came to speak at her church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. As her story reveals, creating a beloved community requires nonviolence, compassion, courage, reconciliation, and as King said, “a love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men [and women].” What challenges have you experienced on the road to building a beloved community? #ihaveadream

Aug 28

I want to live like that: To gather the losses of my life, the crashes... bitter medicine in fragile bottles… Then spin them into soft tender thread, weave that thread into love, to give away again. --Rita Bresnahan

Aug 27

Forgiveness of self emerges when we understand that even with our own actions we do not have total control. Nobody is perfect. Everybody makes mistakes. We all make bad decisions and act from poor information. Being human means you and I will fail at some things and cause other people harm. --Fred Luskin

Aug 26

Business at the cafe is still picking up, but owner Amin Sheikh is OK with that. He tells his staff that all good things take time. "See, I don't want to be a business. I want to get people to be human beings." ICYMI, here's a heartwarming NPR story to take in to your weekend.

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Go outside, it’s good for your soul https://t.co/k0NcwIW0X0’s-good-your-soul-30748 via @uscatholic #empathy #nature

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...Nothing new can grow between us when we speak to each other from "the place where we are right." https://t.co/0hfJnwG3Eq

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RT @JackKornfield: It is never too late for the illumination of wisdom. It does not matter how long the darkness has lasted. https://t.co/G

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RT @SakenaYacoobi: "We need strong leadership in every aspect of our lives." @AIL_ngo #leadership #education https://t.co/jMxTFXWMNe

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When we treat someone as less than who they are, it's not just wrong... It's actually blasphemous. @TheDesmondTutu https://t.co/iM9wZ3Dyc4

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The Power of #Forgiveness at Work https://t.co/xIkIhKSrnN? via @GreaterGoodSC

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For it is in giving that we receive. --St. Francis of Assisi https://t.co/FAcr9oELeG

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We were delighted to host the Arcus Center for Social Justice staff planning retreat today! https://t.co/tfloV22Fty @ACSJL #humanrights

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#Muslim, #Jewish, and #Christian religious leaders consider who #forgiveness is for. Watch: https://t.co/NS4AFHa062

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@Gracein30 Thank you for the invitation. I'll share it with my colleagues.

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