The Well of Light February 2011

In This Issue

Since we only send out one newsletter a month we pack a lot in each issue. Please take your time and read the articles that appeal to you and listen to the podcasts that are of interest. We welcome your comments, suggestions and input. Thank you for your part in co-creating a world that works for all life... Blessings, ms

Letter from Michael
• Can you be loved?
• What’s Love got to do with it?

Moving Meditation News
• New 5 Rhythms Wave series
• Presence with Bella and Michael (use postcard)
• Heartbeat with Kathy Altman
• Children in the SYC lobby

Upcoming Events
• Local Nevada County Peace Activities: March 19th

Book of the Month
Be Love Now, The Path of the Heart by Ram Dass

Articles
• Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?
• World Hunger Best Cured by Small-Scale Agriculture: Report
• The Great Food Crisis of 2011
• Five Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
• African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In
• EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?
• Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It

Podcasts

Upcoming Shows On Conversations
• Stephanie Van Hook joins Conversations

Listen 24/7 at www.kvmr.org
Live Streaming Tuesdays at 1pm PST

Videos
• Socio-Economics Mali: A Gift Economy
• Ecology Action: Biointensive Farming
• RSA: Changing education paradigms
• Fixing the Future
• Jody Williams: A Realistic Vision for World Peace
• Van Jones: The Economic Injustice of Plastic

Hot Site of the Month
• Democracy Now with Amy Goodman

A Call To Action
Donate To Conversations

Blog Newsletter Sign Up
Seva Team

Poetry Corner
The Sun Never Says — Hafiz
Last Night As I Was Sleeping — Antonio Machado

Listen to Podcasts from this issue's newsletter:

Beyond Forgiveness: Phil Cousineau, Stephanie N. Van Hook and Michael Nagler

Raffi Cavoukian: Child Honouring and the Compassion Revolution

Professor John A. Powell: Race, Ethnicity, Poverty and the Law

Joel Salatin and Rita de Quercus: Nevada County Sustainable Local Food & Farming Conference!

Jess Rimington and guests: One World Youth Project

Gabrielle Roth: Balancing Intuition, Instinct and Intellect John Robbins: The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less



Can you be loved?

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
– Ivan Panin

There is an old adage that it is better to give than to receive. Einstein said it, St. Francis said it, but I want to challenge this notion when it comes to love. St. Francis said, “It is in giving that we receive”. I say when it comes to love it is also “in receiving that we give...” Please take a moment to try something. I invite you to stop taking in-breaths and only breathe out. What happens? Probably you will turn blue just before you pass out for lack of air. I suggest that if we want more love in the world, we must learn to receive love as well as give it.

Consider this – if you look deeply enough you will see that almost everyone has a deep longing to be loved, to be seen, to be appreciated – especially in the West. So if we have this culture of people who long to be loved, what is the most loving thing we could do? Be a receptor of love! The more love we receive, the more love we have to give. In order to fully experience love we need to learn to receive it. To trust that we are loved... and let it in! We need to listen that we are loved and know that we are worthy of being loved...

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Read the entire letter from Michael here.



There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same. Only love.

– Don Juan deMarco

What’s Love got to do with it?

It seems to me that the only thing that has the power to break the myth of separation that allows us to demonize others, to rationalize the bombing of innocent women and children, committing genocide, and other atrocities against our brothers and sisters (and the earth) is love. I am not talking about sugary hearts and flowers, romantic pop country music love and all its absurd manifestations, but the kind of love that challenges you to your very core, that forces you to dissolve your identity until you can fully see yourself mirrored in the sacred other.

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
– Rumi

Continue reading here.




Moving Meditation News

New 5 Rhythms Wave series
Starts Friday 02/18/11 – 04/15/11

This series will be offered in the spirit of Dāna*

February 18th: Grounding in Space
February 25th: Finding your natural Flow
March 11th: Being your most expressed self
March 18th: Heartbeat with Kathy Altman / Michael Z teaching
March 25th: Riding the center of the cyclone
April 1st: Embracing adventurous play
April 8th: Meeting the face of God
April 15th Celebrating Existence

*Dāna is the Buddhist practice of cultivating generosity through giving. It is an opportunity to give, to find the appropriate amount for your individual situation, which will be different for everyone, according to their means and the value received. Prices for 5Rhythms classes in Nevada City have not been increased for 10 years. In most parts of the world the classes are offered between $15-40.

All contributions of any amount are received with gratitude and appreciation.

The practice of Dāna supports the teachings, so they can continue to be offered, and enables people to attend who might not be able to afford it otherwise. The Buddhist teachings are considered priceless, and therefore are offered freely, and contributions from students support the teacher to continue making the offering available. Myself and other 5Rhythms teachers consider these teachings as priceless and want to insure that they are available to everyone.


Presence with Bella and Michael



Enroll online here.


Heartbeat with Kathy Altman


Enroll online here: bodyjoy.net
or contact bella@bodyjoy.net (916) 267-5478


Children in the SYC lobby
The management of the South Yuba Club has asked me to remind you that it is against their policy to have children, unattended in the lobby. Perhaps it is time to come up with a child care person for Friday evening and Sunday morning.



Upcoming Events

Local Nevada County Peace Activities: March 19th

The Peace Center of Nevada County presents nationally known peace activist Cindy Sheehan. Join us on this National Day of Action. Citizens of Nevada County will join peace groups from around the country, and the world, to say Stop the US occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan! Stop spending our money on endless wars!

The Peace Rally takes place at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Brunswick Basin, Grass Valley at 1:00 p.m. At 1:45 as a collective whole we march up Sutton Way, then we will cross over the Brunswick Bridge over Highway 49, and then turning right to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters where we’ ll have music, speakers, and Cindy Sheehan. The public is asked to create banners and to carry signs that send the message to the White House of their frustration with wars and the state of the national economy. For more information contact the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City, 265-0200, or visit website at www.ncpeace.org.



New Podcasts

Click here to view the Podcasts page, and to listen to the following podcasts:

Michael Nagler, Stephanie N. Van Hook, Phil CousineauBeyond Forgiveness: Phil Cousineau, Stephanie N. Van Hook and Michael Nagler
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Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of languages at the University of California, Berkeley, and founder of the University's Peace and Conflict Studies program, He is the author of several books, including America Without Violence, Upanishads, and Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Future. Dr. Nagler is on the editorial board of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society and the advisory board of Tikkun magazine. He is the founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education in Berkeley, California. www.mettacenter.org

Stephanie N. Van Hook is a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Benin. Her interests in nonviolence and forgiveness have intersected with activists and academics working for nonviolent social change in the global peace and justice community. She studied conflict resolution at Portland State University in Oregon and is currently co-director of The Metta Center for Nonviolence Education. www.mettacenter.org

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, worldwide lecturer and storyteller. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on a worldwide search for what the ancients called the "soul of the world." With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the "omnipresent influence of myth in modern life" is a thread that runs through all of his work. He is currently the host of Global Spirit, Link TV's "internal travel" television series. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero's Journey, Wordcatcher, and Beyond Forgiveness. www.philcousineau.net

Raffi CavoukianRaffi Cavoukian: Child Honouring and the Compassion Revolution
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Raffi Cavoukian is known to millions simply as Raffi, a renowned Canadian singer once called "the most popular children's entertainer in the western world" (Washington Post). Raffi is also a renaissance man: record producer, author, systems thinker, ecology advocate and entrepreneur. Raffi's work has changed: he has become a "global troubadour", lecturing and networking to help create a viable future: a restorative, child-friendly world for ourselves and for those to come. Raffi is chair of the Board of Directors for the new Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, which serves as an education hub for the advancement of Child Honouring as a universal ethic. www.childhonouring.org

Professor John A. PowellProfessor John A. Powell: Race, Ethnicity, Poverty and the Law
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Professor John A. Powell, is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and issues relating to race, ethnicity, poverty and the law. He is the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. He has written extensively on a number of issues including structural racism/racialization, racial justice and regionalism, concentrated poverty and urban sprawl, opportunity-based housing, voting rights, affirmative action in the United States, South Africa and Brazil, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society. www.kirwaninstitute.org

Joel SalatinJoel Salatin and Rita de Quercus: Nevada County Sustainable Local Food & Farming Conference!
click to listen
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm will be one of several prominent national speakers at the upcoming Sustainable Local Food and Farming Conference, scheduled for January 22nd. The event features a full day of lectures on the subjects of sustainable agriculture, farm to consumer direct marketing, and raising nutrient dense food and much more. The mission of Nevada County Grown is to foster a sustainable local agricultural economy by making the community aware of locally grown agricultural products and assisting qualified agricultural producers to promote their products. For more information go to www.nevadacountygrown.org

Jess RimingtonJess Rimington and guests: One World Youth Project
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Jess Rimington is a social entrepreneur, spoken word artist and global advocate for the power of international grass roots communication to ignite crowd-accelerated innovation and affect local social change. Jess serves as Executive Director and Founder of One World Youth Project, a youth-for-youth powered movement linking schools globally in service-learning to prepare the next generation for the globalized 21st century. She will be joined on Conversations with members of her staff as well as local youth activists. www.oneworldyouthproject.org

Gabrielle RothGabrielle Roth: Balancing Intuition, Instinct and Intellect
click to listen
Gabrielle Roth makes records that people can move to. She is a recording and performing artist, author, teacher, director and creator of the 5Rhythms school of moving meditation and ecstatic dance. The sound of Roth and her band The Mirrors ranges from world music to urban street beat to the chant of Buddhist mantras. Gabrielle is the author of 3 books including the latest Connections: The Five Threads to Intuitive Wisdom. www.gabrielleroth.com

John RobbinsJohn Robbins: The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less
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John Robbins is a bestselling author, social activist, and humanitarian. He is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award, and Green America's Lifetime Achievement Award. John's latest book is The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less. He is also author of many other books including the international bestseller Diet for a New America and the Food Revolution. John serves on the Boards of many non-profit groups working toward a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life. www.johnrobbins.info


Book of the Month

Be Love Now, The Path of the Heart
By Ram Dass

This lovely and inspiring book, is the third by Ram Dass, one of America’s most beloved spiritual teachers. His first book, Be Here Now, was a flagship for the spiritual revolution of the 60s that inspired a still deepening path of conscious awareness, compassion and right living. His second, Still Here, recounts his devastating and life-changing hemorrhagic stroke, and how the ensuing challenges deepened his spiritual awareness.

Be Love Now takes us on a journey of learning to practice unconditional love without needing anything in return. How can we be complete and fulfilled by just being loving awareness? Ram Dass shows us that unconditional love exists within us, it is at the very core of our essential being. Woven into a memoir of his life of spiritual seeking, teaching, and exploring, this book is an inspiring guidebook to discovering our own spiritual path to being love and living with an open heart.



Articles

Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?

Sarah Byrnes, Chuck Collins
Yes! Magazine

This isn't a future you can, or should, face alone. How to make sure you don't have to.

“I don’t believe the economy is getting better,” says Billy R., a member of a mutual aid group in Oregon that he jokingly calls “my reality support group.” “All around me I’m surrounded by media and advertising urging me to keep borrowing, buying, and sleepwalking. I love meeting with others who are staring down the potential risks and challenges of the future.”

Maybe more of us could use a reality support group. Even with the announcement that the official unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent, millions of people remain in dismal economic straits. The pace of home foreclosures has barely slowed and millions remain out of work. Even upbeat scenarios still assume protracted unemployment and economic stagnation for much of the decade ahead. The unspoken scenario is that things could get worse.

To read the full article, click here.

World Hunger Best Cured by Small-Scale Agriculture: Report

Nidhi Prakash
CommonDreams.org

The key to alleviating world hunger, poverty and combating climate change may lie in fresh, small-scale approaches to agriculture, according to a report from the Worldwatch Institute.

The US-based institute's annual State of the World report, published yesterday, calls for a move away from industrial agriculture and discusses small-scale initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that work towards poverty and hunger relief in an environmentally sustainable way.

The authors suggest that instead of producing more food to meet the world's growing population needs, a more effective way to address food security issues and climate change would be to encourage self-sufficiency and waste reduction, in wealthier and poorer nations alike.

To read the full article, click here.


The Great Food Crisis of 2011

Lester R. Brown
Earth Policy Institute

As the new year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-percent annual food inflation rate, sparking protests. China is looking abroad for potentially massive quantities of wheat and corn. The Mexican government is buying corn futures to avoid unmanageable tortilla price rises. And on January 5, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization announced that its food price index for December hit an all-time high.

To read the full article, click here.


Five Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Drew Dellinger
Tikkun Magazine

1. If you want to change the world, change the worldview. To get to the root of our current ecological and social crises, we have to look at the structures of consciousness -- the stories, myths, narratives, and paradigms -- that shape the modern world and inhabit our minds. Racism, patriarchy, oppression and ecological destruction can be seen as dysfunctional "stories" made tragically real. To heal the culture, we need to heal our cosmology, our worldview or cultural story. As my teacher, Thomas Berry, often said (drawing on Jung), "The dream drives the action." The dream of a society drives and guides its actions. Tapping into the electric currents of our national psyche, Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement transformed the country by dreaming and embodying a new cultural narrative.

To read the full article, click here.


African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In

Neil MacFarquhar
The New York Times

"SOUMOUNI, Mali — The half-dozen strangers who descended on this remote West African village brought its hand-to-mouth farmers alarming news: their humble fields, tilled from one generation to the next, were now controlled by Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and the farmers would all have to leave.

“They told us this would be the last rainy season for us to cultivate our fields; after that, they will level all the houses and take the land,” said Mama Keita, 73, the leader of this village veiled behind dense, thorny scrubland. “We were told that Qaddafi owns this land.”

To read the full article, click here.

EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?

Jeff Biggers
CommonDreams.org

It's been a long time coming. Now it's final. Lisa Jackson and the EPA have gone to the mountaintop and announced their veto of the largest mountaintop removal mining permit in Appalachia.

"This ushers in a new era of civility in the coalfields," said long-time coalfields justice leader Bo Webb. He added: "I think Judy Bonds just sent us all a little smile," referring to the recent passing of the "godmother" of the anti-mountaintop removal movement.

To read the full article, click here.


Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It

Sarah van Gelder, Brooke Jarvis
Yes! Magazine

The media can, as we know, promote fear, hatred, and extremism. Can it also lead us to greater civility and more productive debate?

“Just as media outlets have been used to create a pervasive sense of fear, they have also been used to convince people that conflict is inevitable. This leaves media consumers resigned to the notion that conflict will happen.”

Those words could have been used to describe an increasingly hostile and provocative media in the United States. In fact, they were written to describe the use of the media to incite Hutus to slaughter their Tutsi neighbors in Rwanda, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

To read the full article, click here.



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Stephanie Van Hook joins Conversations

I am very pleased to present a new member of the Conversations Team. Stephanie Van Hook will be joining me as a co-host starting this week with our interview with Duane Elgin. She will be working with me as a producer and broadcaster. In addition to our regular shows she will be assisting me in keeping track of the youth activist movement and expanding our focus on the growing nonviolence movement.

Stephanie has recently returned from being a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Benin. Her interests in nonviolence and reconciliation have intersected with activists and academics working for nonviolent social change in the global peace and justice community. She serves on the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association for issues related to women and gender; is adjunct faculty at Portland State University; and spends the rest of her time serving as co-Director of The Metta Center for Nonviolence. www.mettacenter.org


Upcoming Shows on Conversations

February 15th
Duane Elgin: Voluntary Simplicity

Duane Elgin is an author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media activist. For more than three decades, he has defined the cutting edge in consciousness research, in the ecology movement, and in future studies. He pioneered the "Voluntary Simplicity" movement with his now classic first book, titled by the same name, published in the 1980s. An updated version is about to be released. www.awakeningearth.org

February 22nd
Melanie Lenart, Ph.D; Roger Pielke, Jr.; and Jim Miller Ph.D on our Climate and Changing Ecosystem...


Melanie Lenart, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and environmental scientist specializing in climate change and forests. She has studied forest dynamics in China, Colorado, and Puerto Rico. Lenart has been involved in an agricultural experiment in Arizona on the effects of global warming, testing how plants respond to elevated levels of carbon dioxide. Her latest book is Life in the Hothouse: How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change. www.melanielenart.com

Roger Pielke, Jr. is a professor of Environmental Studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow, at the Mackinder Programme, London School of Economics and at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. Pielke is a Senior Fellow of The Breakthrough Institute, a progressive think tank. His latest book is The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians won’t tell you about Global Warming. http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu /about_us/meet_us/roger_pielke/

Jim Miller, Ph.D is a professor of Climate Modeling and Climate Change at Rutgers University. He is co-editor of “Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century”. Miller's current work focuses on the effects of climate dynamics on the Arctic and the Tibetan Plateau. He has been involved in PlanSmart New Jersey’s Climate Change Report: Protecting New Jersey's Natural Capital.www.marine.rutgers.edu/.../ People-Details-James-R.-Miller.html

March 1st
John Perkins: Creating a Sustainable, Just, and Peaceful World

John Perkins is best known for his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a startling expose of international corruption. He advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. His The Secret History of the American Empire details the clandestine operations that created the world’s first truly global empire. Hoodwinked is a blueprint for a new form of global economics. John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance. Perkins books on indigenous cultures and transformation, include Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit.www.johnperkins.org

March 8th
Jean Shinoda Bolen and Elisa Parker: Urgent Message from Mother


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker who draws from spiritual, feminist, Jungian, medical and personal wellsprings of experience. Her books include The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, and Urgent Message from Mother. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healings' Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered. www.jeanshinodabolen.com

Elisa Parker is the co-founder, producer and host of See Jane Do. Elisa reports for KVMR and has produced and hosted various radio and television programs that inform, engage and entertain the listener. As a professional speaker, host and facilitator Elisa captures the magic of the story in each of us. Elisa holds years of experience in working with cutting edge organizations in order to reach their highest potential and unleash the talents of their team leaders and staff. She has organized and managed high profile conferences for ICLEI bringing elected officials together to discuss environmental solutions and managed an event team for conferences in San Francisco for up to 40,000 attendees. www.seejanedo.com

March 15th
Ram Dass: Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart

Ram Dass is one of America’s most beloved spiritual figures. He has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own. www.ramdass.org

March 22nd
Anne Hillman: Awakening the Energies of Love: Discovering Fire for the Second Time

Anne Hillman has spent 30 years exploring the internal aspects of social change—the necessary interior and group development needed to sustain fundamental cultural change. Her book, Awakening the Energies of Love, is an experiential pathway into that necessary transformation. Teilhard de Chardin’s biographer, Ursula King, cites her here as one of four people who offer new metaphors and ideas about love. Anne invites the diverse participants in her workshops and retreats to experience a quality of love that unites differences. She is also author of The Dancing Animal Woman—A Celebration of Life. www.annehillman.net

March 29th
John Jeavons

John Jeavons is the Executive Director of Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula. He is known internationally as the leading researcher and method developer, teacher, and consultant for the small-scale, sustainable agricultural method known as GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farming. He is the author of the best-selling book How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 30 publications on this high-yielding, resource-conserving Biointensive approach, including a five-part, peer reviewed article that appeared in The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. Jeavon’s food-raising methods are being used in 141 countries and by such organizations as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps. www.johnjeavons.info

April 5th
Lily Yeh
Lily Yehis an internationally celebrated artist and award-winning founder and former executive and artistic director of the Village of Arts and Humanities. Since 1986, with the help of neighborhood children and adults, Yeh has built the Village from an abandoned lot into an organization and a community. She has infused the Village with her own artistic sensitivity and vision, collaborating with other artists and community residents to create a place that brings art into both the physical space and daily rhythms of life. Expanding beyond North Philadelphia, Yeh's work has taken her to communities around the world. www.barefootartists.org

April 12th
Noah Levine: Practices for Spiritual Revolutionaries

Noah Levine, the author of Dharma Punx, is a Buddhist teacher, counselor, and writer who moved from a life of addiction and crime to one of service. He has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1988, was trained to teach by Jack Kornfield, and leads meditation groups and workshops nationally as well as in Juvenile halls and prisons. Levin has helped thousands of young people find freedom from suffering and self-destruction. www.dharmapunx.com


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Videos

Socio-Economics Mali: A Gift Economy

Ecology Action: Biointensive Farming

RSA: Changing education paradigms

Fixing the Future

Jody Williams: A Realistic Vision for World Peace

Van Jones: The Economic Injustice of Plastic



Hot Site of the Month

Democracy Now with Amy Goodman
www.democracynow.org

One of the most inspiring events of our lifetime has just taken place, but our corporate controlled media failed to give it the depth and integrity that should be a part of a democratic media. I am referring to the peaceful overthrow of the Mubarak government in Egypt and the uprisings that have been happening in Tunisia, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, and throughout the middle east. Democracy Now is one of the few media programs that gives us in-depth coverage of national and global events as they unfold. I recommend you bookmark this site and listen in when you really want to know what’s going on in the world...



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Poetry Corner

The Sun Never Says

Even
After
All this time
The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe
Me”
Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole
Sky.

- Hafiz

Last Night As I Was Sleeping

Last night as I lay sleeping,
I dreamt - oh, marvelous error! -
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of new life
that I have never before seen?

Last night as I lay sleeping,
I dreamt - oh, marvelous error! -
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I lay sleeping,
I dreamt - oh, marvelous error! -
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,
I dreamt - oh, marvelous error! -
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

– Antonio Machado,
translated by Robert Bly


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