A room. In it, two long rows of pairs of participants, sitting facing each other. Most of the people are on chairs, yet there are also a few sitting on cushions on the floor. The facilitator and a few assistants are quietly walking around, or pausing near one of the pairs. There is murmur in [read more...]
22 willing and engaged participants. 2 wonderfully supportive assistants. One me. A journey of 4 days, marking the retreat part of the Right Livelihood Quest, which we finished at the Whidbey Institute several days ago. Actually, the whole journey was of 3 weeks, if we include the first part of the Quest, which sets up [read more...]
“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… and you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” – The Diary of Anne Frank
All [read more...]
I am just finishing a period of a few full and rich weeks, with plenty of adventures and diversity to go along. My loyal four-legged fluffy companion Tobi and I left Vancouver about 3 weeks ago, and spent 2 days in Portland catching up with friends and students of BGI (while grading assignments of an [read more...]
When faced with a dilemma, of a kind that is deeper and more challenging than a “latte or a cappuccino,” how do you decide?
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer [read more...]
I recently had a chance to visit the Old City of Jerusalem and wander through the narrow streets of this ancient place. Because my partner was with me, and it was her first time to Israel, we decided to spend about 3 hours with a tour guide. It was a fascinating experience, filled with stories [read more...]
Today’s Reflection is about the pattern that connects it all.
A yearly retreat of my spiritual practice community, Training in Power, 8 days long, just finished yesterday. I have been going for several years now, and each one has been a transformational experience, yet each occurred differently. After all these years, I think I [read more...]
Today’s Reflection is about a beginning of a whole new adventure.
Light – the country of Saints, Yogis, Swamis, Rishis, Sadhus, and Monks, the variety of religions, existing peacefully beside each other, and the many, many temples, mosques, and churches representing them. India seems to be THE most religious and spiritual country. Darkness – beggars, [read more...]
Today’s Reflection is about that interesting place, on the edge of chaos and order.
I am designing a process and an experience for a class I will be teaching sometime in February of next year. Well, perhaps it is more accurate to say that I am contemplating it, rather than actually “designing.” I really don’t [read more...]
Today’s Reflection is about a new baby being born. Of sorts.
I think that, ultimately, we never really know when it is time for something to happen. Sure, we can make plans, prepare, get things done, and line up all our ducks in a row. There certainly is value in that. We can also trust, [read more...]