What does sustainability have to do with the life-balance of people who live, for example, your block – and the next block over? That’s the question we asked during Seattle Central Community College’s ‘Sustainability and Earth Week’ April 29 – May 3, 2013, in a workshop called “Planting Our Power – Firmly – in the World We Wish to See.”
Sustainability includes recognizing and promoting the healthy interdependence of neighbors who may or may not feel like a community (yet). The movement for ‘local living economies’ is one that comes from a place deeper than our pockets. It’s a set of values – a heartfelt mindset – we can apply in every moment. I teach a process that engenders a ‘place-based’ mindset, and connects people who would normally not take part in the same ‘interest-based’ groups. Continue reading Local Sustainability Fair features Neighbors On Purpose
After starting to dig a vegetable garden with help from Justin-down-the-street,
I celebrate an afternoon of bumping into neighbors on purpose by telling a friend.
As I step out of the house to bump into Cassandra on purpose, you can feel my joy.
Joy is the new fuel”
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It’s one day later, and I woke up knowing I’d like to replace yesterday’s whole post by saying:
1) Enteleos is a self-empathy practice, taking consciousness as deep as it can go, to free us from patterned behaviors…
2) NVC is a way to do self-empathy (I love Holly Eckert’s tools for that) when there’s no self-perpetuating pattern, just a need to practice self-awareness…
3) NVC is a way to bring empathy more tangibly to relationship (whether patterned – aka needing healing – or relatively dynamic & healthy) that is both practical and clear for others to understand.
4) The No Fault Zone Game is an attractive, entry-level, dogma-free, profoundly effective way to do empathy with others.
5) Enteleos & NVC tools compliment & reinforce each other nicely at a practical level (and probably theoretically, as well, but at this time it’s not clear how, and as long as they interact well, theory is not very important, relatively, is it?)
I’m a huge fan of both Enteleos and the No Fault Zone Game, because both of them provide amazing depth of insight within 5 minutes, and relief of emotional discomfort within 20-30 minutes (which is faster than most massages!) meanwhile leaving the user with mental & emotional tools that can be applied to different situations independent of any tool or teacher.
It’s both subtle and significant, so bear with me as I cannot yet fathom a shorter answer, Syd!
Say the similarities were overwhelming, and we focused on the differences. I love the Phinney Neighborhood Association for what it does, which is complimentary to, and different from, Neighbors On Purpose in at least 4 key ways: Scale, Time, Exclusivity/Inclusivity, and Resilience-building Technology. Continue reading NOP is not a ‘Neighborhood Organization’
Inspired by the Universal Mind of Bill Evans (45 minutes) below.
When I hear Bill Evans speak my heart in the context of choosing to do one thing really, really well, I’m reminded, inevitably, of things I learned in biochemistry, and my images of these invisible pieces of me. I’m thinking of pieces of our cells (all cells) called enzymes – parts of our Being.
Enzymes are a specific kind of protein that are like a little machine: they do something. Enzymes are like a little animal: they like to do certain things. Sometimes they have multiple jobs, but often times they have one specific kind of thing that they do really well. They come into existence when they’re needed, or store themselves up somewhere until they’re needed. And then they come along and because they can get into a certain spot: the channel is open, or some kind of push or osmosis draws them in. Continue reading Jazz & Choice & Enzymes & Consciousness
Bill Evans on becoming a jazz musician (~1 minute)
Hearing Bill Evans talk to his brother like that, about taking care of his part, and knowing and trusting that if he can do a really good job of taking care of (in his case) the music… that it will influence these other areas (poverty, hunger, war) …that’s exactly what I asked myself to do in taking care of my passion, which is hanging out with people, talking with people, learning with people, and seeing through the words & body language into the feelings and the deeper desires.