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Waking Up to Climate Responsibility: An Encounter with the Great Atlantic Teacher

Waking Up to Climate Responsibility: An Encounter with the Great Atlantic Teacher

This blog post was first published in the Huffington Post, November 6, 2016.  It was 2:00 a.m. on an ink-black night in 2011 and I steered our sailboat, Wild Hair, between Caribbean islands. My husband was asleep below, but I cruised in the company of a second boat: Extreme. I busied myself taking in the sensations of my body, meditating  in a state of heightened inner awareness to calm seasickness, when a blip appeared on the radar nine miles right…

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An Open Letter to Mr. Trump & Ms. Clinton

An Open Letter to Mr. Trump & Ms. Clinton

I wrote this letter  to Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton after reading the official Republican and Democratic party platforms and sitting with their similarities and differences as the subject of meditation. I wanted to speak to the candidates from a place of compassion and equanimity, communicate with integrity and skill worthy of my spiritual ancestors, and encourage our country’s next leader as they embrace the difficult job of moving the United States and the world safely into the future.     Dear Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump, We have something in common: you…

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Right Speech: A 2016 Election Practice Invitation

Right Speech: A 2016 Election Practice Invitation

Excerpts from Good Citizens, Thich Nhat Hanh “We must learn to speak out so that the voice of the Buddha, the voice of Jesus, the voice of Mohammad and all our spiritual ancestors can be heard in this dangerous and pivotal moment in history…. We have the tools. We have the path. We have the ability—with practice—to have the insight. “Imagine the president of the United States being surrounded by many advisers from industry and the military. He’s a politician….

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Register Now for A Climate Day of Mindfulness

Register Now for A Climate Day of Mindfulness

Fires. Floods. Heatwaves. Are you concerned about climate change and the future of the Lowcountry but confused about what to do? Join me at Charleston’s Sophia Institute for a very special event: A Climate Day of Mindfulness, on September 24th, to connect deeply with what’s happening and experience how this challenge is an opportunity for transformation, the many ways society’s ailment can be a medicine.   Click to register now for the early bird special and consider bringing a friend!  …

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Listen Up! The True Sounds of Relationship

Listen Up! The True Sounds of Relationship

In his Five Mindfulness Trainings, Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us to commit ourselves to cultivating loving speech and “compassionate listening.” I like that phrase, compassionate listening. I like it so much I took it as the topic of meditation the other day, asking myself what exactly is compassionate listening.  Here’s the insight that arose. Compassionate listening is a practice of letting go of self, quieting our mind, and taking in the communication of another not just with ears but with…

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#EcoMindfulnessDose Now On Twitter

#EcoMindfulnessDose Now On Twitter

Join me in becoming Ecologically Mindful as part of your spiritual practice and stay current on what’s happening “in here” and “out there.” Tonight begins a series of daily Twitter posts @HeatherLynMann under the tag‪ #‎EcoMindfulnessDose‬. At 6:35 pm Eastern each evening, I plan to offer an article, poem, video, or blog entry and encourage readers to explore it mindfully–breathing in pain, breathing out compassion. Tweets will link you to the latest and most respected climate news reports, art, science, and Dharma teachings….

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Caring for Earth Together: A Video

Caring for Earth Together: A Video

Earth Holder Sangha Building explores the nuts and bolts of caring for Earth in community. It’s loaded with great ideas for enhancing communication and cooperation so spiritual groups can be more effective in protecting and healing our precious planet. This panel discussion was part of the Earth Holder Retreat at Deer Park Monastery, April 28 – May 1, 2016. A special thanks to filmmaker David Nelson for recording and sharing this conversation.

Earth Holder’s Mindful Advocacy: A Panel Discussion

Earth Holder’s Mindful Advocacy: A Panel Discussion

The first-ever Earth Holder Retreat in the Plum Village Tradition was held April 28-May 1 at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA. I was on the organizing committee. I also served as a panelist in a conversation about Mindful Advocacy. Check out the YouTube video below to hear the presentation. Mindful Advocacy is a topic dear to my heart. As the long-time director of a conservation not-for-profit, I spent my early years as a traditional advocate. I rushed, got angry, and argued my case. During my…

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Announcing the Earth Holder Newsletter

Announcing the Earth Holder Newsletter

Friends, Here is a link to the Autumn issue of Touching the Earth–an Earth Holder Newsletter in the Plum Village Tradition. It is an offering to help each of us awaken to: our spiritual connection with the planet the experience of mindfulness practice and transformation, and effective actions flowering from community and collaboration. Click here to read and subscribe. Consider also submitting your 500 word story of Earth practice and sangha action to Touching the Earth. You’ll find a submission link on…

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Announcing the New Earth Holder Sangha

Announcing the New Earth Holder Sangha

  I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Earth Holder Sangha in the Plum Village tradition. This initiative, developed by more than 25 lay and monastic Order of Interbeing members over the last eight months, is launching first in North America during the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.  The Founding Sangha Document can be viewed here . In 1970, Thay, Sister Chan Khong and their friend Alfred Hassler organized the largest environmental meeting ever held. 2200 scientists met in Menton, in Southern…

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