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10 Reflections for the Mindful Advocate

10 Reflections for the Mindful Advocate

Mindful Advocacy is a spiritual practice with the power to transform injustice and suffering in the world. It differs from traditional advocacy in a number of significant ways. For example, the mindful advocate doesn’t lay blame, feed on anger, fear, or hate, or identify enemies to the cause. There is no striving to amass power. Instead, the mindful advocate transforms suffering through loving kindness, insight, and compassionate, skillful action. I offer here ten reflections supporting the spiritual development of the…

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What does the writer in you say? Part Four

What does the writer in you say? Part Four

On August 4th I started a four-part series of excerpts from chapter one of Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage Deep into the Climate Crisis. Parallax Press will publish this spiritual-climate-action memoir in Fall 2016. Now is the time for the writer in you to add your comments to the draft. This excerpt is taken from concluding reflections on our night of terror. Enjoy–H I have new appreciation for people unwilling to sit with the emotions climate change stirs. They’re horrible. Melting permafrost,…

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What Does the Writer in You Say? Part Three

What Does the Writer in You Say? Part Three

On August 4th, I published the first in a series of excerpts from Ocean of Insight–a spiritual-action-memoir in the works. Here is the third installment from chapter one. Again, I invite the writer in you to comment. This excerpt continues to explore the chapter’s theme of fear. But here, the story takes a turn toward Buddhist teachings and I discover a tool for calming terror. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think. Thx–H Resting in bed with eyes closed and Dave on…

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What Does the Writer in You Say? Part Two

What Does the Writer in You Say? Part Two

On August 4th, I published part one of an excerpt from Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage Deep into the Climate Crisis along with an invitation for the writer in you to offer your critique to help make this better book. Below, the story continues. I’m sharing paragraphs from the first chapter, one that explores the theme of fear. All humans feel fear sometimes. Many of us are afraid of what’s ahead with the climate crisis and this fear causes us not to lean into the problem but shrink from…

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What Does the Writer in You Say? Part One

What Does the Writer in You Say? Part One

Here is an excerpt in need of your review from Chapter One of Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage Deep into the Climate Crisis (Parallax Press, Fall 2016). What does the writer in you say about the tale? Is it suspenseful? Is the action clear? Do you feel like you’re part of the action? Do you have a sense of place? Don’t be shy about telling me what you think; your ideas will make for a better book. To set the scene,…

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Summertime Heat is Cranking Up

Summertime Heat is Cranking Up

If you’re wondering about the summertime heat, it’s not your imagination. The global thermostat is cranking up. But how much warmer than normal is the season in your region? This question is important. General concern for the climate is no longer sufficient. If we are to understand the situation enough to take meaningful and effective action where we live, we need to know specifics. Being curious about summertime heat and monitoring what’s happening in your community–to yourself, your family, and your friends–makes you…

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It’s My First Book Deal and We’ve got Work To Do

It’s My First Book Deal and We’ve got Work To Do

I am thrilled to tell you  Parallax Press will publish  Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage Deep into the Climate Crisis in Fall 2016. They are my favorite publisher because they also produce and distribute worldwide the inspiring works of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. With the book deal came a “developmental editor” named Jennifer. I love this woman. She and I made a timeline for finishing the book on schedule. Every two months I send her three chapters and she reads and comments on them so I can make…

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Walking Meditation: The Practice of Stopping

Walking Meditation: The Practice of Stopping

Walking meditation can be short or long in duration, depending upon the amount of time available. This exercise supports the practice of indoor or outdoor walking meditation for either individuals or groups. It is offered in three parts: opening remarks, middle contemplations, and concluding words. When practicing alone, read the words slowly and silently to yourself. When practicing in a group, one person should read the offering aloud in a clear and relaxed way.  The community should walk in the…

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What to do about Omelas

What to do about Omelas

On January 18th, in a post called “The Good News of Rejecting Exploitation,” I responded to a David Brooks article in the New York Times. Brooks shared and commented on a parable for our times penned by Ursula LeGuin entitled, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” Here is the link to my Janury 18th post. Recently, friend and colleague Kristin Barker from One Earth Sangha (find out more about Kristin and One Earth Sangha by clicking here) read my post and sent her…

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Earth Holding in the Plum Village Tradition

Earth Holding in the Plum Village Tradition

  I   I serve on the editorial committee of a new online offering that I think you will enjoy– Touching the Earth: A Newsletter of Earth Holding Actions in the Plum Village Tradition Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Every on of us can do something to protect and care for our planet. We have to live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren. Our own life has to be our…

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