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Lewis Hyde: On Creativity, The Commons, And Forgetting

Jun 26, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Lewis Hyde: On Creativity, The Commons, And ForgettingReflection questions: Our guest this week is a renowned writer whose latest work examines the value of forgetfulness, of letting go. What has been the value of forgetting in your life?

Rachael Flatt: An Olympian's Take On Mental Health &

Jun 19, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Rachael Flatt: An Olympian's Take On Mental Health & SuccessReflection questions: Our guest this week had to find a new passion and identity, after she finished competing as an Olympian and world-class competitive athlete at a young age. “You have to grieve, and no one talks about that at all in the sport,” she says. “No one prepares you for that feeling.” Have you had to reformulate your identity, and what tools have assisted you in that journey?

Nuggets From Jeremy Lent's Call

May 20, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Jeremy Lent. And it was a special joy to have past Awakin guest Terry Patten expertly moderating the call! An author and nonprofit founder, Jeremy Lent investigates how humans' search for meaning throughout history has led to its current crisis of sustainability. His book The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning (2017) draws on nearly 10 years of personal research and was called by The Guardian as "the most profound and far-reaching book I've ever read.” Focusing on questions such as, Is it our true nature to be selfish and competitive, or empathic and community minded?, Lent is on a mission to discover how we can consciously forge our own structures of meaning. Lent's own structures that had given life meaning shattered after the death of his wife and collapse of his company. "But ... Read Full Story

Jeremy Lent: Patterning Instinct

May 15, 2019, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jeremy Lent: Patterning InstinctReflection questions: Have you faced a time where the structures in your life shattered that had given life meaning? How and on what foundation did you go about constructing new meaning?

Nuggets From James Fox's Call

Apr 28, 2019, 6 smiles This week's riveting Awakin Call was beautifully moderated by past Awakin Call guest and co-creator of Buddhas on Death Row, Maria Jain. We'll post the audio of the call soon, but for now we've posted our extended notes that will give you a flavor of the stories and insights. By way of brief intro to James Fox: he is the founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, an organization dedicated to establishing yoga and mindfulness programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Since 2002, he has been teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison as well as other California State prisons. His book, Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery (2010), has been requested by and sent free of charge to over 30,000 prisoners. He has trained more than 2,000 teachers and his program has been replicated in more than 350 jails, prisons and rehabilitation facilities in 28 ... Read Full Story

James Fox: Serving Prisoners & Transforming Criminal

Apr 24, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'James Fox: Serving Prisoners & Transforming Criminal JusticeReflection questions: Our guest this week says he likes to tell the guys at San Quentin, “You weren’t part of my 10-year vision, but you were an answer to my prayers.” His prayer was, “How can I be of service?” Can you recall a time when you paid attention, followed internal guidance and found a tremendous opportunity to serve?

Nuggets From Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky's Call

Apr 06, 2019, 6 smiles Today we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. Laura is the founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she is author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and of The Age of Overwhelm. Laura found her calling at age 18, when she regularly spent nights volunteering in a homeless shelter. She went on to work with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, acute trauma of all kinds, and natural disasters. A decade into her career, Laura experienced what can best be described as a near-psychotic break—which, she came to realize, resulted not necessarily from her own direct trauma, but from years of witnessing and being intimately involved in trauma while lacking insight into how to sustain herself amidst such conditions. The ... Read Full Story

Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky: Sustaining Self Through

Apr 03, 2019, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky: Sustaining Self Through TraumaReflection questions: Our guest this week is a pioneer and foremost expert in the field of trauma exposure who builds on her work in trauma to offer a resource to those who are experiencing a sense of overwhelm in their daily lives that may stem from personal, situational or societal issues. What overwhelms you from time to time, and what strategies help you overcome a feeling of debilitation?

Nuggets From Parker Palmer's Call

Feb 24, 2019, 1 comments, 5 smiles This past Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Parker Palmer. Parker J. Palmer is an American treasure -- an iconic writer, teacher, and activist who for more than 50 years has deeply addressed subjects from contemplation to community, the inner life to public life, education to social change. He encourages, embodies, and designs processes for a vulnerability and an accessing of our deeper selves in community with others that makes possible the bridging of the "tragic gap" between the inner self and the outer world -- so they merge into a "mobius strip" where the inner becomes the outer and vice versa. Founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, Palmer in 1998 was named one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education. In 2010, he received the William Rainey Harper Award, whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead and ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Alan Wallace's Call

Feb 20, 2019, 7 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Alan Wallace. A call with a record number of RSVPs and truly vibrant engagement from our listeners. After dropping out from university in 1971 and immersing himself for 14 years in Buddhist studies with some of his generation’s greatest lamas, Alan Wallace became a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, for whom he also served as translator. He began then to integrate the Western perspectives of his first 20 years with his 14 years of Buddhist studies. He graduated summa cum laude in physics from Amherst College and then got a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford. He is a prominent and important voice in the discussion between Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of 20th-century paradigms. He has written and translated more than 40 books and founded the Centers for Contemplative Research ... Read Full Story