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Jan 23, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Don Berwick: Health Care As A Loving Relationship Reflection questions: Into what unexpected dimensions of your life do you seek to bring love? What practices or guiding principles do you have that help you bring forth this love?
Jan 10, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Matthew Fox: Mysticism, Intuition, And The Divine FeminineReflection questions: Our guest draws from Einstein's saying that we've been given two gifts: rationality and intuition, and that the first should serve the second, because only in intuition, do we get our values. "You don't get values from rationality," he says. "You get method, but not values.” What practices allow you connect with intuition and the creative, feminine energy, rather than rational, left-brain energy alone?
Dec 24, 2020, 8 smiles The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread. --William Stafford Moderator Cynthia Li opened last Saturday's Awakin Call with this poem from Paul Farmer's new book, "Fevers, Feuds and Diamonds: Ebola and The Ravages of History." It rang through the space like an invocation, and set the tone for a conversation that took many of us by surprise--Paul included."Coming into this interview I thought --they are going to drop my blood pressure down to 80 over palp-. They are so mellow -- but no! You've gotten me worked up with these questions. They ... Read Full Story
Dec 16, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Paul Farmer: Partners In Health: Repairing The Many Pandemics Of Our TimesReflection questions: Can you recall a time when you intentionally moved toward a crisis instead of away from it? What gave you the courage and strength to do so?
Sep 09, 2020, 1 comments, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Karla McLaren: The Language Of EmotionsReflection questions: Our guest this week is an expert on the language of emotions, and most recently has focused on anxiety -- embracing it, and accessing its genius. She believes that anxiety is an essential source of foresight, intuition and energy that can help you look ahead, organize yourself, and gather the energy you need to get things done. What are you anxious about, and what might be the opportunities underlying it?
Aug 25, 2020, 1 comments, 3 smiles Over and above what the busy world prioritizes as important — there is something more beautiful and far -reaching. To some degree everyone knows this. It is in all of us. -- Linda Scotson Earlier this month we had the privilege of hosting a moving Awakin Call with Linda Scotson. What follows below is a summary of Linda’s call and introduction to her inspiration and technique. We recommend that you read the summary below, and then review the following specific resources about her technique, which include recordings of subsequent video workshops she held with us: Trishna created this masterful PDF that distills detailed instructions on the different steps of the Linda Scotson Technique, along with contextual background information and clarifying tips, diagrams and illustrations. Here is the recording of the first practice session that Linda did with us after the Awakin call. We hosted a subsequent workshop series with Linda in November 2020, and here are the resources ... Read Full Story
Jul 30, 2020, 1 comments, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Linda Scotson: Breathing Miracles Into Being: A Mother's Journey From Artist To NeuroscientistReflection questions: When her newborn son was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, artist Linda Scotson set on a multi-decade quest to give him a future beyond the doctor's predictions. In the process she earned a PhD on the neuroscience of abnormal breathing, studied its adverse impact on the mind and body and developed a technique that transformed her son's life, and thousands others besides. In the face of the seemingly impossible, Linda asked questions no one else was asking, and discovered a path forward. When have you responded to a situation of hopelessness with creativity and curiosity? What was revealed to you?
Jul 19, 2020, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Danish Kurani. Can architecture be life-changing? Architect Danish Kurani has demonstrated that it can. Recent decades have seen advances in pedagogical methods, but the shape of our learning spaces remains largely unchanged since the 1950’s. Think: rooms filled with desks in rows all facing front, an environment stifling innovation and creativity. Seeking a remedy, Kurani links architecture with student-centered learning. His innovative designs help schools empower students and teachers in the learning process, thus helping communities prosper. His most recent 2020 project is Riverbend, a boarding school near Chennai, India, where the design of the campus is based on studies about what makes people the happiest. The answer is relationships, thus the design leads students of all ages to cross paths. Kurani's other recent projects support underprivileged kids in Brooklyn and elsewhere. Moderator Negin Khorasani has a degree in architecture herself, ... Read Full Story
May 09, 2020, 1 comments, 5 smiles Poetry, prayer, sacred songs, and story-telling with kindred strangers were all part of last week's enchanted Awakin Call with Noirin Ni Riain & Sons. The gifted Irish trio transported us into a circle that embraced ritual, reclaimed ancient roots and reconnected us to the delicate whisper of our own hearts. "People ask us 'How in the name of God, do you do it, work with family, that is?'" says Owen, "And the answer is-- 'With extraordinary lashings of forgiveness!' If you have ever played music with your family, its a cacophonous mess." Mícheál chimes in: “The concerto of family relations!" Nóirín adds with a twinkle, “Insanity is hereditary-- you get it from your children.” Listening to this family in conversation is like being invited to sit around a kitchen table with old friends -- it is that fun, and that fluid. For those who missed the call, or are hungry for more, don't ... Read Full Story
May 04, 2020, 1 smiles Song of the Cocoon: Tuning the Heart's Ear in Times of Transition: Thursday, May 7th, 9-11AM PST Close on the heels of a marvelous Awakin Call with Nóirín Ní Riain, comes an irresistible offering of triple the inspiration! Nóirín, together with her beloved sons and collaborators, Owen and Michael O'Sulleaibhain, regularly leads sacred tours in Ireland's Golden Vale. The three of them are world-renowned performers and keepers of Irish sacred tradition. In the context of the 2020 global pandemic, they have initiated Dámh Imeall - The (h)Edge School -- a series of online retreats that offer immersive experiences around thoughtfully curated themes. This webinar will be one of their gifted offerings, focused on tuning our hearts' ear to the song of our cocoon. "Cocooning" is the term Ireland has adopted for the current shelter-at-home phenomenon. It is an evocative term that evokes the mystery of the caterpillar's confinement, and holds an implicit reminder ... Read Full Story