Light in the Dark - Action and Resources for All
Many of us are wondering what happened in 2016 to permit the ancient strands of racism, mysogyny, wealthism and climate denial to bubble to the surface at this particular time. This page is a humble attempt to gather links, information, directions, practices that certainly help me see the light and may also be of use to others. This is a time of listening and practicing deeply, connecting to others, and seeing what are our assignments in the coming year. Assuredly we will all have assignments if we care deeply for this planet and those that reside here.
This page below will have sections on Dharma, Actions, Interesting political/environmental links and organizations and will be updated with anything of interest that I find or you send me. If you need actual audio practices go to this link at http://www.maryyoga.com/podcast/ There are active and quieter practices to keep the heart and eye open and calm and breath flowing! If you wish to hear from many of my yoga friends nationally and internationally regarding what brings light right now, go to this link. My most recent newsletter post election 12/13/16 is here
Metta and Dharma Links
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/198/talk/15208/ 30 mins Pascal Auclair - A young Quebecois meditation teacher who contributes regularly to the youth and LGBT retreats at Spirit Rock. Recently I have been touched by metta guidance and meditation recordings that come from women teachers on the People of Color retreats at Spirit Rock. Try these 2 and find more at www.dharmaseed.org
Ruth King http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/539/talk/22002/ 25 mins
Nikki Mirghafori http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/555/talk/28038/ Dear Friend and Self Meditation 45mins - longer but worth it
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/38165/ Simple calming meditation to get you back in your body! 18mins Tara Brach
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/38167/ Dharma Talk Tara Brach - Play a Greater Part Pt 2 Bodhisattva for our Times
From Abhayagiri Ajahn Pasanno Metta - A Mature Emotion http://www.abhayagiri.org/audio/metta-a-mature-emotion
Actions - Local, National, Global
Oil Development on Mendocino Coast Protect this exquisite coastline - its slated for development unless Obama stops it. And he can if we put pressure on him before he leaves. Contact www.whitehouse.gov now
January 21 Women's March on Washington also in Oakland, San Fran, Sacramento, San Jose and many other places) Will you be there?? https://www.womensmarch.com/event-details/ Info: Washington March-Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991/ California Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/214100499025206/permalink/229584637476792/
Next SoBo Sangha, Boonville 12/16 4-4.40pm We begin a 30 minute sitting with a little stretching - Beginners in meditation come at 3.40pm. Followed by check-in about what is inspiring you/challenging you post election right now 5pm community happenings or dharma focus. No fees involved. Just show up and watch this page for updates for future dates.
Political and Environmental People and Groups to watch and support:
James Fallon spent 3 years going to out of the way places across the continent and has some interesting things to say about priorities of middle America. http://www.npr.org/2016/11/09/501423970/how-trump-broke-campaign-norms-but-still-won-the-election Robert Reich, Prof at Cal, talked at Commonwealth Club prior to election. Much of what he said makes more sense now about how we see how Trump-ism trumped.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/28/black-mirror-empathy-shared-humanity Interesting but not soothing piece by Owen Jones on Hate and Empathy as witnessed in recent refugee crisis
ORGANISATIONS: Let us support...
INFO: Those that give us alternative and bigger vista information www.kzyx.org (local) www.kpfa.org (bay area and national) Any of Rebecca Solnit's and Naomi Klein's work.
Our Indigenous Elders and the young vibrant activists arising now in the environmental arena
The usual www.350.org and www.greenpeace.org www.bioneers.org , ACLU ...but we need to press them to move forward - $ is one thing, interest and engagement another.
More soon......with your input!