You’re Invited ~ six-month journey of learning, listening, healing and harmonizing.
“Stop the shouting and cool the temperature. Unity is the path forward. ~President Joe Biden in his inauguration speech
What’s Your Part in Creating a Path of Unity Forward?
- How Did We Get Here?
- What’s Behind Our National Problems?
- What Creative Opportunities Are There?
- What We Need Is a Shift of Consciousness!
Let’s read, watch, discuss, practice & explore:
1. Social Media’s Link to Polarization:
The Social Dilemma. Documentary released January, 2020.
TED Talk by Tristan Harris, one of the folks in The Social Dilemma:https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_how_a_handful_of_tech_companies_control_billions_of_minds_every_day?language=en#t-4927
2. Income Disparity, Hopelessness, Climate Justice
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Interview with JD Vance & Megan Kelly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv5pGTG_Kjc
3. Race, Trauma, Civil War Legacy
Seeing White, Podcast Series with John Biewen & Chenjerai Kumanyika https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Healing Our Hearts and Bodies, book by Resmaa Menakem
Interview with Tami Simon & Resmaa Menakem: Somatic Abolitionism https://resources.soundstrue.com/podcast/resmaa-menakem-somatic-abolitionism/?utm_campaign=N210110-Menakem%20%28R5ZUpU%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Customer%20Service&_ke=eyJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIkpNRGdhcSIsICJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJkbGRpZWdvbGl2dEBnbWFpbC5jb20ifQ%3D%3D
Vermont Humanities Speaker, Jane Williamson, Abolition Historian
4. Authoritarianism, Fascism
The Road To Unfreedom. Timothy Snyder’s book
40-minute interview: https://youtu.be/JUZizitn5v4
5. Being Cool: Engaging In Spiritual Practices
Let’s Shift Our Consciousness! “Cool Down!” Cultivating within Ourselves the Sacred Place of Listening, So We Can Create a Third Space Beyond Duality
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense. ~Rumi
Practices to Bring Us to Awareness of the Sacred Within Include: Meditating, Praying, Doing Tai Chi, Singing Mediation, Doing Yoga, Chanting, Being Silent, Reading Poetry and Sacred Scriptures, Worshiping, Creating an Altar, Moving, Dancing, Forgiving, Being Present, Paying Attention, Breathing, Being in Nature, Walking, Being Grateful, Creating Art, Looking at Art, Other Practices?
Engage In Activities and Conversations with Folks Who Are Different Than You ~ Steve Crofter’s Project
“In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.” Thomas Merton
OUR DESTINATION ~ SUMMER 2021
6 Months from Now We’ll Gather Virtually and In-Person At the Civil War Memorial at the Weathersfield Meetinghouse, VT As Changed People, Ready To Engage in a Ritual for Healing