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Remember, Unite, Renew

This week, we mourn with the people of Rwanda as they remember the horrors and losses of the 1994 genocide. By mourning together, we work to unite ourselves and renew our strengths so that such violence and pain need not happen again. Join Rwanda in this week of remembrance.

As spring here in New England slowly emerges, we invite you to read this reflection by Thich Nhat Hanh. He writes, “Only...

Posted by Still Harbor on Friday, April 10, 2015

FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

Wake Up to the Revolution
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Lion’s Roar

As spring here in New England slowly emerges, we invite you to read this reflection by Thich Nhat Hanh. He writes, “Only when we’ve fallen back in love with the earth will our actions spring from reverence and the insight of our interconnectedness.” This is the revolution inside each of us.

 

KNOW THE FEELING

The Importance of Naming Your Emotions
by Tony Schwartz
The New York Times

Can you tell someone how you are feeling right now? In our society today, we are too often unaware of how we are feeling and how it impacts others, and we are almost entirely avoidant of communicating our feelings when we are aware of them, particularly in professional settings. Facilitator and trainer, Tony Shawartz reflects in this article on the value of naming our emotions: “So what’s the value of getting people to express what they’re actually feeling, rather than keeping things relentlessly light and bland? The answer is that naming our emotions tends to diffuse their charge and lessen the burden they create.

SUBMERGE IN THE MUD

Our Need to Be Useful
by Parker J. Palmer
On Being

Parker Palmer shares Marge Piercy’s poem, “To Be of Use,” as he reflects on how a sense of purpose can help us out of a difficult time. Palmer writes, “I love stories about the resilience of the human spirit, about the many ways people find "to be of use" — even when they are diminished by age, accident, illness or other circumstances.” Piercy’s poem says something similar and expands on it in her lines, “The work of the world is common as mud. /Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. /But the thing worth doing well done /has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.” Sometimes the work is not what we think it will be, but it can still have deep meaning and purpose.

THE DESSERT

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