Funny, isn’t it, how the inner space we hold impacts our perception of the world around us...If you’re like me and loneliness continues to thwart your pursuit of solitude, I invite you to try these practices. For perhaps that deep sense of interconnectedness actually is the difference between the two.
Listen here as Executive Director, Rev. Perry Dougherty, and co-founder, Rev. Ed Cardoza, discuss how spiritual direction and movement chaplaincy transforms our social movements by offering changemakers a space to explore how they relate to themselves, others, and humanity.
I invite you to have a chat with yourself about the resolutions you have made. Perhaps you might use these tools to free yourself up to explore into them more deeply so that they will last the year and beyond.
Register for this free online online event to hear from leaders of every part of the conscious business movement, including our very own Rev. Perry Dougherty discussing the art of conscious. You can watch the event live on January 8-12th from your computer or phone: join today.
In all of our work at Still Harbor, my wish is that spirituality can at once elevate and ground our collective quest for freedom. On this day of Thanksgiving in the United States, an exploration of the spirituality of liberation is particularly relevant.
"There is a cultural resistance to the word spirituality and a skepticism about the people who use it. It has seemed sometimes that for the religious, we are too loosey goosey or out there, and for the secular, we are too religious. While we have spent many hours questioning ourselves, we have decided to stay true to our commitment to using the “s word” and to present our work in the framing from which we do it.
An invitation to align to your inner wisdom, to seek an alternative to flight (or fight or freeze), and to live your life as your spiritual practice whether you are in the silent forest, on the cushion, in the church or temple, in the streets, or watching the evening news.
If we do not see or embrace our vulnerabilities as fundamentally connected to the shared vulnerability of being human, we miss the opportunity for solidarity with those living on the margins in our social justice work. Here, we offer two specific tools that serve as the foundation of how and why we teach embracing vulnerability as a practice.
Interested in joining the movement for freedom from the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism?! Attend the Emotional Emancipation Circle Information Session hosted by our very own Rev. Monique Harris on Saturday, October 28th! Please note this session is held in an affinity space for black people and will be the introduction to an eight-part journey.
My name is Monique Harris and I am thrilled to be joining Still Harbor as a Senior Associate. As a graduate of the Spiritual Director Practicum at Still Harbor, I am very drawn to the focus on social justice and anti-oppression work. Yet I seek to do my work in such a way that my simple presence and perseverance will impact the world...
Historically, and still today, it seems hatred and violence have elevated those who claim victory in the race of the races (or classes or genders or sexualities or abilities). Wouldn't love and compassion render all victorious rather than the majority of people on our humble earth defeated?
In my morning reading practice, I discovered these two articles that, together, challenged me to re-examine our collective approach to creating social change. Perhaps it may strike a cord with you as well...
For me, summer means moving a little bit slower, simply savoring the warmth of the sun, and experiencing a heightened connection with the world around me. Whether summer means your world speeds up, slows down, or continues at the same pace, it is my hope that you embrace experiences of connection this week (perhaps beginning with this TED talk).
We invite you to dive into some challenging content around bearing witness to the pain and suffering of others and cultivating compassion in response with this week's article: My Family's Slave by Alex Tizon.
Has a series of seemingly irrelevant questions ever led you to learn pertinent information and/or a deeper understanding? This article hits poignantly on that idea by exploring the connection between housing and health care.
Being a mother has reinforced my understanding that offering unconditional witness to the pain and suffering of others matters. It matters whether or not I understand the experience of the other. Witness is the foundation of accompaniment. And accompaniment—the relational building of trust, companionship, and connection—is the foundation of social medicine.
Reflecting on the current state of affairs in the world today, I find myself pondering... What is the most powerful form of action? How do we navigate the space between listening and protesting? What is the role of bearing witness? With those questions in mind, I invite you to watch this video of writer and activist, Sisonke Msimang from The Moth.