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Archive for the Service category

Off the Mat & Into the Thick of It: yoga at the RNC & DNC

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Kerri Kelly, of Off the Mat, Into the World, teaches yoga at the Huffington Post Oasis at the DNC Some of you already know I’ve been involved with Off the Mat, Into the World for the past four years. As someone who is passionate about justice, and who sees that central government can – and […]

What the world needs from you

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

  The planet doesn’t need more ‘successful’ people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who will live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these […]

Portland, power and connection: reflections on a summit that’s not really about domination at all

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Last week I was in Portland, OR. Portland is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Partly because some of my favorite people in the world live there, partly because of the food (if you go to Portland please eat tacos here, Thai here, Indian street food here, pie here and icecream here) and partly because of all […]

Want to help me revisit Afghanistan?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Earlier this year Zen Under Fire was published. It’s the story of the two years I spent in Afghanistan – the people I met there, the lessons they taught me. Four and a half years since I was last in Afghanistan, I have the chance to return. I’ve been given the opportunity to combine three […]

The Joy of Service

Friday, April 20th, 2012

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. ~ Rabindranath Tagore This quote opens my book. It expresses what was possibly the single most beautiful and important thing I learned in Afghanistan. When I remember this, and live as though […]

A few good things (my belated weekly links round-up)

Monday, April 16th, 2012

As I write this post, a battle is raging in Kabul. The Taleban have apparently launched their infamous Spring Offensive in the city. I’ve been checking in on friends via Twitter and Facebook all day. My favorite updates came from a friend who was stuck in her office with a cat and a litter of […]

A few good things (my weekly round up from across the interwebs)

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

My favorite link this week is from a journalist writing about the solace she finds in food while working far from home, in Afghanistan.  “As I stood in the morning light in my grimy Kabul kitchen, the hot coffee made me feel almost at home,” she writes, evoking my own memories of the very same […]

She built a school in Nepal. What does Maggie Doyne say about passion?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Is passion enough when it comes to doing good? Or do we need professional skills and qualifications? A conversation with Maggie Doyne, founder of Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School in Nepal.

Why your passion is not enough.

Friday, January 13th, 2012

This week I had dinner with friends. She’s the casting director for The Hobbit movie. He’s the man who created Gandalf’s nose and King Kong’s hair and who invented the process by which the Navi in Avatar had such extraordinarily life-like faces. These two are, as you might imagine, passionate about their work. So you […]

Is hope the answer?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I talked to Brigitte Lyons about hope. She was asking some really important questions. Like: “What keeps you going when you have a crisis of hope? You know the feeling. The voice of doubt that creeps up when you start to think you can make a difference. The worry that the work […]

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