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Archive for the Connection category

Rachel Cole on our relationship with ourselves

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A quick reminder: Registration for the last round of 30 Days of Yoga closes tomorrow! I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for a decade, which means I am pretty in touch with my own feelings, hungers and desires. I know what I need. But until I spent a day at a Retreatshop with Rachel Cole last year, […]

Susan Piver on mediation, sadness & music

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Registration is now open for what will be the last session of my 30 Days of Yoga courses. I first offered this course in January 2010 because I needed to get into my own regular home yoga practice as part of my yoga teacher training certification.


Four years, five new courses and many thousands of gorgeous online yogis later, it’s time for me to retire these courses and concentrate on my work in human rights and social and environmental justice, and on teaching and supporting others to cultivate the courage it takes to step into the change-maker role that is calling you.

As I retire these courses, I’ve asked a few friends to join me in reflecting on why yoga and meditation are so crucial to their lives. We’re starting with Susan Piver by looking back at a post she wrote last year around this time.

I deeply appreciate Susan’s perspective, especially when it comes to her take on how meditation allows us to be in the world. This post is all about the potency of connection and how it allows us to see, feel and be with suffering while also allowing us to access the comfort and beauty can bring. Yoga has opened me to both.

Five essential components of courage

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

When Zen Under Fire came out last year, people started asking me about courage. ‘Where did you find the courage to go to Afghanistan? They asked. ‘Weren’t you afraid, as a woman?’ Some asked where I found the courage to be so honest in my memoir. ‘Weren’t you afraid to reveal so much about yourself?’ […]

Self-care, community and sacrifice: finding the sweet spot

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Today I’m writing about self-care, in honour of the release of Michelle Ward & Jessica Swift’s new book, The Declaration of You Let me make this declaration upfront: I’m extremely wary of ‘self-improvement’, as a goal or a genre. I’m always a little horrified when anyone suggests my book, Zen Under Fire, falls into the […]

Make yourself at home: lessons from a decade of travel

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I travel a lot. I once calculated that between 2001, when I moved back to New Zealand from Gaza, and 2008, when I moved back to New Zealand again – this time from Afghanistan – the longest consecutive time I slept in the same bed was 11 nights. In those seven years I lived and worked […]

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 […]

The Village Crier

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I think of myself first and foremost as a storyteller, and sometimes I see myself as the village crier. My work is to find, polish, treasure and then share the stories that help us see ourselves in each other, the stories that compel us to take better care of each other. My work, often, is […]

The intimacy hypothesis, expanded (in which I sing, off-key)

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Wanna use social media for social change? Course you do. Here’s the low-down on how it works. (Warning: this presentation contains slightly off-key singing, by me, of 80’s TV theme songs)

The intimacy hypothesis

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I’ve been using Twitter for a few years now and I still like it better than any other social media tool (although Google + is winning me over with it’s lovely clean design and its ability to create more structured conversation threads). Without thinking about it too much, I’ve developed an hypothesis about why I […]

Hanging out in the itchy-scratchy place.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Uncertainty is itchy. Change is scratchy. Today Pema Chodron told me (at least, her Twitter-bot @PemaQuotes did): Discomfort of any kind also becomes the basis for practice. We breathe in knowing that our pain is shared. I’ve been in plenty of discomfort lately. I’m going to tell you a bit more about that because I […]

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