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Archive for the Good things category

My Creative Joy

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

A week ago (on my 41st birthday) I began a new daily creative habit. Once a day I take the time to notice something that is bringing me creative joy. I photograph it and share it on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. Why? Because creativity and joy are practices. They don’t just happen to us because we are creative […]

Retreat, Rest & Press Reset on 2013 – July 21-26 in Big Sur, CA

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

This year I’m hosting a sweet retreat at one of my all time favorite places in the world: Esalen in Big Sur. Five years ago, soon after I had left Afghanistan, I went on retreat at Esalen with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling of Off the Mat, Into the World. During my week in Big […]

Put Yourself Out There

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Yesterday I wrote about the need to practice your passion and hone your skills. Today I wanted to talk about the shadow side of this approach and highlight one more essential element for doing your good work, and being a force of positive change in the world. The shadow of ‘honing your skill’ is that […]

The United Nations Superhero Man

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

While I’m on the theme of superheros and humanitarian work, I had to share this. It’s a music video from Norwegian brothers, Bard and Jegard Ylvisaker about U.N.’s former emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland. “When hand grenades are flying, there’s just one man you can trust. When there’s war and all is hell, send in Jan Egeland! The United Nations Superhero Man. Mad […]

The Caring Hulk: what is your superpower?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

My friend Andrea Scher has just launched a gorgeous new website, Superhero Life, to showcase her famously honest, powerful writing & teaching and to give the superheroes who walk amongst us (i.e. all of us) a place to gather. I first met Andrea in person four years ago. We met in Berkeley, and walked around […]

A few good things: Spreading creative joy

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

This summer Jen Louden and Susannah Conway and I are lead a Creative Joy retreat. So we’ve been on a bit of an adventure, exploring what exactly we mean by Creative Joy – how it can be fed, and why it matters. We asked some of our friends to share their own reflections on creative joy, […]

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 weekly round-up of links from across the interwebs)

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I started out calling these posts ‘A few good things’ And then I realised the links I’m drawn to, the things I want to share, are often a little bit intense (see today’s poem). They might not seem like ‘good things’ to everyone else. But I do believe they are good. They may not be […]

A few good things (a very short round up from around the interwebs)

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

I launched my book this week. Which left me very little time for curating interesting links from across the interwebs. So here is a very short (and utterly slanted) collection of good things: Kimberly Rothwell, at the Dominion Post, wrote about Zen Under Fire, how I got started in human rights work, the complexities 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 […]

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