Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist and founder of Poets for Global Justice. He has inspired minds and hearts at hundreds of events in many countries, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences--including Bioneers, the Green Festival and The Dream Reborn--as well as colleges, poetry venues, protests and places of worship. Dellinger has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West,& Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,& Danny Glover, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, Paul Hawken, Van Jones and many others. http://www.drewdellinger.org
As of late, I've been very moved by the idea of the Undefended Heart and the role it plays in creating peace around me. Can I be that seemingly vulnerable? How can I not, when so much is riding on that state of being? This is sticky territory for me as I've spent most of my life in and out of the defended heart...
Editor's Note: I hope you will try this journey to your SAnode. Feeling strong in your heart will assist in any time of crisis and will expand your joy and compassion.
It’s a tempestuous week here on Planet Earth, and the days as well as the nights are driven by passion and fervor, making impulse control a challenge. It would be wise to at least try to watch those urges with as much objectivity as you can muster. Too much self-indulgence just might land you in the middle of an intense situation you hadn’t bargained for and aren’t quite sure how to exit. But this celestial fire doesn’t only spark strong reactions in individuals. It also ignites even more fanaticism in all those places already ablaze in violence...
Music therapy can be used in a variety of settings, from children with special needs to hospice. Music therapists are trained clinicians who bring musical experiences to meet the complex needs of an individual or group...
Editor's Note:Music has been used throughout history for important times of transition in life, including death. Using music can be tremendously healing for those who are dying as well as those who have lost their loved ones. Here's my personal journey on music and death, and why I am passionate about the use of music in end-of-life and bereavement care.
ARIES : "I am born to lead, a pioneer of the unique, inclined to reckless actions, foolish and naive, bold, fearless, direct, passionate and physical. I am a free sincere spirit, generous to the extreme. Luck follows me. I live for the here and now. I rely on my instincts and intuition. I am lucky with inheritance. My love is fiery. I have few friends and a sexually passionate and beautiful spouse. My face and speech is beautiful. I am curious to know things but fickle with my interests. I put effort into life and am quick to achieve..."
I drove along the tree-lined streets of a quiet neighborhood with all the windows down letting the spring air caress my face. The smell of fresh cut grass tickled my nose. Through the windshield, my tear-filled eyes beheld the bluest of skies while I pounded the steering wheel with rage...
Editor's Note: I am so excited to introduce you to a dear friend of mine today. Linda Joy has such a loving heart, and she is passionate about empowering others to live fully and authentically. In her article below, she shares one of the most pivotal moments in her life.
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: An empassioned and poignant message from Rachel McKibbens as she describes first her own experience with poetry and mental illness then her work using poetry to inspire self-expression for youths also suffering mental illness diagnoses - and finally the lessons she learned. Inspiring for anyone who suffers in silence and a useful example for therapists and writers who want to make a difference through poetry.
Anger is a commonly experienced human emotion that can cause significant suffering and requires compassion on the healing journey. In my work as a psychologist, I’ve found that “ACT on life not on anger: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger” provides a fantastic framework for understanding and healing anger...
Editor's Note from Janet Gillett:Learn how to overcome your anger and embrace your life and the healing process.
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