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
Editor's Note from Diane Renz: "Compassion is in our DNA", just waiting for our Attention. With repeated focal attention you can change the structure and function of your brain, for better, or for worse, dependent upon where you place your attention. It takes intention and commitment to Turn a Mind away from the unconscious onslaught of our day to day societal spin of separation and negativity and toward the cultivation of what is whole and well existing inside us. Here, a beautiful practice shared by Jim Doty of CCARE is to help you find support for this focus of attention. Let your Mind find a prop for to rest its incessant running around, the prop here are prayer beads, with a mnemonic C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L standing for Compassion, Dignity, Equanimity, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Integrity, Justice, Kindness and Love and the last Golden One...the Golden Rule---treat others as you wish to be treated, or even better, treat others as if they were you, because their happiness is intrinsically linked to your own, there truly is no separation.
Editor's Note fromMayu Kawata:World renowned conductor Benjamin Zander explains the different dimensions of classical music. With topics ranging from the misinterpretation of "tone deaf," the logic behind composing classical music, to inspiring ways classical music reaches people's hearts, Benjamin Zander delightfully shares his passion for classical music in this TED Talks episode.
Artistic expression can transcend so many barriers that we encounter in our lives. I can barely speak a word of Dutch, yet I can sing along to the same Rihanna song with the man who is painting my mother’s house in the Netherlands...
Editor's Note fromMayu Kawata:An introduction article to the experiences of music therapist Meagan Hughes, and how she amalgamated her passion for both musical healing and international culture. Meagan has been featured in the PBS Newshour feature on music therapy.
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Meditation gives so many people hope that they can help change the world just by bringing peace to themselves. And, just like Gandhi's famous quote... it works. However, it is sometimes nice to simply hear positive news especially as we are so often given the bad and bleak. Take time to listen to rock star/crusader, Bono. Breath in his hope and passion.
One day several months ago, I was leaving a lawyer’s office where I was engaged in a matter where a donation I have made to a non-profit was misappropriated for activities unrelated to my intent. I was quite chagrined and frankly disappointed. I had trusted the individuals who had solicited the donation and it had obviously been misplaced...
Editor's Note from Diane Renz:Our greatest suffering is our disconnection from our inherent goodness and from each other. This is no longer some marginalized spiritual belief, but measurable within our brains and biology. That is the power of science today, to bridge ancient wisdom to our modern daily lives. These lives moving faster and the speed spinning us into levels of stress that keep us in fear states of protection, continuing the sense of separation from our true evolutionary wiring for survival which is based in our original default of compassion, care, kindness, and collaboration...
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 fromMayu Kawata: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.
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