Category Archives: Well-Being

Water, Love and Eros

Global Love SchoolFilmed by Ian Mackenzie, who will be co-presenting Healing of Love: Sex, Partnership, and the Village at Hollyhock on Sept 22-27, 2017.

“Community is the seed which carries the wisdom of healing inside of it.”

In early October, Benjamin von Mendelssohn and Sabine Lichtenfels, co-founders of the Love School at Tamera (a peace research project and community in Portugal), gave a powerful public talk in Oakland on the eve of the first love school in North America. What is the relationship between water and eros? How might we create a culture of peace and truth in partnership by studying the wisdom of water? Watch this talk and find out.

Learn more about the book Terra Nova & The Healing of Love. And our forthcoming film Healing of Love.

Part 1: Main Talk

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Blessing for the Journey

Poem by Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

When days rush past in a blur,
may you pause to receive the simple gifts that life generously offers.

When you are overwhelmed,
may you rest in the gentleness of your own heart.

When you are feeling hopeless,
may your imagination hold a torch to unseen possibilities.

When your mind is drowning in details,
may spaciousness arise, connecting you to the sacred mystery that you are.

When you are exhausted,
may you be refreshed by vibrant life forces always present within and around you.

When you are overcome with grief,
may precious tears bathe your heart with salty buoyancy and comfort.

When the world brushes you with harshness,
may you realize that we’re all works in progress, and life itself is a learning curve.

When nothing seems to be going your way,
may you make room for the unknown, finding patience with your unfolding life.

When you are disheartened by the suffering in the world,
may you find the courage and strength to stand for what you know is good.

When you believe that you are not good enough,
may you discover your inherent value and place in the family of all things.

May you receive earth’s bounty to nourish your body,
kindness and wisdom to nourish your heart;
and wonder to nourish your soul.

Leslie will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

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Leslie DavenportLeslie Davenport, author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, is a licensed therapist and an international speaker in transformational leadership with an emphasis on the evolution of consciousness and societal systems to address global warming. She is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies and John F Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

The Power of Possibility

By Erica Pinsky, who will be co-presenting Heart in Conflict at Hollyhock June 16 – 19, 2017.

Would it surprise you to learn that over 95% of workplace disputes can be resolved within the first 3 – 5 instances of occurrence: if someone makes a choice to speak up.

The problem is that the vast majority of us don’t make that choice.   Research, confirmed by my own experience, confirms that individuals on the receiving end of disrespect at work generally make the choice to avoid, ignore, or, as I refer to it, “put up and shut up.”  That choice often leads to one of these outcomes: the employee goes off on a medical (stress) leave and/or quits his/her job.

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Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you love.

By Cristi Christensen, who will be presenting Chakra Yoga at Hollyhock on July 12-16, 2017.

As of late I’ve been asked…
“How can I get more clear on what I want and really define my dream or next step?”

So, today i will share with you a simple practice to help you lift the veil and begin to find that clarity of vision you may be seeking!

Step 1: Start

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something” – Seth Godin

Bring yourself into a ritual space by first burning a little sage or incense and lighting a candle. Sit down, close your eyes and take a few deep slow breaths. Then ask yourself what would I do if money was no object and I had all the time in the world? Pause, slow down and listen to what arises. Spend some time here to connect to the yearning in your heart. Give space for the dream to start to crystallize.

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Not Enough

By Jude Bijou, who will be presenting Attitude Reconstruction: Build Joy, Love, and Peace in Vancouver on Oct 22-23, 2016.

Do you feel like you’re never enough? That there’s never enough time? Money? Friends? Great opportunities? Recognition? Do you believe if you had or did something else — got married, earned more, looked more beautiful, danced better, or had more time — you’d finally relax and feel okay? Do you believe more is better? Are you rarely satisfied? Do you feel deprived, unworthy, or anxious no matter how hard you try or what you do? Do you secretly measure everything against an invisible standard and come up lacking?

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