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Ecological Imagination: Listening to the Heart of the Earth (Audio)

By Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19-23.

Imagination is often misunderstood, defined as a fanciful flight away from reality – and sometimes it is. But there is another kind of imagination, one that is based on deep inner listening with a quality of calm presence, and a curious, open-minded focus. When images arise into that kind of spacious awareness, imagination is tapping into a source of wisdom, a type of intuition, that puts us in touch with more of reality, not less.

With deep listening, we bring our ourselves into relationship with the unknown. This is similar to the creative process, whether we are facing a blank canvas with a handful of paints, jotting notes for a speech on a napkin at the café, or in the scientific crowd, pondering how quantum gravity helps explain the origin of the universe. We step outside what we already know, send our inner critic on vacation, and make room for messy, confusing bits and pieces of insight to swirl and shift before connecting in new and meaningful ways.

Cultivating creative imagination has a powerful role to play at this pivotal time in human history as scientists around the world are reporting that the impacts of climate change on civilization and the natural world are accelerating. We need to cultivate a pragmatic form of hope by discovering clarity followed by empowering actions, resilient individual and systemic support with effective methods that support eco-harmonious change.

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Expanding Our Understanding of Love

By Constance Kellough, who will be presenting Innerbody Meditation at Hollyhock on July 12-16, 2017.

Walkway to the Sanctuary meditation room at Hollyhock

There are many different meditation practices originating from various spiritual and secular traditions.  Most, however, stress the importance of quieting the compulsive thinking mind, which wanders on average 50 times in 5 minutes.  This on-going thinking (which is often unsettling, non- productive and not related to what we are experiencing in the present moment) usually emanates from some level of egoic fear and pulls us into the past or into the future.

So instead, we may crave to experience blessed stillness.  Why?  Because stillness is our natural state; it’s our essential self.

Stillness rises on its own when there is no thought.  Eckhart Tolle has said, “Stillness is the language God speaks.”

So how does stillness relate to love? It has been said, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Because God is love, one could also say, “Be still and know that I am love.”

When two people are authentically themselves in a state of stillness (some call it “presence”) with one another, they are in a state of love.

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Democracy Now Interviews Matthew Fox about the Pope's Resignation

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and emergence of Pope Francis we turn to a former Catholic priest Matthew Fox.  In this interview with Democracy Now, Matthew Fox chronicles his story and provides sage advice in his most recent book, The Pope’s War.

Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox.org
Matthew Fox is Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox.organ activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox
Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox.org
Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and
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