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Working With Contraction: Awareness Practices

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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Working With Contraction: Practices To Sustain Social Change

Welcome to September: a month of focus on Health and Healing at Turning Wheel Media!   We're thrilled to begin this month with a weekday series of posts from body worker Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., who offers theoretical perspectives and practical tools for healing, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.  We thank her so much for being with us, and thank you for reading and joining the conversation.  May you ...

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Developing Leaders: Women PeaceMakers & Birth 2012

I come from the school of thought that we need all of us to step into leadership for peace and justice to become a reality. It takes leadership to name injustice. It takes leadership to organize your family, your neighbors, your friends, your community to function together in peaceful ways. It takes leadership to build collectives, organizations, and movements that have the power to change things at the sys ...

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Off the Cushion and Into the Streets

© 2012 Toni Lester Thanissara and Toni Lester met while participating in a program held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. From the start, it was clear they shared a deep desire to show how mindfulness and spirituality-based traditions have supported their social change activism. They invited their friend, Lisa Moore from the Boston University School of Social Work, to help keep them on track. ...

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In Dialogue with Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa: I Will Not Kill, I Will Not Steal (VIDEO)

What do the precepts of non-killing and non-stealing mean in our world filled with global violence and consumerism? Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa, Thailand's 79-year-old leader of socially engaged Buddhism, spoke on this question at a Buddhist Peace Fellowship event on March 24, 2012. A founder of the International Network of Socially Engaged Buddhists and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize and the Right Livelih ...

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Sunday Morning West Oakland

[caption id="attachment_3141" align="alignright" width="159"] Photo by Carbon NYC[/caption] As the birds make their noises I ask myself questions. Why do we feel most alive when at war? The church sings hallelujah over and over across the empty street. A small blond child is playing harmonica to a cat when I find a scrap of paper on my floor with an invitation to discuss a quote downtown in the plaza that h ...

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Paper Cranes

I stood in Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza late Wednesday evening, in the midst of a thousand people milling about in jubilation. The people claimed victory that night after peacefully retaking the Plaza, one night after the world watched Oakland police and 17 other law enforcement agencies shoot tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at a peaceful crowd. I returned to stand under the canopy of the city tree ...

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Possibilities and Limits Part 2: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation

I came to know Staci Haines as a powerful teacher and guide when I became a student in the Somatics and Trauma Practitioner Training offered by Staci and Generative Somatics. Coming from a background as both a meditation practitioner and a radical mental health activist with a trauma-based analysis, I was deeply moved by Staci’s work. Her approach locates healing from trauma and oppression as an embodied pr ...

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The World is Watching Oakland

Tonight I witnessed one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. One night after the Oakland police brutally attacked a thousand nonviolent protesters with tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber bullets, the people of Oakland responded by meeting in a peaceful  general assembly of 3000 community members to come to consensus about how to move forward. ...

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Fall 2011 Mini-Magazine

It's here! The 1st downloadable print version of the Turning Wheel Media mini–magazine. Click here to download your copy: 2011 October Mini-Mag Featuring our top 3 articles: Limits and Possibilities: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation, an Interview with Staci Haines & David Treleaven Occupy Wall Street: One No, Many Yes’s, A Political History of the Occupy Movement, by Joshua  Stephens Unfinis ...

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