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Some of you have contacted me to say, I haven’t received an OWL Newsletter for a while; what’s going on? Is OWL still happening?
Long story short: my summer vacation turned out to be a little longer than expected, and yes, OWL is very much still happening! (I’d be delighted to catch up one-on-one if you’re up for it. Just let me know and we can schedule a time 🙂 )
Our next two events are coming up in October:
You can find more details below.
In addition, a transcript of my Awakin Call interview with Israeli peacemaker Yoav Peck has just been published on Daily Good: Encountering Others in Their Full Humanity.
Oct. 15 Interfaith Spiritual Travelers Circle:
Anuj Kumar Pandey
from all backgrounds and traditions,
sharing experience — seeking wisdom.
A Pilgrim’s Interfaith Journey
|Anuj Kumar Pandey has been a monk, a protestant Christian brother, a martial artist, a musician, story teller, Silicon Valley tech worker, ServiceSpace volunteer working behind the scenes with the technology that carries voices of the community, devoted spiritual traveler on the Sufi path, and humble spiritual friend to many.|
We’re inviting Anuj to share the story of his pilgrimage from his village town in India to the Awakin Circles in the Bay Area and anchor an inquiry in the circle for each of us to reflect on our own. Here’s some guidance he received and shared at the beginning of a recent journey to India with his wife Kara:
Beauty is everywhere – try to hold that in perspective whether traveling to a holy site or in a bustling metro train ride.
Do less, be more – the balance of doing what naturally flows within the cycle of a day out of the necessity to serve, connect and relate in small ways.
Surrender – this may be one of the most common ones that people traveling to India think about doing but has been one of the hardest ones for people like us. We are so used to the life in Silicon Valley that reflects to a certain degree order and an organized pattern (in comparison India is considered chaos)….
Clean your heart every day…as you will your body! 🙂 This one I guess sets the bar for me to practice kindness every wakeful moment to the extent I can…Not successful yet but learning to catch the arrival of negative thoughts a little quicker than I used to.
An additional reflection: Life turning its gaze inward.
Please join us for a conversation with Anuj about the spiritual journey!
October 28 Awakin Call:
Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees
|Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees has spent a life “at the crossroads where species, cultures, beliefs and the unknown collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the crossroads. There, at any given moment, what is magic and what is real shifts places depending on where I stand.”|
She was our first speaker at the May 21 Interfaith Spiritual Travelers Circle.
TwoTrees focuses her work, as an artist/catalyst, on re-orienting to indigenous mind and regenerating an essential relationship with Earth wisdom. She is past recipient of the Lila Wallace International Artist Award and her work has been exhibited and is in collections in the US, Europe and New Zealand. She continues to find passion, renewal and nourishment from all of the Earth’s expressions.
She is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Vermont, and a member of the Leadership Team in the Sustainability Masters Program as well as a current Whistenon Public Scholar at the Kettering Foundation.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2017, 9:00 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time.
To join the call:
You can participate globally by phone or via live streaming on the Web. RSVP at the Awakin Call website starting Sunday Oct. 22.