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Revolution of the Heart: Gender healing as a path to the beloved

Verena’s words struck home like a dagger in the hearts of the others in the room. Verena is a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and she was sharing her personal story on the fourth day of a unique workshop entitled “Gender Equity and Reconciliation” for Members of Parliament and other South African leaders.

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To Feed People: What it would take to lead a real food revolution

I was six years old when I fell in love with feeding people. I had only recently discovered that there were people in the world who didn’t have enough to eat—children who went to bed without dinner. It seemed to me that all of God’s children had the right to eat. Because my refrigerator was full, I couldn’t understand why any of the grown-ups allowed this to continue. How could anyone live with themselves in a world where kids are hungry?

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Kaddish for Engel, 64240

Inside the gates, we are nearing the end of a long three-year journey. My husband and our 15-year old son have helped me gather and piece together the life and death of my second cousin, Richárd Engel de Jánosi, in order to properly remember and mourn him, as I was instructed to do three years ago by an archivist at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Israel.

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American Shadow: Healing our wounds, facing our grief

The first step in shadow healing is acknowledging that there’s a real issue going on that we can’t control or fix by ourselves with our own wills. Whether it’s a personal crisis or a collective crisis, we first acknowledge the seriousness of the problem. In terms of the larger picture and the planet, we are in a global crisis.

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Service in the Streets of New York: What to do with a childless mother?

It’s Christmas Eve. Leo and I leave the house around 7 pm. It’s an unseasonably warm evening, muggy and gray. As we walk past the gigantic storage facilities and warehouse grocery stores in our Brooklyn neighborhood, this urban setting seems particularly harsh for a night that’s supposed to be festive and magical.

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Homeless Youth Find Their Way Home

When I was sixteen, I was living by myself in a one-room shack perched on the edge of a ravine in the middle of a redwood forest in northern California. My living space was not insulated, and I heated it with an old pot-bellied stove I scavenged from a neighbor. It had no running water, so I hauled what I could carry in a five-gallon container.

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The Sea Shares Salt With The Breeze, Meeting Refugees in Lesvos, Greece

Becky Thompson reflects on greeting refugees in Greece: "On the first day, traveling along a beach road, I was greeted by a contingent of Syrian university students who had just made it across the Aegean Sea, almost dying after their raft had capsized. They motioned with their hands, explaining how they made their bodies quiet and aligned to keep the raft as steady as possible."

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Trauma in the Body: Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

In this exclusive interview we explore new hopes for trauma healing with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. He begins, "Neuroscience research has shown that the only way you can change your survival orientation in your brain is by accessing your interoceptive world—the part of your brain that allows you to observe yourself." 

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From Despair to Gratitude: How Yoga Transformed One Mother’s Life

Several years ago, I set out to interview people who had undergone major challenges in their lives. Biliana Angelova's presence didn’t suggest to me that she had any difficulties in life. But, of course, I should have known better. Over the course of interviewing people, I came to see—and expect—that the people who seem strongest and most centered are often the very people who have been challenged most profoundly.

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The Activist as Contemplative: Resting for Social Change

Do you dream of a different world? A better world? A world of healing and reconciliation, of justice and peace? A world where people live as we are meant to live? Do you dedicate your life to its realization? If so, how do you rest in order to sustain your work? In this piece, Rev. Steven Bonsey reflects on his own experience and explores sabbath and centering prayer as holy rest.

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