Posts tagged Self-Care
Spirituality & Community Organizing

In this moment of disruptive change in our political environment I see both hope and real possibility to integrate traditional community organizing, social movement theory, and spiritual practices in order to bring our whole selves to the work of transforming systems and structures that oppress people and prevent them from realizing and sharing their gifts. 

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Why Empathy Is The Medicine The World Needs

Remember to check in with your heart. It will always tell you that the good is more powerful than any darkness, and that even in times of darkness, your belief in the good will ignite the light of others. One light becomes two, which become millions. It might take a little time, but have faith. With empathy, we have the power to change the world.

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Avoiding Volunteer Burnout with Mindful Self-Care

There have been times when I’ve gotten so caught up with volunteering that I’ve neglected my family, and I’ve completely burned-out. This time, I vowed to proceed more consciously. What I ended up embarking on (and tweaking along the way) was a strategy for self-care that enabled me to successfully serve the safe house residents while avoiding volunteer burnout.

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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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