These links emerged during the 2014-2015 year as I pursued a pedagogical research project asking whether learning a form of restorative yoga might impact my work on dismantling racism. I place them here as a record of that project, and perhaps as footprints to follow for other people interested in this journey.
Our strength is not in weapons, money or power. Our strength is in our peace, the peace within us. This peace makes us indestructible.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Under stress, an unexercised heart will explode in frustration or fury. If the situation is especially tense, that exploding heart may be hurled like a fragment grenade toward the source of its pain. But a heart that has been consistently exercised through conscious engagement with suffering is more likely to break open instead of apart. Such a heart has learned how to flex to hold tension in a way that expands its capacity for both suffering and joy.
- Parker Palmer’s description of a broken open heart
- Scott Danemiller on “busy is a sickness”
- From cruelty to compassion, by Gerald May
- Google-phonics, or what is the sound of a thousand tech-workers meditating? by Kevin Healy
- Habits happy people have but never talk about by Marc Chernoff
- How teaching mindfulness benefits learning by Sara Briggs
- Mindfulness short circuits reflexive racial bias, by Tom Jacobs, Mindful while black by Paul Singleton III
- Parker Palmer’s thirteen ways of looking at community
- Congregational leadership as spiritual practice, by Bruce Epperly
- The broken open heart by Parker Palmer
- Practicing compassion, by Ellie Roscher
- When the going gets tough (a prayer) by Katrina Kenison
- Paul as contemplative practitioner, by Richard Rohr
- The challenges of seeing meditation only through a scientific lens, by Sharon Salzberg
- The neuroscience of empathy Psychology Today
- The science of stress, by Maria Popova
- How to love, by Maria Popova
- “If the earth were your body…” by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Touch as nutrition, by John Tuite
- What does mindfulness really mean, anyway? by Sharon Salzberg
- What the critics of the mindfulness trend don’t really get, by Hollis Phelps
- 5 Practices for nurturing happiness, by Thich Nhat Hanh
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