Being American Now
Apr. 30

Being American Now
Conversations at a time of darkness
about engaging and supporting
the emergence of light.

At this time of endless Trump administration drama in the U.S. with consequences around the world, friends in the OWL community, in the U.S. & globally, are connecting each month to share how and what we’re doing. What is most concerning to you? What actions have you been taking and what are you learning as a result? What are your personal practices for staying spiritually grounded? What opportunities are you seeing for linking up with others to make a positive difference going forward?


Please join us for a conversation about responding to a challenging time by engaging and supporting the emergence of light!

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Pacific Time.
You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date.
To join us for the videoconference, please RSVP now!
We’ll get back to you with the details.

 

Being American Now
March 26

Being American Now — March 26

Conversation at a time of darkness
about engaging and supporting the emergence of light.

Theme
Building on our past conversations, we’ll hold this circle to update each other about the kinds of choices we’ve been making, and what we’ve been learning, in response to political events in the U.S.

Some seed questions:

  • What is one action you’ve taken (or chosen not to take) during the past month?
  • What have you learned as a result?
  • How do you experience your own balance between resistance and love? Between changing yourself and changing the world?
  • What opportunity do you see in the time ahead to personally make a difference?


Please join us for a conversation about responding to a challenging time by engaging and supporting the emergence of light!

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Pacific Time.
You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date.
To join us for the videoconference, please RSVP now!
We’ll get back to you with the details.

 

Feb. 26 OWL Circle

February 26 OWL Circle: Colleen Choi

A combined gathering of
OWL Global Wisdom Circle and
Being American Now

On the Front Lines at Standing Rock
Artist and social activist Colleen Choi spent two months with the indigenous peoples who were defending their water, and their way of life, at Standing Rock. What can we learn from her story about resisting ignorance, fear, greed, and hatred — with light, courage, selfless service, and love — and about American values — at this moment in history?

My time at Standing Rock will be something I remember in my heart for the rest of my life.

…The pattern of violence will continue for greed and power … until we, the people, unite and take a stand. We cannot fight fire with fire. We stand in peace. We stand in love. We stand in prayer. We stand as One.

Someone told me my first day at Standing Rock, “You’ll be surprised at how your body adapts.”

This is true. I’ve been at camp for almost 3 weeks now and I can’t remember the last shower I had, or the last time I brushed my teeth, or washed my hands, or taken off my thermals. I forget the days, the hours, the seconds.

What I remember are the hearts… I remember how abundant I feel because of all of the generous donations of love that are supporting our camp. Almost everything I’m wearing now is because someone gifted it to me….

Our world can be based on love and respect. Our world can be about inclusion instead of exclusion. Our world can run on heart-fuel. I have so much gratitude for the opportunity to be here right now. I thank the [indigenous peoples] for showing us the way.



Part 1 — Colleen Choi: Gandhi Ashram to Standing Rock

Part 2 — Bringing the lessons back into daily life

Part 3 — Additional reflections

Being American Now
Jan. 15

Being American Now — Jan. 15

Conversations at a time of darkness
about engaging and supporting
the emergence of light.

Meeting Time
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Pacific Time.
You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date.

As Wendy and I watched President Obama’s Farewell Address, we were very moved. What a demonstration of the grace, dignity, compassion and wisdom in the White House that will be so sorely missed in the days ahead. At this time of transition, the Being American Now conversation feels more relevant than ever!

We now have several pages on our web site as a community bulletin board for sharing news, videos, articles, personal reflections, etc. We invite you to visit these pages regularly, see what others are sharing, and share what you’re finding helpful for insight, ideas, opportunities, and inspiration. At the Being American Now Home Page.


The January 15 Conversation
We’ll start with the theme of: communities responding at the local level. We’ll be sharing a little about what’s going on here in the Half Moon Bay area, Stewart Gill will be sharing a little about Morgan Hill CA, and soon we expect to be hearing from Boulder CO, and Redwood City CA as well. If you’re getting involved in a local initiative in your community, or know of something that’s just getting organized, we invite you to be prepared to share that as well!

The circle will also be open to any thoughts, feelings or news that you’d like to share — within the context of our overall purpose: conversations at a time of darkness about engaging and supporting the emergence of light.

Agenda

  • Moment of silence
  • Welcome and brief opening check-ins
  • Brief reports: inspiring initiatives in local communities
  • Circle of reflection and dialogue
  • Closing check-ins
  • Moment of silence

To join us for the videoconference, please RSVP now!
We’ll get back to you with details.

And let us know, either by email or at Contact Us, if you have any questions.

 

Being American Now
Dec. 18

Being American Now — Dec. 18

A conversation at a time of darkness
about engaging and supporting
the emergence of light.

Meeting Time
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Pacific Time.
You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date.

Theme for Session 2
We’ll build on the discussion we began in our first session on November 27. Some initial thoughts:

  • If we take our purpose as: “a conversation at a time of darkness about engaging and supporting the emergence of light” — then how do we each see ourselves doing this?
  • Gandhi said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” How do we relate to his words at this moment in American history?

Preparating for Session 2
After our first session one of our members said: I’d like more clarity on the purpose of this circle. A fair request, right? My take is that the purpose is evolving, and that we’re co-creating it together. I’ve posted what the purpose is for me, in the comment section below. I invite you to join me in this exercise by posting before Dec. 18, in 25 words or less — in the Comments section below — your statement on what the purpose of this circle is for you. Let’s see what emerges, and how this informs our conversation!

Follow Up: Reporting & Reflections
Please share, below, any notes and/or reflections you have about moments in the conversation that were noteworthy for you. 🙂