Kufunda

Some of the most beautiful social transformations happen in community. Here is an example:

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When I think about what the world might look like in 500 or 1,000 years these are the types of images I see. Despite the pessimistic imaginings of the authors of Cloud Atlas or Terminator series, it’s more likely (at least to me) that the nation-state will fall away in it’s self-consuming desire for more and more, and those people left will be the ones practicing the best of what the ancients taught us and the best of what the modern world provides. Perhaps something closer to what Starhawk described as the future San Fransisco.

But regardless of what the world might look like, or who folks transform their lives now to live a little closer to that ideal, shifts like this always begin with a simple shift in our internal environment. And that’s the lesson that places like Kufunda hold for us.

Peace, how bad do you want it?

I write a lot about peace because it serves as such a powerful springboard for joy, gratitude, and love: qualities of humanity that touch the realm of the Divine and what lies beyond. And we all have experienced peace, it’s easy enough to reach, it’s often just an awareness shift away.

So if you still watch the news (something I don’t recommend – I stopped doing years ago because it was negatively affecting my internal foundation of peace which I value greater than being ‘in the know’ – but I get many people are still addicted to that need to be inundated with information) or are aware of the level of violence in the world, I hope you’ll appreciate that this month I’ll be posting primarily about peace movements through social media. Folks who are stepping up, not to fight against violence and conflict – but to transform it by putting their attention, creativity and voice to the power of peace.

Let’s start with a video by musician Emmanuel Jal of Sudan. If these beautiful people can find their foundation to step up for peace, there must be something in your life that can do the same for you. Do not go another day without recognizing it.

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Miriam Makeba, An African Gift to the world

Today we celebrate what would have been Miriam Makeba’s 81st birthday. A South African musician from the 1960s, her music was one of the first from Africa that helped contextualize my life during the 1990s in reaction to the disintegration of Apartheid. And later in college, many a late night party would find me dancing and making up words to her joy-filled tracks. Happy birthday mama africa!!