Sustainable Politics through Love – thoughts on Sister Giant (part 1)

Love restores the bottom line, and not the other way around. ~Marianne Williamson

The weekend after our presidential election, I had the great fortune (with some help from my friends and a fundraising site called gofundme.com – check out my site here) to go to Los Angeles for the Sister Giant Conference on Women, Non-Violence, and the Birthing of a New American Politics. “The purpose of SISTER GIANT weekend was to help create a new conversation in American politics, one in which principles of higher consciousness form a new foundation for political involvement.”

I am still trying to find the language for what I felt that weekend—and how to combine politics and spirituality (for me, spirituality boils down to common sense compassion) in a powerful way. So many healers, teachers, and artists have positive impact on individuals in our lives—and so many of us want to be part of a bigger solution, but don’t know where to begin, or, are completely turned off by politics. Most of us do charitable work, but no amount of private charity can make up for lack of social justice. Over the last few years, I have witnessed and experienced the political as personal, and I can’t lie back and close my eyes any longer. This is why I am looking for my voice, and sharing as I go.

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Sister Giant Sizzle Reel and my own weekend summary

There were moments at Sister Giant where I was incredibly uplifted, and moments where I felt myself plummet to the depths of darkness as I relived how my own life has been affected by poverty and homelessness and fear and violence and sexism and racism and invisibility—and how I am not alone, not today nor in the history of our country! I also felt the relief of light shined on those dark aspects of our collective history, the “dirty little secrets” that are not secrets (sexism, racism, poverty, genocide, hunger, classism, etc.), by the voices of courageous women and men who are taking a stand for humanity—and calling all of us to do the same! I felt myself sweat and squirm, I laughed and cried, I felt the gravity of our collective and individual situations, and I experienced the capacity to love humanity and our potential to bear witness to our struggles and to be light for one another.

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“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.”

People still do not understand that violence against women is one of the central issues of our time. They think about poverty or violence or racism or global warming, but then you realize many of the people taking the lead to fight against those things are women. If the women are battered and destroyed, who will be here to fight for life? – Eve Ensler

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Beauty and the “What is Sustainability?” Question

Plato said the only real thing in the universe is Beauty. The far-eastern Vedics said the only real thing in the Universe is Brahma, and that all else is Maya, or illusion. They are talking about the bliss of realizing we are One with everything, of experiencing such completeness that we lose our Selves. It is as if the body becomes a string that sets to humming as it resonates with the vibration of life. Beauty is relational. The relationship is based on harmony that brings about a loss of ego – moments of just “be”-ing are “be”-autiful. The experience of beauty extends beyond the self and out into the world, as well as arising from the cosmos to the self (and the rest of the world).

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Are you able to “change” your mind?

“Human future will be designed on how conscious we are able to make ourselves. If we can change our minds we can take hold of this process [of our role in planetary destruction] and halt it.” – Terrence McKenna film by Dean Jeffreys sacred plant ayahuasca. “grandmother”

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Occupy Common Ground

If you look even further (including within your imagination) you’ll find the seeds of a most amazing potential are hovering at the edges of that park. The opportunity right here in Tucson is to harness that growing resentment of a corporate banking government world and focus it on local solutions, local economy, local food security, local culture. Yes, we live in a global world, yet the present economic structure of that world is based on unsustainable growth, disconnection and competition. Just as any system in nature that grows beyond its resources that structure must inevitably collapse. The models required for new thinking and new behavior are all centered on localization where interdependent community sustains both our health, and, some might say most importantly, our happiness.

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Trees Chatting at the Occupation

It’s Peace and Love at the protest in Tucson. I am not camping at Armory Park but I’ve been going down there every day sharing ideas and company. At some point I’ll be leading yoga and meditation to anyone who wants it.

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