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Heart Like a Mirror

Heart Like a Mirror

"The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form."  -Shinto proverb Most of the world’s great faith traditions teach the centrality of loving your neighbor as yourself. Iterations of the “Golden Rule” have been spoken in temples, mosques,...

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Real Friends

Real Friends

There are over 7 billion people on the planet, each born with a drive to connect. The explosion of technology means we can digitally meet new people from all over the world. Social media “friends” lists can number in the thousands, a testament to our innate interest...

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My Friend, Death

My Friend, Death

Amidst this extended season of loss and grief, my family experienced another last night. My wife’s beloved cousin left this world from cancer, leaving behind young children and a family that will deeply miss him. These moments in life, when the loss of a loved one...

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A Truer Picture

A Truer Picture

Suppose two people are on opposite ends of a vast and lush forest that stretches for many thousands of acres. One stands beside a rushing stream, watching the light play on the water. The other is in a heavily wooded thicket, so dense that very little light filters...

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Listening is Revolutionary

Listening is Revolutionary

There is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln that inspires me: "I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. " So much of our social discourse has dissolved into stalemates. Now more than ever, listening may be the most revolutionary heartivist act that any...

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Banyan Grove: A Space for Heartivists

Banyan Grove: A Space for Heartivists

Inner transformation has been a foundational principle of our theory of change since our inception. We firmly believe that in order to change the world, we also have to change ourselves.  We are excited to announce that Banyan Grove, the retreat space in West Marin,...

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Make it your problem

Make it your problem

“Let me drop everything and work on YOUR problem.”  I recently saw this written on a tin sign in a novelty store. It was on a wall next to another that read “I may be old but at least I got to see all the good bands,” flanked by one reading “I’m sorry for what I said...

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Becoming Justice

Becoming Justice

Over the last year, much of America and the world waited with heavy hearts for the outcome of the case against Derek Chauvin.  This wasn’t just a fight for George Floyd. This wasn’t just a fight against Derek Chauvin. This was a fight for the soul of a nation, a fight...

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