The Seventh Generation takes its name from the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee, the founding document of the Iroquois Confederacy, the oldest living participatory democracy on Earth. It is based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that:
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
On either side of the river is the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree are for healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more.- Revelation 22:2-3
Contentment is not complacency, it is reverence. -Tao Te Ching
“Have you ever sat very silently, not with your attention fixed on anything, not making an effort to concentrate, but with the mind very quiet, really still? If you can listen in this way, listen with ease, without strain, you will find an extraordinary change taking place within you, a change which comes without your volition, without your asking; and in that change there is great beauty and depth of insight.”
The song that is sung by a world that is sacred. -Rolph Gates
Etty Hillesum [1914–1943], a young Jewish woman who was killed at Auschwitz:
“…every atom of hate we add to this world makes it still more inhospitable.”
This is a not-to-miss podcast with President Barack Obama and The Boss. I wanted to try and point you to one particular episode, friends, but I can’t. Truly, all eight segments are golden, and deeply wise.
President Barack Obama asks in the introduction of the first episode of the podcast: “How did we get here? How could we find our way back to a more unifying American story?”
Bruce explains: “That topic came to dominate so many of my conversations last year—with Michelle, with my daughters and with friends. And one of the friends just happened to be Mr. Bruce Springsteen. On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common. But over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”
Need to post this after listening to one of the most poignant episodes for me.
Recorded after a police shooting 20 years ago. Still, tragically, as prevalent today.
And this. The one song President Obama said can still make him cry.
“Stay passionate and let’s do what we can to lift each other up! Life is so short.”
Escalante, Utah, 1936. Dorthea Lange. Village dwelling.
‘What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted.’ -Bob Goff
It’s hard for us religious people to hear, but the most persistent violence in human history has been “sacralized violence”—violence that we treated as sacred, but which was, in fact, not. Human beings have found a most effective way to legitimate their instinct toward fear and hatred. They imagine that they are fearing and hating on behalf of something holy and noble: God, religion, truth, morality, their children, or love of country. It takes away all guilt, and one can even think of oneself as representing the moral high ground or being responsible and prudent as a result. It never occurs to most people that they are becoming what they fear and hate.
Release the fear. Then, hate dissolves. What remains? Only love. -dayle
More from Fr Richard:
Simplicity of lifestyle and freedom from the competitive power game, which is where it all begins. It is probably the only way out of the cycle of violence.
I am like one, who sees in dream, and when the dream is gone an impression, set there, remains, but nothing else comes to mind again, since my vision almost entirely fails me, but the sweetness, born from it, still distils, inside my heart.
Ketchum, Idaho. March 27th, 2021
Full Moon/Power Path:
‘…keep your focus on beauty and what is good in your life. Trust your intuition and your heart and always come from a place of compassion and love.’
Moderna is expected to earn $18.4 billion from its COVID vaccine this year. This vaccine was developed entirely with public funds. Corporate executives have already personally made over $300m as their share price has exponentially grown.
“The Boston-based biotech’s coronavirus vaccine revenue forecast is far higher than the $11.2bn analysts had predicted for 2021, as well as the $15bn that Pfizer said it expected when it reported earnings this month. Moderna said this number could rise because it was in discussions with governments about more vaccine orders for 2021 and 2022, as well as Covax, the vaccination programme for the developing world. Shares rose more than 8 per cent to $157.12 in early trading in New York. Stéphane Bancel, Moderna’s chief executive, said 2021 would be an “inflection year” for the company.
In the fourth quarter, Moderna reported revenue of $571m, from US government grants and sales of its Covid-19 vaccine after it became available in the US in December. The company’s net loss of $272m was wider than the $123m for the same period the year before.
Moderna also raised its minimum production for the year to 700m doses, up from 600m, while keeping the upper end of its target at 1bn. The company is expanding manufacturing for next year, to produce up to 1.4bn doses — and possibly more if it ends up giving half-doses as boosters. It expects $350m to $400m in capital expenditure in 2021.”
Vials of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.
‘The White House is considering whether to lift intellectual property protections on Covid-19 vaccines, sources say, which would allow other countries to replicate existing vaccines
The White House is weighing whether to temporarily lift intellectual property protections on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.
The move would allow other countries to replicate existing vaccines.
Concerns have grown about the fact that the U.S. and a handful of other wealthy countries hold the right to a disproportionate amount of the global supply.
A temporary suspension of intellectual property protections would apply to all medical technologies to treat or prevent Covid-19. South Africa and India made a formal request to the World Trade Organization to waive the protections until the pandemic is over, but the issue was tabled without a resolution.
The White House convened a meeting of deputy-level policymakers on March 22, a senior administration official said, but they reached no final decision.
The White House’s review comes in response to a letter sent in late March by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging the administration to study the issue after several Democratic colleagues — including Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois — brought it to her attention. The letter has not been released to the public. But a senior aide said Pelosi supports the position of her members, who are in favor of issuing such a waiver, even on a temporary basis.
“The view is ‘We’re not safe until the world is safe,’” one of the sources said of the support from progressives on Capitol Hill.’
BOULDER, CO – MARCH 24: Crime tape surrounds a King Soopers grocery store on March 24, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in the shooting on Monday.(Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
Giffords Law Center
“Assault weapons are designed for the battlefield and pose a serious public safety risk, making it easier for shooters to kill more people more quickly.
In the past decade, shooters armed with assault weapons have wreaked havoc in our nation’s public spaces, from movie theaters and schools to churches, festivals, and city streets. These civilian versions of weapons created for the military are designed to kill humans quickly and efficiently. In the absence of federal legislation regulating assault weapons, states must take it upon themselves to protect their residents from these deadly weapons.”
“WE WON’T ACCEPT ANY MORE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WITHOUT COURAGE AND ACTION.”
Kamala Harris To Congress: Assault Rifles Are ‘Weapons Of War,’ Ban Them
“It is time for Congress to act, and stop with the false choices,” Vice-President Kamala Harris told CBS’ Gayle King. “This is not about getting rid of the Second Amendment. It’s simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws. There is no reason why we have assault weapons on the streets of a civil society. They are weapons of war. They are designed to kill a lot of people quickly.”
We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. We can close loopholes in our gun background check system.
This is not a partisan issue — it’s an American issue that will save lives. Congress needs to act.
From Naropa University
“The hearts of Naropa University go out to the victims of the local shooting in Boulder, CO. Naropa will continue to offer support to our students and staff in the wake of this collective trauma.”
Dear Naropa Community,
Our hearts go out to the victims of the local shooting in Boulder this afternoon. While we do know that there were multiple fatalities, including one police officer, many details remain unknown as local, state, and federal officials are currently conducting their investigation. As the events unfolded, Naropa University enacted a coordinated communication effort, including emails to the campus community, text messages, website updates, and social media posts.
Even before the specifics are shared by the City of Boulder, what is clear is that the Boulder community has experienced a collective trauma which will require access to counseling services, peer to peer support and taking the time to care for ourselves and each other with compassion.
We will maintain our class schedule tomorrow so that students have opportunities to share in smaller groups with classmates. Our trusted faculty will certainly be very mindful of the pain and poignancy of the day and provide space to process the range of thoughts, feelings and emotions that will continue to arise. We will offer whatever flexibility is needed by any individual who need to process in ways other than classroom attendance.
We have reached out to our residential community and will continue to offer support to our students through our counselors and advisors. Please feel free to utilize our Students of Concern email address (email@example.com ) if you encounter a student who could use some additional outreach and support. Counseling Services is available to meet with students remotely by contacting their office at 303-245-4630 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Virtual drop-in hours will be available from noon-3:00 p.m.
We are also working to offer opportunities for staff, faculty and students to connect with support. Right now, Joy Redstone has offered to facilitate a time for staff to gather by zoom from 10:30 am to noon tomorrow. The link is https://naropa.zoom.us/j/5549680256.
I and any available Cabinet members will also facilitate a Zoom gathering from 1-2 pm for anyone who wishes to join in community. That link is https://naropa.zoom.us/j/99564296531 .
We are receiving other offerings which will be announced as they are confirmed.
I greatly appreciate the very prompt and caring way in which staff and faculty related with this tragedy. These efforts are for the benefit of us all. At the same time, I know that it is a natural tendency in the face of trauma to fill the space with activities that are for the benefit of others, but can unintentionally repress the direct experience of our own thoughts and feelings. I hope that we will all take the time for personal healing, which is so important.
Please take care and don’t hesitate to seek support from our community.
With Gratitude to you all,
‘We don’t live in a safe world’: Boulder in shock and disbelief over shooting
A mourner visits the King Sooper’s grocery store where a deadly shooting occurred in Boulder, Colorado, on 23 March. Photograph: Chet Strange/Getty Images
Following the shooting in a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store on Monday, leaving 10 dead including a police officer, the community of this liberal mountain town are in a state of shock and disbelief, experiencing the all-too-common identity crisis experienced by so many American cities in the wake of a mass shooting.
“I’ve called this community home for most of my life, and I’ve shopped at that King Soopers many times,” Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis, said on Tuesday morning during a press conference.
“Boulder is a small community, and we’re all looking at the list wondering if we know people. These were folks who started their day with a morning paper, cup of coffee, perhaps getting their kids ready, maybe making last-minute spring break plans, none of them expected that this would be their last day here, on the planet. A simple run for milk and eggs led to a complete tragedy.”
A 2019 analysis by the Denver Postfound that, per capita, Colorado has more mass shootings than all but four states. But despite a recent anti-mask riot by college students, Boulder was considered by many as a safe oasis for middle- and upper-class liberals.
“Many of the shootings across the country have been in places people would like to think are safe, but when these tragedies hit close to home it threatens your feeling of safety,” said Jamie Beachy, directory of the Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy at Naropa University, in Boulder. “For some people, this will be very destabilizing for some time to come. We don’t live in a safe world when it comes to gun violence, and Boulder is not set apart from that.”
Scientific breakthroughs are exhilarating and in recognition of brilliant minds joining with the collective spirit to benefit all species. Let’s do this! And with open minds and hearts for the common good.
Highly recommend Walter Isaacson’s latest book, Code Breaker. (Mind boggling the body of work, depth, research and writing Isaacson continues to share.)
This book illustrates clearly the symmetry of knowledge and research made manifest in the discoveries of CRISPR.
Also, the documentary film ‘Human Nature’ streaming on Netflix is a wonderful precursor for Isaacson’s book, produced by journalist Dan Rather.
This important read from The Atlantic dropped on the 19th gives understanding to COVID, vaccinations and the increasing variants in relation to the vaccine and what scientists are working on now.
Don’t Be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected
Post-immunization cases, sometimes called “breakthroughs,” are very rare and very expected.
“Breakthrough infections, which occur when fully vaccinated people are infected by the pathogen that their shots were designed to protect against, are an entirely expected part of any vaccination process. They’re the data points that keep vaccines from reaching 100 percent efficacy in trials; they’re simple proof that no inoculation is a perfect preventative. And so far, the ones found after COVID-19 vaccination seem to be unextraordinary.
When breakthrough cases do arise, it’s not always clear why. The trio of vaccines now circulating in the United States were all designed around the original coronavirus variant, and seem to be a bit less effective against some newer versions of the virus. These troublesome variants have yet to render any of our current vaccines obsolete. But “the more variants there are, the more concern you have for breakthrough cases,” Saad Omer, a vaccine expert at Yale, told me. The circumstances of exposure to any version of the coronavirus will also make a difference. If vaccinated people are spending time with groups of unvaccinated people in places where the virus is running rampant, that still raises their chance of getting sick. Large doses of the virus can overwhelm the sturdiest of immune defenses, if given the chance.
The human side of the equation matters, too. Immunity is not a monolith, and the degree of defense roused by an infection or a vaccine will differ from person to person, even between identical twins. Some people might have underlying conditions that hamstring their immune system’s response to vaccination; others might simply, by chance, churn out fewer or less potent antibodies and T cells that can nip a coronavirus infection in the bud.”
Bottom line: the more folks who are vaccinated the less chance the variants continue to mutate off of each other. We need, at the very least, a base line of vaccinations. This isn’t political, or scary, it’s science.
As of March 19th, 40 million American’s have received full vaccinations. [The Atlantic]
And then, listen to Krista Tippett’s conversation with clinical psychologist Christine Runyan.
Runyan is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a certified mindfulness teacher. She co-founded and co-leadsTend Health, a clinical consulting practice focused on the mental well-being of health care practitioners.
The light at the end of the COVID tunnel is tenuously appearing — yet many of us feel as exhausted as at any time in the past year. Memory problems; short fuses; fractured productivity; sudden drops into despair. We’re at once excited and unnerved by the prospect of life opening up again. Clinical psychologist Christine Runyan explains the physiological effects of a year of pandemic and social isolation — what’s happened at the level of stress response and nervous system, the literal mind-body connection. And she offers simple strategies to regain our fullest capacities for the world ahead.
This conversation is so practically helpful for understanding what’s been happening at a creaturely level inside us for over a year, and for gaining some simple strategies to bring our conscious selves back online, mustering the fullest capacities innate within us for meeting the world ahead.
Viktor Frankl, and he says, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. And in that space lies our power to choose. And in our choice lies our growth and our freedom.”
In regard to the work Runyan does with health care workers and Tend Health:
“No amount of sophisticated technology can do what health professionals have done these past few months — offered care with uncertain evidence, sat with the dying, comforted family members from afar, held one another in fear and grief, celebrated unexpected recoveries, and simply showed up. We have asked and expected clinicians to show up in ways they were never trained to do. No one has been trained in how to emotionally manage months of mass casualties. No one has been trained on how to keep showing up despite feeling feckless on the job. No one has been trained how to keep regular life afloat at home and anxiety at bay, while working day after day with a little known biohazard.”
We are pretty conditioned to turn away from discomfort and suffering in our society. We are not very good at allowing for grief, which is always on its own timeline, and it’s unpredictable in its own right. And this is a tough one, because it’s not a pinpoint experience. I don’t know what it looks like to have a day of remembering or some sort of ritual around — because we’re still in it, is the other thing. We’re trying to grieve a trauma that is still ongoing. And I don’t have the answer to how to do that, other than one breath at a time — because it’s still here.
The Spring Equinox is Saturday, March 20th, at 3:37 AM MDT.
This is the time when daytime and nighttime are equal all over the world. It also represents an equal balance between the sun and the moon, the masculine and the feminine. We are shifting from Pisces and landing on this equinox in the sign of Aries.
The equinox offers an opportunity to release the old and bring in the new with an emphasis on balance. This is a time of initiating a new self, a new expression and a new experience. What do you want your life to feel like? What is out of balance and needs to be trimmed? Are you in balance with your doing and your being, giving and receiving?
Do some work especially on Friday evening right before the Equinox to identify what is out of balance in your life. Write it or draw it, then burn or bury it with offerings of tobacco or sage or incense. Then take some time to express what you want and how you wish to feel with your life in balance. You can write these intentions down, share them with others, put them on your altar or somewhere you can be reminded of them daily.
This is a potent equinox as we are imprinting how we wish this new cycle to manifest.
Do your part, for yourself and for the planet. How do you want to feel when you read the news every morning?
This is not about the physical things and structures you think need to change, but more about shifting the emotional foundation from which we out-picture our reality.
This law prohibited the importation of unfree laborers and women brought for “immoral purposes” but was enforced primarily against Chinese. Legislated amid the spread of anti-Chinese fervor from the west coast to the rest of the United States, this law was an early effort to restrict Asian immigration without categorically restricting Asian immigration on the basis of race and instead restricted select categories of persons whose labor was perceived as immoral or coerced.
This law prohibited the recruitment to the United States of unfree laborers and women for “immoral purposes” but was enforced primarily against Chinese.
The AAPI Civic Engagement Fund believes that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders must be an integral part of strengthening America’s democracy, improving the quality of life for all, and creating vibrant multiracial communities.
Christ [be] with me, Christ before me, Christ after me, Christ in me, Christ under me, Christ over me, Christ at my right side, Christ at my left side, Christ at this side, Christ at that side, Christ at my back.
Now. Do love.
Love [be] with me, Love before me, Love after me, Love in me, Love under me, Love over me, Love at my right side, Love at my left side Love at this side Love at that side Love at my back.
‘The first significant singing translation and adaptation of this prayer was composed by the wife of a Church of England clergyman, Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander (1818-1895), as “I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity” (1869). The result was a lengthy hymn with many stanzas and a multipart musical setting of an Irish melody, given the name ST. PATRICK by the eminent Irish musician Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), who arranged it in 1902.’
‘Legend holds that St. Patrick used the shamrock to underscore his explanation of the Trinity to nonbelievers, and many images depict him holding a shamrock in one hand.’
Richard Rohr and The Center for Action & Contemplation
The Seven Homecomings
The Seven Homecomings, a practice taught by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Rod Owens, invite us to recognize and honor our own personal “circle of care.” These instructions are just a template; let this practice change to meet your needs. Pause briefly between each section.
Begin contemplating the first homecoming of the guide. Reflect on any being who has been a guide, a teacher, a mentor, an adviser, or an elder for you. Reflect on the beings in your life whom you’ve gone to for guidance and support. . . . Invite them to gather around you in a circle and say welcome. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to being held by your guides.
The second homecoming is your wisdom texts. [Reflect] on any text that has helped you to deepen your wisdom. These texts can include any writing, books, teachings, sacred scriptures . . . that have helped you to experience clarity, openness, love, and compassion. . . . Say welcome to your texts. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to being held by your wisdom texts.
The third homecoming is community. Begin by reflecting about the communities, groups, and spaces where you experience love or the feeling of being accepted and supported in being happy. . . . Where do you feel safe to love? Where are you being loved? . . . Say welcome to your communities. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to being held by your communities.
The fourth homecoming is your ancestors. Begin by reflecting on those ancestors who have wanted the best for you, including wanting you to be happy and safe. You don’t need to know who those ancestors are. . . . Also reflect on the lineages you feel connected to, like the lineage of your spiritual tradition, or tradition of art or activism. . . . As you invite your ancestors, remember that you too are in the process of becoming an ancestor. . . . Say welcome to your ancestors and lineages. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to being held by your ancestors and lineages.
The fifth homecoming is the earth. Begin by reflecting on . . . how [the earth] sustains your life and the lives of countless beings. . . . Coming home to the earth means touching the earth, acknowledging the earth . . . and allowing it to hold you and, as it holds you, understanding that it is loving you as well. . . . Say welcome to the earth. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to being held by the earth.
The sixth homecoming is silence. Begin by reflecting on the generosity of silence as something that helps you to have the space to be with yourself. . . Reflect on how you can embrace silence as a friend and/or lover invested in your health and well-being. . . . Say welcome to the silence. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to being held by the silence.
Finally, the seventh homecoming is yourself. Begin by reflecting on your experiences of your mind and body. Consider how your experiences are valuable, important, and crucial. Invite all the parts of yourself into your awareness, including the parts of yourself that seem too ugly or overwhelming. Say welcome to yourself. Relax. Inhale. Exhale and come home to yourself.
Now imagine that your circle of benefactors begins to dissolve into white light, and gather that white light into your heart center. Rest your mind and relax.
Lama Rod Owens, Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger (North Atlantic Books: 2020), 87–91.
We can not, we must not, return to what we were before.
Let us embrace and dissolve into a global shift as we begin to settle into what it is we are needed to become.
P T S E
‘For the inequities this pandemic has exposed, kindle in our ♡’s a new commitment to justice. For the ways in which our ♡’s have been broken & put back together differently, be softer & more attuned to the needs of the vulnerable, mindful of those most in need.’ [Salt Project]
I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
S U R R E N D E R
“TO DEDICATE YOURSELF…AND SURRENDER…THE ALL-PERVADING CONSCIOUSNESS, OR DIVINE ESSENCE, IS THE IDEAL OF ISHVARA PRANIDHANA. SURRENDER DOES NOT MEAN GIVING UP OR FEELING DEFEATED. IT MEANS GIVING YOURSELF OVER TO A HIGH PURPOSE, SEEING THE ‘BIGGER PICTURE,’ GETTING OUT OF THE WAY IN ORER FOR THE SOUL TO EVOLVE. IT REQUIRES THAT YOU SURRENDER TO THE MYSTERY AND TRUST THAT THE UNIVERSE WILL PRESENT WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN YOU NEED IT. IT MEANS THAT YOU MUST DEDICATE THEIR MERITS OF YOUR ATIONS TO SOMETHING BIGGGER THAN YOURSELF. EVERYTHING YOU DO MUST IN SOME SMALL WAY TO BENEFIT ALL LIFE.” -Seane Corn
In some ways, this side of the pandemic is lonelier than the early months. I’m so anxious about the hopeful future. We went into hell together but now we’ve gotta find our various exits alone. -Saeed Jones
Some thoughts in reply:
~I keep thinking that we really need to talk about the collective trauma we’re about to face when this is over and capitalism demands that we all immediately forget that it ever happened.
~This is the most real truth spoken about the pandemic. We all went into the pandemic as ourselves, but we are all coming out different people. And I think none of us know how to enter a new world with this realization.
~Like we all want things to be “normal” bc we crave the comfort of from it. But at the same time we all realize things can’t go back to “normal”. So we’re stuck w/this realization that we are diff ppl coming out of this & going into a world that is familiar but also needs changed.
~When the trauma is over & survival is assured is when you really feel the pain.
~Thanks so much for this. A friend sent me the link this morning and so many things clicked into place.
~The loneliness of this side of the pandemic really hit me hard…I was not expecting it.
~This is an exquisite & exact thought you are expressing; a feeling that myself and others couldn’t form the words from insight like you’ve done.
~Well said. I feel lost right now, wondering how to put it all back together. We evolved and adapted into this new thing. Everything is different than before.
~You just shined a light on everything that I’m feeling.
~This puts into words how I’ve been feeling, when I couldn’t describe it before.
As of this posting, tens of thousands have responded. Many others are feeling what Saeed was able to define in word. ~dayle