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Responding with Love and Courage

This writing from Jack Kornfield,teacher and meditator, inspired me, so I want to share this with you. So much of what he says is what we teach in our courses.

Theresa

 

Responding with Love and Courage

Reflections on The Ripple Foundation

By Hana Butler - I first became aware of The Ripple Foundation when I first took Inward Bound in 2008 and have been involved ever since. I think that brainstorming and conceptualizing “Ripple” began in 2009, although there is a sense of always having been aware of this work...

What stands out for me the most is the intentionality of everything. My involvement with Ripple has provided me with an opportunity to be engaged in shifting the paradigm of how we ‘do’ experiential education; how things are created, facilitated and experienced.

Willingness !

A few days ago it occurred to me that will and willingness are similar. This may be obvious to some, but it’s been a surprise to me. Somehow will had gotten a very negative connotation in my mind. (Think willful child; will resided in the same neighborhood in my mind as selfish, demanding and naughty not nice, definitely no gifts from Santa if I acted from that place.) Child consciousness, yes, but until now it’s been running in the shadows, hidden under the need to be good or kind. When I change will to willingness, the fear to act is gone.

Scientists Show How Thoughts Can Cause Specific Molecular Changes

This interesting article explores the importance of subconscious cellular influences on our biology and biography, which is the foundation for our programs at The Ripple Foundation. This exciting new medical and scientific research in the field of neuroscience and epigenetics is providing insightful data that encourages us to delve into the depths of our subconscious and our cellular patterning and transform ourselves, our relationships and be who we truly are.

New Year Resolutions

Much attention is given to New Year’s resolutions. I was curious as to the beginnings of this tradition and discovered that it is common to most all history and most all peoples on earth. As far back as 3000 BC the ancient Babylonians made ‘resolutions’ to their gods by promising at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.

A Missed Opportunity

Mesmerizing Movement - We're All In Sync

Here's a simple way to visualize the transference of energy within our environment, we thought you'd find it interesting.  (Credit) If you place 32 metronomes on a static object and set them rocking out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. Place them on a moveable surface, however, and something very interesting (and very mesmerizing) happens.

I Wish You Enough

I found this story today on Facebook and as it speaks to the aspects within myself that in my times of lonliness or struggles, tend to see the world and my relationships from a place of lack. 

This is a great reminder to breathe deeply into the abundance of my wildly alive being.  

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:  

"I love you and I wish you enough."  

Transformation

“You keep waiting for something to happen,
the thing that lifts you out of yourself,
catapults you into doing all the things you’ve put off
the great things you’re meant to do in your life,
but somehow never quite get to.
You keep waiting for the planets to shift
the new moon to bring news,
the universe to align, something to give.
Meanwhile, the piles of papers, the laundry, the dishes, the job—
it all stacks up while you keep hoping
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