Have you ever avoided someone you know and like because you don’t know what to say? Or gone down the opposite grocery aisle because you don’t remember a friend or acquaintances name? This is the common, every day vulnerability that challenges me so often. Sometimes I imagine that there are perfect people out there who always know what to say and never forget names. Actually, I don’t think they exist other than in my imagination. So, this is for all of us who are real, who make mistakes, forget things, and get embarrassed.
I don’t have a lot in common with my neighbor. He likes to rebuild cars and go hunting- I like to work in my garden and have summer bar-b-cues. But there is one thing that we share, and that is the boundary line between our properties. Usually when we think of boundaries, we think of something that separates us from someone else.
My wish for 2018 is to accept and love the strange places in myself. I send this wish to all of you as well. I wish you love and acceptance in even the strangest of places in yourselves. It is the beauty of being human, that we all have these gems of strangeness.
Submitted by Anonymous on February 8, 2015 - 8:37am
The capacity to love, fully without holding back, is inherent in the heart of each and every one of us.
So why do we so commonly withhold our love? Who is it that we are “punishing” when we withhold our love? And is there a demand that we place on the other; i.e. who they need to be, or what they need to do, before we will allow our love to be expressed?
Submitted by Anonymous on January 2, 2015 - 6:24am
Welcome to January. Named for the mythological Roman god Janus, January represents both beginnings and endings. It represents transitions, and thresholds, it marks the passage of time from the past to the future.
The New Year is seen as the ultimate time to contemplate and share how our past experiences have enriched us. It also offers the opportunity to express not only what we will do, but more deeply, what kind of person we wish be in the coming months.
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on December 12, 2014 - 6:20am
In our previous newsletter we presented the conceptual difference between a reaction and a response. We made the claim that true empowerment in relationship comes from our ability to distinguish whether we are reacting or responding as we relate to another person. Moving from a reaction to a response can be challenging, though it is not particularly complicated. The challenge comes because we are so frequently evoked into a reaction by something in our environment: a person, a situation, a dynamic at the store or at work, most anything.