A New Year's Revolution: Loving Ourselves Just as We Are

Happy New Year!

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.

Dear friends.

Let The Love Flow

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?

The Great Quest

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.

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.

Moving From A Reaction To A Response

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.

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.

The Difference Between Reacting and Responding

True empowerment in relationship comes from our ability to distinguish whether we are in a reaction or a response as we relate to another person. Reacting occurs when we perceive, often subconsciously, that the other is unsafe, unknown, or somehow threatening. When we are in reaction, certain physiological events occur in our body. We get tense, our breathing changes, and we become ungrounded. We begin to think of how the other person either expects, or demands that we should be, and we adjust our behavior in order to meet this expectation.

Perspectives Shared ~ Become The Lake

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it. “How does it taste?” the master asked. “Bitter,” said the apprentice. The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake.

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