Has the wave of political manipulation and misinformation flung you into fear?

  This week has been an important one considering recent events on the world stage: Rex Tillerson’s trip to Moscow and the mounting tension in US-Russia relations; the growing threat of North Korea and near provocation of war that prompted VP Pence’s visit to the region; and the U.S. attack on Isis in Afghanistan and missile strike in Syria. Eryn and I talked about what these events are signaling for us as a nation and the potential impact on our lives. I’m sure many of you have too. We even explored whether or not President Bashar al-Assad actually launched chemical… [read more]

Our launch, our intention

We are truly excited to be launching our blog today, which includes a collection of many of the conversations we’ve had with our board members over the past year. At this auspicious moment, we held a special meeting with our board members—for the blog has truly been a co-creation with them. For the first time, they came together as a ‘collective’ [vs individually], an energy quite distinct, yet a resonance which was familiar to us. Here we share their intention [and ours] for the blog and celebrate with much joy the launch of what we hope will be a platform to serve others.… [read more]

Honoring our collective origins

It’s the first week of July and we ended another week of more senseless violence: the deaths of Philander Castile in Minnesota and Alton B. Sterling in Louisiana at the hands of the police.  Then there was the shooting of the Dallas policemen, said to be in retaliation. And all of this came on the heels of the Istanbul airport attack, leaving 45 people dead and 230 injured, the coordinated bomb attacks in Baghdad, and the ongoing violence in Syria to name a few. So we are in a particularly somber mood today, wondering why there seems to be an escalation of violence and terrorism… [read more]

Discernment: The impartial meditator

The debates, the town halls, and the pundits hashing out e-v-e-r-y word spoken (and tweet tweeted) by the candidates. It can be exhausting, and for some, an entertaining distraction from an otherwise mundane work day. Not to say the 2016 election isn’t important. It should be. But amidst the 24/7 news coverage of the elections, are we paying attention to other issues like the Panama Papers? Eryn and I talked about the current state of affairs, the never ending political rhetoric and chatter, making it difficult to distinguish truth and deception clearly. We questioned if we can expect a genuine expose of the Panama Papers… [read more]

Turning inward as individuals, as a nation

The Syrian refugee crises continues to heighten. Now, more than 11 million people (half of the country’s pre-war population) have either died or been forced from their homes since the war in Syria began in 2011. And while there are many other refugees fleeing from their homes in other parts of the globe—Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gaza, South Sudan, and Somalia to name a few—our attention to the plight of the Syrians has been center stage. Sadly, it wasn’t until the tragic image of a Syrian boy washed up on the shores of Turkey that many of us began to truly feel… [read more]

Interviews with Khaled: Be a grain of sand

As I mentioned in the first of this series, Khaled walked into our lives one fortuitous Saturday morning. Eryn and I were sitting on the patio with coffee in hand and immersed in conversation. At some point, when our discussion segued into the Middle East and the mass migration of Syrian refugees, I sensed a subtle but distinct presence nearby. I instinctively suggested to Eryn that we try our hand at the board. I say this because—at that time—we had only used the board on several occasions and were novices. So we situated ourselves in the living room with what would become our usual set up: comfortable chairs with loads… [read more]