The realization for what caused my long time resentment
The reasons for my heart ache over and over again
It pains me to know the situations I have put myself through more than once
To learn the lesson
And yet I am relieved
I can still feel pain
Thank goodness
My ocean of emotion has not frozen over
The waters still remain in constant movement like life
I know if I can feel pain then I can feel joy
I am not a gray lifeless body without the ability to experience the greatest aspect of life - emotion
I am alive. I am alive.

#yin and yang

I’m super excited to be going through Deep Democracy training this year as an approach for improving my facilitation skills!

Info on Deep Democracy

Unlike “classical” democracy, which focuses on majority rule, Deep Democracy suggests that all voices, states of awareness, and frameworks of reality are important. Deep Democracy also suggests that all the information carried within these voices, levels of awareness, and frameworks is needed to understand the complete process of a system. Deep Democracy is an attitude that focuses on the awareness of voices that are both central and marginal.

This type of awareness can be focused on groups, organizations, one’s own inner experiences, people in conflict, etc. Allowing oneself to take seriously seemingly unimportant events and feelings can often bring unexpected solutions to both group and inner conflicts.

Although the term and the concepts of Deep Democracy are now being used by various groups in different ways, Mindell formulates their common denominator: Deep Democracy is the experience of a process of flow in which all actors on the stage are needed to create the play that is being watched.

Deep Democracy is a natural process that occurs in all community building processes, but often goes unnoticed or un-used. Just as conventional democracy strives to include all individuals involved in the political process, Deep Democracy goes a step further in the effort towards fostering a deeper level of dialogue and inclusiveness that makes space for all people (with the individual right to vote) as well as all various and competing views, tensions, feelings, and styles of communication - in a way that supports awareness of relative rank, power, and privilege, and the potential of these forces to marginalize other views, individuals, and groups.

For more info: 

http://www.deepdemocracyinstitute.org/deep-democracy-explained.html

archi-tecture:

Floral Facade on the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, Spain; Designed by Jean Nouvel, Images Courtesy of Roland Halbe
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Floral Facade on the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, Spain; Designed by Jean Nouvel, Images Courtesy of Roland Halbe
archi-tecture:

Floral Facade on the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, Spain; Designed by Jean Nouvel, Images Courtesy of Roland Halbe

archi-tecture:

Floral Facade on the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, Spain; Designed by Jean Nouvel, Images Courtesy of Roland Halbe

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vwcampervan-aldridge:

*Number 20*, La Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands

All Original Photography by http://vwcampervan-aldridge.tumblr.com

  1. Camera: Samsung PL20,PL21 / VLUU PL20,PL21
  2. Aperture: f/3.5
  3. Exposure: 1/1000th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm

freedom

spiritualevolution1111:

"There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."

~ Carl Jung

Artist: Jeff Simpson

(Source: facebook.com)

that’s fucking awesome!

#connected!

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