In the US, we designate February as Black History Month, to commemorate and celebrate African-American achievements and contributions. It’s an opportunity to honor voices and perspectives that have often been left out or marginalized—and to go beyond the “heroes and holidays” approach to the month by learning all year. Plus: Our latest Nonviolence Radio show features guests Kazu Haga and Dion Martin, who join us to discuss interrupting incarceration. Read the February 7, 2018 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter.
Today’s newsletter looks at change—who’s at the forefront of it, and what they need. Plus: the latest episode of Nonviolence Radio, along with helpful and uplifting resources. We hope this newsletter serves you well. Read the January 24, 2018 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter.
Today’s newsletter includes: a relaxing breath practice to keep you feeling calm and refreshed; the latest episode of Nonviolence Radio; and links to inspiring videos, books, and experiments. Dive in and enjoy! Read the January 10, 2018 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter.
We need more people in the world who won’t give up on others, even when we are very hard to love. In the glorious words of American poet Mary Oliver: Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Today’s newsletter draws inspiration from holiday stories—and the fact that all of us are the stuff of nonviolence. Read the December 27, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter.
There are things we can’t change, but there’s always something within that framework that we can. The severe deterioration of our democratic institutions seems to have an implacable momentum, leading us to the kind of seismic cultural change known as “paradigm shift.” That we can do little about. But what we can do—and the Metta Center is very glad to be a part of—is try to help the shift be, as Sally Goerner says, “gentle rather than catastrophic.” See what our founder Michael Nagler says about that in today’s newsletter. We also share some inspiring resources for you on the new story. Read the December 13, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
By the end of November, in this season of thanks and giving, we might begin to feel like we’re on gratitude overload! Everyone is talking about gratitude—but what if we stop for a moment to consider how truly revolutionary that is? In this spirit of radical gratitude, we are grateful to all of you for your support and collaboration in these efforts towards creating a more just and peaceful world. Turn to our latest newsletter for a generous dose of inspiration. Read the November 29, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
What are you thankful for? Gratitude is on our minds. So for this week’s newsletter introduction, our Partnership Catalyst expresses her thankfulness. You’ll also find links to Nonviolence Radio show and other resources. Did you know that we can provide nonviolence trainings for elementary school kids? Learn more about that too. Read the November 15, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
The Metta Center was amidst the recent Northern California fires. While news broadcasted the tragic loss of dozens of lives and thousands of homes, something entirely different was afoot that didn’t get so much attention: Our community came together in ways that were awe-inspiring and a confirmation of the deep humanity that resides with us. In this week’s newsletter, we provide resources to nourish your hearts and minds. You can link to our latest Nonviolence Radio show, along with several thought-provoking reads. Read the November 1, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
The Metta Center team has started exploring questions related to nonviolence every week. We take turns with the question-asking; whoever feels called to pose a question puts one out there. Some questions relate to personal circumstances, while others pertain to views about nonviolence in our broader culture. What’s on our minds and in our hearts: Nonviolence is about how we choose to see (or not see) what’s in front of us at any given time. Please check out today’s newsletter and let us know what you think. Read the October 18, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
Our latest newsletter reflects on two contrasting events from October 2: Gandhi’s birthday and the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas. What we feel compelled to say: We can act in ways that express our love for each other and this land. We can continue the constructive work of building a more peaceful, nonviolent world, one heart and relationship at a time. Read the October 4, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.