Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia—and many other events before and since the 2016 elections in the US—make it clear that creating a culture of nonviolence requires learning the knowledge, skills, and practices that support it. That learning can happen right now, in two key areas of daily life: our schools and our homes. The Educators section on our website and this latest newsletter offer some great resources for educators and parents. Read the August 23, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
Mullein, a “weed” whose seeds can lay dormant for over 100 years knows its purpose. These plants break up dry soil, their taproots mining nutrients that feed other plant life. Their tall seed heads produce 100,000 to 180,000 seeds, sustaining birds. Mullein live for 2 years, leaving behind mineral-rich matter. What about our purpose? Find out in today’s newsletter You don’t want to miss it: we link to our latest Nonviolence Radio show, which features an interview with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Read the August 9, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
Bringing Back Democracy What’s the underlying belief about human nature that’s making the erosion of democracy possible, and how can we repair it? That’s a question we ought to be asking. “Tyranny feeds on the belief that we are separate from one another,” writes Michael Nagler in his intro. “Democracy, and its signal feature of nonviolence, are nourished by the understanding that humans are deeply connected and essentially spirit.” This edition includes tools to learn about and share the New Story, a major key to bringing back democracy. Read the July 26, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
Love & Revolution: A Time for Growth In her book The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, Grace Lee Boggs writes about how linking Love and Revolution is an idea whose time has come. We couldn’t agree more! Today we’ve released our bi-weekly newsletter under a new name: Practical Idealist. To us, this is what nonviolence is about—practical idealism. So we’ll continue publishing our newsletter under that banner. This edition includes a big discount on Michael Nagler’s supremely practical Nonviolence Handbook, along with links to some inspiring media. Read the July 12, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.
We All Have the Power The conventional thinking on power is that it is strictly external, a brutal force that rains down on us “ordinary” people. Yet there’s a much richer view of power, one that increases our capacity for empathy, by building inner strength through practices like meditation. Today’s newsletter touches upon our inner power. Plus: ideas and resources to boost your capacity for empathy. Photo: HANDS UP WALK OUT Rally Prayer Circle led by Erika Totten in front of the US Department of Justice in December 2014. Credit: Elvert Barnes on Flickr Read the June 28, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Clarity, Not Confusion The speed with which things are moving in opposite directions today is exciting—if not scary! And it’s worldwide: Finland just moved to the right and France to the left, mirroring internal trends in US politics. It shows that people are seriously confused about the state of the world and the forces that will move it one way or the other. At the Metta Center, we have long developed and offered a clear, gentle way forward. Our latest newsletter features several resources for reflecting on your path and connecting with your inner strengths. Read the June 14, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Nonviolence, Not Arms Deals At the Metta Center, we do not try to justify nonviolence as a tool to “get what we want” alone; we look at it through the lens of a new culture altogether: exploring the space where science, wisdom, history, spirituality, and human (and animal) psychology intersect. It’s thrilling—there’s so much to choose from, and so many avenues to explore. Could nonviolence be the greatest adventure in our lives? We think so. In this week’s newsletter, we cover quite a bit of territory. Link to our latest Nonviolence Radio show, which looks at nonviolence movements in the Middle East—and supporting these movements in the wake of the $110 billion arms deal the US made with Saudi Arabia. Read the May 31, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
For the Local & Global Great news: the Metta Center has been granted special consultative status at the United Nations (Economic and Social Council). We plan to link up with other organizations striving for similar aims there, so that we can advance peacebuilding Since our move to downtown Petaluma, it has been exciting to see the “Center” in Metta Center really come to life, especially with our community initiatives. Read the May 17, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Here’s to Lifelong Learning News: Our annual Certificate in Nonviolence Studies program, an in-depth exploration of the theory and practice of nonviolence, started this week. We’re immensely inspired by the group of participants, who come from all corners of the globe—and who are deeply committed to learning about nonviolence. This week’s newsletter includes all kinds of links and resources to celebrate lifelong learning—along with inspiration on community and renewal. Read the May 3, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
For a Revolutionary Approach We want to stop the slide toward autocratic rule, in the United States and anywhere. As many nonviolence theorists believe, that can only be done by an ambitious drive toward much greater democracy than we knew before. It is not a remedial but a revolutionary approach that’s called for now. And democracy, from our standpoint at the Metta Center, can only be enlarged and secured by bringing out the vision it’s based on: a free, noble, empowered, sacred image of the human being. Read all about it in our latest newsletter, which includes training resources. Read the April 18, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.