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Creating a New Story to embody Compassion in Politics - Burlington

Facilitator:

  

Pan Vera

Location: Burlington, Vermont, US

  Friends Meeting House. 173 N Prospect St # B , Burlington, VT 05401, Burlington, VT 05401
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Inspired by an Essay by Charles Eisenstein The Election of Hate, Grief and A New Story

Date and Time:

  Sat, Jan 28, 2017   09:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Requested donation:

  $45 - $160

Details

  This election marks a time of great uncertainty that presents tremendous dangers and opportunities!

Let's create new a NEW STORY titled 'We Are All in This Together."

In this workshop, we will build the skills of connecting with others to animate compassion and interbeing.

Reading the news and considering the 2016 election long held values seem to no longer matter. That presents a tremendous danger and a tremendous opportunity. The social and environmental horrors likely to be committed after this election are likely to incite massive civil disobedience and possibly disorder. Courts are cutting their hours, and political service has become a fundraising business. Journalism has become entertainment. How many of us realize the extent of change over the last 16 years.

Between major societal changes is chaos. Actually, a whole range of ideas become possible with the collapse of dominant institutions.

Most disturbing is the extreme divide, both political and economic.

Therefore, it is important to introduce a force to affect the structures that might appear so that they embody love, compassion, and inter-being. It will take empathy, the result of the compassionate inquiry: "What is it like to be you?"

We are all suffering the same wound of separation. We are longing for deep community, intimate connection with nature, and unconditional love. Can you feel the hurt?

We are all in this together. One earth, one tribe, one people. Let's create an eye of compassion inside the political hate vortex.

Let's Stand Together and stare hate in the face by practicing creative engagement with compassion and empathy.

There will be two parts of this workshop. First, we will practice getting solidly clear on the beauty of our needs so that we can more calmly dialogue with people who see the world differently. In the second part, we will practice empathy for those caught in anger and fear, so we can avoid fighting about what we don't want and work together for our common needs.

Points

  
  • How to stay optimistic and get your needs met, in a world that often looks bleak
  • How to bridge any family political differences
  • How to stand in your own center when political debates happen around you
  • Actual personal self-empathy work to get clear on your needs in this time
  • Actual practice relating to others with empathy and connection
  • Learn how to build a new coalition that changes our politics to become more life-serving

Who is it for?

  NVC background helpful, but not required.

Registration and deposit info:

  Self-selected sliding scale from $45 - $160. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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   If you wish to register more than one person please complete a separate registration for each person. You may make one payment under one person's name for all the members that you register. When you register the additional members covered by the initial payment, enter $0.00 as the payment amount for each of those members. Please put your name in the "comment field" when you register each of those other members so we will know who paid for them.

You will be able to select your donation amount on the next page. The requested donation is between $45.00 and $160.00.

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