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Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I am a leadership coach, educator and facilitator. I utilize Asset-Based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe, Open Space Technology and other collaborative methodologies in my work with groups.

I teach mindfulness as an authentic leadership practice, both at the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute in Halifax, NS and at the Toronto Summer Institute. I work with a broad spectrum of clients, including governments, non-profits, churches, communities, and individuals.
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I would like to contribute to the Inclusion Community in any way that I can. I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated teaching mindfulness to the TSI participants the past two summers and look forward to this year's program.
How did you hear about this community?
Through Mike Green.

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At 3:29pm on April 2, 2012, Ron Irvine said…

Wow. That's a beautiful description and reminder of the vast scope and impact of mindfulness. I'll have to read that over and over and let it sink in.

I've been involved in a couple of groups that use stillness as a foundation out of which words arise. One of them is a Circle of Trust from Parker Palmer's book A Hidden Wholeness that we formed and have been practicing in an inter-faith group. The other is Quaker Silent Worship where all meetings together begin with silence and sustain that silence throughout. Words arise from the silence then the group settles back into that silence before another word is spoken.

Presence and listening are greatly enhanced by these practices that I think are quite similar to mindfulness. We have used the metaphor of beginning with a still pond. Once it is clearly still, only then can words be spoken, like tossing a pebble into the pond. And then words are not spoken until the pond has become still again.

It seems to me that this dance between silence and words is similar to the dance between movement and stillness that you are referring to. A very powerful experience.

Am I correct?

At 2:38pm on April 2, 2012, Ron Irvine said…

I'd like to share a few mindfulness quotes that have become very meaningful to me:

“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.” (William Butler Yeats from Earth, Fire, & Water)
“Stillness is where you meet with the essence of things…In stillness we can begin to let go of external voices, stereotypes, and clichés that crowd out original, personal and internal voices. Those discordant outer voices fade away in stillness. Stillness is a place of rooting oneself in a much larger field of being.”(John Fox, Finding What You Didn’t Lose)
‎”Deep down, we know that when we step back, breathe, allow our agitation to settle, and simply start paying attention, we often see new possibilities in situations that once seem intractable… only in this contemplative state are we able to touch the truth…” (Parker Palmer, The Politics of the Brokenhearted)

‎”The best in art and life comes from a center – something urgent and powerful, an idea or emotion that insists on its being. From that insistence, a shape emerges and creates its structure out of passion. If you begin with a structure, you have to make up the passion, and that’s very hard to do.” (Roger Rosenblatt)

At 2:11pm on April 2, 2012, Ron Irvine said…

We are planning on coming. Should be four of us from Hope Network. I can't wait. What a transformational learning experience before. I'm ready for another!

I do quite a bit of blogging, especially about my spiritual journey. I even have a book in the works if I can pull it off. I gotta say that the things you had to say to me and the mindfulness practices were key to my healing. I guess I should share this with you since I mentioned you in it!

At 10:51pm on July 19, 2010, Eunji Kim said…
That will be great!
At 11:06am on July 1, 2010, Becki Pauls said…
Hi Alan. Welcome to the online Inclusion Network. There are many people that you know who are already part of the network and I am sure that they will be glad to connect with you here. When you get a chance, please read through some of the posts that have been generated by this community within the past year. Your thoughts and comments add so much to what is already here. Also, if you have any new resources to share, it would be wonderful for you to contribute a blog post. The forum is a great place to start a discussion about what is on your mind these days. Again ... thanks for being here. - Becki

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