An Invitation from the Board of Trustees
Greetings dear friends,
Every day we hear in the news that we are a country and culture riddled with division. We are admonished that we are living in a time of unfettered and historic divisiveness. We are told that we are separated by politics, religion, race, gender, nation and generation.
Yet, how can we recognize divisiveness if we have not known and experienced its counterpoint - unity? With every story of hate, we can find one of love, kindness and compassion. We long for unity, and work for unity. So how can each of us respond? How can our communities respond?
This month, we are pleased to offer some antidotes to fear and separation. We hope that in these offerings, you will find inspiration and courage and take your personal step toward service.
• Belonging to Life: A Reflection on Movement and Meditation by Robin Becker, a personal and meanigful expression of Robin’s lifelong journey of creation and discovery. Click here to read the article >>
“As a dancer, I have learned that if I want to leap into the air, I must first lower myself to the earth in order to gather my strength to push off the earth and rise up into the air. To rise up, I need ground. The two directions are in relationship with each other.” —Robin Becker
• Liberation Metaphysics, an unpublished volume of prose and poetry by Zachary Markwith written from the heart in moments of reflection and inspiration. Click here to read the article >>
“Before the beginning I was a hidden treasure,
luminous darkness, one without name.
I am being before existence,
consciousness before thought,
love before sentiment,
silence before speech,
eternity before time,
unity before opposition…”
—From “A Creation Story” by Zachary Markwith.
• Legendary Physicist David Bohm on the Paradox of Communication, the Crucial Difference Between Discussion and Dialogue, and What Is Keeping Us from Listening to One Another by Maria Popova, on Bohm’s “essays and lectures from the 1970s and 1980s, exploring the alchemy of human communication, what is keeping us from listening to one another, and how we can transcend those barriers to mutual understanding.” Click here to be re-directed to the article on brainpickings.org >>
“If we are to live in harmony with ourselves and with nature, we need to be able to communicate freely in a creative movement in which no one permanently holds to or otherwise defends his own ideas.” —David Bohm
Tell Us What Articles Have Inspired You
We hope you will consider contributing to our next project: a retrospective collection of articles from the Seven Pillars website and newsletter, known for now as The Seven Pillars Reader. This book is intended to inspire and support people who understand the importance of the inner life and want to create a better world.
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan has graciously agreed to write the introduction. We hope this collection of articles will help cultivate the strength and the gentleness we all can embody as we engage in the world today. We now invite your help in paring down the choices. Would you share with us which writings, from our website, you find most insightful, moving, and relevant today? And why? Please send an email to email@example.com with your article selections and an explanation of what you’ve found most valuable. Many thanks!
Our best wishes during this holiday season and always.
Darakshan, Shahana, Halima and Robert
The Board of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom
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Image Credit: Rand Abbas, taken to accompany Liberation Metaphysics by Zachary Markwith.