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Entries tagged with “Activism”

"Planeat": Making the Case for an Earth-Conscious Diet

The Latin origin of the word “companion” literally means “one who eats bread with another,” and anyone who has ever walked past a bustling restaurant on a Friday night and listened…

“Tapped”: The Truth Behind Bottled Water

The survival of humans, and of every ecosystem on Earth, relies on water. As one of our most essential resources, we cook with it, bathe in it, wash with it, and play in it. And, o…

5 Food Policy Issues We Wish the Presidential Candidates Were Talking About

Here are five food policy issues that the presidential nominees aren't talking about—even though they should be.

5 Minutes of Marvel: How to Practice Extreme Awe

We’re still in that time of year when we challenge ourselves to create new and healthier habits. The newspapers are full of specials for gym memberships and packages of yoga classe…

58: The Film

58: The FilmDirected by Tim and Tony NeevesDocumentary DVD, live58.org/thefilm58: The Film is about an unprecedented global action on the part of Christians, churches, and wor…

8 Songs for Social Change: The Music of Revolution

I came to activism out of a desire to make a difference, but I stayed for the music. I marvel at music’s capacity to open us up, lift us up, and touch us so deeply. And I marvel ev…

A Seat at the Table

Women’s Congress for Future Generations seeks to put the "mother" back in Mother Earth.

As God is My Witness and Buddha is my Publicist

My spiritual practice teaches me that we are all one. But my public relations work calls me to pitch stories of Hero vs. Villain, Us vs. Them, David vs. Goliath. All the experts ou…

Be the Change

“You must be the change you want to see in the world,” said “Mahatma” Gandhi, who led India to independence and inspired human rights movements worldwide – all by dramatically livi…

Bra is Great

Sooraya Graham, a devout Muslim and an art student in British Columbia, took a photo of a woman draped in niqab and abaya (face veil and full-body covering), folding a bra while do…

Burzynski

Directed by Eric MerolaIn 1995 in the United States of America, a courageous man faced the possibility of being condemned to 290 years in federal prison and $18.5 million in fines.…

Calling All Spiritual Superheroes (That Means YOU)

Recently a fellow traveler said to me: “I have no heroes. I have no gurus. I don’t look up to anyone. But I have many people I look across at and sit in circle with to create a bet…

Can Mudita Save the United Nations?

Musings on Buddhism’s ‘Sympathetic Joy’, FOMO and the Global Climate Crisis I have a confession to make: I am in recovery from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).  I became acutely a…

Cultivate Balance: 4 Resources for Encouraging Self Care




If you’ve found your way to this blog, the chances are that you might consider yourself an activist. If that’s the case, chances also are that you or someone you love has had is…

Deep Offline: The Next Wave of Community Organizing

In today’s social movements, there is typically online organizing (“Click here to do this good thing”) and there is offline organizing (“Excuse me, ma’am, would you sign this petit…

Empowered by the Sacred

An Invocation"Rise and place your hands on your heart. Bow your head to your heart and in doing so, bow your mind, bow your intelligence, bow your ego, to the presence of the Livin…

Film Review: Band of Sisters

This new documentary by debut filmmaker Mary Fishman offers an informative look at the activism of Catholic nuns in the United States, particularly in the years following Vatican I…

Give the Best Present: The Gift of your Presence

Recently I met someone who reminded me about what really matters, someone who inspired a perspective that remade my world anew. And for that reason, I’m so glad I can say yes to th…

Guidance from Ancestors: A Practice for Our Divided Nation

In the past few months I’ve been saddened by the pain and confusion the deep political divide has caused in so many of us across the U.S. Just before the November election, the NPR…

Home Sweet Home? Not for Domestic Workers. Ai-jen Poo Demands Justice

On the front lines fighting for the dignity of an invisible workforce, Ai-jen Poo aims to rehumanize society.

How I Became a "Spiritual Activist"

<p><em>Celia Alario is a media and communications strategist. She cavorts with social issue documentarians, artists, and grassroots community organizers who share her love for social justice, planetary healing, and cultural transformation. She sustains her activism through an alchemic mix of yoga, hula hooping, and practicing the art of nonattachment. Bred by New Yorkers and raised in Los Angeles, she now chases her poodle across the majestic redrock landscapes of Southeastern Utah.</em></p>

How to Campaign for Yourself: The Importance of Saving YOUR Environment

Perhaps the most challenging campaign for a spiritual activist is the one for the health and well-being of our own inner environment. It’s a gritty grassroots endeavor that goes on…

Lessons Learned from the World Not Ending in 2012

Here we are, it’s finally happened! The end (and restarting) of the Mayan calendar, 11:11 a.m. December 21, 2012. Ironically, there was a while there when I thought frantically abo…

Little Town of Bethlehem

Written and Directed by Jim Hanon / Produced by Mart GreenThis film takes the viewer right into the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the stories of three men who, …

Mary Pipher: The Healing Power of Action

The psychologist Mary Pipher unites conservatives and liberals to defend Nebraska’s environment one small, sweet action at a time.

Mountaintop Mining: Crisis in Appalachia

Traveling through West Virginia, Michael Hendryx passes through two worlds. One has forested hills, trees cresting up and over the mountains, the hum of endless streams lending the…

Music for Social Change

Margaret Mead once said, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” These artists represent a personal and political co…

Music Review: Buy This Fracking Album

Buy This Fracking AlbumFeaturing Meshell Ndegeocello, Natalie Merchant and the Felice Brothers, Rusted Root, Marco Benevento, and othersMusic Movement RecordsJason Samel was deeply…

Our Grandmothers' Photo Album

“You can adopt a highway, so why not adopt a grandmother?” jokes Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim, the chair of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. At age 87, Grand…

Parenting As Sacred Activism

A conversation with a friend and fellow activist inspired me to offer some special love and appreciation to all of you parents out there this week. My friend, a longtime mover and …

Peace Revolution Summit 2016 - Postcards

Paul Sutherland, author and S&H columnist of The Heart of Money recently spoke at a peace conference in Nairobi and handed out six postcards like this. 

Rio+20: Meeting Global Challenges with Hope and Heart

For the last few weeks my thoughts, prayers, and gratitude have been with those attending the United Nations events in Brazil. Imagine: the warm, balmy streets of Rio, filled with …

Rivers Are People, Too

S&H’s spiritual activist, Celia Alario, on the rights of nature.

Sacred Service & The Four Paths of Yoga

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about Karma Yoga, the yoga of service. I was in a yoga class taught by the fabulously healing and transformative Marla Wedge, and was holdi…

So All May Eat

Excerpted from Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement

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Stop Slavery in Our Lifetime

Imagine one twelve-year old girl in a hotel room in Lima, Peru. She both lives in the room, and works in the room. Her room costs about $20 a day, and the hotel is happy for the st…

Strive to Come Alive: Service and the Art of Doing What You Love

This week I was given an unexpected gift of clarity. I realized with surprise and shock that I was doing a bunch of work I didn’t really want to do. The kicker is that I’d voluntee…

Teresa Damron Climbs a 
Tree and Saves a Forest

How a "typical middle-class suburban mom" saved a forest—and how you can, too.

Thanks, Tide!

The Tide commercial hit me. In times of disaster, people turn to the most basic of human needs — and one of those that I had never thought about is clean clothes. The Tide Loads of…

The Practical Balance of Crane Conservation

You might expect an organized birdwatching trip to begin serenely in the predawn dark and quiet. But birdwatchers at the Crane Trust start their journey in a brightly lit room, bei…

The Real Earth Day Celebration

We were so excited to make signs that morning at Grandpa Paul's house in Brooklyn.His was really clever."More Braniacs, less Maniacs"My husband, daughter and I had just arrived fro…

The Sacredness (Yes, Sacredness) of Voting

“My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” -Representative John Lewis, Democrat from G…

Timeless Respect: Honoring the Rights of Future Generations

"Treat the Earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Childre…

Toolbox: Marching for Change

Take these picks from S&H with you as you make sure your voice is heard.

Turning the Tide against Fracking

Love. It may sound corny, but it’s what drove Sandra Steingraber to spark an uprising against an industry focused on short-term economic gain at the expense of long-term environmen…

Two Minutes with Eve Ensler

Best known for her groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues, and as a founder of V-Day, a movement to call attention to violence against women, Eve Ensler reveals her harrowing st…

We’re All Related

Picture a biologist wearing a mushroom cap, an exuberant union leader, a defender of the Amazon, and 13 Indigenous Grandmothers sharing a stage―and you can begin to imagine the cro…

What’s a Change Club?

Take a look at the concept of a Change Club. It might inspire you to start your own.

Why the World Needs You More Than Ever

When people ask me why I do the work I do, the answer is easy. I do it because I deeply love the people I have the honor of collaborating with. For me, environmental and social jus…

Women, Leadership, and the Sacred Future of Power

It seems like all over the world, everywhere I listen these days, there are amazing conversations going on about women, leadership, and power. The dialogue is validating the instin…

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