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Each issue will feature a contemplative practice to support and complement your social activism, and will include articles, books, quotes, stories, music, or film.


Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

–Kahlil Gibran

Sustaining Activist Health with Meditation 

All the great leaders of our time–Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Thich Nhat Hanh, Nelson Mandela, and Queen Liliuokalani– have taught us how to hold uncompromised commitment to the poor and the oppressed. They attribute their success, in part, to periodic and prolonged time away from their work for reflection, silence, and contemplation.

Meditation was one in a repertoire of stillness practices they used. There are a variety of meditation techniques, all of which quiet the mind, increase awareness, and open a space to one’s internal wisdom. Here is an interesting article entitled, The Benefits of Meditation— Healing Through Feeling and Awareness by Mark Harris published in Conscious Choice, May 1988. Get a copy at

You might also find these short articles on stillness techniques helpful, particularly on one of your hectic days. See to read, Time to go Within—Simple Centering Techniques and for Stillness of Sound– Meditating with a Mantra.

Healthy Organizer Questionnaire

Ana-Maurine Lara, writer, performance artist, and long time community organizer has developed a very useful; self-reflective questionnaire to help you measure your burnout index. Check it out! You can find it at


Looking for music to inspire you to relax and take you inside yourself? Try Global Meditation– Various artists (four volume set) and Valley of the Sun, The Eternal OM.



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