Mindfulness learning on the rise — for a reason, don’t u think?!

If you want to be a facilitator:

If you want a variety of levels:

Well, and they charge (discount UNTIL: Aug 15 2017)

for FREE
@ our very own UofT


Participants needed: Effective parenting according to African Canadian & Black parents

Reaching of UToronto all the way to Memorial University, Newfoundland, here is something worth giving a helping thought, hand,… heart to???

Please click img to download PDF with live links.

Further to MC’s project re We-Are-On-Indigenous[but whose?]-Land Sign design contest..

What came up at the Frontrunners Screening Event was that one Must.Tread.Very.Subtly when it comes to campaigning for explicit recognition of the pre-contact peoples on whose land Toronto & area were built — as per MC’s declared research-public orientation.

Tragically — and very, very human-imperfectly — were one to settle for the term “Mississauga Land”, then one would be aggravating the feeling of dispossession of nations/people who do not identify with the “Mississauga” moniker, but whose ancestors, at one point in the past or another, have also “lived” here.


One probe into the question of “Whose Land” below by Wayne Roberts, in NOW Magazine of July 11, 2013.

Now we have “Toronto, traditional territory of the Mississauga,” a phrase that opens political meetings these days as speakers remind participants whose land and legacy we are standing on. Even Premier Wynne says it.

On June 24 at the Oakville Public Library, Don Smith launched Mississauga Portraits (U of T Press), about eight accomplished Mississaugas of the 1800s and how they negotiated the dangers of that era.
We should start by getting the vocabulary right. According to Smith, Europeans’ “minimal interest in Ojibway language and history” explains the designation “Mississauga.” But they weren’t a small tribe; they were members of the Ojibway nation that controlled an area stretching through present-day Ontario and the U.S. Midwest, with a common language and identification.

When NOW consults Margaret Sault, director of lands, membership and research of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, she’s categorical. “‘Mississauga’ is a colonial word,” she says. “Ojibway, Chippewa – it’s what the Dutch, the British or the French called us. We’re Anishnabe.” That word translates as “human beings.”…

Article in full

Credit: NOW magazine image from “Whose Land” article, July 11, 2013

MC heard from a project on Aboriginal and Islander People in Australia – “Lateral Love”

MC thanks Lateral Love for “liking” our post on Residential Schools in Canada. Here is what they are about:

… This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country…

You will like the motto of (and) their blog:

The time is always right to do what is right
~ Martin Luther King Jr

And their Decade of Lateral Love Around the World 2012-2022 Campaign.

Remember how MC announced

2014 as the “Year of Lovingkindness Day Every Day”?

— while still in conceptual gestation, and blogless 🙂 —

“July session” – MC will join an off-campus Bible discussion on Wed, July 23, 7 pm

Why not vary the originally adopted format of watching a movie and commenting on it?! At the tip of an MC member, the meeting of a Bible Study group was sampled this past Wednesday, which yielded an official invitation for MC to co-sponsor the next discussion.

Whether one takes the Judeo-Christian Bible “seriously”, with suspicion/hostility, or professes to ignore it, isn’t it true that the morality of the “West” is to this day very much in line with some basic Biblical postulates? And isn’t it true that even “atheists” and “agnostics” may slip into the idiomatic use of references to “God”? In any case, those with philosophical inclination and/or disciplinary commitment cannot avoid running into the Christian worldview when analyzing key philosophers of the European Middle Ages and the Enlightenment, nor are its repercussions to be overlooked in the colonial and post-/neo-colonial context. Spiritual or academic, or both, Christianity underlies various present-day “cultures” in intricate, socio-historically evolved ways.

for those mildly or substantively interested:

Last Wednesday, sitting in a comfortable circle, the group, led by a United Church minister, read from Genesis, then addressed questions such as

  • Are humans inherently sinful? – recall the “born in sin” presumption
  • Does the “original sin” turn the Creator away from humans?
  • What IS said “sin”?

So, it was established that the text of Genesis does not bear out either

  • that humans are hardwired for sin (being unable to avoid doing “bad”, if you like),
  • that Adam and Eve’s transgression — eating from the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil, despite being warned that that would bring death upon them — turned God away from humans.

Alas, if deeds that are not “good” cannot be blamed on “human nature”, a whole lot of injustices would have the justificatory rug pulled from under them. And if God clothed Adam and Eve, to protect them from the cold of a mortal life away from Eden, we would have no excuses for blaming on a punitive deity our feelings of unhappiness, even hopelessness. Nor would we be able to wallow in dramatic despair over the inaccessibility of happiness if Eden was on Earth, to start with, no in a “heaven”.

The yummy part for those in the “knowledge-business”, of course, is that the Fall was due not to engaging in sensual pleasures (as it has come to be interpreted in the popular consciousness), but to reaching for out-of-reach Knowledge — presumably the kind to which a God was entitled, but not humans.

Here’s the story of the Biblical fall in YouTube’s category — guess which — “Education”

Thinking back to 2 neighbourly holidays, July 1st and July 4th…

Enjoy the crystals our respective national anthems produced — Dr Masaro Emoto’s memory-of-water project:


Canada’s national anthem water crystal
Credits: YouTube

USA’s national anthem water crystal
Credits: YouTube

And a hat tip to Dr Emoto:

Japan’s national anthem water crystal
Credits: YouTube

April 9, 2014 CIARS Speaker Series – Prof Catherine A. Odora Hoppers; May 10, 2014: “Decolonizing the Heart ” workshop with Diem Lafortune (Mama D)

CIAR announcement at BeHumanBeSocialBeJust

Decolonizing the Heart
“Working from the scar and not the wound”
– Dianah Smith
DATE:                 May 10, 2014
TIME:                   1 – 5 p.m. [doors open at 12:45]
LOCATION:         Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham – [1 east of Bathurst just south of Bloor]
Building a movement of allies and not just coming together over issues requires the personal work of decolonizing one’s own heart. Colonization writ large and small requires decolonization solutions large and small. We must start by decolonizing ourselves in order to build decolonized communities, and from there, begin to decolonize the state. Mama D works on the principle that emotion and spiritual well-being are interconnected but not interchangeable. 
Through the telling of stories with music, Mama D has been singing and teaching of the deep challenges and moments of truth that we have all experienced in our life journeys. This involves the hard work of healing and reconciling with our own histories and the histories of our ancestors. It is the decolonization of our own hearts from the grief and brokenness of our pasts that gives us the foundation to empathize with ourselves and be grateful for our gifts. From there we appreciate the gifts of others and build truly strong relations, free of envy and its companions – jealousy and competition. From this foundation of history and memory, we can create justice movements beyond our wounded imaginations.
Mama D leads this very organic participatory workshop by way of “genogramming” [not just knowing who your ancestors are but their experiences], whereby we can accept some of the challenges and moments of truth that we all experience in our colonized states. From there we can do the work of decolonizing our hearts.
Geno-grammer/Moderator: Mama D
Diem Lafortune (Mama D) – artist, activist, author, educator, healer, and ADR specialist, first wrote of decolonization and decolonizing the heart in 1989 while completing a graduate course in anthropology. Her focus as a scholar was, and continues to be, in psychoanalytic anthropology and the importance of healthy grief processes to our wholeness allowing us to see the holy in everyone. She is public intellectual in genocide studies, a retired constitutional appellate lawyer and a certified specialist in Alternative Dispute Resolution (recipient of the Roger Fisher Negotiation Award); and, an award winning singer-songwriter (http://horizondancer.com).
Bring a bag-lunch. Drinks provided.
Price: suggested donation
$25 or PWYC.
Called “heart berries” by Indigenous peoples – strawberries are heart medicine and a sign of new beginnings.