Renzo Morgan David Keepin - New Nephew
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Welcome to our new baby!
Renzo Morgan David Keepin
was born at home,
8:42 am on December 1st, 2012.
22 1/2 inches long.
Labor was 13 hours. The end of the birth was challenging, as this boy was definitely our biggest at birth with a 13 1/2" head and a 14" chest - once he was out though, he nursed right away and is very robust and healthy.
The other boys are very excited and enjoying their littlest brother very much.
The origins of his name are:
an Italian name referencing the laurel tree
and a Japanese name meaning lotus and third son.
We are also using Ren for his short name,
which is a Welsh name meaning raven.
So, we are a happy full household!
Love from the boys,
Val, Eli, and Ren.
The Habit - a predictable travesty
What is the difference between exploitation of a beautiful gift of the imagination, that should motivate a tsunami of negative fan reaction, and acceptable commercialization that carries a rich idea forward while generating enterprise sustainability funds at the same time so that more development is possible?
Rosie psychological fashionista
Just in case there was any doubt that Rosie is my daughter.
Thinking Archetypally about Waiting
The Thinking Archetypally series offers a series of meditations on how we imagine and create daily life:
Waiting has no creation date, but reaches back into the depths of mythological time. Imagination suggests that the dilemmas associated with waiting have always been a part of human experience and continue today. When I say "dilemmas," I refer to the natural tensions associated with waiting. The word refers not to a concrete thing but to a spectrum of experiences related by a central theme, which is not good or bad but simply is. Waiting is just part of reality. When it is a good idea it is patience; when it is ill advised it is at best delay. There is a natural tension as one waits, often, to find out if waiting was a good idea or not.
Please add your comments here.
I'm gonna have to think on this one. Is that taking a wait an see attitude?
--Laurent (Not signed in).....2012-10-21 21:15:19 +0000
Working through Conflict at Work
Management, oversight, and leadership in general all have to do with roles. John, upset with Rajiv for not following through on a task, might say "What kind of an engineer are you?!" meaning that the role "engineer" requires a certain series of behaviors which are not being performed. Rajiv's problem is that he is not only an engineer, but is also a management trainee. He may be a father, brother, best friend, and caregiver for his elderly mentor as well, but most workplaces aren't designed to account for these variables, so we will stick with the roles understood today as being obviously work-related.
Rajiv may well resort to the leverage of rank: "I am a management trainee and you are not. The time previously promised to the thing you need was redeployed to training by our supervisor," which is a valid response in most work environments. Chances are good that John knew this. They both may also work in a situation wherein their supervisor expects everyone to figure out how to clear their To Do List, even given insufficient time. John may resort to "What kind of an engineer are you?!" to push Rajiv using identification with his role as a professional. Both know that there are hidden subtexts at play and that employees are seldom encouraged to actually bring these out and account for them in their planning and negotiation.
Rajiv might say something like "It sounds to me like you may have found a place where my role as a trainee is in conflict with my role as your colleague working on this project. Am I close to what you mean?" Rajiv has now turned John from his pointed attack and is standing beside him rhetorically, looking in the same direction. They are now facing the complex situation and thorny problem together. John can continue to turn and attack, but Rajiv need not join in the exchange of blows, as long as he allows just enough distance from John and from his fears, so that he can effect the situation directly but not be so close that he becomes overwhelmed.
David Weinstock in Oakland 6-7 Oct 2012
I highly recommend David's work and vouch for the value of this seminar. Please consider going.
Body of Wisdom Led by David Weinstock
Walk your talk with Power and Compassion
I am very happy to return to the Bay Area and very excited about this weekend workshop. There will be personal, partner and group explorations drawing from Nonviolent Communication, Somatic Coaching, Aikido and Community living. We will bring to the table spirited centering and relationship practices with an infusion of music, lively conversation and some good fun. This cornucopia of practices will engage all of our senses to help align what we deeply value with our words and actions in the world.
Looking forward to training together,
Saturday: REACTION TO RESOURCE Throughout the day you will learn physical, emotional, linguistic and energetic practices that transform old habits and reactions into resources for self-healing and building relationships. Here we bring historical habits and strategies into the light of conscious choice. We will explore empathic listening skills and the healing power of two sides of Gratitude (Mourning and Celebration). Through engaging practices that align your core values with how you walk in the world, you will effectively learn intentional practices for “becoming what you need.”
Sunday: CONFLICT TO CONNECTION In this daylong workshop we will explore empathic listening and ways to regain a centered presence within challenging relationships. We are immersed in an energetic field that we can sense all around us intuitively. It communicates much with the world around us. It can say go away, or come closer. When our fields communicate a different message than our words, it can cause confusion and tension with others. We will explore practices that cultivate ways to synchronize our emotions, language, action and meaning and the qualities of presence you most desire and need in your life at this time.
Workshop Site: Oakland, California Venue: Interplayce
Workshop Tuition- $187 for the weekend or $100 per day- It would be wonderful if you would like to contribute a bit more toward a scholarship fund. Bring a friend and save 25$ each.
Free Introduction on Friday 4 to 6 pm at Interplayce
Date and Time- October 6th and 7th, Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
To register for workshops: go to www.liminalsomatics.com
*Pre-register before September 15th and save $10 per class. Space is limited to 30 participants.
A short video from last year in Grass Valley:
Aiki Peace Week 2012 Classes with Brandon Williamscraig
I taught special classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of Aiki Peaceweek 2012 for students from Aikido of Berkeley, Free Aiki Dojo, and Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley. The video below is of my concluding talk on Saturday and puts the whiteboard and notes below into context. Please feel free to sign in and comment, or request an account in order to do so.
International Aiki Peaceweek Classes with Brandon Williamscraig
What tools does aikido present to the practitioner which immediately lend themselves to practicing peace?
- "Zen-like" regular practice of balance, breath, and beginners/receptive mind/spirit
- Regular practice of a blending physical connection with self, other, and world (floor/ organization of space)
- Omoto "aiki" ethics
- Pragmatic Poetics: functional while non-literal images and themes which cross usual boundaries into other area of practice.
- Leadership Style (Kayla Sensei's spirit)
- Three part learning model
- Kihon/Basic/Full stops/Self-balance and angle analysis/solid but helpful uke
- Ki-no-nagare/Slowly in motion/no stops/Other-connection and continuity of connection/fluid but honest uke
- Ki musubi/Woven into a moment/Now/whole system martial timing/challenging uke
- Community: of understanding, potlucks and passages, mutual support practice, helpful challenge-level
- Explicit expectation of "Conflict Done Well"
- Takemusu: explicit encouragement of emergence, sylistic variation, and improvisation
The new pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church Berkeley will be Michael Christensen, as of his appointment on November 1st. There are details to be negotiated as he transitions from the East Coast and international leadership responsibilities, and he will be here less than full time for many months, but the transition has begun! Please click on his name above for links to other websites, more information, and a discussion about related issues and questions.