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Leaders as Bridges
Grief Circle
How to Engage Across Differences with Family and Friends

Leaders as Bridges: Skills & Inquiry For A Divided Time

3/7/17, with Hala Khouri, Nikki Myers, Suzanne Sterling – A support call fro yoga teachers, educators, activists, and community leaders

Are you a leader in a community that is divided? Do you want some support and guidance on how to address this divide? Do you want some support and guidance on how to address this divide with an open heart and some grace? This webinar conversation addresses how to be an effective leader during these challenging times. The facilitators share tools for effective, heart-centered yet honest leadership.

Topics include:
-how to focus on values rather than politics
-what a grounded, heart-centered approach can look like
-self-care and support

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Grief Circle: Honoring & Sharing Sorrow In Challenging Times

December, 2016, with Suzanne Sterling, Jacoby Ballard, and Tameka Walton

Join OTM co-founder Suzanne Sterling, faculty member Jacoby Ballard, and ally Tameka Walton for a call to honor and share our grief in these challenging times.

In many traditions worldwide, during fearful and difficult times, there are offered-rituals and circles that can allow an expression of individual and collective grief and sorrow. In response to this time when there has been an escalation of hate crimes, violence, bullying, and aggression in communities, schools, and politics (indeed almost everywhere we turn), as well as a deepening polarization and divisiveness that can be profoundly triggering, we are offering a container in which to feel, express, and support each other in a sense of shared grief. This will not be a place to be “solution-oriented” or organized around action but rather a place to breathe, feel, release, and hold each other (virtually, of course).

At OTM we understand that in order to truly make informed and conscious actions for organized change, we must first allow a discharge of energy and emotions that might be counterproductive to connection and community support. Our invitation is for you to bring your honest and authentic grief to this call and join a community of support that can hold us all as we move forward in strength and resilience.

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How To Engage Across Differences With Family and Friends

November, 2016, with Seane Corn, Jacoby Ballard, Chelsea Jackson Roberts, and Kerri Kelly

The holidays often offer us an opportunity to be with family and friends. This can be both beautiful and connecting, as well as challenging and triggering. Given the intensity of the current political climate, these interactions may have even more charge than usual. We know many of us are stressed, overwhelmed, and scared right now. When we are in fear, it can be challenging to engage with others in a mindful and effective way.

During this call, our facilitators will be sharing their personal stories around how they are dealing with family and friends who have different views. They will talk about self-care and boundaries, tools for effective communication, and reflections on how our personal process can either support us or get in our way.

For some of you, you may want to challenge the beliefs of some of your loved ones. We will discuss how to challenge without attacking- by trying to connect, asking about their values, and inquiring about their concerns while also sharing your views in a way that they can hear you. Many leaders of color are asking white folks to #getyourcousin, asking for solidarity and recognizing that we can access our family members in a way that they never could. So then it is our task, as warriors of love and connection, to figure out a way to connect to the hearts of our family members regardless of their vote, to bare our own hearts and lives courageously.

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