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Coming Back to Ourselves: Council in the Balkans by Jared Seide

In 2016 Center for Council, in partnership with Zen Peacemakers, offered a Council training workshop in Sarajevo for a group of Croat, Serb and Bosniak peacemakers, organized by two dynamic Imams.   Turning toward suffering can take many forms. As a practice, it can seem counterintuitive and, to be wholesome, …

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The power of Council by Pippa Bondy

About ten years ago I was asked to give a talk to a group of forty people between the ages of 65 to 89, all suffering from acute pain for much of their lives. The group was held in a church hall in a deprived area of East London. I …

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The Hawaiian Tradition of the Circle by Kalani

Akua crated the first human by filling him with the breath of life.  When later all the angels gathered to offer gifts, all but one decided to give the Umeke—the bowl—to enable humans to hold divine breath. The Umeke is the sacred body that holds the breath of life.  The …

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And then there was David by Jack Zimmerman

The Crossroads Council Program started almost 40 years ago with just seniors the first year.  In one of the circles I led there was a young man, call him “David,” who was silent week after week, just holding the stick briefly, silently and with an irritated expression on his face. …

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Aaron and the Talking Piece by Joe Provisor

Two months after my daughter, Hannah, was born, I was in the living room of our house when I heard an alarming combination of sounds coming from the bedroom: my wife, Abbe, yelling, ‘Will you stop?  Stop right now!” Hannah wailing, and the sound of bedsprings compressing and releasing. I …