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Marianne
I'm writing a book about my experiences as a human rights worker in Gaza and Afghanistan, something along the lines of 'Eat, Pray, Love' meets 'Emergency Sex and other Desperate Measures'
Interests: Yoga, peace-building, Buddhism, social justice, environment, human rights, music.
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Thanks so much for coming to visit my site. I've moved over to a new site where I'm writing under my own name, Marianne Elliott,and I'd love it if you came over and said hi there. Thanks, Marianne Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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The Boss said it. When the hope you've gathered's drifted to the wind It's you and I now, friend. Let me show you what love can do. My friend Jen proves it over and over again. If you've been reading... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
It's beautiful Susanna!!! You are amazingly clever.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2010 on My 2010 Easter Bonnet at Susanna's Sketchbook
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Yoga doesn't get us a pass on life. As I understand yoga it is less about transcending life's challenges and more about having the courage and compassion to face them. It's about meeting ourselves where we are, rather than trying to get into a different place or state. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Over the last few months I've had various friends tell me that I seem to be "on fire" at the moment. Between finishing the book, signing with an agent, launching the new 30 days of yoga course, piloting the Off... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Latest on the Zen Peacekeeper approach to Twitter, answering a question from a reader: How do you keep up with all the people you follow? My answer: I don't, at least not all the time, and when I do, it is thanks to Twitter lists and TweetDeck. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
I've just arrived home after a week on the road, visiting twelve primary schools in and near my old hometown. I grew up in Tokoroa. I think my favorite quote about Tokoroa is this one, from Wikipedia: Famous for Maori... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
Following on from last weeks post about my 'shaming' experience with a new yoga teacher, I reflect on whether it might all have been a positive learning experience after all. Maybe the teacher knew exactly what he was doing? Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Zen Peacekeeper's Guide to Twitter: Get chatting! Using hashtags and TweetChat to join in real-time Twitter chats. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Five questions with Ronna Detrick: RENEGADEconversations, talking about what it means to tell the truth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
Oh Helen, that must have been a tough, tough time. Thanks for responding to this post. Ive learned to make friends with sadness, and love this poem by Rumi, which I suspect youll relate to as well. THE GUEST HOUSEThis being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.-- Jelaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks
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Although yoga is a wonderful opportunity to find harmony between our body, mind and spirit, many of us experience body-shame as we approach yoga. What could yoga teachers be doing to reduce the presence of shame on the yoga mat? Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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This is such an important point I may write a follow up post quoting you. Collaboration has to emerge naturally from shared passions and coinciding circumstances. If we start to feel we have to haul it or push it along its time to let it lie. Right? Xxx Sent from my iPhone. Please accept my apologies for brevity or typos.
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What can we do when fear creeps in, bringing a spirit of competition even to the world of yoga? I say: collaborate! Collaboration enables us all to do more, learn more and yes, even earn more. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Episode four in the Zen Peacekeeper's guide to Twitter. This week - how to 'retweet'. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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People think I'm brave because I lived in Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip. I am brave. Superhero brave, like anyone living life honestly. But this is what courage really looks like, on an ordinary day. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Mar 15, 2010
You will know - and if like me you are lucky enough to have a true yoga teacher then they will also know and might give you a gentle nudge. My teacher offered me one of her classes to teach before I thought I was ready. I was ready, she was right. A good teacher will help you recognise your own readiness if your modesty or fears are getting in your own way. Namaste! M
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This is the third in a short guide to Twitter. This week: how to join the conversation, using mentions and replies to connect with your 'right people' on Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Me, teaching outdoor yoga as part of the Climate Festival in Wellington last year There is a great conversation going on over at The Yoga Lunchbox on the subject of how to become a yoga teacher. I've contributed my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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I went to the Weta Digital Oscars party yesterday, it inspired me to write about whether or not films like Avatar can inspire us to make positive change in our lives and our communities. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Last week I started a series of short posts sharing what I know about Twitter. If you missed it, you can read the first post here: What is Twitter and how does it work? These Twitter posts will pop up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
What does yoga have to do with my work as a human rights advocate or peace-builder? Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping
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Two announcements about the 30 days of yoga. Firstly, if you are a 30 days veteran, you get a special price for the full-shebang package. Secondly, would you like to sponsor someone to take part? Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping