This talk was given to an Integral Transformative Practice group in Walnut Creek, California. In his talk, Michael discusses, among other things, ways in which our egos get in the way of realization, the Great Chain of Being, the "Spiritual Slingshot", evolution and involution, resistance, questioning, and the discipline needed for the simple practice of stillness.
Jimmy Santiago Baca begins with a variety of compelling stories related to his life in prison and the way in which writing and reading became an important part of his life at that time. He moves on to discuss his book “A Place to Stand”, and his present work teaching literacy in prisons. He ends by showing a short segment from his new documentary that explores the healing power of poetry.
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn