Saturday, June 21, 2014

News About Meg Wheatley from Here and There

Dzogchen Community member and SMS student, Meg Wheatley will lead a workshop - Leaders as Warriors for the Human Spirit August 4-8, 2014 at the Cape Cod Institute

This seminar is based on her most recent book, So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World (Berrett-Koehler), which describes how we ended up in a world no one wants, a harsh, destructive world that's emerged in spite of our best efforts to change it. Facing our current reality free from denial, she invites us to take on a new role for ourselves, as warriors for the human spirit. (Reprinted from the Cape Cod Institute website)  Sound familiar?  

Last year, Dr. Margaret (AKA Meg) Wheatley  was invited to participate in a public conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Orleans on May 17, 2013.  The theme was "Resilience through Compassion and Connection." The event was sponsored by Tulane University and, because of her work in New Orleans post-Katrina,  Meg was invited to speak about the power of community in times of difficulty with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and neuroscientist, Richie Davidson.

She writes, “"We had a lively conversation that included neuroscientist Richie Davidson.  This was a sublime experience for me, one that continues to ground and inspire me”.

Meg who is a member of the Dzogchen Community and 2nd Level SMS practitioner is an internationally recognized author who writes on the importance of Community in sustaining organizations and the emergence of new models of leadership including the role of women globally. Her work often takes her into deep conversation with the foremost spiritual and political teachers of our times such as Pema Chodron and HHDL

(Photo taken at the conclusion of SMS II in Rinpoche’s house Summer 2013. Meg second on the right of Rinpoche in the picture after Malcolm} 
I've been exploring the question: "How might we organize differently if we understood how Life organizes?" It's been an exploration that has helped me look into old patterns and problems and develop new and hopeful insights and practices. It has also increased my sense of wonder for life, and for the great capacity of the human spirit
Ever since meeing Meg at the 2013  SMS level II with Choegyal Namkhai Norbu where i randomly sat next to her, I regard her books, interviews and articles as deeply inspiring with creative insight into how to navigate the variable prisims of Community life whether in my spiritual communities or out in the secular world. If you have a favorite Community resource to share, please let us know. 

Jacqueline Gens
Editor, Tsegyalgar East Community Newsletter


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