Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
At the Intersection of Wisdom and Entrepreneurship
Category:
Mind

There’s a gathering happening, according to entrepreneur Alison Raby, a tribe of tribes where circles are coming together to touch and connect. “There’s a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that says, 'It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing lovingkindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.' I believe that the next Buddha may be community of communities. That’s what I’m really seeing happening with Shift2016.”

Shift2016 was the first annual conference of Wisdompreneurs, a movement culled from Wisdom 2.0 and co-founded by Alison and business and marketing coach Paul Zelizer. According to the founders, the conference marks the emergence of a galvanized community (now 12,000 strong) dedicated to exploring the marriage of entrepreneurship and human awakening. As part of its commitment to diversity, Esalen serveed as a sponsor of the recent February 17-19, 2016 event by supporting Wisdompreneur’s Wisdom, Empathy and Inclusion Pathway. Later in the year, Alison and Paul will be leading The Path of the Wisdompreneur: Shifting the Paradigm at Esalen.

“Paul and I were both working for Wisdom 2.0, and we heard a need from the entrepreneurs attending that they wanted even more,” recalled Alison. “Soren Gordhamer, founder of Wisdom 2.0, asked Paul to lead a break-out session at the 2013 conference and 500 people showed up. Paul said to them: You thought you came to a break-out session, but you’ve really come to a movement. He started talking about the wisdom of entrepreneurs and Wisdompreneurs was born.”

This year, Shift2016 attracted entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists as well as wisdom practitioners, coaches, and innovators. Members who couldn't attend were invited to viewing parties worldwide.

In addition to keynote speeches, conference attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of pathways on such topics as creative potential, integrating wisdom at work, social impact, and inclusion. The latter has a personal connection to Alison.

“My parents met at a teacher union picket line,” she said. “My father was a civil rights activist and my mother also fought for social justice. I never thought I would be part of a movement, but I found the movement of my life through the thread of my history, my experience at Esalen, through being an entrepreneur, and my experience of Wisdom 2.0.”

The Shift2016 inclusion pathway explored how to build an inclusive mindset and subsequently an inclusive culture. Participants learned to recognize and understand their own biases and how to process those biases before acting on them.

“We invited people to peel back their filters and unconscious biases,” said Alison. “When we work the muscle of awareness we have an opportunity to make a choice. And with choice we can choose to come back to kindness and an appreciation of differences.”

Whatever pathway a Shift2016 participant selected, Alison hopes they gained the tools and resources to increase their awareness and focus. Ultimately the larger vision of Wisdompreneurs is to contribute to a wiser and more just economic system; to shift the criteria for “success” worldwide to include our own well-being and our capacity to connect with ourselves and to give back to others.

To learn more, visit: http://wisdompreneurs.community.

Register for The Path of the Wisdompreneur: Shifting the Paradigm taking place at Esalen in October 2016.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Category:
Mind

There’s a gathering happening, according to entrepreneur Alison Raby, a tribe of tribes where circles are coming together to touch and connect. “There’s a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that says, 'It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing lovingkindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.' I believe that the next Buddha may be community of communities. That’s what I’m really seeing happening with Shift2016.”

Shift2016 was the first annual conference of Wisdompreneurs, a movement culled from Wisdom 2.0 and co-founded by Alison and business and marketing coach Paul Zelizer. According to the founders, the conference marks the emergence of a galvanized community (now 12,000 strong) dedicated to exploring the marriage of entrepreneurship and human awakening. As part of its commitment to diversity, Esalen serveed as a sponsor of the recent February 17-19, 2016 event by supporting Wisdompreneur’s Wisdom, Empathy and Inclusion Pathway. Later in the year, Alison and Paul will be leading The Path of the Wisdompreneur: Shifting the Paradigm at Esalen.

“Paul and I were both working for Wisdom 2.0, and we heard a need from the entrepreneurs attending that they wanted even more,” recalled Alison. “Soren Gordhamer, founder of Wisdom 2.0, asked Paul to lead a break-out session at the 2013 conference and 500 people showed up. Paul said to them: You thought you came to a break-out session, but you’ve really come to a movement. He started talking about the wisdom of entrepreneurs and Wisdompreneurs was born.”

This year, Shift2016 attracted entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists as well as wisdom practitioners, coaches, and innovators. Members who couldn't attend were invited to viewing parties worldwide.

In addition to keynote speeches, conference attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of pathways on such topics as creative potential, integrating wisdom at work, social impact, and inclusion. The latter has a personal connection to Alison.

“My parents met at a teacher union picket line,” she said. “My father was a civil rights activist and my mother also fought for social justice. I never thought I would be part of a movement, but I found the movement of my life through the thread of my history, my experience at Esalen, through being an entrepreneur, and my experience of Wisdom 2.0.”

The Shift2016 inclusion pathway explored how to build an inclusive mindset and subsequently an inclusive culture. Participants learned to recognize and understand their own biases and how to process those biases before acting on them.

“We invited people to peel back their filters and unconscious biases,” said Alison. “When we work the muscle of awareness we have an opportunity to make a choice. And with choice we can choose to come back to kindness and an appreciation of differences.”

Whatever pathway a Shift2016 participant selected, Alison hopes they gained the tools and resources to increase their awareness and focus. Ultimately the larger vision of Wisdompreneurs is to contribute to a wiser and more just economic system; to shift the criteria for “success” worldwide to include our own well-being and our capacity to connect with ourselves and to give back to others.

To learn more, visit: http://wisdompreneurs.community.

Register for The Path of the Wisdompreneur: Shifting the Paradigm taking place at Esalen in October 2016.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Esalen Team

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