Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Conversations We Should Be Having: Juneteenth

“Conversations We Should Be Having” is a new column we’ll be running in the Journal to foster meaningful conversations that amplify diverse voices and issues. The human potential movement frequently speaks to the preoccupations of a heterogenous majority, and in doing so, can invisibilize many of the communities of people who live, love and feel in this shared world. The content published in this space, then, will be guided by the rather straightforward notion that collective Human Potential is for all people.

Esalen interviewed Enneagram + Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism Specialist Dr. Deborah Egerton about her thoughts concerning Juneteenth, an official federal holiday as of 2022 that commemorates the on-paper emancipation of enslaved Black Americans.

“Until we reach a place in time where history respects the entirety of what slavery did, and what systemic racism continues to do,” Dr. Egerton said, “there’s still no emancipation.”

“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?


Dr. Egerton returns to Esalen August 12–14 with her workshop Leading With the Heart: Standing in Our Authentic Power. Stay tuned for Dr. E’s interview with Voices of Esalen’s Sam Stern in the next few weeks.

Register Now

About

Esalen Team

Conversations We Should Be Having: Juneteenth

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

“Conversations We Should Be Having” is a new column we’ll be running in the Journal to foster meaningful conversations that amplify diverse voices and issues. The human potential movement frequently speaks to the preoccupations of a heterogenous majority, and in doing so, can invisibilize many of the communities of people who live, love and feel in this shared world. The content published in this space, then, will be guided by the rather straightforward notion that collective Human Potential is for all people.

Esalen interviewed Enneagram + Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism Specialist Dr. Deborah Egerton about her thoughts concerning Juneteenth, an official federal holiday as of 2022 that commemorates the on-paper emancipation of enslaved Black Americans.

“Until we reach a place in time where history respects the entirety of what slavery did, and what systemic racism continues to do,” Dr. Egerton said, “there’s still no emancipation.”

“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?


Dr. Egerton returns to Esalen August 12–14 with her workshop Leading With the Heart: Standing in Our Authentic Power. Stay tuned for Dr. E’s interview with Voices of Esalen’s Sam Stern in the next few weeks.

Register Now

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Conversations We Should Be Having: Juneteenth

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Dr. Egerton returns to Esalen August 12–14 with her workshop Leading With the Heart: Standing in Our Authentic Power. Stay tuned for Dr. E’s interview with Voices of Esalen’s Sam Stern in the next few weeks.

Register Now

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Esalen Team

Conversations We Should Be Having: Juneteenth

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