(Mindfulness at Work in a Troubled World)

The Organization "Between Four Eyes" is making a supportive and innovative contribution to peace building in conflict and post-conflict communities by encouraging new, healthier patterns of being that promote social and emotional intelligence. Their educational programs merge the humanities and sciences by teaching simple and practical mindfulness skills to community leaders, human services providers and educators open to receiving this new information.

By helping people heighten their awareness of the mind, emotion and behaviors in the moment - being mindful - we can encourage new avenues of thinking and communication that directly address differences through a lens of understanding, kindness, compassion and empathy. We believe that for post conflict reconstruction to be sustainable it requires a deeper focus on the human connection and the training of awareness: thoughtfulness, reflection, discernment and love.

The Hapi Drum Visits War-Torn Rwanda (with Gary Diggins)

Between 4 Eyes envisions a future wherein:

  • The rich diversity of human qualities will be illuminated and understood as fundamental to the tolerance of differences among people of different cultural, historical, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • Coexistence is understood as a condition in which people have the ability to live side by side while maintaining unique cultural identities.
  • Individuals can reshape and nurture themselves utilizing compassion and empathy as the principal stewards for change.
  • Diverse members of the global community can integrate useful mindful awareness-based strategies to live more richly in their everyday life.

Between 4 Eyes:  Genocide, Conflict, Resolution, Community, Peace, Reconnection, Unity, Tolerance, Justice, Love

Contact: www.between4eyes.org

Spinergy!  Hapi Drum, Digeridoo, and Dancing Hearts



"Communication is a wondrous thing.  There is considerable time and effort being expended upon your planet at this time around the idea of improving communication.   Many gifted people are dedicating themselves to the task of searching for just the right words and phrases that will give tangible form to the various new energies and abstract ideas which seek entrance into your world at this time.

Whether a person's expressions are wonderfully unique, or whether they are simple and mundane---communications that are made produce verbal encapsulations of beings and essences that previously existed within a state that knew no boundaries at all.  For a newly-birthed idea (which, by the way, you often refer to as a "concept"), existence on the physical plane can be a combination of pure wonder and sheer terror.  We speak now as though each idea is a whole person, because it is.  It simply lives at a different vibration, that's all.   

The more you communicate, the more communication you want to have.  As words and phrases cool and harden, you are fast at work to find new and more vibrant portrayals of that eternal fire that burns at the center of All That Is.  Your writings are like matches that are lit for but a moment and then die out.  Even though that "moment" may last for a thousand years, such a time span is really nothing in the light of eternity.  Therefore, you keep lighting more matches!

The Void longs to express itself.  Then, once it is solidified, it cannot wait for the chance to become free once again.  Isn't that a mystery?  And yet, it truly is the mystery of life.

And now you have created technology to fly for you.  Even as you, yourself, remain stationary upon the earth, you send your words flying across the skies to distant lands and unknown places.  You wait in pure anticipation for their return, bearing gifts of mixing and blending with another being whose thoughts and desires are similar to your own.  And the pulse goes on.......and the words continue.........and the heat of the match which is you burns for yet a little while longer."


DJ.  1/7/2009