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Image of Indian Graffiti Christine Marie Mason
Choosing Connection
Hi friends,

It’s a beautiful evening in India. I’m sitting on the porch of our hut, entranced by how the wind off the Arabian Sea is catching the saris and shawls as they dry on the line, while sitar and bansari flute (overdubbed with electronica!) play in the distance. I'll be traveling back this week. The first stop in the US is home, in San Francisco - if you're local, please come and be with me
at Book Passage on Saturday the 21st.


For the past 2 months, we've far enough from home to avoid the political and culture wars gripping the United States if we had wanted to. Instead, we chose to know. Through social media and the global web, news of our public figures acting in largely outrageous and shameful ways reached us, as did the countervailing stories of people doing good for each other and seeking big justice. 

While in India, I was fortunate to talk with the Center for Gandhi Studies about nonviolent change.  MKG spoke often about how easy it would be to get caught up in apathy, to not act for change, especially if the change needed seemed overwhelming. He said, “It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, or it may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” 

I’ve been working on a new book while we've been here, called Bending the Bow, which is around daily practices for a more just world. As research for that, I’ve devoured a pile of compelling reading material on class and race and violence in America.  What a legacy we have inherited, what a mess.  One of the 
reviews of Indivisible on Amazon was titled "Perfect Timing" - with a reference to the election results, but I think the timing for a dialogue on unity and violence as a mental illness could have been had at any time in human history.

In any case, we are called now to re-conceive “the right thing” for the times we find ourselves in, to challenge our concepts of who we are as individuals and how we fit together, and to craft new models of commerce, community and communication.  


If you're a Bay area person, please join me at the Women's March in Oakland on January 21st at 10 am, and that same day at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 4 pm, where I'll be doing a be-in on Putting Connection First.  From there, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and back to Asia for the next leg of the journey.  

Finally, I'd like to congratulate the GRIP Training Institute (the prison project mentioned in the book) on getting expanded programming contracts to take the work to more California Prisons - GRIP's recidivism data (0%) tells a powerful story of how humans can come back from even the most severe foundational traumas with proven materials.  Also a big thanks and congratulations to those who supported our Yoga for Veteran's benefit - the event raised more than $10K in 2 hours to combat PTSD.

To wholeness and truth, and to seeing you soon in person,

Christine 

 
Indivisible: Coming Home to Deep Connection
If you're in the Bay Area, please come to Book Passage Saturday afternoon, January 21, at 4 p.m., for an interactive conversation on Putting Connection First.

How do we counteract loneliness and violence, unlearn separation, talk to strangers, build better community? How do make a joyful life, no matter the circumstances we come from? Join me for a community experience, the authentic kind that gets into real things that matter! 
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