“Listening to John Halcyon talk. In addition to flow arts madness, there were speakers at the event, a memorable one being John Halcyon Styn, an 18-year Burning Man veteran who founded HugNation and outreach programs in San Diego, among other ventures. John’s talk on giving, gifting, finding purpose, and facing our deepest emotions truly resonated with the MOPS community. His powerful words gave meaning to our fun-filled weekend, drawing the focus in this tight-knit community towards how we can extend this positivity to the world around us. I was impressed by his ability to connect his stories and wisdom with the experiences of the crowd, and thankful that festival organizers had spiced up the program with an interesting speaker as the sun set Friday evening.”
from Review of MOPS 2016
I lived for 2 years under 24/hour video surveillance in a webcam house…by choice.
It was right after the 1st Internet Tech Bubble burst. I had co-founded a webcam community website called CitizenX. (Like ‘Google Hangouts’ with much more heart and WAY less advanced webcam tech.). It was growing nicely (250K registered users) and had an active, dedicated community.
Continue reading Life in a Webcam House
At Wisdom 2.0 there was an interesting juxtaposition.
Continue reading Black Lives Matter vs Wisdom 2.0
I have been without a permanent home since leaving Ventura.
Most my stuff is in storage and I have been bouncing between a few beautiful places.
But a friend offered me a more permanent place to settle into and I was excited about the freedom that would allow me. I was also more anxious then I realized.
Continue reading Man Eating Sushi
While traveling in Bali, we had plans to attend an Ecstatic Dance event at the Yoga Barn. I had never attended an Ecstatic Dance and I was petrified. Lucky for me, it was sold out by the time we got there.
I ended up meeting someone outside who knew me only from Burning man and my online presence. I told her that I was deeply relieved that it was sold out because I was so anxious about attending.
She smacked my knee and started laughing hysterically.
Continue reading Go Meet Yourself
It does let people know that we work with the needy (MUCH better than “1st Saturdays” does).
But our organization is really more focussed on gifting & connecting with anyone in need.
They don’t have to be homeless.
Continue reading Looking Homeless
The breath is important in a meditation practice for many reasons.
The first is that it is the perfect mindfullness reminder. Your breath only happens in the present moment. You can not breathe in the future or past. Focussing on your breath means focussing on the now.
Continue reading Breath