Pathologies of Power. Deogratias Niyizonkiza: An Example of Self-Actualization

Pathologies of Power. Deogratias Niyizonkiza: An Example of Self-Actualization


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"Pathologies of Power. 
Deogratias Niyizonkiza: An Example of Self-Actualization."
by Marilyn Turkovich



"What a man (sic) can be, he must be," so said Abraham Maslow the proponent of the theory of self-actualization. I remember reading that Maslow thought that few people got to the full potential of their capabilities when it came to be self-actualized. Well, Maslow never met Deogratias Niyizonkiza. 

Deo, as he is often called by his friends, is an individual who fled the genocide in Burundi, against all odds escaping with his life only to find himself homeless in New York City. Tracy Kidder shared his story in his book about Deo, being recognized as someone who returned to his homeland, educated as a medical doctor and credited with saving a nation. How is that for being self-actualized?

On commenting about his life in New York City and living in Central Park, Deo says... Continue reading here.


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Pathway to Awareness, Acceptance, and Compassion: "Introducing 25 Contemplative Practices" with Rakhee Sharma
6-week online course begins THIS MONDAY October 17, 2022

Life is a mixed bag of challenge, dissatisfaction, loss, joy, and contentment. Contrary to this reality, we have a strong desire to experience that which is comforting, convenient and pleasurable. So we suffer because of the gap between our desires and the reality of daily living. How can we cope with this?


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EdNet Forum: Race4Good with Linda Cruse
Thursday, October 20. 7.30 am PDT / 3.30 pm BST
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The¬†Race4Good¬ģ Global Youth League¬†is a student leadership program unlike any other, bringing together schools from around the world to take part in a series of groundbreaking races aimed at uplifting communities in need. Based on extensive feedback from teachers and students from around the world,¬†Race4Good presents a¬†new 2-year, high-impact, meaningful, service learning, and leadership program¬†that has been carefully designed to provide an opportunity for students to transform lives more profoundly.


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Last Saturday of the month.
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9 am PDT
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Charter for Compassion and Orlaith O'Sullivan from Plum Village have partnered to have a monthly Sangha practice following the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is a space to establish your presence in peace, connect with others and refresh your own heart. 
The format is: guided practices to nourish your mind and spirit, circle sharing together and deep relaxation.

All are most welcome and no experience needed! 

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These chats are for anyone who's part of a Compassionate City, Organization or signed the Charter from the specific region the chats are dedicated to. Check out our upcoming chats, and sign up! Check timezones here.

Oct 18, Tuesday - 4.00 pm PT/Oct. 19, 10.00 am AEDT - AUSTRALIA Chat

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Oct 25, Tuesday - 2.00 pm PDT / Oct. 26, Wednesday - 10.00 am - NEW ZEALAND Chat 

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Monday, October 17, for 2 hours and October 24, for 2.5 hours
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Want to Play a Game?

Have you ever wondered if there was a game that could simulate the world and our challenges that would help us learn how to tackle those issues in a more creative way? Well, now is your chance to learn a new game to do just that. In October, the International Futures Forum is offering two trainings in their World Simulation Game - for free. See details below.

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Catch up on all things Global Gala 2022: "Architects of Justice"

Read everything our Executive Director, Marilyn Turkovich, has shared about this year's Global Gala:

Oct 8 - Everyone Matters

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Sept 24 - Gala Trivia: Can you guess the Architects of Justice for our Global Gala 2022?

Sept 17 - Each Art Piece is a Rendering of Compassion

Sept 10 - Art as Inspiration Gives Rise to Compassion!

Sept 3 - How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

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From Charter for Compassion Partners

Please join us online along with a global community for this year’s 13th Annual,
Global Oneness Summit 2022: Birthing a New World.


The Summit kicks off with Opening Ceremonies and the ‚ÄúInternational Shout Out Love Day‚ÄĚ on Sat. October 15th. There will be 60 exciting and uplifting events over the course of the Free 10-Day Summit, including special musical guests, compelling short films, a Women‚Äôs Wednesday packed with transformational female leaders, wisdom panels, educational programs, group meditations, and mindfulness practices. The experience continues through Monday, October 24th, with multiple online events each of the 10 days.¬†Learn more and register for this event.

Conversation Collective is migrating! 

You are invited to join a global weekly discussion where we practice deep listening and mindful conversation. The topics vary but are designed to invite reflection and remind us of our shared humanity. 


Same dates, same times, same compassionate community.
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Islands of Calm Meditation for City, Town, Village with Integral City Meshworks
October 29, 1.00 pm PDT / 9.00 pm BST 
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Integral City Meshworks offers a Zoom Islands of Calm Meditation for Compassionate Cities once a month on the 4th Saturday.

After the meditation participants can (optionally) share their experience of the meditation. This is always delightful and valuable as we get a sense of the energies we are collectively noticing and sharing in the Field of our villages and cities.

Altogether the meditation lasts for an hour embracing the check-in, meditation and checkout.

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The¬†Community of Mindful Parenting¬†aspires to empower families to become more mindful and compassionate. They are a multigenerational, multicultural and fully inclusive community that strives to nurture powerful relationships between parents/caregivers and their children. Their¬†Listening Mothers‚ĄĘ¬†and¬†Finding Calm¬†classes explore the relationship between caregiver and child through a lens of self compassion. Their weekly Communi-Teas are a centering tool for meditation. Learn more here.

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