Welcome to Cooking Rice, a new Chronicles Radio program hosted by Marty Janowitz.
In this series of conversations, Marty talks with people whose work in the world is grounded in contemplative practice. The title, Cooking rice, is taken from the ancient Asian proverb (well-loved and used by Chogyam Trungpa): Words don’t cook rice.
Chronicles Radio is honored to welcome Meg Wheatley as our first guest on Cooking Rice. Meg is a well-respected writer, speaker, and teacher, with a focus on how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve in this troubling time.
Meg has written six books: Walk Out Walk On (with Deborah Frieze, 2011); Perseverance (2010); Leadership and the New Science; Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future; A Simpler Way (with Myron Rogers); and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time. You may read her complete bio here, and download her articles (free) here.
Part One, 7 April 2012
Part Two, 14 April 2012
Marty Janowitz is a senior teacher within the Shambhala community and has long been engaged with sustainable environmental and social activism. He is a trustee and former Chair of the Board of Naropa University, and is Chair of ALIA (formerly known as the Shambhala Institute), Chair of the Nova Scotia Round Table on Sustainable Prosperity, and Vice President of Sustainable Development for Stantec, a global leader in environmentally progressive design, planning, engineering and science.
What a refreshing interview — Meg Wheatley is a favorite author, and i remember Pema in a Sangha Retreat a couple years ago at SMC using the Hopi prophecy from the preface to her book, Perserverance. the whole retreat was about bravery. lots of people know “shambhala warrior” thru Joanna Macy (which is all view but little method) so it’s great Marty that you’re finally bringing that popularized version into a conversation about daily practice and what it means to be a warrior in the world TODAY
Thanks to Chronicles Radio and Marty Janowitz for bringing Meg Wheatley’s wisdom to “Cooking Rice” and the wider sangha. I found her candid account of her own journey through this challenging time to be very refreshing. I’ve been aware of her work since I began studying the new science in order to teach courses on ecology at Naropa in the mid-1990’s. Her Leadership and the New Science is a one-stop-shop for understanding living systems and what they have to teach human organizations. Later, Meg’s work found me again in Europe when I became engaged in “circle practice” and “hosting conversations that matter” — practices that help people talk about real things that we need to be aware of and adapt to, but are subjects that are avoided in “polite society.” Meg has been sharpening the cutting edge of conscious awakening for her whole career, so Marty’s Cooking Rice program has made an excellent beginning. I look forward to hearing more conversations about work in the world that is grounded in contemplative practice.
PS: Meg talked about Joanna Macy a couple of times. Joanna is one of my most influential teachers on living systems, deep ecology and activism. She’s in her 80’s now. If Marty is interested in interviewing her, it would be a good idea to do it soon.