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Posted in Uncategorized on May 31st, 2010 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

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The Path of Compassion

Posted in Interviews, Law of Attraction on November 6th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

DavidBreauxAn interview with David H. Beaux by Vlad Moskovski

A simple act can change a person, one word can turn your life inside out. David’s word is compassion and he has dedicated his life to understanding, embodying, and raising awareness about it. He stands on the corner of 3rd and C Streets in Davis, CA asking people for their definition of compassion. This is his story…   

Vlad: In the introduction to your book, you mentioned the motivation for this work, which I think you call “duty” being self-inquiry. Can you describe this journey and where it has lead you?

 I was in a state of discovering who I was at the time, this was probably at the beginning of 2008, I had separated from the person I was going out with and moved into a place of my own. I decided to spend as much time as need in order to delve into who I believed myself to be. I went to a well known college so I had always exercised my mind,  and I had always stayed in shape, ran marathons, biked so I had always exercised my body.

One day the question came up “how do I exercise my spirit?” I decided to start a quest to understand what that means. I came across a TED video, by Karen Armstrong about compassion. I got a pen and a pad and started writing down what compassion is, but I was dissatisfied with my definition. So I went around the community of Lake Merritt in Oakland to try to come up with a collective definition, and in doing so I found a tremendous purpose and fulfillment.

At the same time, I came across a John Francis talk about being an activist and taking action now. In early 2009 I came across the teachings of Peace Pilgrim, and I decided to relinquish a lot of the material goods that I had and the negative thought patterns that I was thinking.

I spent about three weeks in my studio. I laid on my back and with the exception of eating, food shopping and using the restroom and said, “I will stay here until I know what it is that this mind and body will do.” The questions that I was asking were always answered by “take a pen and note pad and ask people about compassion.”

I went through a series of very practical and impractical questions, “Where will this lead me? How can I earn a living doing this? Will I keep in shape?” The answer from that deep place, that small voice was always “take the notepad and ask people about compassion.” After those three weeks I trusted the voice I put all faith into that voice.

The transition was gradual, from leaving the conventional world of looking for work and wasting the day away doing irrelevant superfluous activities to living a life towards a duty with purpose. I moved to Davis in May 2009. And on June 3, 2009 went full force asking people about compassion.

I call that day my unofficial birthday, so I’m four and a half years old. I’ve come to know the true meaning of gratitude and grace. Living with simplicity. With a positive and righteous intent. That brings a tremendous amount of support from the universe and I’ve witnessed that and it continues to grow. It has grown into something I could not have foreseen.

On June 2 I was on the edge of a cliff, and I jumped off on June 3. It was a leap of faith that I took. Instead of falling I was caught.


kk smile cardVlad: How many people would you guess you talk to per day? How many over the years?

The moment I leave the house, I am talking with people. I am known in Davis, so people will wave, people will stop and talk. On average I’d say 20-25 people each day. At the corner where I stand, on average, I will have a rich conversation with 5-10 people. There is a phenomenon that happens – I’ve become a street therapist. People will come up, they know what is happening at the corner and so they seek some type of spiritual advice, relationship advice, career advice.

Over the years I’ve asked close to 20,000 people and I’ve received close to 10,000 responses.

 

Vlad: Standing out on the street day after day, do you ever get discouraged? Where do you find the courage and strength?

Yes, there are times when I am tired. Physically sleepy or tired. I rest. The place that I go to is within my heart. Whenever I feel anything less than, I always go to the goodness of it all. Whenever that happens, there is always reassurance or an event that pops up exactly when it is needed to let me know that what I am doing is a good thing. At the foundation, I quiet all that brain chatter and simply go back to my intent –  bringing an awareness to compassion by asking people to write their concept of it in a notebook. I always go back to that one statement.

 

compassion benchVlad: Is this possible because of your intention, demeanor, reputation?

It is all of the above. Primarily because of the place I was able to reach four years ago. And I remain in that awareness of that experience. There is a woman that made one of the bricks for a Peace on Earthbench that is at the corner where I stand. She had a brother who passed away. She put a letter to him and stuffed it into one of the bottle bricks for the Earthbench. That was at the end of May. A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with someone and I noticed there was this woman carrying a bouquet of roses. She had come back to pay homage to her brother, leaving roses at the bench just as one would leave it at a headstone.

It is that connection, relation to oneself, and with other people that has helped create the energy that is present at the corner. People know that, and they come forward with various purposes to incorporate that into who they are and how they wish to feel at certain times during the day.

It has taken on the name “the corner”. There is a documentary in the making about it called “The Corner”.

 

Vlad: What is the most memorable act of compassion you have received, and given to another?

I’ll say the second one first, because I know that answer. Same event answers both questions. There is what I know, and what I don’t know.

There is a woman that comes up all the time, an elderly lady that has an aura of wisdom. She is losing her memory and she repeats the same thing over and over which is great because she reminds me of the impact that I am unaware of that I have on others. And she keeps saying that so it keeps reminding me. So the fact that she does not remember what she told is sort of great because it is a constant reminder. Sort of bitter sweet.

giving handsThis story is the first time I received a deeper awareness of the impact of my duty. It was January 14, 2010. It is 8 – 8:30 am, I am at the corner asking people. And there is a gentleman who is approaching me and he is someone who I have spoke to a few times. He had already shared his concept by writing in the book. That particular morning he was not carrying his usual work stuff. As he approaches me he says, “here give me the book.” Rarely do people assertively ask to receive the notebook. I rarely on occasion look to see what people write in order to separate the writing from the person.

So he wrote something and he is walking on. I glanced down to see what he wrote, “Today my Mother died. Mother always meant compassion.” A few things instantly clicked in my head.

One, that he came to the corner to write this in probably within three or four hours of his mother passing away because it was a new day. Two, a simple act of writing helped him through a life moment. Three, my own mother has passed away, and I connected with him on that level. Four, was to take an action. He had walked off after he wrote it, and I looked down and he was probably 20 feet away. I invited him to come over. At this point we were semi-strangers. I simply offered him a hug and he wept on my shoulder. I explained to him that my own mother had passed away and I knew where he was coming from. He said thank you and he walked off.

There was a fifth thing that happened that was pretty great. Right after I read his statement, all the previous entries on compassion flashed through my head. Sort of like they say your life flashes before your eyes. Literally all the entries that I had read up to that point passed in my head which lead me to act upon what he had written. After that for about half hour there was a tremendous flow of energy. Compassion flowing from head to toe. I witnessed a very tangible, physical feeling of compassion. That was the first time where I could name something like that. In that moment I understood that what I was doing at the corner was beyond me. I became a witness that day. And since then I continue to witness all the things that happen.

To answer your first question, an act of compassion that I had received, someone gave me a very large check out of the blue. And it was unexpected. We finished the Earthbench at the corner and we still needed funding to pay the artist. I sat down with a couple of friends to determine how to go about fundraising close to four thousand dollars.

A couple of months later I am standing at the corner and I am talking to somebody and I notice that another person that I usually talk to is hanging out nearby. And when I’m done with the other person, he asks if I am open to receive a donation. He sits down writes a check and hands it to me. It is five digits. First thing in my head is, “this is the universe at work.” In that moment of receiving that check, I sat in that space of recognition.

Those are the two very memorable moment among hundreds of others that happen at the corner.

 

youmustactVlad: After hearing so many people’s definitions, what does compassion mean to you right now?

I believe compassion to be recognizing essence. When I first started, my concept of compassion was long, academic and very detailed. A friend suggested to keep it simple. Everything at the perceived level of consciousness can be witnessed through its essence. For example, the essence of being human, part of it is that we require food, air, and shelter. Those things are given to us.

Recognizing that in another human being, leads to a compassionate act of offering food, of remember to eat healthy. Those are all compassionate acts. The essence of being human is love. Recognizing that love is essential. We love ourselves which is a compassionate act and we love others which is a compassionate act.

 

True Wealth

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

rich crocI am rich, I mean really rich. Not in the sense that I have many fancy cars, or a really big house. I don’t have a lot of little green pieces of paper laying around, but where it counts I have real wealth. We live in a society that is richer and enjoys more freedom than any in history. We have machinery that can do just about everything presumably freeing up more time, yet people are busier than ever. How many times a day do you hear someone say, “I am busy.” How many people do you know who can say, “I have so much free time.” Every year the institutionalized pharmaceutical machine is pumping out more and more drugs, yet the rates of depression and anxiety are steadily rising. We have more access to means of communication through the internet and smart phones then any people in history and yet isolation and loneliness are rampant. Are we really connected and if so, on what level? This is a critical time to ask ourselves: what is wealth?

I have come to the realization that true wealth is a process – not a destination. It is a process of looking within and asking the simply yet profound question, “what brings me joy?” After all, what good is material wealth if it does not bring us happiness and joy. There is a famous expression, “don’t look at the finger or you will miss the moon.” The moon is our happiness. It is every person’s and perhaps every living being’s destination. The Facebook profile, that fancy toaster, and the brand new iphone 5 are all fingers. They are there to point us to one single moment where we can experience happiness. We think into the future, we remember into the past, but we live only one moment at a time. One single moment connected to the next; this is the only reality.

If true wealth is a process, then we must closely inspect our values for they determine how this process takes shape. The methods and the moonresults are intimately connected. The path to true wealth must be grounded in love and non-harm. If our seeking happiness harms even one single being and we continue, knowingly, this path is doomed. It can not bring true wealth because deep in our hearts we will know that harm could have been avoided. We will be troubled. Happiness at the cost of someone else’s suffering will not work.

I am rich. Every day I work to cultivate relationships and build connections to people around me. Every day I set forth knowing that my only dream is to dedicate myself to serving humanity. With this dream in my pocket, sitting close to my heart, I know that I can not fail. In serving humanity, I am enriching myself, my community, and those around me. I am rich because I have aligned my intention with the method and the result comes naturally. True wealth can easily be measured because the results are boundless. Eat one piece of chocolate and it is a joy. Eat the second and it is pretty good. Eat three bars and it becomes a torture device. On the path of true wealth, the wealthier we are the more we feel like giving it away. The wealthy are inherently expanding their capacity to be humble and generous. As we progress on this path, we begin grow to newer heights as stewards, teachers, and compassionate students of life.

keyIn this world all can be wealthy, no one must be left out. This wealth does not depend on resources, because it is not born in the material world. A wealthy person has discovered the bottomless fountain of joy and must share. In sharing, that person acts in the most benign act of selfishness. The more we give, the greater joy we receive.

I am calling on you to start right now. Begin immediately with a selfish act of generosity. Go out and seek your true wealth wherever you are. Look at your methods, invent your own process and keep asking that one vital question, “what brings me joy?” Let your thoughts and actions be grounded in love and non-harming and you will surely discover true wealth.

Chinese & Greek Art

Posted in Musings, Yoga on April 4th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

I recently came across a beautiful story that illustrates the yogic path. It is a Sufi story and therefore filled with awe, wonder, and mystery. We are guided to look within and purify ourselves, to be a reflection and perfect ourselves as mirrors to the world.

Chinese Art Greek Art

Meditation May Reduce Pain

Posted in News, Resources & Reviews on March 21st, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

Meditation is well known for it’s effects on the mind and emotions. Scientists are now finding that it has profound effects on the nurvous system and in this particular study on how we perceive pain.

By 
WebMD Health News

April 6, 2011 — Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why.

After just four, 20-minute instructional sessions in mindfulness meditation, most participants in the small study experienced big reductions in pain intensity and unpleasantness when subjected to painful stimuli.

Prior to learning the meditation technique, brain imaging showed significant activity in a key area of the brain when the participants were subjected to intense heat, but this activity was reduced when they were meditating.

“This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation,” said researcher Fadel Zeidan, PhD, who is a postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

To read the rest of the article click here.

Inner Conflict – Black and White Wolves

Posted in Law of Attraction, Musings on February 6th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

You might heard the story ends like this: The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

In the Cherokee world, however, the story ends this way:

The old Cherokee simply replied, “If you feed them right, they both win.” and the story goes on:

“You see, if I only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and always fighting the white wolf. But if I acknowledge him, he is happy and the white wolf is happy and we all win. For the black wolf has many qualities – tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong-willed and great strategic thinking – that I have need of at times and that the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the ability to recognize what is in the best interest of all.

“You see, son, the white wolf needs the black wolf at his side. To feed only one would starve the other and they will become uncontrollable. To feed and care for both means they will serve you well and do nothing that is not a part of something greater, something good, something of life. Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance. Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life. A man or a woman who has peace inside has everything. A man or a woman who is pulled apart by the war inside him or her has nothing.

“How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life. Starve one or the other or guide them both.”

–Cherokee Story

A Citizen of The World

Posted in Interviews on January 8th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

Interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle by Vlad Moskovski

I can’t remember where I first met Pancho, but he is the kind of person that makes an impression. You can never forget Pancho once you have met him, and in a strange way everyone he interacts with takes a little bit of Pancho with them when they part. He is one of the kindest and most giving people I have ever met. I am honored to share with you this brief glimpse of the Pancho we all know and love. He is us and we are him.   

 This is an shortened version, to see full four page interview click here.

Vlad: It seems that community is such a big part of the work that you do and your life. What does the word community mean to you?

I remember a few years back, writing an email that was called “The Beloved Community” and I capitalized the parts “Loved” and “Unity” –beLOVED commUNITY. So for me community is coming together in love. And how do we fall in love with each other? First with oneself, so that you can bring that presence and authenticity to the members of your so called community. And then realizing that those circles expand more to your family, to your neighborhood to your bioregion, more and more to have the ultimate realization that we live on a living being called the Earth. I like to keep it simple. Loved Unity.

[The origin of the word "community" comes from the Latin munus, which means the gift, and cum, which means together, among each other. So community literally means to give among each other.]

Vlad: How does the practice of meditation connect with these ideas? 
There is a lot of chatter in our minds. Like mud in a lake. In order to see clearly what is up or beneath the surface you need all the mud to settle down. In a very still surface you can see the reflection of the light of the Moon or the Sun or the stars. And you can look deep within the lake to see the bottom. So all those thoughts need to stop for a moment, and then maybe that moment becomes two moments, three moments, and so on.

 

We need to unlearn things that are deeply rooted in our spirit or our subconscious. When you practice something for about ten thousand hours or more then you really master that activity to the degree that you don’t even need to think about it, you do it automatically. What would it look like to be automatic on kindness, on generosity, on fearlessness, on courage, on inspiration? Just to be in that state we need to work on our subconscious minds. So to spend time to be in receptive silence is part of that work. It is already in us, we need  to stop thinking too much and doing and to start being and embodying these qualities.

When I’m invited to share my perspective in a larger group of people, I love to ask them, “Please raise your hand if in the last week you washed your hands.” Everybody raises their hands. “Please raise your hands if in the last 24 hours you have gone to the bathroom.” Everybody raises their hands. No constipations, wonderful. And finally I ask, “Please raise your hand if in the last 24 hours you have washed your mind” There is usually a moment of, “Hhuhhh?” in the room. Maybe one or two people raise their hands. Can you imagine living a life where you don’t have hygiene in your mind? Can you imagine your hands and body if you don’t clean those parts even for a day or two or a week, let a lone a month!? It gets pretty gnarly. This is what happens with our minds.
So when we enter into that level of consciousness –stillness, awareness and equanimity, a state where we know we are beings who are able to love and be loved– it is easier to recognize how we are interconnected. Because when we do not recognize those interconnections, we don’t know how we could be harming those connections.

Vlad: Every Monday, you do a day of silence with no speaking. Can you tell me where you got the idea and what it does for you?

I’ve been always inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi and he practiced silent Mondays. I thought that was a pretty odd practice when you need to be communicating with people, but I decided to give it a try. I started to realize that you can communicate in a very deep ways without words. There is body language, and the pheromones, the look, and smiles. But then I started noticing that people tried to read my mind. And they started to answer themselves. Things they thought I was thinking and I wasn’t but then I thought, maybe I should have. I started to pay attention more to listening. Not only to words but the whole language and then it just became a foundation of my spiritual practice.

I have been doing it over five years now.


Vlad: I believe that you don’t use money. Tell me about your experience with that. It seems so radical. What is it like?

Well, to be a bit more accurate, I am choosing not to work for conventional currency. My work is too valuable to be sold. You can’t put a price on it. For me, love is the real currency that we need to be using. I chose to start volunteering everywhere I go and trusting that my needs could be met. If the community appreciates the work that you are doing, they will support you. And if they don’t, either you have to change what you are doing, or you have to move to another community.
Here is an example. This tangerine. We were just walking on our block, just before you showed up, and we talked with our neighbor who has these incredible 30 year-old tree packed with tangerines. He said: “I grew up wit this tree, and we’d love to give the fruit away.” So we picked some delicious tangerines. You can go to the farmers market and get two pounds, and I don’t know how much it would cost, or you can go to your neighbor and get organic local tangerines. It is just a way to shift the perspective, change the lens, from scarcity to abundance. Every time I see conventional currency flowing into a community, it is an opportunity to see where is the relationship broken.

My best example is grandma power. You go to your grandma’s and have this delicious dinner, tea, and dessert. And at the end of your meal you ask, “Oh grandma this was delicious, how much is it?” Ridiculous. This is unconditional love. What would it look like to start living in community and society where we treat each other as sisters and brothers as family? I know that we are far away –specially in the so called West– and that we need some stepping stones. But I say I am going to go all the way and trust that I am going to be supported.

Real wealth –as opposed to Wall Street’s phantom wealth–  is measured in the happiness of our communities and the health of our children and how we respect the natural world and its the magnificent biodiversity, that is producing this energy and nourishment. Real wealth is shinning eyes and smiling faces.

Vlad: Last year, you and Adelaja were arrested during a raid on the Occupy Movement. Were you intentionally there to be arrested, knowing that you may get deported? How did they whole experience effect you?

We saw all this violence, physical, and structural around ourselves, we knew we need to respond. Not to react, but to respond. We call it integral nonviolence. Nonviolence isn’t just a philosophy of resistance.  It is a way of life. It is not just an absence of violence, not even just the absence of wanting to cause harm.  Nonviolence is a state when your heart is so full of love, compassion, kindness, generosity and forgiveness that you simply don’t have any room for anger, frustration or violence. So, we felt called to escalate our nonviolence and our love for the community when we heard all these hundreds of police in riot gear were going to raid the occupy movement in Oakland.

It was silent Monday. On Mondays we carry a piece of paper that reads, “On Mondays we practice silence, but we like you to hear that we love you.” And it always brings a smile. To bring a smile to the brothers and sisters in riot gear, that was fun.

 

What interested me, is that we need to come out of the shadows. We need to stress that the Earth is but one country and all living beings visible and invisible are her citizens. How are we going to erase the imaginary lines that humans have drawn in the dirt? Well, if I am working here, through stilling my mind, and being peace, and transform violence, and doing something constructive, helping build harmonious communities and that is a crime, well, then we need to disobey with Great Love.
It was a way to practice fearlessness. If the people in the government of this part of the Planet ask me to leave this part of the Earth, well, I might do it but it is impossible to deport a citizen of the world. Unless, you know, they send me to the Moon or somewhere else in the Solar System. It is almost impossible. And it was beautiful that it was not planned. We knew some of the consequences. We needed to stand up and break the law of man to follow the Law of Love. You don’t know what is going to happen but you know that something is going to flow to raise our collective consciousness.

 

Find out more about Pancho, watch his talk at Wisdom Seed given on March 18, 2012. For more interviews visit Meditation Secrets Revealed.  

A Citizen of The World – Full

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

Interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle by Vlad Moskovski

I can’t remember where I first met Pancho, but he is the kind of person that makes an impression. You can never forget Pancho once you have met him, and in a strange way everyone he interacts with takes a little bit of Pancho with them when they part. He is one of the kindest and most giving people I have ever met. You can see it in his posture, his words, his shinning eyes and beautiful smile. I am honored to share with you this brief glimpse of the Pancho we all know and love. He is us and we are him.   

Vlad: It seems that community is such a big part of the work that you do and your life. What does the word community mean to you?

I remember a few years back, writing an email that was called “The Beloved Community” and I capitalized the parts “Loved” and “Unity” –beLOVED commUNITY. So for me community is coming together in love. And how do we fall in love with each other? First with oneself, so that you can bring that presence and authenticity to the members of your so called community. And then realizing that those circles expand more to your family, to your neighborhood to your bioregion, more and more to have the ultimate realization that we live on a living being called the Earth. I like to keep it simple. Loved Unity.

[The origin of the word "community" comes from the Latin munus, which means the gift, and cum, which means together, among each other. So community literally means to give among each other. Therefore I define my community as a group of people who welcome and honor my gifts, and from whom I can reasonably expect to receive gifts in return.]

Vlad: I know meditation is a really important part of your life, how does the practice of meditation connect with these ideas? Moment to moment?

There is a lot of chatter in our minds. We humans are the result of all this beauty happening on the Planet but the man-made world sometimes also has noise, like mud in a lake. In order to see clearly what is up or beneath the surface you need all the mud to settle down. In a very still surface you can see the reflection of the light of the Moon or the Sun or the stars. And you can look deep within the lake to see the bottom. So all those thoughts need to stop for a moment, and then maybe that moment becomes two moments, three moments, and so on. This is how we move beyond this state of mind and matter. It comes from stillness and it is very counter-intuitive to what we have been taught. We have to unlearn a lot of things and it is very hard.

There are some things that are not so positive for our development. We need to unlearn things that are deeply rooted in our spirit or our subconscious. What is very important to know is that we are only aware of 40 transactions per second in our mind and at the same time we are processing 40 million transactions per second in our subconscious mind. That is a difference of six orders of magnitude! When you practice something for about ten thousand hours or more then you really master that activity to the degree that you don’t even need to think about it, you do it automatically.  What would it look like to be automatic on kindness, on generosity, on fearlessness, on courage, on inspiration? Just to be in that state we need to work on our subconscious minds. So to spend time to be in receptive silence is part of that work. It is already in us, we need  to stop thinking too much and doing and to start being and embodying these qualities.

When I’m invited to share my perspective in a larger group of people, I love to ask them, “Please raise your hand if in the last week you washed your hands.” Everybody raises their hands. “Please raise your hands if in the last 24 hours you have gone to the bathroom.” Everybody raises their hands. No constipations, wonderful. And finally I ask, “Please raise your hand if in the last 24 hours you have washed your mind” There is usually a moment of, “Hhuhhh?” in the room. Maybe one or two people raise their hands. Can you imagine living a life where you don’t have hygiene in your mind? Can you imagine your hands and body if you don’t clean those parts even for a day or two or a week, let a lone a month!? It gets pretty gnarly. This is what happens with our minds, specially surrounded in a consumerist culture and a pollution violence economy/system. To go to its original state of oneness and interconnectedness, to have a mind cleansed by love and see reality as it is, we could practice silent prayer or contemplation of Nature, or meditation or what ever name we use to describe this state of being in receptive silence that remind us of our interdependence.

So when we enter into that level of consciousness –stillness, awareness and equanimity, a state where we know we are beings who are able to love and be loved– it is easier to recognize how we are interconnected. Because when we do not recognize those interconnections, we don’t know how we could be harming those connections.

Vlad: Every Monday, you do a day of silence with no speaking. Can you tell me where you got the idea and what it does for you?

I’ve been always inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi and he practiced silent Mondays. I thought that was a pretty odd practice when you need to be communicating with people, but I decided to give it a try. I started to realize that you can communicate in a very deep ways without words. There is body language, and the pheromones, the look, and smiles. But then I started noticing that people tried to read my mind. And they started to answer themselves. Things they thought I was thinking and I wasn’t but then I thought, maybe I should have. I started to pay attention more to listening. Not only to words but the whole language and then it just became a foundation of my spiritual practice.

I have been doing it over five years now.

Vlad: I believe that you don’t use money. Tell me about your experience with that. It seems so radical. What is it like?

Well, to be a bit more accurate, I am choosing not to work for conventional currency. My work is too valuable to be sold. You can’t put a price on it.

For me, love is the real currency that we need to be using. I chose to start volunteering everywhere I go and trusting that my needs could be met. If the community appreciates the work that you are doing, they will support you. And if they don’t, either you have to change what you are doing, or you have to move to another community. I have been lucky, here in the Bay Area, there is so much richness. There is a systemic context for a kindness revolution; gift economy, preventive medicine, restorative justice, independent media, and permaculture are part of the wider ecosystem and a well established culture.

Here is an example. This tangerine. We were just walking on our block, just before you showed up, and we talked with our neighbor who has these incredible 30 year-old tree packed with tangerines. He said: “I grew up wit this tree, and we’d love to give the fruit away.” So we picked some delicious tangerines. You can go to the farmers market and get two pounds, and I don’t know how much it would cost, or you can go to your neighbor and get organic local tangerines. It is just a way to shift the perspective, change the lens, from scarcity to abundance. Every time I see conventional currency flowing into a community, it is an opportunity to see where is the relationship broken.

My best example is grandma power. You go to your grandma’s and have this delicious dinner, tea, and dessert. And at the end of your meal you ask, “Oh grandma this was delicious, how much is it?” Ridiculous. This is unconditional love. What would it look like to start living in community and society where we treat each other as sisters and brothers as family? I know that we are far away –specially on the so called West– and that we need some stepping stones. But I say I am going to go all the way and trust that I am going to be supported.

Real wealth –as opposed to Wall Street’s phantom wealth–  is measured in the happiness of our communities and the health of our children and how we respect the natural world and its the magnificent biodiversity, that is producing this energy and nourishment. Real wealth is shinning eyes and smiling faces.

Vlad: There was this amazing incident that happened lat year, you and Adelaja were arrested during a raid on the Occupy Movement. Were you intentionally there to be arrested, knowing that you may get deported? How did they whole experience effect you?

We saw all this violence, physical, and structural around ourselves, we knew we need to respond. Not to react, but to respond. We call it integral nonviolence. Thoughts, words, clothes, everything. It is a whole approach. Nonviolence isn’t just a philosophy of resistance.  It is a way of life.  Nonviolence is the thoughts we have, the words that we use, the clothes that we wear, the things that we say.  It is not just an absence of violence, not even just the absence of wanting to cause harm.  Nonviolence is a state when your heart is so full of love, compassion, kindness, generosity and forgiveness that you simply don’t have any room for anger, frustration or violence. So, we felt called to escalate our nonviolence and our love for the community when we heard all these hundreds of police in riot gear were going to raid the occupy movement in Oakland.

Lately I have been loving the phrase, “Jai Jagat!” “Glory to the Planet!” Again is not a motto but a way of life. We are the Earth herself. So how do we embody that love ourselves? What is your heart saying that the Earth calls for you to do? And at that moment, she told us to go there, to sit still, and be love. It was silent Monday. On Mondays we carry a piece of paper that reads, ” On Mondays we practice silence, but we like you to hear that we love you” And it always brings a smile. To bring a smile to the brothers and sisters in riot gear, that was fun. What interested me, is that we need to come out of the shadows. We need to stress that the Earth is but one country and all living beings visible and invisible are her citizens. So why is it that people with conventional currency and financial resources can go anywhere on the Planet, but the people that do not have money can not? That does not make sense. How are we going to erase the imaginary lines that humans have drawn in the dirt? Well, if I am working here, through stilling my mind, and being peace, and transform violence, and doing something constructive, helping build harmonious communities and that is a crime, well, then we need to disobey with Great Love, be informed and do it beautifully. So we thought that it was a beautiful way to stand up, and send a message to our brothers and sisters who have no papers that we can not be stopped. We are undocumented and unafraid like a monarch butterfly.

It was a way to practice fearlessness. If the people in the government of this part of the Planet ask me to leave this part of the Earth, well, I might do it but it is impossible to deport a citizen of the world. Unless, you know, they send me to the Moon or somewhere else in the Solar System. It is almost impossible.

And it was beautiful that it was not planned. We knew some of the consequences. We needed to stand up and break the law of man to follow the Law of Love. You don’t know what is going to happen but you know that something is going to flow to raise our collective consciousness.

Find out more about Pancho, watch his talk at Wisdom Seed given on March 18, 2012. For more interviews visit Meditation Secrets Revealed.