Please join me today in raising funds for the Bonobo Conservation Initiative. As you know, I recently traveled with the organization to study humankind's closest living primate relatives. Your support will enable teams to protect bonobos in their natural habitat, educate local populations of the value of bonobos, conduct scientific research, and rescue orphans. Today (July 18), any donation you make is being matched, no donation is too small. Click the link in my bio to donate or visit @bonobodotorg to donate directly.
I wake up each morning and go outdoors, to my #moss (or #frontporch if it’s raining). I read spiritual texts, write, and have a seated #meditation practice that I love and today, after earlier years of it being off and on, yearn for it as I would a glass of ester when thirsty. This is how I have begun my days for many, many years. It feels good. It helps me connect with my #higherpower and my deeper self and life feels so fresh and hopefully and I feel #safe. I am reminded of what matters, my values and integrity, and I can better reach out to others from a place of belonging and unity (free from the delusion we must be uniform). Non-dual, non-binary truth is easier to hold in a non turbulent spirit. What a beautiful space from which to begin and begin, every day. #goddoesgoodwork #summer #selfie #reality #iamwhatiam #happy #womenoftheworldtakeover #meditationforsocialchange #richardrohr
To get to the #bonobos we has a four hour missionary operated bush plane, followed by a 6.5 hour motorbike ride on a narrow sandy path that was rutted, pocked, sluiced, riddled with deep holes and every other treachery. See video! I was in the capable hands of Jean Gaston. The chain came off our bike a lot and sometimes it was so slippery I had to get off and walk. Lack of infrastructure in #Congo debilitates the movement of people, goods, and life saving information. The economy is nil. From Yete village (from where we walked an hour and half to reach the Kokolopori bonobo reserve), people walk two weeks to get to the closest major town, Kisanagani. A closer walk to a market is 3 days, and whether going there of Kisangi , walking pigs on hand made harnesses for example and carrying very heavy burdens, they sleep right there on the trail.
Another big day here in South Sudan. This morning I visited the college of nursing & midwifery. In the spirit of @timesupnow I brought a young woman at risk of child marriage who dreams of being a midwife. She met 180 students who were doing what it is her dream to do, plus the Minister of Health and UNFPA’s regional director for eastern & Southern Africa! We also had a wonderful powerful and at times very tender press conferences about the challenges here in South Sudan in the solutions that UNFPA helps present to a vulnerable and traumatized population. The woman pictured is a journalist with whom I visited about how we can bring #metoo to South Sudan. She dreams of peace for her country. I asked if we could pray and consistent with the remarkable spirit of the South Sudanese people she prayed for me first. I was then blessed to be hosted by the United States Ambassador to South Sudan and in the company of the ambassadors from Sweden, Norway, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Turkey, and Holland! @unfpa @unitednations #ilovemyusapassport #goodwillambassador
Every trip, I meet a woman who is unforgettable. Here in South Sudan, Rebecca has captured my imagination and my heart. I want to be just like her. There is something about her, a soul, a poise, a fierce beauty that moves me deeply. She sings beautifully, speaks clearly, has an elegance and understated emphasis in how she expresses both her phenomenal hardship and her love for @UNFPA safe space for women in the forcibly displaced persons camp she calls home. She told me her story, we danced, we had the first women’s march in the camp. I’ll always remember you, Rebecca. @unitednations #goodwillambassador