Thursday, July 31, 2014

who has picked up petitions to run for ANC 5E commissioners in November 2014 ?

Here you go:

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner petition pick-up list for the November 4, 2014 General Election

7/30/2014
11:03 AM

5E01 Deborah Debbie Smith Steiner xxxx 6th Street, NE 20017 202-681-0095 7/25/14 steinerlynn@gmail.com
5E03 Nes Robinson xxx Todd Place, NE #1 20002 202-506-5539 7/14/14 nesrobin4@yahoo.com
5E03 Alex Marco Underwood xxx T Street NE 20002 202-498-4128 7/17/14 alexunderwood@comcast.net
5E03 Renee T. Lewis xxx T Street, NW 20002 202-486-5648 7/24/14 reneetlewis@yahoo.com
5E04 Sylvia M. Pinkney xx R Street, NE 20002 202-269-4180 7/7/14 7/11/14 5e04@anc.dc.gov
5E04 Adam Duffy xxx R Street, NE #B 20002 781-534-5604 7/9/14 7/18/14 duffyforanc@gmail.com
5E05 Bradley Ashton Thomas xxx P Street, NW 20001 202-670-0151 7/8/14 bradleyathomas.anc@gmail.com
5E06 Teri Janine Quinn xxxx 2nd Street, NW 20001 214-908-1913 7/18/14
5E09 C. Dianne Barnes xx Adams Street, NW 20001 202-387-2497 7/7/14 7/21/14 dianne_brns@yahoo.com
5E09 Kirby Vining xx Franklin Street, NE 20002 202-213-2690 7/7/14 nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com
5E10 Sally Hobaugh xxx Ascot Place, NE 20002 202-412-9618 7/10/14 sally.hobaugh@gmail.com

Bloomingdale Farmers Market this Sunday, August 3rd


From: robin.shuster@verizon.net
Subject: BFM Sunday the 3rd
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:10:20 -0400

Hi BFM Fans:

NUMBER ONE SONS in the NEWS:  Very nice article in Northern Virginia Magazine.  See photos on our fb page.

MUSIC AT MARKET:  our beloved LeDroit Chamber Players are back on Sunday at 10.  They are THE BEST! 

CHEF DEMO:  Latin Flavors with Marcella K.

BIKE CLINIC: 11-1, run by our friends from The Bike House.  Free as always.  Bring your bike.

(You may want to check out the sales around U Street Saturday for their  Dog Day Weekend!-- all the stores and restos have DD sales)

What’s Cooking this week?   SOFT SERVE EDITION: What's that about?

 My gazpacho topped with very ripe nectarines.  For me, the key to a good gazpacho is finding sweet and acidic tomatoes and starting the process by making a paste of bread, garlic and olive oil in your blender or food processor.  Then I add a chopped red onion, puree; seeded and chopped red pepper, puree; peeled, chopped cucumber, puree.  Finally, add and puree 2 pounds of chopped tomatoes until it is very smooth.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar, a bit more olive oil, salt.  Mix and refrigerate for several hours or days.   Serve in glasses topped with sliced, ripe nectarines or peaches.

For those who like to crunch: Pan Tomat: a Catalan favorite -- very ripe tomatoes smashed into slices of toasted bread you have smeared with a fresh garlic clove.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Simple, robust, almost crude and soooo good.  Mockingbird Hill serves their version with sherry.  You can, too.

AT THE STANDS:


REID: Peachy peach: this is the swing week for the turn from cling to freestones.  Ask Connor to tell you about that.  Yellow and white nectarines. Formosa plums, blueberries, red and black currants make their last appearance. Summer apples: Zestar, pristine, Earli golds.

Whisked: 
Two great fruits in one superb pie – Sweet Peach  and Tart Rhubarb, Classic Peach is all about thepeaach. with crumble topping on fabulous pie crust.  Blueberry crunchy crumble pie.  Tomatoe Roasted Garlic and goat cheese sing Provence.  Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Quiche .

Jenna says: Summer is the heady days of peach pies, and blueberry pie, strawberries and plums - all those fruits that we look forward to baking with all years. So if you find yourself in town during the summer, be happy. Because the most glorious pie of the year is awaiting you at the market.

Ivy Brand:  look out for my favorite spuds:  creamy fingerling potatoes. colorful sweet peppers, eggplant, garlic, toms, cherry toms, cukes, squash, carrots, scallions, kale, swiss chard, and hopefully some lettuce.   Nick and Elizabeth are expecting their baby this weekend.  Ask Keith and Megan whether there is a new baby producer yet at Ivy Brand.

KESWICK: 20 plus artisanal cheeses all made on their Newburg, PA dairy farm from their Jersey cows and goats.  The quality of the milk makes their cheeses and yogurts so good.  I am always singing the praises of their yogurt.  The classics are their Vermeer and cheddars and Tommes, but I also love the new camembert style mixed milkers, the creamy caporella (is it a mozz, is it a burrata, a bit of both), fetas, the real cream cheese, Mark's pimento Maddy's Chocolate Pudding.

Number 1 Sons:  My friend, Caroline, gave me some of her first batch of kimchi, reminding me that I need to do some here as well.  In DC we are spoiled because Yi Wah and Caitlin offer so many wonderful traditional fermented foods—they always have several kimchis, a variety of krauts both Eujro and Central American in style, and this New Yorker’s dream of heaven – real, brined pickles.  Sandwiches should be exciting and their fermented foods help make them so.
 
TRUCKPATCH: 
 A huge selection of heirloom tomatoes that have been babied by Bryan. Salad central:  baby arugula, mesclun, salad greens, chards, kales, summer squash, peppers,  beets, cabbage, cauliflower and melons.  Eggs.

Truck Patch Meat Department:  Andouille sausage this week! Plus, smoked sausage- Applewurst, Country, Ground, Italian hot and sweet, Maple, Sage. Bacon, smoked maple, garlic, and pepper. All cuts of pork. Shoulder roast bone inand boneless, Shoulder chops, Ribs, and Hams steaks. Whole chickens as well as parts. Turkey all parts and ground. Turkey burgers, white and dark meat. Eggs.

GARNER: Cantaloupes. Fascination Melon. Sun Melons.  Watermelon in yellow and seedless reds.Corn, yellow and red  and hot peppers, blackberries, 20 varieties of field tomatoes,, purslane, Okra, chard, arugula, beets, sungold tomatoes, 8 diferent summer squashes, Thai, Italian and Japanese eggplant.    Mint, dill and parsley.
 
PANORAMA :
French breakfast pastries like palmiers, almond croissants plus the plain and chocolate crosisants, baguettes, the olive oil buns that grace the 25 dollar hamburgers at Central and the Rustiques they serve you at Citronelle and Cityzen.  Sandwich breads, too.  If they are out of a bread you crave, ask them to save one for you for next week.  Late risers:  they have lots of whole wheat, multigrain and sourdough boules and loaves that sell out early.  So reserve what you want!  Email if you do not see something you want, please.

PRODUCE PLUS: Please spread the word about the Produce Plus at market.  Just show a Medicaid, Wic, SNAP/EBT card, Senior Check, CSFP Card and we give you $10 in checks for fruits and vegetables at the market PLUS $10 in bonus dollars to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs.  That's $20 a week!


Teds, Stephanie, Robin
Robin Shuster
Director
14&U Farmers' Market 
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market
T:202.234.0559
C:703.328.6559

District Source: Transportation issues, height loom over McMillan Zoning Commission decision until September

Click on the link to read the * entire * District Source article on the McMillan PUD Zoning Commission meeting.


Transportation Issues, Height Loom Over McMillan Zoning Commission Decision Until September

 By: Shaun Courtney


The final decision on the McMillan  reservoir redevelopment plan will not come from the D.C. Zoning Commission (ZC) until September or possibly later as commissioners expressed ongoing, serious reservations about elements of the plan, particularly the traffic and transportation impacts the new development would have on the surrounding community. Monday, the ZC advised developers to refine their transportation program and to reduce the height of a proposed medical building, among other fixes, by the next hearing set for Sept. 29.
The District government awarded Vision McMillan Partners’ (VMP)–a team comprised of JAIR LYNCH Development Partners, EYA and Trammell Crow Company–the right to redevelop the site in 2007. The design plan calls for 2.1 million square feet of new mixed-use development  on the 25-acre site in Northwest D.C.
Community groups have objected to the development, citing concerns over traffic impacts and the amount of public park space.
...



DC Alerts: 5D-Robbery_2400 block North Capitol St. NE 12:58 AM - 31 Jul 2014

Noticed by Bloomingdame:

5D-Robbery_2400 block North Capitol St. NE_LOF: B/M,5'10", 200 lbs, grey t-shirt, black jeans DO NOT TAKE ACTION...
12:58 AM - 31 Jul 2014


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 Plum Village Group Trip Film Fundraiser Slideshow Party at Samsara House 2023 -- Friday, 08-01-2014

Subject: 2014 Plum Village Group Trip Film Fundraiser Slideshow Party at Samsara House 2023
From: wakeup@samsarahouse.org
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:32:26 +0000

2014 Plum Village Group Trip Film Fundraiser Slideshow at Samsara House 2023, Friday, 8/1/2014 - 8:00-10:00PM
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2014 Plum Village Group Trip Film Fundraiser Slideshow Party

at Samsara House 2023


Friday, 8/1/2014 - 8:00pm - 10pm



Coming soon to Samsara House 2023, Walk With Me — On the Road with Thich Nhat Hanh is an extraordinary documentary film about what life is like for anyone who might decide to bring mindfulness or meditation into every moment of life.  Planned for release in 2015, Walk With Me will run in Washington, D.C. at Samsara House 2023.  
To help raise funds to complete the film, we will be narrating a slide show of over 1,000 photos from the 2014 Samsara House 2023 Group Trip at Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center which ended last week.  Plum Village is one of the five world-shifting communities being embraced and cross-pollinated with other communities at Samsara House 2023.  
Come join the party and help the film and see what this transformative experience is all about ! 

RSVP by Reply to this e-mail.  Thanks!   

Cost: By Donation  — Tea will be served

Address: 
Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington, D.C.  20001


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ANC 5E04 Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney's report on the Monday, 07-28-2014, McMillan zoning meeting

Posted at the Eckington list at Yahoogroups:


Eckington Community,

                
I attended the McMillan zoning hearing on Monday, July 28, 2014.  

                                                                                        
What the Commission decided was that the Applicant (Vision McMillan Partners) was to make some follow-up submissions by 3:00 p.m. on August 25th. The parties, including the ANC, then has until 3:00 p.m. on September 15th to respond to those submissions ONLY – it’s a response only to what is submitted by the Applicant; the Commission did not ask any other party to submit anything, including the ANC to submit a new CBA – they only left the record open to allow parties to respond to the Applicant’s submission. Then on September 29th, the Commission will consider proposed action on the case.

                                                                                             
Much of what the Zoning Commission requested was a more precise traffic plan.  The Zoning Commission insists that the development is to important not to get it right.  There was also a decrease in the height of the 130 foot medical office building by one floor.


Sylvia M. Pinkney
Chairperson ANC 5E
SMD 5E04


WBJ's Michael Neibauer: The DC Mayor's Agent hearing on the proposal to raze McMillan sand filtration cells has been postponed until at least October

Tweets from Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer:



The DC Mayor's Agent hearing on the proposal to raze McMillan sand filtration cells has been postponed until at least October.
4:49 PM - 30 Jul 2014

It was scheduled for Aug. 1.
4:49 PM - 30 Jul 2014



CANCELLED: Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen 07-31-2014 at Samsara House 2023

Subject: CANCELLED: Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen 7/31/14 at Samsara House 2023
From: wakeup@samsarahouse.org
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:08:40 +0000

CANCELLED - 7/31/14 - Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen at Samsara House 2023
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Dear Friends,

This month's Waking Down in Mutuality sitting is cancelled.

Best wishes,
Cullen

 

Cancelled


Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen at Samsara House 2023, Thursday 7/31/14

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Waking Down Sitting
with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen 
at Samsara House
7/31/14 - 7:00 - 9:30 (starts promptly)


Please join us for a Waking Down in Mutuality sitting led by interning teacher Elijah Petersen.

A Guide to Waking Down Sittings by CC Leigh modified by Malcolm Pettus 
What is a sitting? 
A sitting is a group gathering led by a teacher of Waking Down in Mutuality. It generally consists of these elements:
• A 10 minute silent meditation 
• Gazing meditation, in which the teacher makes eye contact for a brief period (up to several minutes) with each participant. All participants are also invited gaze with each other during this time. 
• Brief check in.
• Personal sharing time, in which the remaining time is divided among the participants, with each one having a time to talk about something currently important to them. You may choose whom to receive feedback from; the teacher, everyone, or no one. 
That’s pretty much it. But there’s more going on under the surface than is readily apparent in this simple format. 
1) Transmission 
“Transmission” is a word used to describe a subtle event whereby the awakened-and-embodied condition of the teacher is communicated non-verbally to the participant. The teacher is living in an effortless condition of knowing their true nature as infinite, unbounded Consciousness and also very finite, limited human being. This paradoxical condition is inexplicable to the rational mind—it simply can’t understand how both can be true. But the body and whole being can and do understand, intuitively. And it is this intuitive level that is being communicated with, body to body, during the gazing. It is not so much about something passing from the teacher to the participant as it is about a resonance effect—much like one tuning fork, when vibrating strongly, will activate and start a similar vibration in another similar fork without any physical contact. In gazing, the teacher’s confidence in Being is vibrating strongly, providing an opportunity for the participant to begin vibrating in a similar fashion. Over time this helps catalyze the participant’s own ability to experience and demonstrate this paradoxical mystery for themselves, as their own direct realization. It is not necessary to do anything or have any particular attitude in order for gazing to be effective. 
2) Seeing and being seen 
Many, if not almost all, of us have a deep hunger to be really seen as who we are, in a loving and compassionate fashion that acknowledges our inner beauty and all the struggles we have faced—and currently face—simply trying to be here as a human being. Because we have encountered far more judgment and criticism than welcoming embrace of the totality that we are, we may also have a deep fear of being seen. Especially of being called out or revealed or publicly shamed. 
The simple act of gazing with the teacher may bring up these conflicting feelings, and many more having to do with one’s past experiences, positive or negative, of having been seen or not seen by others. This is perfectly normal and there is nothing that needs to “be done” about it. New participants are invited to just let these sorts of feelings be as they are, and to participate in the gazing to whatever level they are comfortable. It is perfectly acceptable, for instance, to make brief contact and then close your eyes; not pushing yourself beyond what feels right in the moment. 
Most people pretty quickly discover that gazing is a loving experience, which speaks to the deepest part of them, beyond the mind. And they may notice that something gets touched in a way that is rare and special, and that the shyest, most tender part of who they are is welcomed to come forth here, where it is most safe to do so, to be seen and recognized and nurtured into wholeness. 
3) Speaking your truth
During the sharing, or check-in time, each person is invited to speak about anything that is currently “up” for them. This might be something that they are struggling with, personally, or an issue that they would like help with, to bring it into greater awareness. It might be something that they’re already quite aware of, or it might be something that is evoked by another person’s sharing. Or it might be a reaction to something someone else has said or done.
In sittings, participants are invited to speak things that might normally be difficult to express. This includes any doubts, skepticism, or disagreements they might have with the Waking Down teachings, for instance. Or the teacher. We have found that these “edges” of resistance or dislike are often very fruitful places to investigate together, freeing up energy and attention for ever deeper inquiries. 
It can be challenging to speak this plainly in a group of people. Since it isn’t something that is very encouraged in our society, therefore not something most people have had much practice with, we understand and expect that sometimes things will just come out as they will—unpolished and messy. Not to worry! It is preferable to express in a rough way than to hold back. We ask only that, as much as possible, people speak in terms of what they are experiencing rather than putting blame on others for what they are feeling. 
The practice of speaking what’s important and true for you will bring greater freedom and enlivenment over time, and helps to bring you into life in a new and deeper way. In sittings, we welcome the totality of who you are—including your edges, your so-called “negativities,” and your less-than-ideal parts, as well as your gifts and successes. 
As you speak, you are being consciously listened to by the teacher and other participants. Your teacher will likely ask some clarifying questions, or reflect back to you what they are registering of what you are speaking. They will rarely, if ever, give specific advice, because discoveries that you make for yourself are far more powerful. But just being listened to, and really heard, can help bring new levels of clarity and awareness about whatever issue you are currently considering, even if no words are spoken. 
Confidentiality: all participants in a sitting are requested to keep everything shared completely confidential, for the safety and trust of the group. 
4) Active Listening or “Holding” 
Those who are not currently speaking are asked to participate by listening actively to the current speaker. By “active listening” we mean without agenda and without trying to find a solution or piece of advice to give the person. Listen as if you were going to be called on to repeat what the person has said. 
Listen with your whole being, not just your ears and mind. Allow a portion of your awareness to be noticing how your body feels. Is it relaxed and open, or is it tense, sleepy, or agitated? These feelings can provide important clues to the deeper story behind the words the person is speaking, and will also help you become more sensitive to your body’s communications in general. 
During a sitting, the teacher will be tracking the speaker closely, perhaps asking questions to help bring an issue to light. Do not interrupt this flow. However, if you feel a strong urge to ask a question or speak something that has come up in you, you may check in with the teacher to see if there is an appropriate time to speak. In some sittings, the other participants are invited to offer reflection to the speaker when (and if) they indicate they are open to receiving feedback. 
5) Conscious feedback 
If you are a newer participant, it would be best to observe a few times to get the feel for how this reflecting is done. Remember, we are not trying to fix anyone. A very fundamental premise of the waking down process is that you are already more than okay, you have not done anything wrong, and you do not need to be “fixed.” And we trust that you will be able to survive even very uncomfortable feelings, and do not need anyone to help you change how you feel. Even beyond that, we have discovered that it is the very act of allowing yourself to feel exactly how you feel that accelerates both the awakening process, and further integration beyond awakening. 
If you have been invited to offer your reflections to the speaker, you can play a very important role of letting them know that they have been heard. Useful openers could be “I heard you say . . . . . .” or “while I was listening, I felt. . . .” 
This simple process of speaking, listening, and reflecting, whether one is the speaker or listener, is a very powerful agency of deep healing. Just as gazing addresses our deep need to be seen, conscious sharing addresses our deep need to be heard in a nonjudgmental way. Every person has had wounding in this area, and as Sandra Glickman (a waking down teacher and therapist) has said, “wounds created in relationship, as so many of our deepest wounds are, can only be fully healed in, and by, relationship.” 
A Waking Down sitting is a venue for exploring and creating conscious relationships, relationships that provide room for deep personal explorations, growth, and mutual support. Your participation in sittings will, over time, bring you many experiences that will enhance your ability to stay present with others no matter what they are experiencing. This, in turn, will greatly increase your ability to experience deep and real intimacy, in any and all of your personal relationships, within the group or otherwise. 
A sitting cannot cover all the areas of what is called "Waking Down in Mutuality." Your awakening is a multi-dimensional process that really needs more time and attention than sittings alone can provide. 
This is why having a teacher is invaluable on your journey. 
Waking Down in Mutuality http://www.wakingdown.org
Institute of Awakened Mutuality http://awakenedmutuality.org/

Address: 36 R Street NW (approx. half-block from Big Bear Café)
CostAt least twenty bucks, $20 (RSVP Required)
 
What to bring: Warm socks if needed, we'll be sitting on the floor on cushions.  Tea will be served.




About Samsara House 2023

 "Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared space where world-shifting communities are meshworked to experience and spread what's emerging.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to ignite a revolution in consciousness within ten years.

Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the current market economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible organization or cause in need in the community that you also help identify. Going together as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale, New Washington, D.C.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller 

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
                                                                         
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WashingtonDC 20001
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? vans parked on Q St NW between 1st and Florida in the early morning that take homeless from the nearby soup kitchen to work on eviction properties ?

See this 07-30-2014 message from a Bloomingdale resident:
                                                   
Does anyone have information on the vans parked on Q St NW between 1st and Florida in the early morning (between 7-8am) that are taking mostly homeless people from the nearby soup kitchen to work on eviction properties?
          
I tried talking to contractors (van drivers) this morning, but it was very unclear what is going on - whether they are a legal operation (they claim to be contractors for the DC U.S. Marshalls), why the pick up point is on our block, etc.?
     
I've also heard rumors from the neighbors that they aren't paying minimum wage to their workers - that they work grueling days for about $20.
               
Any information would be great.  I've also contacted the DC U.S. Marshalls....waiting to hear back.

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Forum meeting -- Thursday, 07-31-2014

To:          First Street Tunnel Stakeholders
Date:     July 14, 2014
RE:          THE NEXT TUNNEL FORUM MEETING – SAVE THE DATE
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 at 7:00 P.M., ST. GEORGE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 160 U STREET, NW

(if your schedule allows, please attend)
FROM:  Tom Lindberg, DC Water Public Outreach




                Construction is underway at the First & V Street NW Construction Staging Area (CSA). The work area has been secured with jersey barriers, fencing and signage.  Inside the work area, heavy equipment is demolishing existing structures and excavating the work area. In order to keep everyone safe, it is important to establish the work area and keep it secure. It should be noted that newly installed traffic and pedestrian patterns around the restricted work area represent a significant change in the way people have historically moved about at this intersection.
                
Construction vehicles arrive at the site and must ingress/egress at the required vehicular access areas to safely supply and remove materials. Please be aware that the designated and signed emergency vehicular clearways are required by the District and must be maintained at all times.  
                             
The Contractor is working one shift (7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mon - Fri). However, the clearways must be free of all vehicles during evenings, holidays, off-hours and weekends.  Although this change in the public right-of-way does admittedly cause an inconvenience for local residents, it is a critical safety component for the neighborhood.  DC Water, the Contractor-SKJD, DDOT, Fire & EMS, and MPD are monitoring the situation and will make changes as the situation warrants. Keep in mind that vehicular and pedestrian patterns of movement/use at this intersection will be disrupted and will change over the next eighteen months.  Phase 1 construction is ongoing. Phase 2 (if approved by DDOT) will involve closing a portion of First Street NW for two-three months with a different maintenance of traffic plan (MOT).  Phases 3 and 4 will follow with one-way northbound traffic and removal of planter boxes on the east side of the street.
      
We acknowledge that the project does impact street parking on/near the First & V Street Intersection.  The Alternative Parking Areas (APA) including the shuttle service are now available for your use.  If you are impacted and have not signed up for the program, feel free to:
                                                              
·         call the 24/7 Hotline  at 844-FST-INFO/844-378-4636 to request more information; or
·         fill out the APA application (available online at our web page on www.dcwater.com)
   
·         Take the completed application to 2036 1st Street, NW  the office hours are:
o   Friday:  July 18 & 25 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
o   Saturday: July 19 & 26 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.); and
·         Obtain a vehicular identification tag and shuttle bus pass. 
                                                                                                                 
Eligible residents are encouraged to participate in the program that provides a safe and secure 24/7 off-street parking area for your vehicle including shuttle service to/from your home during the construction phase of the First Street Tunnel Project.
  
Respectfully submitted
              
DCCR Public Outreach Team DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20032 janice.jessup@dcwater.com | t (202) 787-4723 f (202) 787-4476 FST HOTLINE 1 (844) 378-4636 www.dcwater.com/firststreettunnel.com

Thursday, 07-31-2014: Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen 7/31/14 at Samsara House 2023

Subject: REMINDER: Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen 7/31/14 at Samsara House 2023
From: wakeup@samsarahouse.org
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:14:39 +0000
                                  

7/31/14 - Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen at Samsara House 2023
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You are invited to attend:

                                       

Waking Down Sitting with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen at Samsara House 2023, Thursday 7/31/14

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Waking Down Sitting
with Interning Teacher Elijah Petersen 
at Samsara House
7/31/14 - 7:00 - 9:30 (starts promptly)


Please join us for a Waking Down in Mutuality sitting led by interning teacher Elijah Petersen.

A Guide to Waking Down Sittings by CC Leigh modified by Malcolm Pettus 
What is a sitting? 
A sitting is a group gathering led by a teacher of Waking Down in Mutuality. It generally consists of these elements:
• A 10 minute silent meditation 
• Gazing meditation, in which the teacher makes eye contact for a brief period (up to several minutes) with each participant. All participants are also invited gaze with each other during this time. 
• Brief check in.
• Personal sharing time, in which the remaining time is divided among the participants, with each one having a time to talk about something currently important to them. You may choose whom to receive feedback from; the teacher, everyone, or no one. 
That’s pretty much it. But there’s more going on under the surface than is readily apparent in this simple format. 
1) Transmission 
“Transmission” is a word used to describe a subtle event whereby the awakened-and-embodied condition of the teacher is communicated non-verbally to the participant. The teacher is living in an effortless condition of knowing their true nature as infinite, unbounded Consciousness and also very finite, limited human being. This paradoxical condition is inexplicable to the rational mind—it simply can’t understand how both can be true. But the body and whole being can and do understand, intuitively. And it is this intuitive level that is being communicated with, body to body, during the gazing. It is not so much about something passing from the teacher to the participant as it is about a resonance effect—much like one tuning fork, when vibrating strongly, will activate and start a similar vibration in another similar fork without any physical contact. In gazing, the teacher’s confidence in Being is vibrating strongly, providing an opportunity for the participant to begin vibrating in a similar fashion. Over time this helps catalyze the participant’s own ability to experience and demonstrate this paradoxical mystery for themselves, as their own direct realization. It is not necessary to do anything or have any particular attitude in order for gazing to be effective. 
2) Seeing and being seen 
Many, if not almost all, of us have a deep hunger to be really seen as who we are, in a loving and compassionate fashion that acknowledges our inner beauty and all the struggles we have faced—and currently face—simply trying to be here as a human being. Because we have encountered far more judgment and criticism than welcoming embrace of the totality that we are, we may also have a deep fear of being seen. Especially of being called out or revealed or publicly shamed. 
The simple act of gazing with the teacher may bring up these conflicting feelings, and many more having to do with one’s past experiences, positive or negative, of having been seen or not seen by others. This is perfectly normal and there is nothing that needs to “be done” about it. New participants are invited to just let these sorts of feelings be as they are, and to participate in the gazing to whatever level they are comfortable. It is perfectly acceptable, for instance, to make brief contact and then close your eyes; not pushing yourself beyond what feels right in the moment. 
Most people pretty quickly discover that gazing is a loving experience, which speaks to the deepest part of them, beyond the mind. And they may notice that something gets touched in a way that is rare and special, and that the shyest, most tender part of who they are is welcomed to come forth here, where it is most safe to do so, to be seen and recognized and nurtured into wholeness. 
3) Speaking your truth
During the sharing, or check-in time, each person is invited to speak about anything that is currently “up” for them. This might be something that they are struggling with, personally, or an issue that they would like help with, to bring it into greater awareness. It might be something that they’re already quite aware of, or it might be something that is evoked by another person’s sharing. Or it might be a reaction to something someone else has said or done.
In sittings, participants are invited to speak things that might normally be difficult to express. This includes any doubts, skepticism, or disagreements they might have with the Waking Down teachings, for instance. Or the teacher. We have found that these “edges” of resistance or dislike are often very fruitful places to investigate together, freeing up energy and attention for ever deeper inquiries. 
It can be challenging to speak this plainly in a group of people. Since it isn’t something that is very encouraged in our society, therefore not something most people have had much practice with, we understand and expect that sometimes things will just come out as they will—unpolished and messy. Not to worry! It is preferable to express in a rough way than to hold back. We ask only that, as much as possible, people speak in terms of what they are experiencing rather than putting blame on others for what they are feeling. 
The practice of speaking what’s important and true for you will bring greater freedom and enlivenment over time, and helps to bring you into life in a new and deeper way. In sittings, we welcome the totality of who you are—including your edges, your so-called “negativities,” and your less-than-ideal parts, as well as your gifts and successes. 
As you speak, you are being consciously listened to by the teacher and other participants. Your teacher will likely ask some clarifying questions, or reflect back to you what they are registering of what you are speaking. They will rarely, if ever, give specific advice, because discoveries that you make for yourself are far more powerful. But just being listened to, and really heard, can help bring new levels of clarity and awareness about whatever issue you are currently considering, even if no words are spoken. 
Confidentiality: all participants in a sitting are requested to keep everything shared completely confidential, for the safety and trust of the group. 
4) Active Listening or “Holding” 
Those who are not currently speaking are asked to participate by listening actively to the current speaker. By “active listening” we mean without agenda and without trying to find a solution or piece of advice to give the person. Listen as if you were going to be called on to repeat what the person has said. 
Listen with your whole being, not just your ears and mind. Allow a portion of your awareness to be noticing how your body feels. Is it relaxed and open, or is it tense, sleepy, or agitated? These feelings can provide important clues to the deeper story behind the words the person is speaking, and will also help you become more sensitive to your body’s communications in general. 
During a sitting, the teacher will be tracking the speaker closely, perhaps asking questions to help bring an issue to light. Do not interrupt this flow. However, if you feel a strong urge to ask a question or speak something that has come up in you, you may check in with the teacher to see if there is an appropriate time to speak. In some sittings, the other participants are invited to offer reflection to the speaker when (and if) they indicate they are open to receiving feedback. 
5) Conscious feedback 
If you are a newer participant, it would be best to observe a few times to get the feel for how this reflecting is done. Remember, we are not trying to fix anyone. A very fundamental premise of the waking down process is that you are already more than okay, you have not done anything wrong, and you do not need to be “fixed.” And we trust that you will be able to survive even very uncomfortable feelings, and do not need anyone to help you change how you feel. Even beyond that, we have discovered that it is the very act of allowing yourself to feel exactly how you feel that accelerates both the awakening process, and further integration beyond awakening. 
If you have been invited to offer your reflections to the speaker, you can play a very important role of letting them know that they have been heard. Useful openers could be “I heard you say . . . . . .” or “while I was listening, I felt. . . .” 
This simple process of speaking, listening, and reflecting, whether one is the speaker or listener, is a very powerful agency of deep healing. Just as gazing addresses our deep need to be seen, conscious sharing addresses our deep need to be heard in a nonjudgmental way. Every person has had wounding in this area, and as Sandra Glickman (a waking down teacher and therapist) has said, “wounds created in relationship, as so many of our deepest wounds are, can only be fully healed in, and by, relationship.” 
A Waking Down sitting is a venue for exploring and creating conscious relationships, relationships that provide room for deep personal explorations, growth, and mutual support. Your participation in sittings will, over time, bring you many experiences that will enhance your ability to stay present with others no matter what they are experiencing. This, in turn, will greatly increase your ability to experience deep and real intimacy, in any and all of your personal relationships, within the group or otherwise. 
A sitting cannot cover all the areas of what is called "Waking Down in Mutuality." Your awakening is a multi-dimensional process that really needs more time and attention than sittings alone can provide. 
This is why having a teacher is invaluable on your journey. 
Waking Down in Mutuality http://www.wakingdown.org
Institute of Awakened Mutuality http://awakenedmutuality.org/

Address: 36 R Street NW (approx. half-block from Big Bear Café)
CostAt least twenty bucks, $20 (RSVP Required)
 
What to bring: Warm socks if needed, we'll be sitting on the floor on cushions.  Tea will be served.




About Samsara House 2023

 "Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared space where world-shifting communities are meshworked to experience and spread what's emerging.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to ignite a revolution in consciousness within ten years.

Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the current market economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible organization or cause in need in the community that you also help identify. Going together as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale, New Washington, D.C.

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