04: “We’re holding back the tide of darkness but that does not mean we’re creating light.” (ft. Norma Wong)

“We’re holding back the tide of darkness but that does not mean we’re creating light.” – 004

Join guest Norma Wong for a discussion of making love through aloha and activism. Norma is a Zen Master, teacher of Mu-i Tai Ji Zen, and a former Hawai’i state legislator and Native Hawaiian who calls all of us into a deeper practice of activism through aloha. Norma’s vision for activism is steeped in possibility, creation, and non-defensiveness. What she teaches is a very different way of BEing in activism than many of us are accustomed to in America.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Several articulations of the spirit of aloha, and how deepening our relationship with aloha can be a catalyst for revolutionary love
  • How non-defensiveness and non-reactiveness can lead to a different and more liberatory sort of activism
  • How to decolonize your heart
  • Several incredibly well-placed quotes from Star Wars 😉

Welcome to a conversation about making love through aloha and activism.

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Norma Wong is a Zen teacher and strategy practitioner. In earlier years, Wong served as a Hawai‘i state legislator, on the policy and strategy team for Governor John Waihee with federal and Native Hawaiian portfolios, and community organizing and policy work in the Native Hawaiian (indigenous) community. She was active in electoral politics for over thirty years.

Current and recent (2012 to present) work include: strategic thinking and transformational development with Movement Strategy Center; strategic thinking and human potential work for networks and coalitions working to end violence against women and girls; faculty and program design for Move to End Violence, an initiative of the NoVo Foundation; strategy and policy support for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission and community efforts for indigenous self-governance; strategic thinking and team development for Mobilize the Immigrant Vote; and, strategic thinking with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

Wong is a teacher at the Institute of Zen Studies and Daihonzan Chozen-ji, having trained in Zen for nearly 40 years. She serves practice communities in Hawai‘i, across the continental U.S., and in Toronto, Canada. Among her areas of teaching: the Zen perspective of strategy and The Art of War; leadership and strategy in the 7 generations context; and mind-body practice in secular and organizational settings. She received her inka shomei (Mind Stamp) as an 86th generation Zen Master of Chozen-ji.


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