To and Fro      

Showing up for The Tipping Point

By Daniel Barber | Oct 26, 2016

Are we just tiny cells with an arrogant delusion that we can make a significant difference within massive Gaia being, or are we actually more powerful than we’ve allowed ourselves to imagine?People who study complex systems like ecosystems, markets, etc. point out that systems often go through long periods of gradual change. Then at some …

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What if the thing the world needs most…

By Daniel Barber | Oct 10, 2016

..is you??? You know, the YOU you’ve always known you are. I saw a video on Facebook this morning of someone on a snowcapped ridge top that looked about four–five feet wide at the most with drop-offs on both sides that would have had wing-suit jumpers howling in delighted anticipation. The only thing that kept my heart from …

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Optimism, advocacy, connection

By Daniel Barber | Jul 11, 2016

I got out of the car to go into Earth Fare last night thinking about Robyn Paulete’s FB post about activating our optimism muscles.  I was remembering many of my African American friends from Fort Worth, Austin, Chapel Hill, Durham, Pittsboro and Asheville from whom I’ve learned so much throughout my life. I felt the sense …

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Listen, Feel, Play – It’s not just for piano improv

By Daniel Barber | Jun 15, 2016

Just got back from a dog walk, amused by the way in which one alpha can shift to… beta? (non-alpha? anything-but-alpha? who me—alpha?) in the presence of another. My charge went bounding after a dog clear across the park as if, upon arrival, they would both go flying across town from the sheer momentum of …

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In the beginning

By Daniel Barber | Apr 13, 2016

Part of my amazement was how easily the shockingly life-changing was embedded so smoothly in the familiar. I mean, that’s part of the point, isn’t it, to have enough of the basic need for safety and security met so we can springboard from there to the various escapades that the more adventurous parts of us …

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They were singing, was I deep listening?

By Daniel Barber | Apr 4, 2016

Think just a minute on the last time you had one of those “nature moments.” It might have been literally outside, or it could have been in complete quiet, but your mind stopped whirring for a few delicious moments. You allowed your own nature as a physical, sentient being to come to the forefront of …

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Being and Doing

By Daniel Barber | Oct 7, 2014

  These days I’m playing with a new way to dance with being and doing.  So often it’s a tug-of-war between activity and presence. Not that I haven’t had plenty of experiences of both at the same time to know better, but I can also get plenty tangled up trying to integrate them both into my …

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