I am a Leader Causing Leaders [Part 3]

This post is likely to appear as a vomit of inspiration. How do you sum up a jam packed weekend in a cohesive manner?

Here are some quotes and ideas and thing I picked up at LEADERS CAUSING LEADERS 2011

 

There was this one super inspiring (mostly raw) vegan speaker, Raven Starr (she recommended this free numerology report that changed her life) really made me excited and proud to be vegan.

Another speaker I really loved was Guru Singh. He had some good quotes…

“You are weird!” – GURU SINGH

He led us through many breathing exercises.

“The idea that beauty is something other than you is absurd.” – GURU SINGH

He also talked about words a lot:

Human = Hue + Man (meaning the brain-mind connection)

Woman = Womb (meaning the future) + Man (meaning the brain-mind connection)

Another interesting thins was the 4 Steps to Compassionate Communication: Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests which I found very similar to Clear Leadership’s Observations, Thoughts, Feelings and Wants.

I noticed many similarities between different presenters and previous leadership workshops I have done. I think all leadership presentations come down to these 3 things:

  1. Communication: How to share and connect with others
  2. Ownership: Some concept of taking responsibility for one’s own actions and experience
  3. Tools: Apologizing, Acknowledgment, Praise, Rewards… ideas of motivating and inspiring others

I was a 2011 Leader Causing Leaders! [part 1: the journey]

I recently flew to LA for the Leaders Causing Leaders conference and it was amazing! It was a really interesting trip from the very start. I sat next to this celebrity who was telling me all about this leadership cult and cautioning me about the conference. On my other side was this Mom whose son attended WE DAY! When I got to LAX I lost my passport on the plane but then got it back luckily! There was no free WiFi so I took a bus to Starbucks nearby. I have never been so happy to see a Starbucks! Then I got on this bus to go to Cafe Gratitude LA and fell asleep. I woke up super disoriented and didn’t know if I missed my stop. I didn’t wanna ask anyone so I just sat there being really stressed. Then suddenly I saw some familiar signs from my last trip to LA and next thing I knew it I was back at the Cafe! Yay!

Some friends from the workshop I did were working at the time I visited and they remembered me.

Hey! This girl came all the way from Canada to eat at our restaurant!

– Cafe Gratitude LA Friend

I made a list of all the things I am grateful for: sharing, juice, sunshine, planes, opportunity, love, memories, forgetfulness, public transit, stress/fear, children, lost & found, blue eyes, water, AdBusters, sunflowers, community, travel, adventure. I had… I AM HEALTHY, I AM ENLIVENED and I AM FESTIVE from their menu : )

Then I travelled to Kind Kreme, this raw vegan ice creme place and I had more amazing food. Yay California for Vegans! I got a phone call with some good news from home and as I was waiting to meet my lovely friend Dari who I stayed with, I did a big stretch to release all the tension I had been holding on to.

Then I wrote some poems:

You are my walking song

You keep me moving on

You’re like my cigarette

I smoke you every chance I get,

I wish we just met.

when will I learn that flying away won’t bring you closer to me…

…but anyways, you make for damn good poetry.

Books and Stuff to Check out: The Secret, A Course in Miracles, Byron Katie, The Economics of Happiness

Hawaii!

What’s this?

Jenni’s GOING TO HAWAII?

OMG!

Hawaii

By ashmieke

I booked my flight on Sunday. The plan is to greyhound to Seattle and then fly from Seattle to Lihue Airport in Kauai, Hawaii. I leave on August 18 and return on August 26,( just in time for SFU Orientation Leader training).

I am going for two reasons. Reason One: to visit Zero One and take part in the permaculture miracles that are happening there. I envision it will be like going to the real life Super Forest. Reason Two: Surfing. That was one of my goals for the summer, although I figured i’d be going to Tofino not FREAKING HAWAII : D

This is so crazy! How did this even happen? Oh right. So at the beginning of the summer I was very lucky to have Superforest Jackson be a guest speaker at the Summer Camp I am working at currently. At the end of his talk I went to thank him for taking part and then he asked me “So, when are you coming to Hawaii?”. My initial reaction in my mind was that I’m not going to Hawaii. I don’t have the time or the money to go to Hawaii. Hawaii is not part of the plan. Then I actually started to consider it though. I do have that free week in August… I am working now and have some extra money. “It’s off season so flight are cheap” Jackson tells me.

I love how opportunities like this come along and push my boundaries and challenge me to live fuller and have grander adventures. It is so exciting.

This whole situation is still so crazy though. Why are you going to Hawaii Jenni? To stay with this dude I met off the internet and be part of his permaculture community. That’s perfectly normal right?

Maybe this situation isn’t that unusual, I mean people take trips all the time right? People go places by themselves, tons of tourists go to Hawaii every year… For me though this is pretty FREAKIN AMAZING!

Aloha Friends,

Jenni

The Grand BC Adventure Part V (Finale)

When I woke up on our final morning in Grand Forks I sat at the kitchen table in the basement where my Dad and I were staying. For quite some time I sat there silently, listening to the sounds which wafted down from the floor above. I think it would be a cool film, to witness a life unfolding only through sound. The highs and lows of an average morning. The dog running on the hardwood floor. The kids arguing. Parents going to work. The television. The shower. The skink runs.

Wow, I’m such a creeper.

Before we left I got to take a walk around town. I really wanted to visit the Charity Thrift Store. My Dad says it is the cheapest in BC. I expected to find old fabrics and history from the past 50 years but it is closed on Monday (which I suppose is the history and tradition I was seeking). The trip was very enjoyable and I learned so much but it was very different than I expected. I learned so much about my Dad and I’m glad I got to spend some time with him.

Things are not always as we expect, but expectations are made to be broken.

The Grand BC Adventure Part III

The next day of our trip I thought I was sleeping in but I actual woke up feeling pretty rested at 9:30. After lunch we set out to visit my Dad’s friends Steve and Randy. They live in Glade, which is about 90 minutes away from Grand Forks. We had to take a ferry over to get to it. They were so welcoming and very accommodating. When we first got there we didn’t see them and they didn’t answer the door so we walked around back and I saw this view…

SO AMAZING! I was like wow, I never want to leave! For dinner we made a salad with stuff from the backyard that I got to help pick, so amazing! We got to talking about this nearby town Nelson that has lots of vegan cafes and whatnot. Randy showed me this book about Nelson and it had this beautiful poem in it.

My Symphony

To live content with small means.

To seek elegance rather than luxury,

and refinement rather than fashion.

To be worthy not respectable,

and wealthy not rich.

To study hard, think quietly, talk gently,

act frankly, to listen to stars, birds, babes,

and sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully,

do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,

unbidden and unconscious,

grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

– by William Ellery Channing

For dinner everyone else (Steve, Randy, their neighbor who stopped by and my Dad) had some fancy glazed salmon but I had grilled pepper/green onion (MMMM) with dal and the salad I helped make. After we ate they took us to the local waterfall. The waterfall is where they get their drinking water from in Glade (it is non-chlorinated and non-fluorinated. I miss it already)

It was so nice to walk and be surrounded by nature. They were asking me about the music I listen to and I told them about Jason Mraz. He’s reaching even remote parts of the world now! hehe.

They were also telling me about how they met my Dad and how they tried to start this community called “Harmony Farmstead Co-operative”. Basically several families bought a piece of land and were going to live on it but then they had disagreements and it fell apart. It reminded me a bit of what SuperForest Jackson is trying to do right now at Zero One, but I think Zero One will be a major success!