Ami Chen Mills-Naim talks with us about how she got into activism, particularly around politics and the climate crisis. She reminds us that spirituality and anger, and/or opposition, are not mutually exclusive, and protesting is often necessary to get the attention necessary for creating any kind of meaningful change. She shows us that we can show up, be human, and learn about - and fight against - grave injustices, without losing touch with our essential nature and oneness.
Her grounding and humility have allowed her to learn about her own biases without taking them personally, while still committing to personal change and growth in these areas. She courageously holds conversations with others she disagrees with in order to impart this wisdom and to see if they can find common ground.
Ami shows us that it's possible to hold more than one feeling and viewpoint at once (e.g. anger and love). She has joined many activist groups and enjoys bringing the spiritual side to the work she does on these issues. We admire her fortitude in joining these movements that are working tirelessly to push forth equality and human rights, as well as efforts to fight the climate crisis we face as residents of this planet.
Amanda Gorman: youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history
Heather McGhee: Author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Shut it Down: An activist's guide to direct action and strategic civil disobedience
Awake a dream from Standing Rock: 2017 documentary about The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe peaceful resistance of construction of an oil pipeline through their land
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson: necessary reading on racism in the United States
Ami Chen Mills-Naim is a global speaker, coach, trainer, and author of State of Mind in the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning, and The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth. With her late father, the social scientist Dr. Roger Mills she co-founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Change, and served as its Executive Director and Education Director for a decade. She has been a speaker on innate wellness and resiliency, and a trainer of the “Three Principles” for more than 30 years. In response to recent, global events, she launched a YouTube Channel called The Heart of America, utilizing her journalism skills.
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Angus & Rohini Ross are “The Rewilders.” Listen to their podcast Rewilding Love. They believe too many good relationships fall apart because couples give up thinking their relationship problems can’t be solved. Many couples don’t know how to navigate low moods, conflict, and emotional reactivity. In this season of the Rewilding Love Podcast, Rohini and Angus help a couple on the brink of divorce due to conflict. Angus and Rohini love working with couples and helping them to reduce conflict and discord in their relationships by pointing them to their innate wisdom and wellbeing. They work with couples who are struggling and couples who would like to deepen the love and intimacy they already have. They co-facilitate private couples' intensives that rewild relationships back to their natural state of love.