HEART ❤️-to-❤️HEART         NEWS & VIEWS
SEPTEMBER 2020                                                               IN THIS ISSUE
❤️  The Healing Power of Touch                            ❤️  Denmark's The Human Library
❤️  Oglala Lakota Olympian Billy Mills                   ❤️  Heart Chakra Communication 
❤️  Running Strong for American Indian Youth       ❤️  Spirituality & Technology
❤️  Connecting to our Sacred Mother Earth            ❤️  ACG Heart-to-Heart Listening
Hugging, holding hands, hanging out, looking into someone's eyes, always so healing and empowering. We're living in a crazy world right now where touch is no longer safe or appropriate. A new option? Heart-to-Heart Listening.
THE HUMAN LIBRARY __ In Denmark people have started an amazing initiative inside certain libraries where you can choose to 'borrow' a person, instead of a book, to listen to the history of their life for about 30 minutes. The point? Limiting prejudice. Everyone has a 'title' such as 'Unemployed', 'Refugee', 'Bipolar', 'Trumper', 'Karen', 'Manly Man,' 'Tree Hugger', 'Social Activist' or whatever the title du jour, but once we listen to their personal story, we are always given reasons to realize on a heart level why we should "never judge a book by its cover."  This innovative and brilliant project, now active in over 50 countries around the world, is a powerful initiative of The Human Library.
SPIRITUALITY & TECHNOLOGY __ Taking our cue from the empowering energy of the The Human Library, Arena Creative Group now offers free, private, one-on-one, open hearted zoom meetings for anyone who would like to connect. Combining the spiritual power of the heart with the technology of the internet to "See" and "Hear" and "Feel" your heart-centered personal energy. 
HEART-TO-HEART LISTENING __ To set up a private, confidential, Heart-to-Heart Listening meeting send an email bill.arena@mac.com. In this crazy world of mask wearing, social distancing, fear mongering, let us join hearts in a simple and energetically healing way. 
Personal, private, confidential sacred energy connection
combining spirituality and technology in real time
* We HEAR each other   * We SEE each other
RUNNING STRONG FOR AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH __ To celebrate my birthday this year ACG is humbly requesting a small donation to Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a community-focused, non-profit organization headed by the great Oglala Lakota Sioux Olympic champion and Pine Ridge native, Tamakoce Te'Hila.
BILLY MILLS was born and raised in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, His Lakota name, Tamakoce Te'Hila, loosely means "loves his country" or "respects the earth." He was orphaned at the age of 12 and took up running while attending Haskell Indian Nations School in Kansas. He was both a boxer and a runner in his youth, but gave up boxing to focus on running. He attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship and was a three-time NCAA All-America cross-country runner. In 1960 he won the Big Eight cross-country championship. After graduating with a degree in physical education, Tamakoce Te'Hila enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve when he competed in the 1964 Olympics. His victory is considered one of the greatest Olympic upsets of all time because he was a virtual unknown going into the event. He was the first non-European in Olympic history to ever win this event. Today, Billy Mills continues his strong commitment to excellence, to his country, to his family and to ALL indigenous native people, the original, respectful inhabitants of our sacred Turtle Island.  

RUNNING STRONG's mission is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs - food, water, and shelter - while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem. Running Strong's focus includes basic needs, culture and language preservation, emergency assistance programs, organic gardens and food, schools and youth centers, women's health, and seasonal programs. They work to create sustainable change in Native communities. Please visit our ACG Running Strong GoFundMe page. Wopila tanka (Lakota) / Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We're ALL in this together
During these crazy times of fear and loathing and anger and political divisiveness and consciousness-shifting lifestyle restrictions, many people are literally stuck inside in virtual isolation from the real beauty of our natural world. It's more important than ever right now to get out into Mother Nature and connect on a physical and spiritual level. Although our Alcatraz Invitational was cancelled this year we are eternally grateful to continue regular, cold water, open ocean swim training right here in beautiful San Francisco Bay. Connecting with Mother Nature is the perfect medicine for these dangerous times. 
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