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Maia Duerr
Works at Five Directions Consulting
Attended California Institute of Integral Studies
Lives in Santa Fe, NM
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Education
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    Cultural Anthropology, 1993 - 1996
  • University of the Pacific
    Music Therapy, 1981 - 1984
  • San Francisco State University
    Integrative Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Upaya Zen Center and Institute
    Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, 2010 - 2012
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Female
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Maria (my birth name)
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Student of Life and Liberation
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I love to bring mindful awareness into the process of helping organizations and businesses become more effective in what they do, and in getting people engaged in their mission. Some hats that I wear:
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Writer
  • Buddhist Chaplain
  • Change agent

My purpose on the planet:
To open hearts and minds through my writing and presence.

How that manifests these days:

I created The Liberated Life Project to offer tools for personal and collective liberation. The LLP supports people to live lives full of awareness, creativity, connection, and joy.

Through my business, Five Directions, I help progressive nonprofit organizations to build more engaged communities. 

I contribute to the conversation about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, The Jizo Chronicles.


Work
Occupation
Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor
Employment
  • Five Directions Consulting
    Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor, 2008 - present
    Includes my blog, The Liberated Life Project
  • Upaya Zen Center
    Chaplaincy Program Director, 2008 - 2013
  • UCSF Dept of Medical Anthropology
    Research Associate, 1999 - 2002
  • Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
    Research Director, 2002 - 2004
  • Parallax Press
    Editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship
    Executive Director, 2004 - 2008
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Currently
Santa Fe, NM
Previously
- Northampton, MA - San Francisco, CA - Oakland, CA - New Haven, CT - Eugene, OR

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I just love Playing for Change...
 
This video from our Songs Around the World album features musicians, including who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. “We don’t need more trouble, what we need is love.” The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on! #‎PFC‬ 
http://playingforchange.com/episodes/war-no-more-trouble/
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Box of magic.
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Easter Eggs!
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Celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth  with MIT alumna Ellen Swallow Richards, a Wonder Woman of History! This comic was part of the Wonder Woman series of the 1940s.

Image via the U.S. Library of Congress.

#TBT   #MITAlumni   #whm2015   #womeninstem   #womeninengineering  
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Space is the secret ingredient that makes change possible – not just any change, but the kind of change that liberates us from fear and opens us to new possibilities for our life and work. Another name for it is “transformation.”

Space is about slowing down enough so that we can reflect on what we are feeling and learning, and that we can feel the deep pulse of interdependence that connects us all. Magic happens when we are in that place.
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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"Imagine all the people sharing all the world..."

This Song Around The World featuring Musician of the Week 
Noel Schajris​ takes us from the favelas of Brazil to the shrines of Southern India, from villages in Nepal to the glittering urban landscape of Tokyo and New York. All through the power of music.
#peacethroughmusic
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In these troubled and complicated times, our humanity needs the diversity of our gifts to come forth, the gifts that come from growing up in diverse backgrounds, with different ways of seeing and being in the world. To me, “healing” means bringing things previously fragmented back into wholeness. How, in our sanghas, can we practice together in a way that we begin to more clearly see where the fractures exist, that we can be present to the wound, and support each other back into wholeness?
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"Mindfulness is not about what’s happening. It’s how you relate to what’s happening." - Sharon Salzberg http://www.sharonsalzberg.com/washington-post-interview-with-sharon-salzberg/
Originally published in The Washington Post, March 4, 2015. By Brigid Schulte. You’re missing out on your experiences. A meditation expert explains how to live in the moment. Sometimes in the crazy swirl of life, it feels like there’s no time to stop. But that’s just what Sharon Salzberg teaches people to do. Salzberg is a …
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One of my very favorite quotes from +Sharon Salzberg (and it's tough to pick, because there are many!).
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Last call to make a donation to this campaign to support +katya/kathy Lesher.... we're almost there, who will help us to make it to the funding goal today?! [Campaign ends tonight at 11:59 pm]

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