Joe Bailey's New Book: "Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane" December Update-"Echoes of Mind, Resilience, and Action"
Welcome to my ongoing conversation about my upcoming book: “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane, Finding Your Innate Resilience in our Challenging Times.”
I’ve really been having a lot of interesting conversations with people who I’m interviewing to be in of part-four of my book which is entitled “Echoes of Mind, Resilience and Action” How our understanding of mind is the source of our resilience, the source of our innate mental health, and the source of our wisdom, the source of our ability to to rebound from adversity and to deal with the the whirlwind the hurricane of our lives is the key to bringing change into the world.
What does “Echoes of the Mind” mean?
The echo is the result of when we touch Mind, when we touch that essence of who we are. We’ve been doing it all of our lives, by the way, we’ve had little taps on the shoulder from time to time: you call this person and it’s just the right time that you made that call. You could call it intuition, or you could call it luck… whatever you call it, what I’m pointing to is that there’s the power of Mind and it has many echoes in our life from the mundane and the simple to profound social change.
“The echo is the the result of when we touch mind, when we touch that essence of who we are. We’ve been doing it all of our lives by the way, we’ve had little taps on the shoulder from time to time: you call this person and it’s just the right time that you made that call. You could call it intuition, or you could call it luck… whatever you call it, what I’m pointing to is that there’s the power of mind and it has many echoes in our life from the mundane and the simple to profound social change.”
One of the stories that profoundly impacted me was that of a lovely woman, Beverly Hayes Wilson
Beverly created programs in California in communities and in prisons and she told me the story of the Coliseum Gardens where she did her first project. She went into this community armed only with her own transformation first. She knew that even the police wouldn’t go there because it was so dangerous. But, she went into it armed with knowing her own resilience, that whatever faced her she would be fine.
Second, she saw that same resilience in all the people who lived there, all the drug dealers, all the children, all the single moms, all of the people of the African-American community, the Cambodian community, and the Latino community that all lived together in this project.
At first it was tough going, they didn’t trust anybody coming in from the outside because they would never last more than a month or two and they’d give up hope. Beverly persevered and they began to be friends. They began to change their entire community and pretty soon a community police officer was assigned to there and he could see the difference in the people because he had arrested a lot of them.
He eventually won the California peace award for his work bringing community policing into the community there.
It’s a story of the power of Mind.
When our minds change our surroundings change, our relationships change, that’s the power of Mind, and the power of connecting to that source in us. I look forward to our ongoing conversation, please feel free to text me or respond on Facebook if you have a story to tell, a challenge in your life, I want to make this book relevant to you!
Thank you very much and have a very peaceful and wonderful holiday season, Joe.