An entire page about me

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Pronunciation guide: HA-vee.

Or try saying Harvey with a British accent.

Things about me

I live (mostly) on the road, I don’t speak, my favorite thing is dancing.

Tied in second place for favorite things: bridges, bells, secret ops, laughing, napping, peanut butter.

I am currently on Shmita, which is a bit like a sabbatical, and an ever-expanding road trip which started as Operation True Yes and is now something else, and I write about this on the blog.

Over the years I’ve written sixteen hundred posts here, both because I’ve been doing this for a while, and because for someone who is nonverbal, I have a lot to say.

About what we do here

Self-fluency: getting to know who and how we are in the world, and in our internal world. What we need, how we best function. Learning to recognize when we’re in our stuff and how we want to interact with it. Remembering the magical rule of Oh Right, Shit Is Not About Me.

We play. It’s interesting how it’s easy turn “mindfulness” and “presence” into this heavy, fraught thing, when actually it can be fun and playful. Even thrilling.

We bring light to shadowy places. We dissolve stuck, rewrite patterns, change how we relate:

Our relationship with ourselves (and our selves), our internal worlds and kingdoms, fuzzy monsters who may or may not like cookies. Also time, space, piles and mysterious projects.

The problem with creative self-investigation is it comes with the worst labels. Blah-self-help-personal-development-time-management-productivity-blah. I reluctantly admit that we do stuff that kind of falls into some of those categories, except it’s not preachy or motivational. We do it in subversive and sparkly ways.

We are all equals here. No external sources of authority needed. I don’t have your answers. I have my answers, and I share how I get to them, but we are all in this together, playing, figuring things out for ourselves.

I have two regular rituals. Weekends we check in and reflect on our week with a Chicken. And I write weekly wishes also known as Very Personal Ads. Join in whenever you like.

What else can I tell you?

This place has been my online home since 2005, and my closest real life friends are people I first met here.

For five beautiful years I ran a center in Portland, Oregon called The Playground, for practicing everything we talk about here. Now I’m done with teaching/coaching and alls form of [front of the room], the only kind of teaching I do now is teaching by not-teaching. More about that later.

I quit email in January of 2009, but we can always play in the comments.

I am really glad you are here, and glowing love from my thank-you heart,

photo by heaven mcarthur