Projects & Causes

I have been giving & supporting as many friends as possible. You, too,can vote with your $$ with these wonderful Projects & Causes: (Even a small gesture can have a large energetic impact. You’ve got to give to get.)

People of Burning Man book – I have a blurb on the book jacket!

Kaminanda’s new album, “Year of the Golden Tiger.” – The soundtrack to our evolution. Great guy and amazing music.

Community Fundraiser for Laura Lee and Animae – horrible story of mercury poisoning

Rebuilding Pitung’s house in Indonesia – help rebuild the burnt home of a friend of a friend.

Legal help for friend of friend arrested in AZ with marijuana.

Donate your old sleeping bag to the homeless. – I’m trying to get 100 bags by Valentines Day.

** In progress. Comment or email if you have something for me to add. **

HelllloooOO, San Diego!

This was a big week for local press.
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After 15 years of being mentioned in various publications around the world, I finally got some local press…TWICE…in the same week…for different things.

On the KUSI morning news talking with Brad Perry about “Hugging Day” and the latest “Help The Homeless” efforts. (He even wore my Burner jacket for the segment.)

AND

An awesome profile in San Diego City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

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Wow…quite a week!

(off topic-work) Irvine Subjects needed on Sunday ($100)

I need to do some on-camera interviews THIS SUNDAY with people about their dinner habits for a fun corporate project.
I’m looking for a few people that eat fast food (at least) occasionally and fit into one of these categories:

1) Single & living with roomate(s)
2) Single with a serious boyfriend/girlfriend.
3) Single parent with kids living with them
4) Newly Married
5) Married with kids (“Traditional family”)

Pays $100 for the interview (takes about 1 hour) and then a (possible) brief evening visit to your house to be scheduled later to grab additional footage (You’ll get additional $ for the home visit).

Got some time in Irvine this Sunday? It’ll be fun!

Email me 1) your facebook url 2) phone 3) Availability Sunday 4) explain which category you fit in above 5) briefly describe a typical week-night dinner for you.
John@HugNation.com
Or let me know any questions.

Fuente Tease

Tickets to Fuente sold out in five minutes…again.

I was enthusiastically vocal about how much I enjoyed my experience last year. The videos I posted were practically recruitment vids.

Which, looking back, was a shitty thing to do for an event that is already filled to capacity.

If I got you excited and attached to an outcome, I apologize.

If it helps…
I had heard of Fuente for 4 years before I attended.
Many tickets become available as the event gets closer.
When the time is right you will be there.

more emotions from the day:

And some comic relief from the pool party:

Mom

There are no obstacles in life…only the task at hand. Today my mom’s task will be a mastectomy as she begins to treat her breast cancer. She is one of my best friends and deepest teachers. She continues to surprise and inspire me.

Mommy & me

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Mom

Young Me, Now Me on ZeFrank

Spreading Warmth

pre-homeless run, in front of the Hugmobile

Yesterday 25 people showed up to volunteer and “Help The Homeless.” When I mentioned that we incurred some extra costs this month, $125 quickly spilled forth from the crowd who had already spent many hours and their own money to bring sandwiches, contribute to care packs, and donate their old clothes.

This was in addition to the people who volunteered the night before to organize the U-haul full of donated clothes. (Yes, we had so many donation during December that we had to rent a Uhaul in addition to the Hugmobile and Jason’s truck.) And these were not just beat up old t-shirts. We had LOTS of new blankets, several sleeping bags, and tons of jackets.

Plus hundreds of sandwiches & nearly 300 care-packs (THANK YOU to everyone who donated! We are out of most bulk supplies, so expect a gentle request for extra $ soon.)

Every single item was given to us as a gesture of compassion.
Every single item was passed on to someone in need with compassion.

We visited the Alpha Project Winter Shelter, The 17th street day shelter, 2 bridge underpasses and several street corners. You certainly see a diverse scope of needs between all those groups.

When we set up at the Alpha project, we had so many clothes that we were able to set up a sort of temperary boutique. Each resident was able to “shop” for items they could use in their size..and that they actually wanted. Despite the old saying, it is nice to allow beggers to be choosers.

There was no judgement or pity – it was a day filled with Love and connection.

Several people report that they are energized by the 1st Saturdays outings. Personally I feel exhausted afterward – like a many-hour adrenalin rush finally releases me and I nearly collapse.

When I finished giving farewell hugs and waved goodbye (until next 1st Saturday), I came inside to learn about the shooting of 6 people in Arizona.

It felt like walking away from a campfire into the cold, dark night.

It is hard not to be frustrated. Ashamed. Angry.

And there is nothing wrong with those feelings – as long as we don’t live in them.

There is always space for Hope. There is always room for Love.

And during times like these, it is even more critical to remember this.

When the news fills with darkness, it is even more important to look for – and create – light.

No matter how much darkness and vileness humanity may be responsible for – we are the only ones in control over the vibration of our heart.

I send out endless love this day to all who are in pain. To all who are angry. I send love to those who call for violence. I send love to those who are so confused that they do not know the Love that surrounds them in every moment.

Yesterday I was confused, too.

The world was too dark.

In times like these, sometimes you need to limit the scope of the “world.”

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”–Buddha

Sometimes you need to turn off the news and focus on the faces in your real life. Sometimes you need to focus on even the smallest of steps that you can make, personally, towards love and compassion. Maybe its a “smile and good morning” to a neighbor walking by. “Being the change” is small acts, too.

Of course, there is no such thing as small acts.

I don’t profess to understand the intricacies of politics or have any systemic solutions. But I do know that making a friend out of a stranger is a good thing. So is giving a sandwich to someone who is hungry. So is giving warmth to someone who is cold.

And so instead of dwelling in the frustration of the day, I have decided to focus on light…and warmth.

I want to give away 100 sleeping bags to people who are sleeping in the cold.

I think we can do it with $2500. (example of $25 bag)

I’d also like to explore the possibility of getting damaged bags donated by REI or a manufacturer. Plus, any used bags that we can get donated.

Want to help? Spread the word, collect $, Ask around. (Kickstarter campaign starting soon.)

Or simply spread warmth in YOUR world.

The world can be cold. But people like you and I can make it a little bit warmer. There are no small acts.

-Halcyon
Jan. 9. 2011