In an interview in the April 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine Van Jones Van Jonesspeaks about his personal quest for healing.

He says he spent his time “meditating, listening to New Age lectures about self-improvement, dancing ecstatically with white people banging on drums.” He delved into shamanism, Buddhist retreats, Rolfing, yoga, Landmark, you name it. “I was so desperate for healing,” he says.… He began to resolve his grief through counseling, praying, and falling in love with a law student who is now his wife.

As a result of his soul-searching Jones began to form the idea of “green-jobs-not-jails.” His organization, Green for All, promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. Its mission is to build an inclusive, green economy – strong enough to resolve the ecological crisis and lift millions of people out of poverty.

I salute Van Jones for having the courage and tenacity to do his personal work and for taking his subsequent insights out into action in the world. To learn more about Green for All please visit their website

© Carole LaRochelle, 2009.