journey of my original heart shadow light music

Music balances the intellectual with heart. Enjoy.


step eight

I love the metaphor of this song. 

Midnight for dark times. 

Midnight for our shadow, an important part of who we are that we sometimes try to ignore. 

Midnight as in “midnight crew” from Lord Byron’s poem, I Would I Were a Careless Child. The midnight crew are the folks walking the craggy shadow cliffs rather than exchanging banal pleasantries around the punch bowl. 

Midnight as in 12:00 on the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock (according to them and “Limits to Growth” scientists and many others, we are close to global catastrophe).

Dandelions are considered weeds. In permaculture, we’d call them “pioneer species” – plants that come in where needed to heal the soil and prepare it for the next succession. In this case, dandelions work well to loosen up overly compacted soil. How sad – and damaging — that our culture tends to treat healers like the dandelion like something to be eliminated. So, midnight dandelions are my crew – people who can operate in the dark times, grow in tough soil to prepare it for something better, pop up a beautiful flower, provide a nutritious (though bitter) supplement to a meal, and spread their ideas and influence on the wind. 

Kindness for a Change is my effort to train and bring the midnight crew together while healing our politics and planet.

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About Donal

Integrated Expertise

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the best national program in his field
  • Therapist for 20 years, helping hundreds of individuals, couples, and groups learn to thrive
  • Published 20+ scientific articles related to sustainable well-being, anxiety, depression, and dysregulated behavior
  • Survived 13 years of personal suffering (3 years of child’s cancer, family implosion, and 7 years of wife’s disabling pain)
  • Member of cohousing community for 16 years
  • Studied with world experts in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture
  • Ran several political campaigns (back in the day)
  • 4 albums of original music and a new group of songs released in 2023

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

As a scientist, Donal worked closely with Dr. Richard Davidson, named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person and known for his neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama.

Co-inventor of Proven Wellbeing Program

Donal co-invented and scientifically validated a group-based program that helped hundreds of people thrive and increase their sustainable wellbeing.