‘Send them green.’ A special message from a Sunny Center supporter!

Sep 1, 2022 | News, Newsletter, Testimonials

Michael Fox is one of our dear supporters and friends. He recently visited us at The Sunny Healing Center, and he wrote a lovely missive that he wants to share with you all.

Please read on and enjoy. And thank you, Michael, for your love and support!

Sending Green.

by

Michael H. Fox

I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest at the Sunny Center this past July. My first trip to Ireland, it always is a magical moment to visit friends who live overseas. Insights and observations of locals add so much to the experience. I loved the countryside of Connemara, but was surprised to hear Peter explain that those who originally settled the area did not come by volition. Most were exiled by Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell vowed to send the Catholics to Hell or Connaught, the western state. Life is much more austere here. And the weather can be unkind.

A word of advice before you visit Ireland–do not expect to find corned beef and cabbage. Freely available at Irish pubs throughout the States, and the favored cuisine on March 17th, as a resident of Japan I was slightly disappointed. On the other hand, Sunny prepared some lamb burgers–a new delicacy which I savored.

I am a wrongful conviction researcher, and anti-death penalty advocate. I have never been incarcerated, but like those who have spent “Stolen Time” in prison, I battle many demons from the past. Spending time in Sunny and Peter’s presence was a great catharsis. I continue to be healed by her magical videos on yoga, breath, and life.

Peter told a great story. While inside, he was training in meditation with a private psychic teacher. One time, just before the weekly 30 minute period session finished, a vitriolic guard terminated the lesson and spewed verbal abuse at them. Peter could care less about hearing this individually, but he became enraged at vile language spoken to his tutor. He was on the cusp of pulverizing the screw, but his teacher tranquilly intervened and defused the situation.

As they left the room, she advised, “Peter, send him green.”

Peter pondered the statement. What did it mean? He sat alone and recollected the vast rolling Irish fields, the green scenic beauty of the country.

Later that day, the guard appeared and apologized. “Peter, I am really sorry about today. I was under stress and overreacted.” Peter was somewhat stunned. “I don’t remember the guards ever apologizing, or even addressing me by my first name.”

His instructor came again the following week. She had also heard some remorse. She commented, “You sent him green, didn’t you!”

Green is the color of the heart chakra, which rules our emotions. Sunny makes frequent comments about breathing deep into this place. Let us absorb this lesson. And when we have difficulties with others, let us not fret. Instead, “Send them green.”


Finding Peace, Joy and Hope

The events in Ukraine over the past several days have been ever-present in all of our lives through the daily news and constant social media. These times can be especially difficult for Exonerees because of the traumas they are working to overcome.

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

Love Is Always the Answer

Winter is always a little bit quieter than the rest of the year. After a long day spent maintaining the Sunny Healing Center and getting it ready for visitors, it’s time for us to cuddle up with the kittens and, of course, Barney, on chilly winter evenings with a warm fire in the hearth.

A Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year to All

Love has no barriers and no limits. And neither does our gratitude for your continuing support and friendship. Know that you are never alone, because you are part of our family.

Happy Holidays to Our Friends Near and Far!

These are extraordinary times. And you’ve all been extraordinary supporters. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep helping Exonerees in the midst of a global emergency.

An incredible opportunity to support The Sunny Center

We are so excited to announce that our board member, artist Peter Tunney, is auctioning two of his masterpieces.  You can go directly to usatoday.com/nft to get all the details.

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

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