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Education for the Total Human Being

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Oct 31, 2013
Education for the Total Human Being

Education for the Total Human Being

Every child should have at least one teacher in their lifetime like Ms. Reifler. Meet an extraordinary educator that is giving children the most powerful lesson of all, self- worth. Her model of teaching is making a tremendous impact on the lives of her low-income, East Los Angeles students.
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Reclaiming the Streets

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October 31, 2013

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Reclaiming the Streets

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.

– Martin Luther King Jr. –

Reclaiming the Streets

Expressing a need for ordinary citizens to come together and own their cities, young Nigerian-born artist and poet Inua Ellams has been leading impromptu ‘runs’ around London by night, searching the streets for alternative stories and new configurations. All over the world, through defiant protests, performances, citizen action, even unsolicited horticulture, the battle for civic space continues to reinvent itself. This article shares more. { read more }

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The Neuroscience Of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

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The Neuroscience Of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

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The Neuroscience Of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

“Consider this: Negative attitudes are bad for you. And gratitude, it turns out, makes you happier and healthier. If you invest in a way of seeing the world that is mean and frustrated, you’re going to get a world that is, well, more mean and frustrating. But if you can find any authentic reason to give thanks, anything that is going right with the world or your life, and put your attention there, then statistics say you’re going to be better off.” This article draws from contemporary neuroscience to make a compelling case for an attitude of gratitude. It also offers up three simple practices we can adopt to help build this important muscle. { read more }

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Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

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Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

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Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

Last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared some questionable advice on how to become successful at work: Don’t go to the bathroom and keep working. But according to Harvard psychologist Shelley H. Carson, author of “Your Creative Brain,” little distractions like going to the bathroom can actually be a good thing when it comes to creativity. She explains that interruptions and diversions can lead to a creative “incubation period.” Find out how some of the greatest ideas from the likes of J.K. Rowling, Woody Allen and Gertrude Stein came about in the most unexpected places in this piece. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Do we Use Thought, or Does Thought Use us?

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Do we Use Thought, or Does Thought Use us?
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971.jpgHave you ever looked meditatively into the cause-and-effect of thought, into the birth and death of thought, the cycle that creates fear and conflict with resultant sorrow?

Every expression of thought-emotion consumes psychic force, and every projection of thought drains the vital source. Each one is blessed with a specific unit of valuable life energy. Constant depletion of your energy through the mechanical activity of chronic and compulsive habit patterns is utterly stupid and in vain. Indiscriminate and ceaseless psychic activity results in energy dissipation, causes mental exhaustion and invites psychosomatic disorders.

Very few thoughts are necessary for daily living and functioning. One need not use thought when it is not necessary. Thought need not function automatically.

But now there’s no ending of thought, even when we retire to bed. Surprisingly, in sleep, too, the thought process goes on and on. The mind projects fantasies and fears. And even while asleep, it indulges in unfulfilled plans and pursuits. This wishful play of mind is constant and continuous. Living is nothing more than this chain of thoughts!

Like the pumping of the heart, the mind remains ever active throughout the lifetime, busily creating and then trying to solve conflicts. We are rarely at ease and never at fully tranquil rest. […]

You think that you use thought but I doubt it. It is thought that uses you, uses your life energy, by dominating, grabbing and dictating to it, and by possessing people and things.

Thought is a possessive, aggressive, dominant force, subduing and hindering the creative source. Realizing the limitation of thought, its exclusive pursuits and mediocre nature, mechanical habit patterns and subtle compulsions, is understanding. It is the beginning of the awakening of intuitive intelligence.

The world needs the discovery of such intelligence to experience a new-dimensional existence: a path of impersonal understanding, a way of happy and creative living, the life of freedom and peace. Meditative watchfulness generates a new insight, keeping one free, independent and whole with in, to function spontaneously as a creative being. Then within the field of human sensitivity, a new energy source will emerge. The dawn of a new impersonal intelligence shall swell and burst within the heart.

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How do you relate to the notion of thoughts using us instead of us using thoughts? What does intuitive intelligence mean to you? Can you share a personal story that illustrates intuitive intelligence?
Conrad P Pritscher wrote: Before I read Dada,, I thought thought uses me and I use thought. When I notice I am one with everyone and everything, I notice I think I am one with everyone and everything. I have…
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After writing what I said earlier, I read this from tricycle. It applies to what Dada Is saying,

Tricycle Daily Dharma October 24, 2013 …

A lover of Christ wrote: Interesting how you say you have not yet experienced yourself being “impersonally kind” (whatever that means) and yet you wish us (your readers) warm and KIND regards weekly. You kindly t…
Ganoba wrote: For a long time now, I have stopped thinking. Thoughts/ideas come when there is a need to move on. They are in the form of suggestions and there is no compulsion to act associated with them. Th…
Thierry wrote: It seems the author is speaking of the 95% of our so-called thinking which is vain, irrelevant, superficial, mechanical. The chattering mind. Yet to be aware of this chattering, of this was…
david doane wrote: Thinking makes a fine servant and a terrible master. I’m not sure who said that — I definitely do believe it. I believe it is important that we have and use and control our thinking rath…
a wrote: The most simple personal story I can share related to the seed question given would be: Having a history of anxiety/panic, the evil one/ill thought “uses me” periodically when I’m on the …
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The Double Life of Audette Excel

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The Double Life of Audette Excel

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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The Double Life of Audette Excel

Meet audacious Audette Excel, former corporate lawyer and banker who uses her business and legal acumen to make money for the poor and to save the lives of thousands of mothers and children. Audette acts as a bridge between the nonprofit and corporate worlds and says that if you want to know who she truly is, you have to see her in the context of her work with the children of Nepal: “The truth of me is here, it’s not dressed up in high heels and a business suit in Sydney.” Read on to learn about this lovingly eccentric woman who insists that she is the “luckiest woman on the planet,” and whose “dominant emotion is gratitude,” even at the lowest points of her life. { read more }

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The Cancer Camp that Kids Want to Go To 10/10

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The Cancer Camp that Kids Want to Go To 10/10

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The Cancer Camp that Kids Want to Go To 10/10

âWhat if, instead of worrying whether your mom had sewed name tags into your underwear for summer camp, you had to wonder whether she would still be alive when you got home? Or what if you were 6 years old and got packed off to “Cancer Camp” by your grieving father not long after your mother died of the disease? That’s what happened to Kieran Ward, of Menlo Park, now 13, who had to get on a waiting list seven years ago before he could get into Camp Kesem at Stanford, the first of what has become a nationwide network of sleepaway camps for kids ages 6 to 16 with a parent who has, or had, cancer.â { read more }

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Avoiding the ‘I’ll-Give-Back-Later’ Trap

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Avoiding the 'I'll-Give-Back-Later' Trap

If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.

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Bend That Arc of Justice: A Brilliant Commencement Address

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Bend That Arc of Justice: A Brilliant Commencement Address

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