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A dying cancer patient, warm mittens, and six smiling children

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November 24, 2013

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Small Acts of Kindness

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Listening — pure simple true listening”

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A Tea Shop Making A Difference

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November 24, 2013

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A Tea Shop Making A Difference

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

– Winston Churchill –

A Tea Shop Making A Difference

Sometimes the issues ailing our world seem so huge, and our ability to resolve them so small. The story of Katrell Christie, however, and her ability to react with a sincere generosity in the face of a seemingly challenging social issue, gives hope and inspiration. After listening to the story of three orphaned girls on a trip to India, she promised to return and help — and though she did not know how in the beginning, she was able to put her head, heart and hands together in service: using profits from her Atlanta tea shop to finance their college educations. { read more }

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Artship in America

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November 23, 2013

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Artship in America

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.

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Artship in America

Slobodan Dan Paich’s bold vision as an artist has taken him across many different countries, peoples, and cultures. Through a series of improbable events that led him to become a child radio and film star in his native Yugoslavia, Slobodan has had an unusual life. In this interview at his very small apartment in San Francisco, Slobodan describes his fascinating journey from architectural experimenting in the subterranean caves of the Byzantine monks in Italy, to teaching at an American university in London, to founding the ARTSHIP Foundation in California. A community builder wherever he is planted, Slobodan delves into being “totally responsible” to the people and the projects that bring them together. { read more }

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What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

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November 22, 2013

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What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.

– Studs Terkel –

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress, meeting challenges, and feeling a sense of purpose. In this TED talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents several eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. { read more }

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The next time you do a mundane task, think about a way to find even a small meaning to the work — it may make a bigger difference than you think.

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A 23 Year Old Mother of 30

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A 23 Year Old Mother of 30

It is not unusual for high school graduates to take a year off to "find" themselves before starting college. And that’s exactly what Maggie Doyne intended to do. At age 18, she strapped on a backpack and headed for the South Pacific Islands to start her trip around the world. Several months later, she traveled to a remote village in Nepal, where she felt a deep sense of belonging – a sense of home. Distressed by seeing so many working children, many of them orphans, she decided to sponsor the education of one child. Soon, one became five, then ten, and Maggie very quickly realized that she wanted to build a home where these children could live. In five short years, this 23 year old has built a home for 30 children, as well as a primary school for 230 children. Listen to Maggie’s story and find out the dream she wants to realize in her lifetime.
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Not More, But Better: The Story of Solutions

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November 21, 2013

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Not More, But Better: The Story of Solutions

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Not More, But Better: The Story of Solutions

The final film in the ‘Story of Stuff’ series asks, “What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better — better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?” According to Annie Leonard, we get better and better at playing the wrong game. See what game she suggests: { read more }

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How To Think Like A Wise Person

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November 20, 2013

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How To Think Like A Wise Person

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

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“If I asked you to judge how smart someone is, you’d know where to start. But if you were going to assess how wise that person is, what qualities would you consider?” In this compelling article, Dr. Adam Grant discusses the latest research on determinants of wisdom and some of the outcomes of living a wise life. { read more }

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One quality of the wise is the practice of aiming to understand someone rather than passing judgment. Think of one person who you have dismissed as being a bad person because of what they have done in the past. How can you understand their behavior instead of judging it?

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Maya Angelou On Resilience and Children

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Maya Angelou On Resilience and Children

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Maya Angelou On Resilience and Children

“If children are given the chance to believe they’re worth something– if they truly believe that– they will insist upon it. That is in Rome, Italy, or Rome, Arkansas; in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas. Children don’t have to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths, but if they can be convinced they’re the best, they become resilient. They themselves will resist any attempts to belittle them. But it’s also a bouncing forward, going beyond what the naysayers said, saying, ‘No, it’s not true that I’m nobody. I know that not only is that not true, but I’m more than you can imagine!'” Read more from Maya Angelou { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Is It Really Worth It?

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Is It Really Worth It?
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980.jpgIt’s been difficult to accept that I’m often a battleground for several sides of myself, which seem to act in opposition to one another. Is there any solution to feeling so divided? Krishnamurti said, “ In division there is insecurity, in war there is uncertainty. But when the mind sees the danger of division very clearly – not intellectually, not emotionally, but actually sees it – then there is a totally different kind of action.” That new action lies at a level above the yes- and-no level on which we live, and a new attitude can help us find the way to it. The Jungian concept so often mentioned by Marion Woodman suggests we can approach it by “holding the tension of the opposites.” If we can resist the magnetic attraction of one side of any situation long enough to acknowledge both sides, however painful that may be, we rise above division, rather than imprisoning ourselves in it.

The other day I woke up feeling tired and semi-depressed. A slight headache accompanied me through the morning as I went about my duties. At about noon, I suddenly remembered I had made the commitment the night before to go to the park right after breakfast. “No time,” I thought, “and besides, I don’t feel like it.” How many times have I heard myself say that before! But in spite of my resistance, just before lunch I gave up writing and, grumbling that a Tylenol would probably serve me better, I plodded to the park, promising myself that it would be a quickie of a walk.

Once out the door, to my surprise, I felt better right away, and by the time I reached the park my headache had disappeared. Soon I was sitting on a bench in the springtime cool, surrounded by trees, bathed in sun and bird song. I heard a kind of singing in my soul. Amazed at the change, I asked myself: Why was it so hard to get here? Who in me thought it was more important to feel depressed or spend hours writing at my computer? What in me opposes what another part of me obviously wants and needs? Are the interests of my head demanding control over my heart and body? …

The next time I resisted a walk in the park I began to dialogue with this “stuck-in-the-mud” part of me. “Why such obstinate refusal? What’s the problem?” I asked myself. An inner voice responded with a sigh, “Is it really worth it?” “Worth what?” I queried. Then, from deep in another part of my inner landscape a new voice interrupted this plaintive exchange, exclaiming, “Worth all the time it takes!”

Somebody besides the writer and problem-solver in me needs my time and isn’t getting enough. That little interior dialog helped me see that with all I tried to accomplish, I was allowing no time for my deeper self, for my own expansion into awareness of the present moment…
This return to presence gives me the opportunity to appreciate what we usually ignore because we’re too busy: the present tense of our life, which provides fresh perceptions of ourselves and the rest of the world. If we refuse it, we are cut off, sadly unaware of what we’ve lost. When we choose to be quiet and listen attentively to our own inner voices, we create space for something else to fill us besides that “know-it-all” ego. But, mired in duties, we don’t always welcome the new possibility. Like the biblical Jacob, we often wrestle with our angels and try to defeat them.

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What does allowing time for your deeper self mean to you? How do you relate to the notion of a totally different kind of action emerging from seeing the danger of division very clearly? Can you share a personal story of a time when such an action emerged in your life?
Conrad P Pritscher wrote: Excellent. Thanks for the opportunity to respond. It seems that I frequently see things intellectually. I intellectually believe I am one with everyone and everything although I have not …
david doane wrote: Allowing time for my deeper self means allowing time for what I really want and am interested in, and not ignore or suppress it. It’s easy to let what I really want be dominated by busy-ness or…
AJ wrote: I like to do an annual retreat to support, pray with and to be near one I hold dear. I look forward to this three day period of prayer, silence and presence each summer. The “division” (a…
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November 18, 2013

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Small Acts of Kindness

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