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A Story of Grace & Grit

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A Story of Grace & Grit

The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.

– Paulo Coelho –

A Story of Grace & Grit

“I don’t look at myself as a healer, but I do know healing when I’m in the presence of it. And it’s mysterious, magical … It’s not dependent upon the action of any one person, but it arises from the conglomerative energies. It’s a team effort, always. It comes about with great love, and it gives great love.” Dr. Grace Dammann was a frontline AIDS physician who survived a devastating accident five years ago. Wheelchair-bound and faced with a drastically altered reality, she continues to live and give in stunning ways. As we say farewell to 2013, here is an extraordinary story of courage, compassion and great love, reminding us of what the human spirit is capable of. { read more }

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Make a commitment for the New Year to deepen your capacity to give and receive love. If you’d like, send Grace a note of gratitude here. { more }

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Awakin Weekly: What to Remember When Waking

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What to Remember When Waking
by David Whyte

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tow2.jpgIn that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

8 Ways to Find More Meaning at Work

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December 30, 2013

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8 Ways to Find More Meaning at Work

Work is love made visible.

– Khalil Gibran –

8 Ways to Find More Meaning at Work

Approximately two-thirds of our waking life is spent at work, and yet only one-third of employees report that they are engaged with their work. Yet, the opportunities for finding or amplifying meaning at work are abundant. These range from finding a sense of purpose, receiving prestige, actualizing one’s self through learning and accomplishment, and being part of the social fabric of a work community. In this article, the Greater Good Science Centre presents eight possibilities for being attuned to or creating value at work. { read more }

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Reflect on your own or engage with your colleagues and supervisors about honing one or more of the eight avenues of finding meaning at work.

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It’s Never Too Late

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Rumi, Grace & Human Friendship

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December 29, 2013

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Rumi, Grace & Human Friendship

When you meet a new friend, the world has more light in it, doesn’t it? Things become more spontaneous, and more full of laughing and freedom and novelty.

– Coleman Barks –

Rumi, Grace & Human Friendship

“Tami Simon speaks with Coleman Barks, a leading scholar and translator of the 13th century Persian mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. Coleman’s work was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’ Language of Life series with PBS. In this episode, Simon speaks with Coleman about the extraordinary friendship between Rumi and his teacher Shams Tabriz. { read more }

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Practice “deep listening” today.

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The Million Dollar Scholar From Southside Chicago

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December 28, 2013

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The Million Dollar Scholar From Southside Chicago

The entire world will move for a person who knows where they are going.

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The Million Dollar Scholar From Southside Chicago

When Derrius Quarles was four years old, his father was murdered. The following year, he was taken away from his mother’s custody. Growing up in the Illinois foster care system for nine years and in the south side of Chicago, higher education seemed far out of reach for Derrius, and the challenges of inner-city life almost led him down a path of crime and fast money. Everything changed one morning in high school when a caring biology teacher spoke to Derrius about his potential — and the fact that he was wasting it. Her words sounded like a wake-up call that catalyzed Derrius to be awarded with over $1,000,000 in academic scholarships. Having completed university, Derrius now serves other young people to pursue higher education and attain their full, flourishing potential. This article shares Derrius’ incredible journey and the work of his organization, “Million Dollar Scholar.” { read more }

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Derrius’ describes his purpose in life as, “To create change in my community and the world by being a gentleman when difficult, a servant when needed, and a rebel when necessary.” How would you sum up your purpose in life?

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News from Pema Chodron Foundation

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Dear friends,

On behalf of Pema and The Pema Chödrön Foundation, we want to take a moment to wish each of you a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

This has been another fruitful year for Pema and the Foundation. Pema’s new book, How to Meditate, was published in the spring, our Book Initiative has provided thousands of Pema’s books to people in need, and our annual Virtual Birthday Retreat was enjoyed by more than 10,000 people from 110 countries.

In addition to our support of Gampo Abbey and the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling in Nepal, 21.jpg we’ve just begun to support a group of nuns in their three-year retreat in the remote region of Menang, Nepal, nestled in the heart of the Annapurna mountains near the border with Tibet.

Pema is getting ready to travel to Gampo Abbey to lead the annual seven-week winter yarne retreat. She’s asked us to send along her love and best wishes for the New Year, and her most sincere thanks for your support and interest in her work.

It’s only because of the help of friends like you that Pema’s activities are flourishing and that her message can be heard during these challenging times.

To learn more about Pema’s activities, visit our website – here.

Please consider supporting Pema’s work by making a donation – here.

Much love to each of you from Pema and all of us at The Pema Chödrön Foundation.

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16 Habits of Exuberant Human Beings

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16 Habits of Exuberant Human Beings

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

– Abraham Lincoln –

16 Habits of Exuberant Human Beings

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us. Through his research, Seligman discovered that happy people have consistent habits which may be introduced into our day to day life.Take a moment to read this delightful article, in which Seligman introduce the 16 habits of exuberant human beings. { read more }

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Smile like you really mean it and listen when the moment truly calls for it. Try to incorporate at least one ‘happiness habit’ each day.

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Share My Dabba

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The dabbawalas of Mumbai are rightly famous for the efficiency of their lunchbox delivery service – they deliver over 200,000 meals a day. That’s more than 120 tons of prepared food. What happens to the portion of that food that goes uneaten? This film shows how ingenuity and compassion never stop in a city where, while many eat, many others go hungry.
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8 Creativity Lessons From An Animator

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8 Creativity Lessons From An Animator

When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful.

– Yogi Bhajan –

8 Creativity Lessons From An Animator

Whether it is sharing ideas, working hard and being persistent in your efforts, or having the ability let go of your own ego, amazing things can be accomplished when you allow yourself to become a true team player. Bernhard Haux, who has worked on blockbuster motion pictures such as ‘Up,’ and ‘Monsters U’, offers up some inspiring thoughts that can help everyone work together to achieve a common goal. { read more }

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