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Locks for Love

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Jul 31, 2014
Locks for Love

Locks for Love

How would you support a friend recently diagnosed with cancer? Watch as a group of family and friends gather together to surprise Gerdi McKenna in an unexpected show of love and support after her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.
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The 6 Essential Conditions of Creativity

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July 31, 2014

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The 6 Essential Conditions of Creativity

You more likely act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.

– -Jerome Bruner- –

The 6 Essential Conditions of Creativity

âSurprise is not easily defined. It is the unexpected that strikes one with wonder or astonishment. What is curious about effective surprise is that it need not be rare or infrequent or bizarre and is often none of these things. Effective surprises ⦠seem rather to have the quality of obviousness about them when they occur, producing a shock of recognition following which there is no longer astonishment.â Maria Popova dives into the mind of Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner, and his attempts to define creativity, its origins, and its purpose. { read more }

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Power of Place: Photos From Around the World

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July 30, 2014

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Power of Place: Photos From Around the World

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

– Maya Angelou –

Power of Place: Photos From Around the World

Steve Mccury captures the beauty and uniqueness of different places that the human family calls home from around the planet. His photos bring to light that our environments play a role in shaping our perceptions about what it means to be human–from our relationship to the weather to our relationship to the soul. { read more }

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Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Grandmother

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Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Grandmother

The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.

– Robert Valett –

Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Grandmother

Mia Tagano visits her 94 year old grandmother — who now has dementia — and discovers a whole new, less verbal, way of communicating her love through heart, hands and hugs. To her surprise, when she brings this approach to her grandmother’s roommate who has suffered a stroke, it radically transforms their communication and opens up both women profoundly. This heart-warming story shares more… { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Every Sensation Comes to an End

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Every Sensation Comes to an End
by J. Krishnamurti

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1014.jpgI wonder if you know what it means to be aware of something? Most of us are not aware because we have become so accustomed to condemning, judging, evaluating, identifying, choosing. Choice obviously prevents awareness because choice is always made as a result of conflict. To be aware … just to see it, to be aware of it all without any sense of judgment.

Just be aware, that is all what you have to do, without condemning, without forcing, without trying to change what you are aware of. If you are aware choicelessly, the whole field of consciousness begins to unfold. So you begin with the outer and move inwardly. Then you will find, when you move inwardly that the inward and the outward are not two different things, that the outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness, and that they are both the same.

Everything about us, within as well as without — our relationships, our thoughts, our feelings — is impermanent, in a constant state of flux. But is there anything which is permanent? Is there? Our constant desire is to make sensation permanent, is it not? Sensation can be found again and again, for it is ever being lost. Being bored with a particular sensation, I seek new sensation. Every sensation comes to an end, and so we proceed from one sensation to another and every sensation strengthens the habit of seeking further sensation. My mind is always experiencing in terms of sensation. There is perception, contact, sensation and desire and the mind becomes the mechanical instrument of all this process. With the arising of sensation comes the urge to possess; and so begins the turmoil of desire. And the habit of seeking further sensation.

And is there an end to sorrow? Is it possible to live a daily life with death, which is the ending of the self? There is only one fact — impermanence: every sensation comes to an end. Can the mind, the brain remain absolutely with that feeling of suffering and nothing else? There is no movement away from that moment, that thing called suffering. Is there an action in which there is no motive; no cause — the self does not enter into it at all? Thought identifies itself with that sensation and through identification the ‘I’ is built up. Identification with sensation makes the self. If there is no identification; is there a self?

So is it possible not to identify with sensation? So we are asking, is there a holistic awareness of all the senses? Just be aware … effortless observation … choiceless observation … and to learn, to find out whether it is possible to allow sensation to flower and not let thought interfere with it — to keep them apart. Will you do it?

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What do you understand from “outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness?” Can you share a story of a time that you were aware “choicelessly”? How can we develop the ability to be “aware of it all without any sense of judgment”?
Kristin Pedemonti wrote: Perhaps it is best stated by “What Is, Is.” or “It is what it is.” And it will always change, whatever the Is, Is. 🙂 Therefore we have no need to grasp so tightly or to fear because the Is wil…
david doane wrote: Thank you for this article. My understanding is that Krishnamurti is speaking nondualistically in saying that “outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness.” He is a…
Abhishek Thakore wrote: Choice less awareness is tricky business…I find my windows of awareness being bracketed by judging (“Wow! That feels good!” for example)….encountering this happens when there are phases of ‘flow’…
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The Lost Voice of A Generation

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The Lost Voice of A Generation

The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness, it’s intimacy.

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The Lost Voice of A Generation

None of us can know the span of our life. Some of us will live a long life and die in old age; others leave much sooner. No, the meaning of life is not how long we live, it’s about the fact that we lived at all, and that we touch the lives of others by living. Poet Marina Keegan may have died young, and tragically, but she had found her voice, and expressed it through poetry that touched the lives of so many. She is not the “lost voice” of a generation; she is one voice among many who have come before and will come after, reminding us that our time here is limited and carries within it so much power and beauty. { read more }

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The Value of 24 Cents

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Calling Out The Delusions Of A Techno-Industrial Society

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Calling Out The Delusions Of A Techno-Industrial Society

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

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Calling Out The Delusions Of A Techno-Industrial Society

Stories about the human colonization of other worlds were popular in the 1950s, with a promise of material abundance, and much of the population of the Western world excited about the possibilities offered by new technologies and a beneficial, authoritative science. That humans could extend their reach to other worlds seemed inevitable progress. Today, the popular faith in science and technology has drained away, to be replaced by a widespread, if often unspoken, fear. We have opened the box and seen where our ambition leads, and though we might quickly close it again and look away, it is too late in the day for any kind of innocence. This thoughtful essay urges us to move past the delusions of our society. { read more }

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Letters To A Young Artist

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Letters To A Young Artist

Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.

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10 Life Lessons Kids Can Teach Us

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10 Life Lessons Kids Can Teach Us

Life is more fun if you play games.

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Do you remember how wonderful it felt to be a child? Adventure was our only calling, and courage seemed never ending. And subsequently, we seemed to enjoy our life so much more. In this beautiful article we are reminded of 10 life lessons that children teach us every day. Read more to discover new ways in which we might incorporate our younger selves into the joy of our daily being. { read more }

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