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Dad Invents Bionic Pancreas For Diabetic Son

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October 31, 2014

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Dad Invents Bionic Pancreas For Diabetic Son

Motivation is the fuel, necessary to keep the human engine running.

– Zig Ziglar –

Dad Invents Bionic Pancreas For Diabetic Son

Inspired by his son David’s experience living and managing Type 1 diabetes, Ed Damiano, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, has invented a bionic pancreas that helps people with Type 1 diabetes manage their blood sugar. Read more to hear how the power of a parent’s love has the potential to change the lives of millions of people living with diabetes. { read more }

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Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Fly

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Oct 30, 2014
Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Fly

Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Fly

Robyn Petgrave is teaching kids to reach for the sky — literally. Troubled by the large percentage of Compton children falling victim to gang violence and drugs, Robyn created Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM). The aeronautical program, designed for youth to learn flying, inspires its participants, and teaches responsibility. To participate, kids must maintain a good grade point average, stay out of trouble, and have a positive attitude. Robyn’s goal is to promote discipline and accountability that will assist each child on his or her future journey at school, in the workplace, and in the community.
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DailyBread: A Simple Idea That’s Feeding The Hungry

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October 30, 2014

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DailyBread: A Simple Idea That's Feeding The Hungry

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.

– Dorothy Day –

DailyBread: A Simple Idea That’s Feeding The Hungry

Simplicity can be disarming. That’s what Carolyn North discovered. It started with an impulse to save the leftover Thanksgiving turkey her neighbor had discarded as trash. Thirty years later, she and a rotating team of friends-turned-volunteers have been quietly recovering surplus food and delivering it to free food shelters and pantries across the San Francisco Bay Area. { read more }

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For one week, take less than what you think that you want at a meal to find unity with those who do not have that choice.

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Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made From Sea Plastic

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October 29, 2014

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Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made From Sea Plastic

Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.

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Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made From Sea Plastic

Garbage washed onto beaches of Kenya becomes shoes; old fishing nets are transformed into skateboard ramps. Read more to find out how people around the world are creating unique solutions for reusing plastic! { read more }

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What creative idea can you think of for how the wast you produce every day can be reused?

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How To Practice Self-Compassion

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October 28, 2014

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How To Practice Self-Compassion

If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.

– Jack Kornfield –

How To Practice Self-Compassion

We live in a society where we often feel as though we are in a state of constant competition in all areas of our lives: work, relationships, hobbies, and in turn, we are often overly self-critical. Practicing self-compassion can help us to restore feelings of self-worth and instill an inner peace to propel us in our actions. { read more }

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Practice self-compassion today by writing a letter to yourself acknowledging all of your positive characteristics and attributes.

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Awakin Weekly: Don’t Go Back to Sleep

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Don’t Go Back to Sleep
by Elizabeth Lesser

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1051.jpgTo be human is to be lost in the woods. None of us arrives here with clear directions on how to get from point A to point B without stumbling into the forest of confusion or catastrophe or wrongdoing. Although they are dark and dangerous, it is in the woods that we discover our strengths. We all know people who say their cancer or divorce or bankruptcy was the greatest gift of a lifetime—that until the body, or the heart, or the bank was broken, they didn’t know who they were, what they felt, or what they wanted. Before their descent into the darkness, they took more than they gave, or they were numb, or full of fear or blame or self-pity. In their most broken moments they were brought to their knees; they were humbled; they were opened. And later, as they pulled the pieces back together, they discovered a clearer sense of purpose and a new passion for life. But we also know people who did not turn their misfortune into insight, or their grief into joy. Instead, they became more bitter, more reactive, more cynical. They shut down. They went back to sleep.

The Persian poet Rumi says, "The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill, where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep."

I am fascinated by what it takes to stay awake in difficult times. I marvel at what we all do in times of transition — how we resist, and how we surrender; how we stay stuck, and how we grow. Since my first major broken-open experience — my divorce — I have been an observer and a confidante of others as they engage with the forces of their own suffering. I have made note of how fiasco and failure visit each one of us, as if they were written into the job description of being human. I have seen people crumble in times of trouble, lose their spirit, and never fully recover. I have seen others protect themselves fiercely from any kind of change, until they are living a half life, safe yet stunted.

But I have also seen another way to deal with a fearful change or a painful loss. I call this other way the Phoenix Process — named for the mythical phoenix bird who remains awake through the fires of change, rises from the ashes of death, and is reborn into his most vibrant and enlightened self.

I’ve tried both ways: I have gone back to sleep in order to resist the forces of change. And I have stayed awake and been broken open. Both ways are difficult, but one way brings with it the gift of a lifetime. If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us—secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us.

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From Silos To Solution EcoSystem

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October 27, 2014

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From Silos To Solution EcoSystem

I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.

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From Silos To Solution EcoSystem

Through the ongoing progression of the internet and social media, the conventional and long-established way of doing business is starting to see a huge shift in how things are getting done. In William Eggers and Paul Macmillan’s book, ‘The Solution Revolution,’ they describe a new dynamic in which various groups can move toward their goal much more productively than if each group pursued it separately. From problems like environmental issues, revolutionizing higher education and even tackling malaria in Africa, the book examines how public and private sectors are converging to form a ‘solution economy.’ { read more }

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Jane Goodall On How To Reach Our Highest Potential

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October 26, 2014

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Jane Goodall On How To Reach Our Highest Potential

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

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Jane Goodall On How To Reach Our Highest Potential

Enjoy this wonderful video from NOVA’s series “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” where Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist, talks about what she feels is one of life’s most important aspects — empathy. Not only does she believe empathy plays a key role in her studies of chimpanzees, but she also feels strongly that having empathy for other beings in turn brings us closer to our own highest human potential. { read more }

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Eight Keys To End Bullying

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October 25, 2014

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Eight Keys To End Bullying

No one is born hating another person…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

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“I am hopeful. I believe we have an opportunity to change the culture of bullying among young people and I think the answer begins with those who live and work with young people every day. It is not complicated policies or grandiose programs that make the most difference, but rather consistent, daily, nurturing acts of reaching out to both children who bully and those who are are the receiving end of cruelty that bring about the most meaningful and lasting change.” Licensed social worker, school counselor, and national educator Signe Whitson outlines eight key steps to end bullying. { read more }

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Alan Watts On The Art of Timing

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Alan Watts On The Art of Timing

The prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the East

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Alan Watts On The Art of Timing

Alan Watts had a singular way of dispersing our illusory convictions about pairings, such as belief vs. faith or money vs. wealth or productivity vs. presence or ego vs. true self or stimulation vs. wisdom or profit vs. purpose. In Does It Matter? Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality, he considers another such infinitely important duality — the notions of hurrying and timing. Learn more about it here… { read more }

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