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A Pledge for Grateful Living

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“In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome the illusion of entitlement by reminding myself that everything is gift and, thus, to live gratefully.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

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November 30, 2014

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Small Acts of Kindness

space kinderheart wrote: “Invited a person I hardly knew, to be with us, who was alone on a thanksgiving day.”
space vijigopi24 wrote: “Today was my last day at school for thanksgiving break.I made cards for the seniors and hung them up on their lockers.I think it made them smile.Can’t wait until thanksgiving -Rahul”
space KJ wrote: “This is the week of thanksgiving and as I prepare for the arrival home of our kids my thoughts gravitate to the sun shining, the cool temperatures outside and the gift of health. I am truly blessed!”
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Featured Kindness Stories

Story1 An unexpected conversation that changed the way she looked at Thanksgiving.
Story2 Sometimes, the best gifts of love and gratitude come in these special packages.
Story3 A beautiful holiday tradition that teaches us the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
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The Giving Keys

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November 30, 2014

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The Giving Keys

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.

– Jackie Windspear –

The Giving Keys

When singer-songwriter and actress Caitlin Crosby got on stage with her hotel key conveniently draped on a makeshift chain around her neck, she had no idea that this would eventually open a door and lead to “The Giving Keys”. This organization unlocks human potential through a circle of passed-on keys inscribed with inspiring words like “courage”, “trust”, and “love”. Both givers and recipients of the keys share stories online in this pay-it-forward ecosystem. But perhaps the greatest testament to the power of the keys is its ability to transform the lives of their creators: homeless people who have, by way of lovingly crafting messages on pieces of metal, found self-esteem, education, employment, and keys to a brighter life. { read more }

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Give someone an extra bit of encouragement today. Maybe through a note, a smile or a small gift.

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Kindness: The First Gift

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Kindness: The First Gift

To be here is immense.

– Rainer Maria Rilke –

Kindness: The First Gift

“Kindness has gracious eyes; it is not small-minded or competitive; it wants nothing back for itself… Kindness casts a different light, an evening light that has the depth of color and patience to illuminate what is complex and rich in difference.” John O’Donohue takes us on an eloquent exploration of kindness and its role in the unfolding universe. { read more }

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Think back to when someone did something kind for you. How did it make you feel? See if these feelings can guide you in any way today.

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Food Runners

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Food Runners

Food Runners

There are over 800 million undernourished people in the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide. Yet there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. In San Francisco, California, 1 out of 4 people go hungry at some point during the month. There are also more than 4,000 restaurants in the city that throw away excess food. Mary Risley, founder of Tante Marie’s Cooking School, decided to do something to prevent that. In 1987, together with a small group of women, she started a grassroots initiative called Food Runners to help alleviate hunger, prevent food waste, and create community. San Franciscans connecting with other San Franciscans.
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Finding Those Three Magical Words

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November 27, 2014

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Finding Those Three Magical Words

Whatever you do, make it an offering to me.

– -Bhagavad Gita- –

Finding Those Three Magical Words

How easy is it to “love your neighbor” when your intoxicated neighbor wakes you up in the middle of the night and insults you? For people dedicated to the path of nonviolence, like Arun Dada and his wife Mira Ba, it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the only thing you can do. Instead of getting angry, they chose to try and transform the relationship through compassion. And in doing so they inspired their neighbor to replace his steady stream of obscenities with three words embodying their shared highest ideals. Read on for this profound story of forgiveness and friendship. { read more }

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This Thanksgiving, as you give gratitude for blessings in your life, think of someone with whom you have a conflict. How might you transform your interactions with this person, with the inspiration of Arun Dada and Mira Ba?

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College For All: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity

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College For All: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity

We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.

– Elliot Masie –

College For All: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity

Most employers agree that new graduates lack the skills necessary to succeed. And yet, the cost of college tuition is rising far faster than the average family can afford. The frustration is clear; change is desperately needed. Now, thanks to innovators like Udacity and Coursera, and the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), both students and employers are being assured a much more predictable outcome. This emerging technology is more than just an online course system, it is a means to radically expand access to world-class instruction while producing far greater results. Read more to learn how this innovative new model is helping to transform higher education. { read more }

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Take time to broaden your horizons. Consider an online course to help further your understanding.

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Sources of Light

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

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When Kobun Otogawa was asked in the wake of 9/11, “How can I deal with the enormous fear and anger that I feel about what happened?” He replied simply, “Do one kind thing for someone every day.” And though the advice might seem overly simplistic, it does cause us to realize – that it is through our own light that this world made be made a little brighter. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: A Pledge For Grateful Living

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A Pledge For Grateful Living
by Brother David Steindl-Rast

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979.jpgIn thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome the illusion of entitlement
by reminding myself that everything is gift
and, thus, to live gratefully.

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome my greed,
that confuses wants with needs,
by trusting that enough for all our needs is given to us
and to share generously
what i so generously receive.
In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome apathy
by waking up to the opportunities
that a given moment offers me
and so to respond creatively to every situation.

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome violence
by observing that fighting violence by violence
leads to more violence and death
and, thus, to foster life by acting non-violently.

In thanksgiving to life, i pledge
to overcome fear which is the root of all violence
by looking at whatever i fear as an opportunity
and, thus, courageously to lay the foundation
for a peaceful future.

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What is a pledge that you are prepared to make in thanksgiving for life? How do you relate to the notion of fear being the root of all violence? Can you share a personal story where gratitude made a big difference in your life?
Kristin Pedemonti wrote: Pledge for Thanksgiving I pledge to be Grateful and to share appreciation to all those who have assisted on the journey. To be giving and caring through sharing my gifts and skill set with othe…
Amy wrote: Amen, with a capital “A” Kritin! Amen! …
Amy wrote: In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to pursue/keep God and His truth #1 in my life. As in doing this, all other GOOD and TRUE gifts flow;) …
david doane wrote: My prayer that I say every morning at least is “All that is, animate and inanimate, is one and is sacred, and that includes me. For that I am grateful. And I respect and honor the oneness…
Always wrote: In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to better respect and honor myself as God’s son . . . In this, sacred. To acknowledge myself in any other way would be to dishonor my Father in Heaven. …
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How To Realize True Wealth

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How To Realize True Wealth

Let your capital be simplicity and contentment.

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The world is filled with abundance, but because we stay tuned into what we do not have, we can spend our lives grasping for more, never really arriving. In this heart-felt piece, Americ Azevedo at the University of California, Berkeley, asks us to awaken to the true and profound wealth we have all been blessed with. “To awaken to this very moment is truth wealth. This moment is in truth all we really have and own. Everything else is just on loan; we must give it all back in the end.” { read more }

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Practice tuning into your true wealth so that you can more clearly see the abundance all around you. Today, take some time to write about three things you are grateful for. If you’re up for the challenge, make this a daily practice!

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Is There A Right Way To Get Angry?

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Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

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Is There A Right Way To Get Angry?

Anger can cause us a great deal of hurt, but it can also be a positive force that propels us to act and can spur creativity and fuel success. It is all about how we manage our anger in those instances when we feel overwhelmed by it. Read further to learn more about ‘the right way’ to get angry and how you can harness your anger for good. { read more }

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