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Photographing Horses To Save Their Lives

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January 31, 2015

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Photographing Horses To Save Their Lives

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.

– Sharon Ralls Lemon –

Photographing Horses To Save Their Lives

They are the symbol of the American West — strong, resolute, assured. And yet, nearly 150,000 wild horses are sent to slaughter each year in the U.S. Though, The Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 was intended to protect them, an increase in cattle interests has caused their allocated territory to diminish. Until recently, their plight has gone largely unnoticed. But, thanks to the efforts of Christy Whitney, founder of the Unwanted Project, their story is finally being heard. Read how the passion of one talented photographer is helping to give these noble beings a new lease on life. { read more }

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Can Hugs Help Keep You Healthy?

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January 30, 2015

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Can Hugs Help Keep You Healthy?

Hugs are the universal medicine.

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Can Hugs Help Keep You Healthy?

When somebody says they “need a hug,” it’s possible that they are not just being overly dramatic or merely frivolous. According to research from Carnegie Mellon University, it turns out that people might actually need hugs to help ward off illness. Psychologist Dr. Sheldon Cohen, who headed the research, came to this conclusion, “those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection.” { read more }

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Let’s keep this simple: do your best to make sure you share a hug with someone today.

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My Father’s Gift

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‘Gift’ is a must watch short film that has a profound, heart-touching message about the importance of giving, and the true value of wealth. It’s a beautiful depiction of how we deeply touch others when we selflessly give our time, love and kindness. “Gift” is about a boy who grew up not liking his father because he believed he was poor, unintelligent and unsuccessful, but his father had a secret. It was only until after his father’s death he discovers the true reach of his father’s generosity towards others and the joy and laughter he brought to others. He finally understands his father’s message to him as a boy, that “being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you can give.”
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9 Inspiring Quotes About The Sacredness of Seeds

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January 29, 2015

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9 Inspiring Quotes About The Sacredness of Seeds

A seed is small but rich with possibility, like love, which is as humble as it is powerful.

– Pir Zia Inayat-Khan –

9 Inspiring Quotes About The Sacredness of Seeds

“Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul. In our current supermarket lifestyle of pre-packaged products, far removed from the cycles of planting, we have nearly forgotten this mystery. Now as the integrity of the seed is threatened, so is its primal meaning.” These words are taken from the new book, Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays. Enjoy these gorgeous excerpted photos and quotes from a book that celebrates the miraculous seeds of life. { read more }

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Growing plants helps keep you stay connected to the natural world. Pick up seeds from plants in your neighborhood or from your local farmer’s market to grow something beautiful this spring!

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The Difference Between Education & Training

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January 28, 2015

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The Difference Between Education & Training

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

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The Difference Between Education & Training

“The root word of education — educare — means to lead forth a hidden wholeness in another person.” These are the words of Rachel Naomi Remen, whose course, the “Healer’s Art,” is now taught in half of American medical schools and seven countries around the world. Her words remind us that competence and completeness are each held within the other, and that we are already enough. { read more }

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The Forgiveness Of Unforgivable Acts

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January 27, 2015

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The Forgiveness Of Unforgivable Acts

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes

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The Forgiveness Of Unforgivable Acts

As a child, Sujatha Baliga experienced repeated abuse at the hands of her own father. The deep pain and trauma of her experience would spur her towards victim advocacy. She enrolled in law school determined to become a prosecutor and help punish the perpetrators of such crimes. But a personal crisis in India followed by a serendipitous sit-down with the Dalai Lama himself, changed everything. “How do you work on behalf of abused people without anger as the motivating force?” she asked the famous paragon of compassion. His response electrified her. It set Baliga on a profound course that allowed her to ultimately forgive her father, and to also discover her true calling in the field of restorative justice, working equally for victims and accused persons. In this interview Baliga shares the Dalai Lama’s unforgettable advice, along with her powerful story. A story that demonstrates our human capacity to transcend even the most horrific events with love. { read more }

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Experiment with forgiveness today — of yourself, of another, or of a circumstance. For inspiration, here is a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh, titled, “Please Call Me by My True Names.” { more }

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Awakin Weekly: Freely vs Free

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Freely vs Free
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1031.jpgToday, after receiving acupuncture during my donation based shift, a patient asked me why I was “giving away” such amazing treatments for free. Don’t you value your skills? She asked. Don’t you want to demand that others value your skills too? Don’t you want them to show you respect by paying you what you are worth? Then she saw my perplexed expression and then added, oh, I see you are trying to fix the world. You are trying to help people in need because they are lacking. That is good of you. She waited for a response but I was speechless. There was so much off in what she said to me that I didn’t know where to start, so instead, I tipped my head slightly as to nod. She smiled, deposited $5 into our money box and left. I’ve been thinking about what she said ever since.

I do what I do and there is no amount of money that anyone could give me to make me feel that it is an adequate match to what I have to offer. Not $5, not $5000. Because what I have to offer is not quantifiable. What I have to offer is myself and it not only reflects in my practice of Chinese Medicine but how I run my business. It is what has evolved over my 16 years of thinking about medicine and health and how I would like to affect and be affected by the world I live in. It is a reflection of my understanding of health and our connections with one another.

My practice reflects my faith in abundance, trust, and connection that is possible in the world that we live in and my faith in the profound healing capabilities of Chinese Medicine. I am taken by its simplicity, its gentleness, its humbleness, its accessibility, its profound depth, its quiet healing. I am heartened (especially in this day and age) to be able provide an environment where 5 complete strangers can lie down side by side to nap, relax and heal together, no strings attached. And I am amazed that day after day, people do come to do just that. That is trust. That is healing.

From this understanding, value and worth take on very different perspectives. It is only because of my understanding of the profound value of what I do that I offer it up freely. Not for free, freely. I am not doing this to fix a broken world or to give to people in need. The world is not broken, what people may or may not need is beyond my comprehension. I am simply doing this because it is the most natural expression of who I’ve become and of who I am.

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The Art of Noticing … and Creating

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The Art of Noticing ... and Creating

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

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The Art of Noticing … and Creating

In this interview author, entrepreneur and internet thought leader Seth Godin discusses what he believes has become the “Connection Economy”. Godin’s belief is that there is a way to go about getting good at noticing things, and then being able to turn around and help others make that connection. And no matter on how small a scale, it is then that he thinks ‘art’ happens. { read more }

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Stunning Images of the Power of Education

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Stunning Images of the Power of Education

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

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Stunning Images of the Power of Education

World-renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry has been one of the most influential voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. In this photo essay, McCurry takes you around the globe and offers up striking images of children and their learning environments, from Tanzania to Sri Lanka and from Mali to Peru. Enjoy these beautiful photos and the accompanying quotes on the power of education. { read more }

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