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Feeding Thousands In Singapore

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February 28, 2015

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Feeding Thousands In Singapore

The people who give you their food give you their heart.

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Feeding Thousands In Singapore

In this corner of South East Asia, a diverse group of people from different backgrounds in nationalities and professions work together to put food on the table for those who are in need. This 100% volunteer-run organization not only cooks up 3000 appetizing meals daily but also arranges tuition payments for school children and bereavement services regardless of race or creed. { read more }

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A Classroom With Love At The Center

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February 27, 2015

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A Classroom With Love At The Center

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin –

A Classroom With Love At The Center

Peggy Sia has some remarkable fifth grade moments. “One morning, as we were discussing the meaning of resilience, a student recalled something his coach said to the team during a practice. The things one chooses to do that others will not do today, will enable one to do the things that others cannot do tomorrow. Such powerful words coming from that of a 10-year-old.” Every day, they move her to rise before the sun, step out of her slumbering household, and into the hour-long commute to school. With her “Big 3” classroom tools, Peggy unleashes a class culture of empathy– one in which math problems and grammar lessons unfold with love at the center. { read more }

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Take time to show your colleagues you care. Greet them with a morning smile, listen deeply in a meeting, or simply ask how they are and mean it.

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This Is Who We Are – A Song to Save the Caribbean Seas

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This Is Who We Are – A Song to Save the Caribbean Seas

This song and music video is an international collaboration of artists, organizations and governments to educate the youth in the Caribbean Islands of St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua/Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, to respect marine life. New York based Hip Hop artist Chad Harper (Famus) joined 2 of St. Lucia’s most famous Soca music artists, Ambi and J Mouse, to create "This Is Who We Are." The project was initiated by PCI Media Impact and funded by The Nature Conservancy with a grant from the German Government. "This Is Who We Are" will be featured on television and radio in all 6 islands to launch a 6 month campaign of ocean awareness.
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Ecosophy: Nature’s Guide to a Better World

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February 26, 2015

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Ecosophy: Nature's Guide to a Better World

It is now becoming increasingly clear that the universe is more like a great thought than a great machine.

– J. Robert Oppenheimer –

Ecosophy: Nature’s Guide to a Better World

The perfect storm of crises we now face may well prove to be the challenge that drives us into our greatest evolutionary leap. Ecology cannot be made subservient to economy if we want to continue our life on Earth as a healthy, embedded global human society. In this thought-provoking article, evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris explores the way of Ecosophy – “the human household in which economy (including finance) and ecology are not separated because they are understood as aspects of a single living system, or living economy, that is both organized and governed wisely. { read more }

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The Art of Stillness

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February 25, 2015

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The Art of Stillness

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

– Hermann Hesse –

The Art of Stillness

Giving up what seemed like an exhilarating life and a dream job in the heart of New York City, Pico Iyer made a pivotal decision by moving half way around the world and into the foothills of Kyoto, Japan. Gone was the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, and found was a place that he felt afforded him a chance to find what he was looking for… stillness. For as Pico Iyer believes, it is in ‘stillness’ that we can find what truly sustains us. { read more }

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The Deaf & Blind Artist Who Never Gave Up

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February 24, 2015

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The Deaf & Blind Artist Who Never Gave Up

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!

– Stevie Wonder –

The Deaf & Blind Artist Who Never Gave Up

The story of Emilie Gossiaux, a native of New Orleans who now lives and works in New York City, is nothing short of extraordinary. At the age of 5, Gossiaux began to suffer from an untreatable disorder that caused her to start losing her hearing. Years later, in yet another cruel twist of fate, Gossiaux was in an accident that left her blind. Remarkably, she continued to follow her love of art and sculpting. Today she is a proud recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award of Excellence. Read more about her perseverance and courage in this enlightening Q&A. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: The Act of Giving is the True Gift

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1061.jpgIn an ancient Indian epic, Arjuna, a famed warrior questions his divine charioteer, Krishna, about the noblest giver in the land. "Karna is without doubt the finest example of generosity in the kingdom," Krishna informs him. The answer irks Arjuna. Karna is one of his biggest rivals on the battlefield. He frowns deeply and says nothing. Krishna, noticing Arjuna’s furrowed brow and the competitive gleam in his eyes, hides a smile. The subject is dropped for the time being, but several days later, Krishna devises a skillful test.

"Do you see those two mountains ?" Krishna asks Arjuna, as they are riding together one evening. As Arjuna turns his gaze, the tall peaks in the distance begin to shimmer and reflect the light. The two mountains have turned into solid gold. "Now Arjuna, I have a task for you," says Krishna, " You must distribute these two mountains of gold among the poor villagers who live in the foothills. Let me know when you have given away every last pebble of it."

Excited by this opportunity to impress Krishna and the world with his philanthropic abilities, Arjuna summons all the villagers together and addresses them grandly. "Listen," says Arjuna, "For I bring glad news. I will be distributing these two glorious mountains of gold amongst all of you." A gasp of wonder and delight rises from the audience, and the air fills with songs in praise of the great warrior Arjuna. Energized by the admiration Arjuna sets about creating a master plan for the collection and distribution of the gold.

For two straight days and nights he shovels gold ceaselessly from the mountain. Not stopping an instant for food, water, rest or sleep. And yet, to his bafflement and utter dismay, the mountains remain undiminished. The more he shovels the more there remains. Forced to the brink of exhaustion, he seeks Krishna out. "I must take a few days of rest before I continue," he confesses wearily.

In response, Krishna summons Karna into his presence. "Do you see those two mountains?" Krishna asks of Karna. "Yes," returns the noble warrior. "You must distribute them among the poor villagers who live in the foothills. Let me know when you have given away every last pebble of it." Without a moment’s hesitation Karna calls out to two villagers who happen to be passing by at that moment. "Do you see those two mountains?" Karna asks them. "Yes," comes the response. "Those two mountains of gold are yours to do with as you please," says Karna with a smile bright as the sunrise. And just as easily as he utters these words, he bows to Krishna and walks away.

Arjuna sits dumbfounded by this turn of events. Krishna turns to him, his voice rich with a love and wisdom beyond the ages. "Arjuna — in your mind the gold occupied a place of high value, and you were sub-consciously attracted to it. You had a muddied approach to giving. You tried to strategize and divide up the gold according to who you thought was most worthy of the gift. But these petty calculations tired your spirit, and over time, you were forced to realize that the mountains’ abundance is far beyond the capacity of your individual head, heart and hands." Arjuna silently absorbed the truth of these words into his being.

"And what about Karna?" he finally ventured to ask. "The gold meant nothing to Karna," returned Krishna easily, "For him the true gift was not the gold but the act of giving in itself. He had no calculations to make, nor was he seeking anything in return by way of acknowledgement or praise. He offered everything with a clear heart and a pure mind, and having given he moved on to meet the next moment. And that, dear Arjuna, is a true sign of a person on the path of Awakening."

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5 Essential reads On Empathy

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5 Essential reads On Empathy

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.

– Walt Whitman –

5 Essential reads On Empathy

“One of the most enlivening things about exploring empathy has been the amazing response I get from people I talk to…just about everyone instinctively ‘gets’ the concept, even without any formal enquiry. It seems as though we instinctively feel that empathy is central to healthy, social, human life. Our understanding of empathy is rapidly developing thanks to various thought leaders elevating the concept on a global scale.” For those looking to explore the realm of empathy more deeply, here’s a list of 5 essential books on the subject. { read more }

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Kindness Weekly: Sowing the Seeds of Kindness

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space EditorEditor’s note: Dear Friends, Hope you’re having a lovely February! We have been receiving some beautiful kindness stories from people across the country. Highlighting one of my favorites below from this week: Remembering My Father’s Vest. There’s so much to learn from that beautiful memory as a youth. Wish a wonderful rest of the month. Hope you’re staying warm. 🙂 space
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Lily Yeh: Healing Our Broken Places Through Art

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Lily Yeh: Healing Our Broken Places Through Art

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

– Leonard Cohen –

Lily Yeh: Healing Our Broken Places Through Art

Art teacher Lily Yeh started an initiative that transformed an abandoned lot in inner-city north Philadelphia into an art park. It blossomed into the Village of Arts and Humanities, which has built more art parks and gardens, renovated abandoned homes, and created educational programs, art workshops, after-school programs, a youth theater, and joyful community celebrations. Now Lily’s new organization, Barefoot Artists Inc., teaches residents and artists how to replicate the Village model in devastated communities around the world… { read more }

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