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Kindness Weekly: Everyday Moments and Upcoming 21-Day Challenge

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Replace The Gospel of Money

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March 31, 2015

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Replace The Gospel of Money

If most species are to survive, we must recognize Earth as a living being.

– David Korten –

Replace The Gospel of Money

Change or die. That’s the provocative belief of former Harvard Business School professor David Korten as he seeks to radically change the way the world thinks, especially when it comes to the subject of money. Wanting to steer away from the old paradigm that holds money and markets sacred, he believes the world needs to quickly shift into the emerging “Sacred Life and Living Earth” story. This article delves deeper into his perspective. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: You Cannot Capture Silence, It Captures You

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You Cannot Capture Silence, It Captures You
by Richard Rohr

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1065.jpgFor me, the two correctives of all spirituality are silence and service. If either of those is missing, it is not true, healthy spirituality. Without silence, we do not really experience our experiences. We may serve others and have many experiences, but without silence, nothing has the power to change us, to awaken us, to give us that joy that the world cannot give, as Jesus says. And without clear acts of free service (needing no payback of any sort, even “heaven”), a person’s spiritual authenticity can and should be called into question. Divine Love always needs to and must overflow!

To live in this primordial, foundational being itself, which I am calling silence, creates a kind of sympathetic resonance with what is right in front of us. Without it, we just react instead of respond. Without some degree of silence, we are never living, never tasting, as there is not much capacity to enjoy, appreciate, or taste the moment as it purely is. The opposite of contemplation is not action, it is reaction. We must wait for pure action, which always proceeds from a contemplative silence in which we are able to listen anew to truth and to what is really happening. Such spiritual silence demands a deep presence to oneself in the moment, which will probably have the same practical effect as presence to God.

You do not hear silence (precisely!), but it is that by which you do hear. You cannot capture silence. It captures you. Silence is a kind of thinking that is not thinking. It’s a kind of thinking which mostly sees(contemplata). Silence, then, is an alternative consciousness. It is a form of intelligence, a form of knowing beyond bodily reacting or emotion. It is a form of knowing beyond mental analysis, which is what we usually call thinking. All of the great world religions at the higher levels(mystical) discovered that our tyrannical mode of everyday thinking (which is largely compulsive, brain-driven, and based on early patterning and conditioning) has to be relativized and limited, or it takes over, to the loss of our primal being and identity in ourselves. I used to think that mysticism was the eventual fruit of years of contemplation; now I think it all begins with one clear moment of mystic consciousness, which then becomes the constant “spring inside us, welling up unto eternal life”.

About the Author: Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar, an internationally known speaker and author, and âfounding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation. The above passage is from his book, "Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation."

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Before I Go: A Neurosurgeon’s Final Reflections On Mortality

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Before I Go: A Neurosurgeon's Final Reflections On Mortality

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

– Albert Einstein –

Before I Go: A Neurosurgeon’s Final Reflections On Mortality

Einstein was one of the first to confirm that time and space are truly relative phenomena, and no where is relativity more palpable than in the operating room of a hospital. For neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, time as he knew it underwent a radical shift when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. From the rush of the operating room to the tortoise trudge of rest and uncertain recovery, Paul, just weeks before his passing, shared these profound thoughts on time, life, and what we leave behind. { read more }

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Opening Doors and Hearts

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Opening Doors and Hearts

Be an opener of doors.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Opening Doors and Hearts

Opening a door is more than a physical act. It’s about putting yourself out there, getting to know people, making them feel comfortable, and making them feel welcome. After being bullied, Josh Yandt decided to make a change that ultimately had a dramatic impact on his life and on the lives of his fellow students. Watch this sweet story of how the London, Ontario, high school paid forward Josh’s acts of kindness and connection. { read more }

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Take the next opportunity to hold the door open for someone. And don’t forget to make eye contact and smile. 🙂

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Duane Elgin On Voluntary Simplicity

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Duane Elgin On Voluntary Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

– Leonardo da Vinci –

Duane Elgin On Voluntary Simplicity

Duane Elgin, a visionary with a Wharton MBA and a master’s degree in economic history, speaks out about the shift into another future away from the consumer mentality which has driven history for hundreds of years. He says we are in a time of great transition, unable to keep the materialism of our consumer society going. In this wide-ranging interview he discusses everything from the practice of inner simplicity, to the aliveness of the universe, and the importance of living one’s true gifts. { read more }

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Experiment this week with a transition away from consumerism and toward simplicity.

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A Gang You’ll Want Your Kid to Join

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A Gang You'll Want Your Kid to Join

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

– Henry Ford –

A Gang You’ll Want Your Kid to Join

The words ‘gang’ or ‘posse’ have negative connotations for most people. But not for Deborah Bial. After an aha-moment with a college drop-out, she would go on to form the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive college access programs in the United States. How successful is the program? The list of former Posse graduates is undeniably impressive: Harvard grads, doctors, a college dean, a filmmaker, and a CEO, just to name a few. { read more }

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Reach out to a child or young adult today, who could use a listening ear, a mentor, or simply a caring presence in their lives.

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Harlem Elvis: Why Waste Time?

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Harlem Elvis: Why Waste Time?

Harlem Elvis: Why Waste Time?

In a world driven by money, we sometimes forget that we are blessed with an abundance of one resource everyday – time. In this short, one minute, film, Elvis de Leon gives us a perspective that will change the way you look at today. “Why waste time? It doesn’t carry over to the next day. It doesn’t earn interest. Take every day and every moment, and make something of it. Make something positive.”
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Black Madonna: A Song of Forgiveness

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Black Madonna: A Song of Forgiveness

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

– Mahatma Gandhi –

Black Madonna: A Song of Forgiveness

“In 1981, two white supremacists brutally murdered an eighteen-year-old black boy in Mobile, Alabama. During the trial, there was an astounding moment: one of the men expressed true sorrow for what he had done. Everyone took a breath. And the boy’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, forgave him.” The ability of human beings to love, even those who have deeply wronged us, is a recurring source of amazement and awe. Gayan, a poet and musician, was moved to compose a song dedicated to Beulah Mae Donald and the greatness of her spirit. Read more to feel the power of his awe-inspiring words describing Beulah’s remarkable and beautiful act of forgiveness. { read more }

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How To Retrain Your Brain With Three Words

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How To Retrain Your Brain With Three Words

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

– Leo Burnett –

How To Retrain Your Brain With Three Words

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of the best-selling book ‘Freakonomics,’ are back again in an effort to help retrain your brain when it comes to solving problems. From small issues to major crises, in fields ranging from business and philanthropy, to sports and politics, Levitt and Dubner offer up a self-help manual for how to think more productively, more creatively, and more rationally. Or as the book title provocatively puts it, “How To Think Like a Freak.” This interview with the authors shares more…including the three words they believe we should all utter more often. { read more }

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Try approaching life with curiosity today, and see what effect that has on you.

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