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Saturday In New York With Gitanjali

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Saturday In New York With Gitanjali

Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things.

– Jack Kornfield –

Saturday In New York With Gitanjali

Gitanjali Babbar is a curious spirit who is gently shaking the world with her selfless service. As the founder of “Kat-Katha” in Delhi, she is bringing community and love to the otherwise bleak existence of sex-trafficked women, their families, and even brothel owners. The community is growing strong and volunteers are pouring in. But, during her recent visit to Manhattan, she told writer Tracy Cochran that she does not want to be the head of a movement, and was reassured by the idea that soon the movement would take over and she would fade into the background. “It struck me as strange,” Tracy writes, “that I was spending the day with someone whose idea of heroism consisted in taking off her armor, in making herself vulnerable to life, giving up the privilege of separation.” In this piece, Tracy captures the beauty and grace of Gitanjali’s spirit and the message of love and oneness that she brings to the world through her work. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Man’s Most Important Mistake

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Man’s Most Important Mistake
by G. I. Gurdjieff

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2094.jpgOne of man’s most important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I.

Man such as we know him, the ‘man-machine,’ the man who cannot ‘do,’ and with whom and through whom everything ‘happens,’ cannot have a permanent and single I. His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one he was a moment ago.

Man has no permanent and unchangeable I. Every thought, every mood, every desire, every sensation, says ‘I.’ And in each case it seems to be taken for granted that this I belongs to the Whole, to the whole man, and that a thought, a desire, or an aversion is expressed by this Whole. In actual fact there is no foundation whatsoever for this assumption. Man’s every thought and desire appears and lives quite separately and independently of the Whole. And the Whole never expresses itself, for the simple reason that it exists, as such, only physically as a thing, and in the abstract as a concept.

Man has no individual I. But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands of separate small I’s, very often entirely unknown to one another, never coming into contact, or, on the contrary, hostile to each other, mutually exclusive and incompatible. Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking, ‘I.’ And each time his I is different. Just now it was a thought, now it is a desire, now a sensation, now another thought, and so on, endlessly. Man is a plurality. Man’s name is legion.

Try to understand that what you usually call "I" is not I; there are many “I’s” and each “I” has a different wish. Try to verify this. You wish to change, but which part of you has this wish? Many parts of you want many things, but only one part is real. It will be very useful for you to try to be sincere with yourself. Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.

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How do you relate to the notion that there are many “I’s” within you and each “I” has a different wish? Can you share a personal story of a time you became aware of the real “I” amidst the other “I’s”? What is a test that helps you know that you have touched the real “I”?
sheetal wrote: Indeed a tough one to understand and put into practice. The moment “I” read the passage the question arose which part of my “I” wants to change? There are no immediate solutions to these puzzles but …
xiaoshan wrote: There is change, and there is stability. Yin and Yang. The both are true and neither is illusion. Since everything rises and passing away, change is inevitable and any effort to holding on (ref…
david doane wrote: There is one I. I is always changing, not static. That I am constantly changing doesn’t mean there are many I’s. I can be many different ways, display many different moods and behav…
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How to Transform Stress Into Courage and Connection

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How to Transform Stress Into Courage and Connection

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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How to Transform Stress Into Courage and Connection

“Stress doesn’t always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.” In this article, McGonigal summarizes the social science research that explains how a certain response to stress changes the brain’s biochemistry in surprising ways. { read more }

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Gorgeous Portraits of the World’s Vanishing People

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Gorgeous Portraits of the World's Vanishing People

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.

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Gorgeous Portraits of the World’s Vanishing People

Many photos are able to capture what we see, but it’s a rare photo that shows us who we are. Jimmy Nelson has traveled the globe seeking out opportunities to share a glimpse into some of the world’s vanishing people. In this TED talk, he shares not just the photos he’s taken, but the stories behind each astonishing portrait. { read more }

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Nancy Mellon: Storytelling as a Healing Art

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Nancy Mellon: Storytelling as a Healing Art

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

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Nancy Mellon: Storytelling as a Healing Art

I opened the classroom door to hear a robust Irish voice shouting to the children: What are you doing in here? I never heard such a hullabaloo in me life! The children all sat down immediately and put their toes together under their desks. I heard the voice continuing, “I come from the country called Ireland, and I am visiting your country to find out whether American children learn anything at all!” { read more }

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Moving Beyond the Blame Game

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Moving Beyond the Blame Game

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.

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Moving Beyond the Blame Game

Why do we waste so much energy looking for someone to blame when something doesn’t go our way? Dr. Bren Brown provides us with valuable insight into how the constant search for blame limits the meaningfulness of our relationships. Bren Brown is a highly respected researcher on the subject of vulnerability. She has mastered using the art of storytelling and self-disclosure to bring life and practical meaning to the data she’s collected and analyzed for over 10 years. Equally important is that Bren also shows us it’s okay to laugh at ourselves as we acknowledge our imperfections. { read more }

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Mending More Than Clothes

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Mending More Than Clothes

Once a month, Michael Swaine, a college art teacher, sets up a sewing machine on the streets of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco to mend clothes for the struggling residents, for free. For 15 years, he has been paying forward for the antique sewing machine he found discarded on a curb. Where most people see drugs, crime and homelessness on the streets of the Tenderloin, Swaine sees beauty and magic. The sewing machine has become more than a tool for mending – it is a tool for connection, stories, and building community.
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Start Before You Feel Ready

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Start Before You Feel Ready

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Start Before You Feel Ready

“Start now, just get on and do it.” That’s the sort of advice given by billionaire, Richard Branson — and, his life is a testimony to this simple principle. In fact, Branson has started so many new adventures in his life — businesses, charities, and expeditions – that it’s unlikely he ever felt “ready” to start any of them. But, isn’t that sometimes what makes the difference? Forging ahead in lieu of creating our own obstacles? This thought-provoking article outlines habits of some of the movers and shakers of the world. Spoiler alert – the advice is not what you may think.
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How To Resist Social Distractions

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How To Resist Social Distractions

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

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How To Resist Social Distractions

“One can never be alone enough to write”… And yet despite the vast creative and psychological benefits of boredom, we have grown so afraid of it that we have unlearned — or refused to learn altogether — the essential art of being alone, so very necessary for contemplation and creative work.” In discussing the life and work of 19th century French artist and diarist Eugene Delacroix, Maria Popova delves into the role of solitude which is perhaps more pertinent for us in the 21st century in — “an age of exponentially swelling social demands and distraction” — than it was two centuries ago. { read more }

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Take a moment today to be in solitude, to be aware when discomfort with boredom arises and instead of picking up the phone, turning on the radio, flicking the remote, or whatever it is that is habitual — just be.

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