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Gabriela Mistral on Service

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August 31, 2015

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Gabriela Mistral on Service

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

– Mahatma Gandhi –

Gabriela Mistral on Service

Gabriela Mistral calls on us to serve as nature serves, suggesting each of us could be the one to remove the rock from the field or hate from the human heart. Read her lovely poem about service here… { read more }

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Opportunities to serve are everywhere and at any moment. See how many times you can help nature or one of your fellow human beings today.

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Kindness Weekly: 21-Day Challenge

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In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention. –Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Learning to

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August 30, 2015

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Learning to

The circle became a way to move to a kind of world that I want to live in.

– Kay Pranis –

Learning to

For centuries, our ancestors have gathered around the proverbial fire, so to speak–holding space for unity and peace. In many ways, these ‘circles’ have helped to foster dialogue, to grow community, and engage in a shared path of understanding. In this lovely interview, Kay Pranis, a national leader in restorative justice, discusses the wisdom within our collective knowledge, and the blessing our interconnection brings. Please take a moment to be inspired by her brilliant introspection. { read more }

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Have dinner around the table tonight; learn to create ‘circle moments’ within each day.

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Co-Working Spaces in Trees

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August 29, 2015

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Co-Working Spaces in Trees

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there.

– Hermann Hesse –

Co-Working Spaces in Trees

Coworking is all the rage these days – with innovative spaces cropping up all around, designed to help invoke our inner creative spirit. There are spaces which double as coffee shops and climbing gyms. And, now? There is a shared space within the trees. Dubbed TreeXOffice, the project brings together six to eight people at a time to work under the canopy of a tree. It is designed with the intention of giving back to the environment. With ‘rentals’ of these spaces garnering nearly $1,000 per month – the profits are used to improve the space surrounding. Read more to learn of this exciting and innovative new way of giving back to our environment. { read more }

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Whether by planting a tree, or offering a space to reflect – there are a myriad of ways to give back to our environment. Take time today to reflect.

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How Awe Makes Us Generous

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August 28, 2015

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How Awe Makes Us Generous

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

– John Muir –

How Awe Makes Us Generous

“What do the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, and gazing at distant stars all have in common? They can awaken a deep appreciation for the world around us and inspire a profound sense of awe. This sensation is often accompanied by an awareness of something larger than ourselves — that we play a small part in an intricate cosmic dance that is life.” In this article, author Adam Hoffman describes recent studies that find that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans. { read more }

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Take a moment to experience the awe that nature inspires — perhaps, look for the stars in the night sky, watch the sky turn orange, purple, and pink at sunset during your evening commute — and reflect on how doing so impacts your relationship with others in your life.

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Sixth Graders on Mindfulness

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Aug 27, 2015
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Sixth Graders on Mindfulness

"It really calms me down ’cause I get really stressed about homework a lot and when I breathe and just take a moment it really helps me focus more and I can get a lot more done" says one student. "If you get angry, you can just breathe in and out a couple of times…" says another. Listen to the children of Meena Srinivasan’s 6th. grade class at Park Day School in Oakland, California, talk about what they like about mindfulness and how it benefits them.
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My Bucket List of Gratitude

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My Bucket List of Gratitude

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

– Dr. Wayne Dyer –

My Bucket List of Gratitude

We typically think of a ‘bucket list’ as that special list of things we wish to do, see, or accomplish before we say our final farewells. But, what if there was another way to view it? That is, to create a list comprised of life’s most special moments already lived? In this lovely story, a young woman recounts how much the kindness of neighbors helped to restore her faith — inspiring a whole new kind of ‘bucket list’. Curious? Read on… { read more }

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How Groups Shape Individual Judgement

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How Groups Shape Individual Judgement

Once the herd starts moving in one direction, it’s very hard to turn it, even slightly.

– Dan Rather –

How Groups Shape Individual Judgement

Peer pressure, herd mentality, groupthink — all various phrases that hint at a central truth: the mind of the group often sways the mind of the individual. But how and why does this happen? The scientists at the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley endeavor to find out. { read more }

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Notice how your voice changes throughout the day depending on who you’re talking to. Which voice feels most naturally “yours” and who brings it out?

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A Track Inspector’s Good Deed Goes Viral

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A Track Inspector's Good Deed Goes Viral

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community … I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.

– Steve Nash –

A Track Inspector’s Good Deed Goes Viral

“Everyone has it in their heart to do things like this.” Those are the words spoken by Josh Cyganik, who one day decided to take action and simply turn a negative into a positive. Enjoy this uplifting story about how one man’s inspiration ended up having a ripple effect that then inspired many others to help out an elderly man and his wife transform their home. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: True Splendor of Science

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True Splendor of Science
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2106.jpgThe true splendor of science is not so much that it names and classifies, records and predicts, but that it observes and desires to know the facts, whatever they may turn out to be. However much it may confuse facts with conventions, and reality with arbitrary divisions, in this openness and sincerity of mind it bears some resemblance to religion, understood in its other and deeper sense. The greater the scientist, the more he is impressed with his ignorance of reality, and the more he realizes that his laws and labels, descriptions and definitions, are the products of his own thought. They help him to use the world for purposes of his own devising rather than to understand and explain it.

The more he analyzes the universe into infinitesimals, the more things he finds to classify, and the more he perceives the relativity of all classification. What he does not know seems to increase in geometric progression to what he knows. Steadily he approaches the point where what is unknown is not a mere blank space in a web of words but a window in the mind, a window whose name is not ignorance but wonder.

The timid mind shuts this window with a bang, and is silent and thoughtless about what it does not know in order to chatter the more about what it thinks it knows. It fills up the uncharted spaces with mere repetitions of what has already been explored. But the open mind knows that the most minutely explored territories have not really been known at all, but only marked and measured a thousand times over. And the fascinating mystery of what it is that we mark and measure must in the end ‘tease us out of thought’ until the mind forgets to circle and to pursue its own process, and becomes aware that to be at this moment is pure miracle.

In such wonder there is not hunger but fulfillment. Almost everyone has known it, but only in rare instants when the startling beauty or strangeness of a scene drew the mind away from its self-pursuit, and for a moment made it unable to find words for the feeling. We are, then, most fortunate to be living in a time when human knowledge has gone so far that it begins to be at a loss for words, not at the strange and marvelous alone, but at the most ordinary things. The dust on the shelves has become as much of a mystery as the remotest stars; we know enough of both to know that we know nothing. Eddington, the physicist, is nearest to the mystics, not in his airier flights of fancy, but when he says quite simply, "Something unknown is doing we don’t know what." In such a confession thought has moved full circle, and we are again as children.

About the Author: Alan Watts is … The excerpt above is from his book, ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity.’

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