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Kindness Weekly: Raising a Kinder World

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October 31, 2015

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Small Acts of Kindness

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Story1 She learned kindness with her daughters as they fed the homeless every week.
Story2 He was aware of the small acts of kindness his dad would do for him.
Story3 He was grateful for everything that he learned from his teacher including camping.
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Two Little Pieces of Chocolate

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October 31, 2015

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Two Little Pieces of Chocolate

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

– Viktor E. Frankl –

Two Little Pieces of Chocolate

Francine Christophe was born in 1933, the same year that Adolph Hitler took power in Germany. When she was eight years old, she and her mother were deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. In this interview for “Human,” a film project directed by photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, she recounts an extraordinary tale of generosity at a time of great privation. { read more }

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Everyday heroes live among us. Take the time to truly listen to someone’s story today.

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Peter Kalmus: The Question of Progress

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Peter Kalmus: The Question of Progress

We’ve replaced what we thought of as superstition with a new superstition, which is the myth of progress.

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Peter Kalmus: The Question of Progress

“In every house, there were blue flickering lights going in synchrony because everyone was watching the same TV show. It was a quiet night and I was alone, just walking with the sound of the freeway and the blue flickering lights. And what had seemed normal to me my whole life suddenly seemed strange.” Here’s a moving interview with a young climate scientist at Caltech. { read more }

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Seeing Yourself Through the Eyes of Others

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Oct 29, 2015
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Seeing Yourself Through the Eyes of Others

We should know our own faces better than anyone. We have grown up with them. We see them in the mirror. And yet we often fail to see the beauty that others see in us. As the great psychotherapist Carl Jung wrote, “The most terrifying thing is to accept ourselves completely.” This film, presented by the consumer products company Unilever’s Dove brand, explores the difference between self-perception and the way we are seen by others by documenting an interesting experiment: a forensic artist prepared sketches based on the self descriptions of a number of women as well as portraits based on the description of people who had only just met them. The results were eye-opening.
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Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing & Life

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October 29, 2015

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Jane Kenyon's Advice on Writing & Life

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life.

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Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing & Life

“Tell the whole truth. Don’t be lazy, don’t be afraid,” counsels Jane Kenyon, offering advice to fellow poets with a wisdom that applies to every field of creative endeavor and can electrify any artist. { read more }

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Let some ‘artistic’ moments into your day, which means “close out the critic,” and “take chances.”

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Can We Create Social Change Without Money

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Can We Create Social Change Without Money

Bring whatever we have to offer, and it is more than enough. This is true regardless of how much money we have. Our real capital is the fundamental wholeness of the human spirit.

– Wayne Muller –

Can We Create Social Change Without Money

Can we create social change without money? Just holding that question can raise some very interesting insights. In theory, our society is supposed to balance our three big sectors. The private sector, the voluntary sector and the public sector. Each has its purpose and, in theory, it works. But in practice, money has become such a driving force that we have started to put a price tag on everything. And the problem with price tags is that we start to lose connection with the priceless. We start to lose connection with our intrinsic motivations. What designs would emerge if we don’t lead with money? What designs emerge when we lead with something subtler or something internal? These questions open up a whole new realm that can change the fundamental way in which we relate to each other. { read more }

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Kid Warrior for the Earth

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Kid Warrior for the Earth

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

– John F. Kennedy –

Kid Warrior for the Earth

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is 14 years old, and committed to changing the world. This self-described “indigenous, environmental, eco hip hop artist and activist” is also the youth director of Earth Guardians, a nonprofit that empowers young people around the world to become involved in environmental activism. “The biggest challenge we face is shifting human consciousness, not saving the planet.” Martinez says. “Because the planet doesn’t need saving; we do.” { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Death is Life’s Door

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Death is Life’s Door
by Paul Fleischman

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Sitting enabled me to see, and compelled me to acknowledge, the role that death had already played, and still continues to play, in my life. Every living creature knows that the sum total of its pulsations is limited. As a child I wondered: Where was I before I was born? Where will I be after I die? How long is forever and when does it end? The high school student of history knew that every hero died; I saw the colors of empires wash back and forth over the maps in the books like tides. (Not me!) Where can I turn that impermanence is not the law? I try to hide from this as well as I can, behind my youth (already wrinkling, first around the eyes, and graying), and health insurance: but no hideout works.

Every day ends with darkness; things must get done today or they will not happen at all. And, funny, rather than sapping my appetite, producing “nausea,” (…) the pressure of nightfall helps me to treasure life. Isn’t this the most universal human observation and counsel? I aim each swing of the maul more accurately at the cracks in the oak cordwood I am splitting. I choose each book I read with precision and reason. I hear the call to care for and love my child and the forest trails that I maintain as a pure ringing note of mandate. I sit at the dawn of day and day passes. Another dawn, but the series is limited, so I swear in my inner chamber I will not miss a day.

Sitting rivets me on the psychological fact that death is life’s door. No power can save me. Because I am aware of death, and afraid, I lean my shoulder into living not automatically and reactively, like an animal, nor passively and pleadingly, like a child pretending he has a father watching over him, but with conscious choice and decision of what will constitute each fleeting moment of my life. I know that my petals cup a volatile radiance. But to keep this in mind in turn requires that an ordinary escapist constantly re-encounters the limit, the metronome of appreciation, death.

I sit because knowing I will die enriches, and excoriates my life, so I have to go out of my way to seek discipline and the stability that is necessary for me to really face it. To embrace life I must shake hands with death. For this, I need practice. Each act of sitting is a dying to outward activity, a relinquishment of distraction, a cessation of anticipatory gratification. It is life now, as it is. Some day this austere focus will come in very, very handy. It already has.

About the Author: Paul R. Fleischman is a psychiatrist, a teacher of Vipassana meditation, and an author of eight books, most recently, "Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant". The above is from his essay, "Why I Sit".

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Boston’s High School & Senior Center in One

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Boston's High School & Senior Center in One

Blessed are you when you enjoyed the company of elderly people. They are always ready to share their rich experience and wisdom with young people.

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Boston’s High School & Senior Center in One

They didn’t plan on creating a shared space, but when architect Philip Poinelli met with the city leaders he realized they realized that the needs of the town’s elderly overlapped quite neatly with those of its teenagers. But the synergy didn’t stop short of a shared physical space — each week, students and seniors work together to leverage and extend personal experience.”There was so much overlap, and it just seemed to make sense.” Read more to learn of one city’s innovative, space-sharing solution. { read more }

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The Secrets to a Happy Life

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The Secrets to a Happy Life

Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.

– Immanuel Kant –

The Secrets to a Happy Life

What is the secret to a happy life? Ask anyone you know, and each will provide a different and widely varying response. In 1938, 268 men volunteered for a intriguing study conducted by Harvard University — one in which their personal happiness might be measured throughout the years. Though no single study could ever predict the outcome of a man’s life, there were some interesting revelations. Two of the most important lessons learned? Omnia vincit amor, or “love conquers all.” And, the other? All men have the capacity to change. Read more of this fascinating study to learn from those who have truly discovered happieness in life. { read more }

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