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A Love Letter to Wilderness

This week’s inspiring video: A Love Letter to Wilderness
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Dec 31, 2015
A Love Letter to Wilderness

A Love Letter to Wilderness

This love letter to wilderness celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act with stunning images and excerpts of poetry and words on wilderness from Edward Abbey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir and Wallace Stegner. In 50 years, the designated wilderness areas in the United States has grown from nine to 109 million acres, including national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management lands. "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…" ~John Muir
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Ten Ways to Set A Positive Tone For the New Year

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December 31, 2015

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Ten Ways to Set A Positive Tone For the New Year

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

– Alfred Lord Tennyson –

Ten Ways to Set A Positive Tone For the New Year

“For thousands of years, humans have marked the beginning of a new year with sacred festivals. January is named after the Roman god Janus, whose two faces looked to both the past and the future. As you consider the many days ahead in 2016, take some time to reflect on the past as well. Try these tips if you’re searching for ways to make this year’s New Year’s celebration more meaningful.” { read more }

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Mandela: An Exemplar of Lifelong Learning

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December 30, 2015

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Mandela: An Exemplar of Lifelong Learning

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

– Nelson Mandela –

Mandela: An Exemplar of Lifelong Learning

Nelson Mandela’s remarkable spirit and life story are celebrated the world over. Author Karen MacGregor takes a deeper look into how Mandela used his time on earth as a lifelong learning experience. From formal higher education, to tribal and political education, and then of course, to prison education, the breadth and depth of Mandela’s learning is truly remarkable. { read more }

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Unexpected Joy on the Copenhagen Metro

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Unexpected Joy on the Copenhagen Metro

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

– Samuel Johnson –

Unexpected Joy on the Copenhagen Metro

In the quiet of the Copenhagen Metro, the clear, sweet notes of a flute panned across the train. As commuters looked on with smiles, the members of the Copenhagen Phil joined into a rendition of Morning Mood from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Op. 23. As listeners drank in the beauty of the melody, perhaps they were aware that at least for this particular commute, they were bonded with the strangers on the train in their appreciation and joy. They boarded the train as many, but departed in unity as one. { read more }

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Sometimes public commutes can be frustrating. Offering your seat to those in need or even extending a simple smile of greeting can go a long way to making someone’s day easier and happier.

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Awakin Weekly: Why Are We Running Out of Time?

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Why Are We Running Out of Time?
by Jacob Needleman

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1090.jpgTechnology itself is not the cause of our problem of time. Its influence on our lives is a result, not a cause — the result of an unseen accelerating process taking place in ourselves, in our inner being. Whether we point to the effect of communication technology (such as e-mail) with its tyranny of instant communication; or to the computerization, and therefore the mentalization of so many human activities that previously required at least some participation of our physical presence; or to any of the innumerable transformations of human life that are being brought about by new technology, the essential element to recognize is how much of what we call "progress" is accompanied by and measured by the fact that human beings need less and less conscious attention to perform their activities and lead their lives.

The real power of faculty of attention, unknown to modern science, is one of the indispensable and most central measures of humanness — of the being of a man or a woman — and has been so understood, in many forms and symbols, at the heart of all the great spiritual teachings of the world.

The effects of advancing technology, for all the material promise they offer the world (along with the dangers, of course) is but the most recent wave in a civilization that, without recognizing what it was doing, has placed the satisfaction of desire above the cultivation of being. The deep meaning of many rules of conduct and moral principles of the past — so many of which have been abandoned without our understanding their real roots in human nature — involved the cultivation and development of the uniquely human power of attention, its action in the body, heart and mind of man. To be present, truly present, is to have conscious attention. This capacity is the key to what it means to be human.

It is not, therefore, the rapidity of change as such that is the source of our problem of time. It is the metaphysical fact that the being of man is diminishing. In the world as in oneself, time is vanishing because we have lost the practice of consciously inhabiting our life, the practice of conscious attention to ourselves as we go about our lives.

About the Author: by Jacob Needlman, excerpted from "Time and the Soul."

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Does Trying To Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

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Does Trying To Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.

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Does Trying To Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

“As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the kingdom of Bhutan, there’s a national index to measure happiness. But what if searching for happiness actually prevents us from finding it?” Read on to learn more from Adam Grant about why we might need to change our focus in order to find happiness. { read more }

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Sparking Curiosity by Embracing Uncertainty

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Sparking Curiosity by Embracing Uncertainty

Our minds crave closure, but when we latch onto it prematurely we miss beautiful and important moments along the way

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Sparking Curiosity by Embracing Uncertainty

Teachers often present subjects to children as settled and complete, as if no further questioning is needed because all the answers have been found. Students may think they’ve learned all the facts and lose their sense of curiosity. In “Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing,” Jamie Holmes invites them to spark their curiosity to better prepare them for the “real world,” where answers are seldom clear-cut or permanent. { read more }

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KindSpring Weekly: ‘Tis the Season

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How to Move Beyond Pain

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How to Move Beyond Pain

We think we’ll feel better after pointing a finger at someone or something, but nothing changes.

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How to Move Beyond Pain

We will all feel pain in one form or another many times throughout our lifetimes, whether it be the heartbreak of lost love, or perhaps some sort of perceived humiliation at the workplace. And while the pain may be real and lasting, there are fundamental actions we can each take to help bring about healing. The following article offers three crucial steps that can help facilitate someone to “move beyond pain.” { read more }

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What Generous People’s Brains Do Differently

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What Generous People's Brains Do Differently

The heart that gives, gathers.

– Tao Te Ching –

What Generous People’s Brains Do Differently

Some people make giving look effortless. They’re the kind of people who bring donuts on Friday mornings and don’t think twice before helping overwhelmed colleagues. Others face more of a struggle when it comes to putting the group first. So how do the givers do it? New research from the emerging field of neuroeconomics suggests that being generous is not as tough as some people think. { read more }

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