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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.

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In 2004, Kellie Haddock and her newborn son were in a horrible accident that took her husband’s life. 10 years later, Haddock spent 6 months tracking down the people who saved her son’s life and organized an event in their honor. Some of the caregivers had never been thanked before for what they do. “There is so much wrong in the world and it’s so easy to point out what people are doing wrong. We rarely take the time to notice when people are doing things right. I want to be a person that points out when someone does something right.” { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Learning Not to Be Afraid of Things That Are Real

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Learning Not to Be Afraid of Things That Are Real
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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tow1.jpgRecently I’ve been looking through a field guide on nature observation. The author, when he was a child, was trained by an old Native American. One day the child asked the old man, "Why is it that you’re not afraid of heat and cold?"

The old man looked at him for a while and finally said, "Because they’re real."

And this is our job as meditators: to try to learn not to be afraid of things that are real.

Ultimately, we discover that things that are real pose no danger to the mind. The real dangers in the mind are our delusions, the things we make up, the things we use to cover up reality, the stories, the preconceived notions we impose on things. When we’re trying to live in those stories and notions, reality is threatening. It’s always exposing the cracks in our ideas, the cracks in our ignorance, the cracks in our desires. As long as we identify with those make-believe desires, we find that threatening. But if we learn to become real people ourselves, then reality poses no dangers.

This is what the meditation is for, teaching yourself how to be real, to get in touch with what’s really going on, to look at your sense of who you are and take it apart in terms of what it really is, to look at the things that you find threatening in your life and see what they really are. When you really look, you see the truth. If you’re true in your looking, the truth appears.

This is an important principle in the practice. […] Only people who are true can see the truth. Truth is a quality of the mind that doesn’t depend on figuring things out or being clever. It depends on having integrity in your actions and in your powers of observation, accepting the truth as it is. It means accepting the fact that you play a role in shaping that truth, so you have to be responsible. You have to be sensitive both to what you’re doing and to the results you get, so that you can learn to be more and more skillful.

About the Author: Excerpted from Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s Dhamma Talk: Get Real

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Finding Meaning in a Digital Age

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Finding Meaning in a Digital Age

Writing humbles us in a way that is vital for our character growth, by reminding us about the limits of the self and our appropriate place in the vast flow of life.

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Finding Meaning in a Digital Age

Almost 200 million bloggers on the internet create a new blog every half second. Homaira Kabir regrets that writing “now comes in bite-sized pieces for a public looking for ease and entertainment, and hungry for information.” But in her grandfather’s journal she read about “a time where people had the heart to pause their own lives in order to embrace each other’s struggles… After all life happens in living it, and meaning emerges not in our heads but in our journeys.” { read more }

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Kindness Weekly: It Take a Village

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How One Woman’s App is Feeding Thousands

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How One Woman's App is Feeding Thousands

We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

– Billy Graham –

How One Woman’s App is Feeding Thousands

Komal Ahmad was a student at UC Berkeley when she experienced a life-changing moment. She had just returned from summer training for the U.S. Navy when she met a homeless veteran on the sidewalk. He hadn’t eaten in three days. Yet, across the street, thousands of pounds of uneaten food was being thrown away by her school. This was unacceptable to Ahmad, so she did something about it. “Those who have and are wasting and those who need and are starving — and they’re both living quite literally right across the street from each other,” she told the New York Times. “That’s just ridiculous.” [Her efforts have grown] into Copia, a food redistribution app that has given away an estimated 600,000 pounds of food to 720,000 people in the Bay Area. { read more }

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Smart By Nature: Schooling for Sustainability

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Smart By Nature: Schooling for Sustainability

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

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Smart By Nature: Schooling for Sustainability

“There is a bold new movement underway in school systems across North America and around the world. Educators, parents, and students are remaking K-12 education to prepare students for the environmental challenges of the coming decades. They are discovering that guidance for living abundantly on a finite planet lies, literally, under their feet and all around them — in living soil, food webs and water cycles, energy from the sun, and everywhere that nature reveals her ways. Smart by Nature schooling draws on 3.8 billion years of natural research and development to find solutions to problems of sustainable living, make teaching and learning more meaningful, and create a more hopeful future for people and communities.” Read on to learn more about School by Nature’s efforts to inspire tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. { read more }

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Look with fresh eyes at your community. How are its natural and human-created systems interconnected? Are there any things you can do to improve your community? Perhaps you can recycle, use less water, ride share, or offer your voice to local government. As you develop a more profound sense of place and interconnection, perhaps you can expand your influence into the world around you.

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The Art of Medicine: W.H Auden & Oliver Sachs

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The Art of Medicine: W.H Auden & Oliver Sachs

Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.

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The Art of Medicine: W.H Auden & Oliver Sachs

“The poetry of W.H. Auden was among Oliver Sacks’s formative books. When the two men eventually became friends in the final years of Auden’s life, Dr. Sacks was still a thirty-something neurologist with little more than a weightlifting record under his belt, a long way from becoming the Dante of medicine. Auden became an invaluable mentor as the young writer was honing the singular voice that would later render him the greatest science-storyteller of our time.” Maria Popova shares more. { read more }

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In 2004, Kellie Haddock and her newborn son were in a horrible accident that took her husband’s life. 10 years later, Haddock spent 6 months tracking down the people who saved her son’s life and organized an event in their honor. Some of the caregivers had never been thanked before for what they do. "There is so much wrong in the world and it’s so easy to point out what people are doing wrong. We rarely take the time to notice when people are doing things right. I want to be a person that points out when someone does something right."
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A Life-Saving Coat for the Homeless

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A Life-Saving Coat for the Homeless

Atttention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

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A Life-Saving Coat for the Homeless

“Six years ago, Veronika Scott accepted a challenge from her college professor: Design something to “fill a need” in Detroit. Scott, an art student, found her inspiration on the streets.”In Detroit, there’s this large homeless population, and they kind of just disappear into the landscape,” Scott said. “I wanted to design for this whole population of people that we just don’t see.” In 2010, Scott created a fully insulated, waterproof jacket that converts into a sleeping bag and knapsack. She called it the EMPWR coat.” { read more }

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Look around you with attentive eyes today and find a way to serve someone around you in a small (or big!) way.

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What Would A Slow School Movement Look Like?

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What Would A Slow School Movement Look Like?

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

– Socrates –

What Would A Slow School Movement Look Like?

“Pausing to ponder the nature and consequences of a burger bar in the center of Rome was how a major eating revolution began. Carlo Petrini, a prominent Italian journalist, was walking past a newly opened McDonald’s franchise when he stopped and said: If this is fast food, why not have Slow Food? In much the same way, I was thinking about the standards-based school curriculum, with its emphasis on regurgitated gobbets of knowledge, when I recognized the analogy with fast food. What we have created, with our tests and targets, is the fast school, driven by standardized products. So why not devise a Slow School, driven by an emphasis on how ideas are conceptualized, just as Slow Food is driven by how the innate qualities of ingredients can be realized?” This thought-provoking essay dives deeper into what a Slow School movement might look like. { read more }

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What keeps your own sense of curiosity and thirst for knowledge alive? Today, make an effort to discover something new about the world that we live in.

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