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The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

This week’s inspiring video: The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color
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Jun 30, 2016
The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

It has been 128 years since the last country ablolished slavery, and 53 years since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, yet we still live in a world where the color of our skin gives a first and leaves a lasting impression. Angelica Dass’s portrait project, Humanae, challenges how we think about skin color and tthnicity. What does it mean for us to be “black, white, yellow, red.” Is it the eye, the nose, the mouth, the hair? Or does it have to do with our origin, nationality, or bank account? Watch this personal TED talk about Humanae and Dass’spursuit to document hunaity’s “true” colors.
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Navajo Justice: Life Comes From It

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June 30, 2016

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Navajo Justice: Life Comes From It

Justice is truth in action.

– Benjamin Disraeli –

Navajo Justice: Life Comes From It

“The Navajo word for “law” is beehaz-aanii. It means something fundamental and absolute, something that has existed from the beginning of time…It’s the source of a healthy, meaningful life. Navajos say that “life comes from beehaz-aanii,” because it is the essence of life. Imagine a system of law that permits anyone to say anything they like during the course of a dispute, and no authority figure has to determine what is “true.” Think of a system with an end goal of restorative justice, which uses equality and the full participation of disputants in a final decision. If we say of law that “life comes from it,” then where there is hurt, there must be healing.” Former Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation shares more in this powerful piece. { read more }

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The Body’s Grace: Insights from a Paralyzed Yoga Teacher

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The Body's Grace: Insights from a Paralyzed Yoga Teacher

Connecting the mind and body is not just a health strategy. It is a movement of consciousness that can change the world.

– Matthew Sanford –

The Body’s Grace: Insights from a Paralyzed Yoga Teacher

“Matthew Sanford says he’s never seen anyone live more deeply in their body — in all its grace and all its flaws — without becoming more compassionate toward all of life. He’s a renowned teacher of yoga. And he’s been paralyzed from the chest down since a car accident in 1978, when he was 13. He teaches yoga to the able-bodied. He also adapts yoga for people with ailments and disabilities, including military veterans. But Matthew Sanford has wisdom for us all on the strength and grace of our bodies, as we move through the ordinary span of our lives.” { read more }

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A World of Solutions

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A World of Solutions

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Albert Einstein –

A World of Solutions

Directed by Louie Schwartzberg and narrated by Morgan Freeman, this video shows the beauty and natural violence of millions of years of evolution and the impact of humans on this complex system in less than 200 years. However, while we are still in peril, we have the means to solve our problems in the present. Just as mycelium root systems feed all plant life, humans can use modern technology, such as the Internet and mass media for positive change. { read more }

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Do your part for the earth — reduce single use plastics, grow your own vegetables, ride your bike to work or school…

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Awakin Weekly: Keeping Nothing Between

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Keeping Nothing Between
by Eugene Gendlin

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tow2.jpgIn a restaurant a little girl in the next booth turns to look at you. It is an open look, direct from her – to you. She doesn’t know that strangers are not supposed to connect. She does not put this knowledge between herself and you. There is nothing in between. You look back. Her parents make her sit down and face forward. But then, when they all leave, she turns around at the door, to look again. After all, you and she have met therefore she wouldn’t just leave.

In first grade the children look at the teacher searchingly, openly, reachingly. They put nothing between. The teacher is concerned with the eight levels of reading ability, and does not look back.

Do only little children keep nothing between? Or can adults do that too? We can, but for us it is a special case.

If you came to see me now, I would not look at you like that, nor would I notice if you looked. You would find me in a certain mood in my private struggles. I am also preoccupied with writing this paper. If you suddenly walked in, a third cluster would come: The social set for greeting someone properly. I would respond to you out of that set. Or if you are an old friend, I would respond from the familiar set of the two of us. If you then wanted to relate in some fresh, deep way, it would take me a minute to put our usual set aside, to put my concern about my chapter away, and to roll my mood over so that I am no longer inside it. Then I would be here without putting anything between. But it would be easier to remain behind all that, and depend on my automatic ways.

If I really want to be with you, I keep nothing in front of me. Of course I know I can fall back on the automatic ways. If need be, I can also defend myself. I have many resources. But I don’t want all that between us.

If I keep nothing between, you can look into my eyes and find me. You might not look, of course. But if you do, I won’t hide. Then you may see a very insufficient person. But for contact, no special kind of human being is required. This fact makes a thick peacefulness.

About the Author: Extract from You and I – The Person in There by Eugene Gendlin.

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What Role Were You Born to Play in Social Change?

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What Role Were You Born to Play in Social Change?

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

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What Role Were You Born to Play in Social Change?

Bill Moyer was “best known for identifying eight stages of successful social movements, which he named the Movement Action Plan, or MAP…he also invented a powerful tool that clarifies how we work for change on two levels: individually and organizationally.Four Roles of Social Activism” This article delves into the roles of advocate, helper, organizer, and rebel, and how we can embody them effectively. { read more }

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Art as Experience

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Art as Experience

Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.

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Art as Experience

When discussing the future of art recently with a friend, author Maria Popova was reminded of an important book entitled ‘Art as Experience.’ The book, based on a series of lectures delivered at Havard back in 1931 by famed philosopher and psychologist John Dewey, tries to illustrate the delicate balance between living and experiencing life, and thus, the art that then grows organically from it. { read more }

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Kindness Weekly: Holding Space

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Rebecca Solnit: Falling Together

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Rebecca Solnit: Falling Together

Purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear and loss

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Rebecca Solnit: Falling Together

Rebecca Solnit, author and contributing editor of Harper’s, seeks “to describe nuances and shades of meaning, to celebrate public life and solitary life…to find another way of telling.” Her profound books defy category as she chronicles untold histories of redemptive change in places like post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans because, “when all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brother’s keepers.” Read on for more of her thoughts in an interview by Krista Tippet. { read more }

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The Chicken Lady

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The Chicken Lady

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The Chicken Lady

An article in a local newspaper spurred Amy Murphy to ask a local fried chicken restaurant if she could have their leftovers at the end of the night. With the help of friends, the Chicken Lady sets up the equivalent of a pop-up restaurant every Monday to serve her homeless friends. Murphy does not consider what she does “feeding the homeless,” rather, it is serving friends. They are part of the same community — she is a part of their lives, and they are a part of hers. { read more }

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