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Welcome to My House

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October 31, 2016

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Welcome to My House

Make new friends by attending a class or event at a community center in a different neighborhood from your own.

– Maya Angelou –

Welcome to My House

Welcome to My House, a collaboration between non-profit Voices of the Children and band Luc and the Lovingtons, features American teens and Syrian refugee youth singing a cross-cultural message of joy, love and peace. The video was filmed on site at the Zaatari Refugee Camp and Wadi Rum in Jordan as well as in the Skagit Valley of Washington State, USA. Most of the youth, participants and locations featured in the video were a part of a greater on-going program created by Voices of the Children which provides free arts classes and cross cultural collaborations between Syrian and American teens. { read more }

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Kindness Weekly: Being Seen

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Why Anonymity is More Artistically Rewarding than Fame

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October 30, 2016

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Why Anonymity is More Artistically Rewarding than Fame

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

– Pablo Picasso –

Why Anonymity is More Artistically Rewarding than Fame

“Obscurity rids the mind of the irk of envy and spite; [it] sets running in the veins the free waters of generosity and magnanimity; and allows giving and taking without thanks offered or praise given.” Read on for Virginia Woolf’s reflections on the power of creating art anonymously. { read more }

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Three Things that Matter Most in Youth and Old Age

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October 29, 2016

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Three Things that Matter Most in Youth and Old Age

Things don’t have to change the world to be important.

– Steve Jobs –

Three Things that Matter Most in Youth and Old Age

In an effort to to try and get a glimpse on what is important in life, writer and photographer Nancy Hill approached children under the age of 7 and adults over the age of 70 and asked them to share the three things that mattered most to them. The following photo essay has some endearing, and somewhat surprising answers. { read more }

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James Doolin: A Relationship with Reality

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October 28, 2016

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James Doolin: A Relationship with Reality

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

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James Doolin: A Relationship with Reality

James Doolin’s paintings of Los Angeles reveal essences of the place on another scale. As he said, “Being a painter, just watching is so important. Just watching everything!” He was a searcher. “I wanted to confront the great things. The three years I spent living in the desert were probably the high point in my life. You see things you would never see unless you’re alone.” At such moments suddenly there’s a relationship with reality. “It’s so powerful — and it also makes you realize it’s such a miracle that you’re alive.” { read more }

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Find a place where you could stop and take a break. Stay there for ten minutes. Try not to do anything. Just notice what you notice.

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Welcome to My House

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Welcome to My House

“Welcome to My House”, a collaboration between non profit Voices of the Children and band Luc and the Lovingtons, features American teens and Syrian refugee youth singing a cross-cultural message of joy, love and peace. The video was filmed on site at the Za’atari Refugee Camp and Wadi Rum in Jordan as well as in the Skagit Valley of Washington State, USA. Most of the youth, participants and locations featured in the video were a part of a greater on-going program created by Voices of the Children which provides free arts classes and cross cultural collaborations between Syrian and American teens.
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The Sneaker Saint

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The Sneaker Saint

Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.

– Rumi –

The Sneaker Saint

As a child going through tough times, Rikki Mendias had holes in his shoes. A woman he met through a shelter noticed and gave him new ones. He remembers fondly the smell of them, fresh out of the box, and the feeling of pride he had when he wore them the next day. Something about the experience affected him so deeply that he became a huge sneaker fan and collector. But it felt meaningless. Then he gave a pair away to someone who needed them, and his future was revealed. “Hav A Sole” was born. “Hav A Sole” has since provided over 7,000 pairs of quality shoes to the homeless and at risk youth population, and Mendias continues to give. This short video shares his story. { read more }

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The Winter Pilgrim

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The Winter Pilgrim

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

– Proust –

The Winter Pilgrim

In October 2007, Ann Sieben, a native of Denver, Colorado and a nuclear engineer by profession, was waiting for a work permit in Spain that never came through. Instead of looking for other work, she decided to walk on foot along an ancient pilgrimage path known as the Camino de Santiago. Later, in December of that year, she walked over 2100 kilometers from Canterbury to Rome. The following winter, she did it again — this time from Germany to Spain, and the year after, she walked over 4400 kilometers from Ukraine to Greece. Known as the “winter piligrim,” Sieben has journeyed on foot across 44 countries over 40,000 kilometers along paths walked by seekers and pilgrims from years ago — and she doesn’t carry any money, camera, or phone. In this inspiring conversation (transcribed and recorded) touching on multiple themes, Ann shares nuggets of deep wisdom and practical insights from her journey as a pilgrim, in which she evolved from being a touristic pilgrim to a spiritual pilgrim to a servant pilgrim. { read more }

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United Nations: A Meditation for Peace

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United Nations: A Meditation for Peace

I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.

– Malala Yousafzai –

United Nations: A Meditation for Peace

October 24th is United Nations Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter in 1945. For 71 years, the United Nations has been working to maintain international peace and security, promote sustainable development, protect human rights, uphold international law, and deliver humanitarian aid. Spiritual leaders can also be found on the front lines of peace, and they are naturally tied to the U.N. by their common goals. Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk and author known for his contributions to the interfaith dialogue and for being a proponent of the transformative power of gratefulness. From his archives comes this powerful, poetic meditation delivered at a previous U.N. anniversary gathering. It is an homage to all activists before us, an observance of our commonality, and a call to action to stand up for peace — something the world still needs today. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Three Millimeters of the Universe

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Three Millimeters of the Universe
by Daniel Gottlieb

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2194.jpgDear Sam,

One night in the hospital, a friend came to visit me. I told her I didn’t think I could go on anymore. What I was feeling went beyond despair. It was a loss of hope — of everything I valued, trusted, and loved. The pain had become simply unbearable.

My friend held my hand and said, ‘Dan, what you are about is more important than who you are.’

That night, I had a dream. I dreamed that God came to me. This was not the God I believe in, the one you read about in the Bible. It was some other God, and when He spoke, he said, ‘I’m going to give you a piece of the universe. Your job is to take care of it. Not make it bigger or better — just take care of it. And when I’m ready, I’ll take it back, and your life will be over.’

I looked at the piece of the universe that God was showing me, and I saw that it was just three millimeters! Was that all? I could feel my ego begin to rail against this indignity. I’m a psychologist! I am an author! I have a radio show! Aren’t these things important?

Of course, no matter how much I protested, it wouldn’t make any difference. My allotment was still — and would always be — just three millimeters of the entire universe. That was it!

But in this dream I also saw that caring for three millimeters of the universe was an awesome responsibility. A God-given responsibility. Though I had felt I couldn’t go on, finally I had to acknowledge that I would have to give back my three millimeters before I was ready. And because, at the time of the dream, I had a wound that was healing in millimeters, I knew that my job was to help heal my three millimeters of the universe.

Sam, part of the reason I’m at peace with my life is that I take care of the part of the universe I’m responsible for. I haven’t made it bigger or better. I haven’t changed it. But I have cared for it. Writing these letters to you is just one of many ways of tending my three millimeters.

What I wish for you, Sam, is what I wish for everybody — to get as clear a sense of what your life is about as I got in that dream. Your three millimeters is not much in terms of area. But I hope you will feel the gratitude and joy that I feel, having been given that much to tend.

Love,
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About the Author: Daniel Gottlieb is a quadriplegic, and when his grandson was 14 months, he was diagnosed with autism. He started writing him letters that were complied in ‘Letters to Sam’. Above is an excerpt from that book.

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