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Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

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May 31, 2017

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Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.

– E. Joseph Cossman –

Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

“Human beings are the only species that deprives themselves of sleep. No other species that we see will do this… And what that means is that evolution has never faced the challenge of insufficient sleep since the dawn of time. As a consequence, Mother Nature has never had to solve this problem of insufficient sleep — so there is no safety net [to bank on when it comes to sleep loss.]” In this Awakin call, guest Matt Walker, a professor of Neuroscience at UC Berkeley and director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, describes the critical importance of good sleep for learning, memory, creativity, emotional regulation, cardiovascular health, and healthy aging. Calling the global sleep loss epidemic “the greatest public health challenge we now face in the 21st century,” Matt examines the impact of sleep loss on the human brain function. In this lively discussion, Matt also answers several pertinent questions from participants on issues ranging from the use of electronic devices during bed time to working late-night shifts to napping during the day to long-term use of sleeping pills — and helps demystify this fundamental biological drive. { read more }

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Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?

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May 30, 2017

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Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?

Advice is like snow — the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge –

Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?

Melissa Dahl says she loves to give advice to friends on how to solve their problems but rarely takes her own advice. Sound familiar? It’s a question of perspective, she points out. We are too close to our own stuff. Nevertheless maybe we should listen to the advice we give others as she also says, “There’s a good chance you’re saying something you need to hear, too.” { read more }

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Next time you give advice to someone else, listen closely and share with the other person that you have similar troubles too. Then ask yourself if it might be worth applying your advice to your own situation.

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Awakin Weekly: Is There Righteous Anger Ever?

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Is There Righteous Anger Ever?
by J. Krishnamurti

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tow1.jpgOne of the most common expressions of violence is anger. When my wife or sister is attacked, I say I am righteously angry; when my country is attacked, my ideas, my principles, my way of life, I am righteously angry[…] So, when we are talking about anger, which is a part of violence, do we look at anger in terms of righteous and unrighteous anger, according to our own inclinations and environmental drive, or do we see only anger? Is there righteous anger ever? Or is there only anger?

The moment you protect your family, your country, a bit of colored rag called a flag, a belief, an idea, a dogma, that very protection indicates anger. So can you look at anger without any explanation or justification, without saying, "I must protect my goods," or "I was right to be angry," or "How stupid of me to be angry?" Can you look at anger as if it were something by itself?

[…] It is very difficult to look at anger dispassionately because it is a part of me, but that is what I am trying to do. Here I am, a violent human being, whether I am black, brown, white or purple. I am not concerned with whether I have inherited this violence or whether society has produced it in me; all I am concerned with is whether it is at all possible to be free from it. To be free from violence means everything to me. It is destroying me and destroying the world. I feel responsible — it isn’t just a lot of words — and I say to myself, "I can do something only if I am beyond anger myself, beyond violence, beyond nationality." But to be beyond violence I cannot suppress it, I cannot deny it…I have to look at it, I have to study it, I must become very intimate with it and I cannot become intimate with it if I condemn it or justify it.

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How do you relate to the notion of looking at anger as just anger without justifying or condemning it? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to look at your anger without condemning or justifying it? What helps you move beyond a sociological analysis of anger and toward freeing yourself from it?
Jagdish P Dave wrote: A very wise statement by J.Krishnamurti. As I understand, anger is anger, righteous or unrighteous. Anger burns us and burns others. As far as I am concerned I do not intend and want to bu…
Kristin Pedemonti wrote: Anger is a challenge for me: it is an emotion I was forbidden to express as a child/teen and it seems to come out now rarely and perhaps most often as tears or even as depression which is often…
Rajesh wrote: As Krishnamurti points out, any protection of dogma, country etc. is itself indicates anger. To me, it means that anger begins in very subtle ways and at some point becomes gross enough that it…
david doane wrote: I have looked at my anger. I can’t remember a time that I became angry that I am proud of or after which I felt good or believed my anger was good for myself or the other person. At…
Amy wrote: Only God can free us from it! I learned “anger” from my father! As an adult now, I want to keep as far from it as I can! Anger cheats and destroys (just like “the evil one”)!…
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Red Onions: Transformed by Beauty

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May 29, 2017

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Red Onions: Transformed by Beauty

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

– Marcus Aurelius –

Red Onions: Transformed by Beauty

Alanda Greene peeled back the outer layer of a red onion. As the sun caught its redness, lit it up like a ruby, she gasped at the startling beauty of it. Her mind had been elsewhere, grumbling about something that had happened, but she was suddenly called to what the Navajos refer to as the Path of Beauty. Beauty is everywhere, she discovered, as “the red glow absorbed my being in gratitude and awe.” { read more }

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Alanda says “A moment of grace…showed yet again that the choice I make with my thoughts makes all the difference in my world.” Notice the choices you make today as you look out on the world around you, and remind yourself that like a red onion your thought has many layers, many colors.

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Kindness Weekly: Be Kind First

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The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

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May 28, 2017

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The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.

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The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

Since 1997, Maya Pedal has been focused on sustainable development in Guatemala. Locals were handed control in 2001. Recycling bicycles from the USA and Canada to create Bicimaquinas or pedal-powered machines is one of the ways the organization benefits the developing nation. But it wasn’t always easy. In this video, director Mario Juarez shares how the program kept getting rejected, while also demonstrating the perseverance it took to create a positive impact. { read more }

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Helping Young Adults Successfully Transition out of Foster Care

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May 27, 2017

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Helping Young Adults Successfully Transition out of Foster Care

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross –

Helping Young Adults Successfully Transition out of Foster Care

For children reaching the age at which their foster care ends, transitioning to adulthood can be extremely difficult. While other young adults can rely on their families for advice or financial support, these youth are entirely on their own. First Place for Youth is an organization that is offering ‘a hand up’ in the transition to adulthood with housing and support to help those who ‘age out’ of the foster care system to succeed. According to the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children, 24 percent of young people are homeless after leaving the system and almost half end up in prison within two years. Providing an apartment with a covered security department and rental fees, First Place for Youth has four main goals for the foster children it supports: find stable employment, locate housing that matches their income, complete two semesters of community college or a certificate program and, finally, achieve “healthy living,” which means avoiding arrests, unintended pregnancies and substance abuse. { read more }

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As many are not able to foster or adopt, there are other ways to support and help foster children. Write your local representatives about improving the foster care system, and particularly the transitional period from high school to adulthood. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, a member of the community that receives training and works as an advocate on behalf of children in the court system. To get involved with First Place for Youth, visit their website. { more }

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Spotlight on Kids Who Are Changing the World

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May 26, 2017

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Spotlight on Kids Who Are Changing the World

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Spotlight on Kids Who Are Changing the World

We live in challenging and stressful times and may wonder how our children must be feeling when we are struggling ourselves.But, even as we try to shelter and protect them, we discover that children and young adults are remarkably resilient and that the things that help us to cope in difficult situations are often the very things that make challenges more bearable for them as well. Moving from a sense of helplessness toward action, using our failures and struggles to reach out to others, and pushing ourselves against our limitations all make us stronger, more compassionate people. The same is true for our children– often in remarkable ways. In this Daily Good Spotlight, we take a fresh look at past features on young people who faced challenging times and situations in inspiring ways. { read more }

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Take a minute to listen to this Pep Talk from the effervescent “Kid President” (AKA Robbie Novak). He reminds us that we all have work to do, “and we can cry about it or we can dance about it… It is everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.” What will you do today to give the world a reason to dance? { more }

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Road Trip for Rescued Dogs

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Road Trip for Rescued Dogs

Twice a month for the past decade, Greg Mahle has taken a five-day, 4,200-mile road trip, one that takes him from his home in Ohio, south to Houston, then north all the way to Connecticut and New York, before heading back to Ohio. That’s more than 1 million miles, or 42 times around the world in total. On the southernmost stretch of his journey, Mahle collects around 80 dogs facing imminent euthanasia. Along the way, 250 to 300 volunteers help to feed, water, walk and play with the animals before they are delivered to pre-arranged homes in the north. Mahle’s Rescue Road Trips saves an estimated 2,000 animals from euthanasia each year.
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Annie Dillard: Living Like Weasels

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May 25, 2017

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Annie Dillard: Living Like Weasels

We can live any way we want. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse.

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Annie Dillard: Living Like Weasels

Annie Dillard tells us we could learn from weasels “something of the purity of living in the physical sense and the dignity of living without bias or motive…open to time and death painlessly, noticing everything, remembering nothing, choosing the given with a fierce and pointed will…yielding, not fighting. A weasel doesn’t “attack” anything; a weasel lives as he’s meant to, yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity.” { read more }

Be The Change

Think about what’s really important to you, then take a moment to do as Annie suggests, to “grasp your one necessity and not let it go.”

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