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How One Man Created A Forest Bigger Than Central Park

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July 31, 2017

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How One Man Created A Forest Bigger Than Central Park

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.

– Stella McCartney –

How One Man Created A Forest Bigger Than Central Park

For more than 30 years, one man planted trees in a remote, northeastern region of India. As a teenager, Jadav Payeng noticed the effect the environment was having on Majuli Island, which is home to about 170,000 people and has lost 70 percent of its landmass over the last century. He decided to plant trees, creating a forest in the process. But after a while, Jaday also realized he had to protect the trees. Now, Jaday’s story is available to watch in a 2013 documentary called “Forest Man.” { read more }

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Power My Learning

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July 30, 2017

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Power My Learning

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.

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Power My Learning

PowerMyLearning is an educational non-profit organization focusing on improving results for low-income students by using technology to encourage them, their families, and their teachers to work together to ensure student success. This collaboration fosters an atmosphere of learning, whereby children who may not otherwise be able to reach their full potential can thrive. Elisabeth Stock is the co-founder of PowerMyLearning, and became interested in the educational inequality while volunteering in west Africa for the Peace Corps. PowerMyLearning began in 1999 and is now used in over 30,000 schools across the United States. One of the reasons the organization is so successful is because it empowers students to take charge of their own education, while being supported by their families and schools. Teachers are also empowered by having the ability to adapt the technology to each group of students, or to individuals. When students have ownership over their ability to learn, teachers have the resources they need, and families are invited to join the process, everybody wins. { read more }

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The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other’s Lives Forever

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The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other's Lives Forever

Animals stimulate us not only by touch, but by some deeply buried aspect of nature within us, a connection to part of something greater, more healthy, more whole.

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The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other’s Lives Forever

Jonny Hickey is a young boy with autism who had trouble making connections with other people and interacting with the family’s pets, had limited vocabulary, and would isolate himself, even with family members sometimes. That is, until Xena walked into his life on her four paws, and brought him out of his shell. The Hickeys adopted Xena, a rescue dog who had been previously so severely abused for months that by the time she was rescued, it wasn’t certain she would survive. When Xena and Jonny met, magic ensued. This heartwarming video captures the journey of both the boy and the dog who are flourishing in each other’s companionship. { read more }

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How To Give Away A Billion — Or Not

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July 28, 2017

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How To Give Away A Billion -- Or Not

We need to repair the social fabric, without which all other solutions are patch work.

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How To Give Away A Billion — Or Not

Best-selling author David Brooks was asked what he would do if he had a billion dollars to give. In his recent NY Times op-ed piece, he answers: “Only loving relationships transform lives, and such relationships can be formed only in small groups. I’d seed 25-person collectives, a group of people who meet once a week to share…Each collective would have a curriculum, a set of biographical and reflective readings, to help members come up with their own life philosophies, to help them master the intellectual [foundation of] virtues.” In this piece, Nipun Mehta shares that ServiceSpace (DailyGood’s umbrella organization) has been successfully running on this core principle since 1999 without fundraising a single penny. He challenges the currently prevailing view that financial capital is the solution to social problems and urges us to consider the other forms of capital that are often underutilized and overlooked. “We need to repair the social fabric,” Nipun shares, “without which all other solutions are patch work.” { read more }

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Flying Solo – A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination

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Flying Solo - A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination

Flying Solo – A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination

Robina Asti has always loved flying. She was a commercial pilot and flight instructor, and flew for the Navy in World War II. At 92, Asti tells her story of living as a transgender woman since 1976, and her fight against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the U.S. to be treated like any other widow. Find out how Asti’s case, taken up by Lambda Legal, succeeded in changing policy at the SSA.
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Music, the Brain & the Secret Language of the Heart

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Music, the Brain & the Secret Language of the Heart

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Music, the Brain & the Secret Language of the Heart

When was the last time you heard a song that brought you to tears, or reminded you of a favorite place? Music has the power to shape our moods, our minds, and even our memories. Barry Goldstein, a producer, composer, and music researcher, shares the incredible ways music can enrich our experience on conscious and subconscious levels. Through engaging in activities like singing or chanting, we can experience both physical and spiritual benefits, such as an increased sense of peace and calm. Different types of music can even alter our brain waves, guiding us from an active and alert state, to a relaxed sleep state. The advancements don’t end there. “An amazing amount of research has been done to prove the benefits of music and the brain, but we’ve only just scratched the surface,” says Goldstein. { read more }

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Life Lessons from Masterchef Nun Jeong Kwan

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Life Lessons from Masterchef Nun Jeong Kwan

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them.

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Life Lessons from Masterchef Nun Jeong Kwan

“Jeong Kwan is a Buddhist nun and renowned cook who brings people home to themselves in her kitchen and garden. Anyone who refers to her garden as my playground and to the plants as her children has a perspective on gardening, cooking and life that resonates deep within me. Kwan resides at the Chunjinam hermitage of the Baekyangsa temple, 169 miles south of Seoul, South Korea where she cooks vegan meals for her community. She was also the unlikely guest on Chefs Table in February 2017.” In this beguiling piece a writer reflects on the intersection between her life and the rich teachings of Jeong Kwan’s approach to the garden, the kitchen and more. { read more }

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Free Art — A Conversation with Dickson Schneider

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Free Art -- A Conversation with Dickson Schneider

I don’t mean the mechanical part of art — but just trying to figure out something you care about and that you can really dig into. Maybe that’s the point of art.

– Dickson Schneider –

Free Art — A Conversation with Dickson Schneider

Seven years had gone by and suddenly I knew it was time to give Dickson a call. It was time to find out what had happened with his free art project. It was a radical step and when I first heard about it, I thought, “If he’s still doing it in five years, its going to be seriously interesting.” And now more than five years had passed. I gave him a call. “It’s the best thing Ive ever done,” he said. Read more. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: The Boss And The Attendants

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The Boss And The Attendants
by TKV Desikachar

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tow2.jpgThe great masters, in ancient times, not only had visions of the Higher Force, they were also very practical. Their teachings are simple: They encourage the development of a great mind, but warn us that this is not an end in itself. Only sustained by a great heart, leading us in action, will such a mind be useful. Nowadays, it would seem that the heart doesn’t even warrant second place, let alone first. When the heart prevails, our actions are different from how they were before. Our motivations and the results of our actions change form through discrimination.

A great mind is one where the intelligence is able to differentiate between cause and effect, the conscious and the non-conscious and particularly between the ‘boss’ and the ‘attendants’. Creation has somehow ensured that we undertake this journey towards discrimination in order to appreciate that the heart is the boss. The body and the senses are directed by the mind- with its different departments, levels of activity and ways of reacting: – these are the attendants. The boss in a mysterious way is feeding all these complex structures. He is holding everything together from beyond the mind, but can only see and act through this instrument. Discrimination grows through meditation and paves a way for the heart to prevail. Then our works are undertaken in another manner.

Heart comes within our vision during meditation, and we should be ready for this. The very techniques which have led us to this extraordinary capacity of the mind can prevent us from experiencing the heart. We can bypass the most precious part if we are too busy with our mind, and our intellect, and with the techniques to direct them. We miss the message in our experience of meditation.

"What is most beautiful is always hidden" says the proverb. This essential part of meditation always leads us, when we are open enough to receive it, to a deeper relationship with our heart. If we really look at life, we will see that every moment something extraordinary happens, and to do this we must be open to the unknown. This attitude and the developed capacity to meditate will reveal apparently uninteresting events as instructive. These experiences will enrich our heart as much as the intellect, and give us a new understanding.

When two people who understand from both these sources meet, things are simple and problems are resolved quickly. On the other hand when two people who understand only via their intelligence meet things can be very complicated and problems last for years. Meditation should make us happier, bring us closer to our heart and make life simpler.

When the heart prevails, something radiates from us and affects the results of our actions. We seem to expand and influence the things around us and the people that we meet. Although we are still seeking, something mysteriously acts through us and determines the influence of our actions upon our environment. A spirit of service fills our being and overflows. What we were seeking begins to find us.

About the Author: TKV Desikachar was a world renowned yoga teacher. This excerpt is from his book "What Are We Seeking".

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Telling the Right Story

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July 24, 2017

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Telling the Right Story

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Telling the Right Story

Bollywood screenwriter Gazal Dhaliwal has lived with deep prejudice and fear in her life that few of us can even imagine. She was born with gender dysphoria. Imagine having to live a facade, to pretend that you are a boy — when you know with your every fiber that you are a girl. These experiences have given fuel for her life and she is on a mission to tell the story of misunderstood characters — like herself. She urges us to put into question – what is normal – and to look beyond appearances to the human being beneath. Gazal shows us how stories can change hearts and save lives. To give hope to others who feel hopeless and to connect all human beings. { read more }

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