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Confronting Death with Pets, Music and Good Hair

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December 31, 2017

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Confronting Death with Pets, Music and Good Hair

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

– Muhammad Ali –

Confronting Death with Pets, Music and Good Hair

What can you do for someone who has less than three months to live? Those who volunteer with Dover Park Hospice (DPH) come face to face with this question on a regular basis. Sounds grim, but it’s not. The volunteers provide music, massage services, food and playdates with pets for the patients to enjoy, spreading happiness with a smile, a song, a touch. It doesn’t take much, and yet it means a lot to the patients. { read more }

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Like a smile, happiness is infectious. See if you can bring joy to someone today, with a smile, a warm comment, a song, or a touch of your sympathetic hand.

Change #2: Bring joy to the patients of Dover Park Hospice or a hospice near you by volunteering,paying visits to the sick, reading them books, or in any way you can.

Change #3: Take your pet to visit with someone who may be suffering, ill, or lonely. Find a way to make them feel someone cares with warmth and flowers.

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The Montana Moms Who Welcomed Refugees Into Their City

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December 30, 2017

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The Montana Moms Who Welcomed Refugees Into Their City

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead –

The Montana Moms Who Welcomed Refugees Into Their City

“Our goal is not to convince people what we’re doing is right and what they’re doing is wrong,” she says. “Our goal is just to create a more welcoming environment for refugees to call home.” This is the goal of Soft landing, a non-profit organization in Missoula Montana. When seeing the now famous photo of Aylan Kurdi, the three year old boy who drowned during his family’s attempt to flee Syria, required something deeper than emotional reactions; Mary Poole began a dialog, with herself and others, that has helped her community become more welcoming to and informed about international refugees. Read more about that journey in this article by Gabriel Furshong from YES magazine. { read more }

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Consider the last image you witnessed that made you weep with emotion – then begin a dialog, within yourself and out loud with at least one other person, to explore the deeper actions those emotions are calling you to…and let a new adventure unfold. { more }

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What Future Does Humankind Have?

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December 29, 2017

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What Future Does Humankind Have?

Real dialogue is where two or more people become willing to suspend their certainty in each other’s presence.

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What Future Does Humankind Have?

In June of 1983, world-renowned theoretical physicist David Bohm and globally acclaimed philosopher J. Krishnamurti sat down for a conversation on the future of humankind. With Bohm at 66 years of age and Krishnamurti at 88 years of age, both men brought a lifetime of thought and wisdom to the table. Enjoy this deep conversation that touches on the evolution of thought and consciousness, the reality of time, and the trap of illusion. { read more }

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What Future Are You Living Into Being?

This week’s inspiring video: What Future Are You Living Into Being?
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What Future Are You Living Into Being?

This short video is a call to face the unpleasant truth of climate change and global warming. It is a story of hope and a story of loss, the narrator explains, adding that "we don’t create this story by telling it. We create it by living it. So to live a story that combines hope and doom is to walk courageously into the pain of loss, knowing that there’s something worth doing afterward." He invites us to find that ‘something’ we love enough to walk toward even without knowing the outcome, whether saving the planet because nature is worth saving, or preparing a decent future for our children and their children.
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Inside the Mind of Temple Grandin

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December 28, 2017

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Inside the Mind of Temple Grandin

I believe everyone on the planet has their thing and, especially in my experience, autistic people all have a tremendous gift. It’s a matter of finding that gift and nurturing it.

– Edie Brannigan –

Inside the Mind of Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, renowned American author, animal behavior expert, and advocate for autistic people, has written many books — including Animals in Translation, The Autistic Brain, and Thinking in Pictures — and is currently a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. In this 60 minute interview on Insights at the Edge you’ll learn the differences between verbal and visual thinkers as well as Temple’s lifelong relationship with animals. She ends advising the autistic to invest their efforts in what they love rather than what they lack. { read more }

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Try to focus each day this week on what you love rather than what you lack. Learn more about autism and share Temple Grandin’s message with others.

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The Man Who Created a Broker-Free Market for Farmers

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December 27, 2017

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The Man Who Created a Broker-Free Market for Farmers

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

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The Man Who Created a Broker-Free Market for Farmers

Prateek Sharma was born to a family of farmers in a village close to Bhopal, India. He started farming as a child along with his family but eventually left his village and accomplished a successful career in the city as a chief manager of a prominent Indian bank. What prompted him then to quit his lucrative job to return to tending to the earth as a community farmer? Sharma’s inspiring journey as an organic farmer is one of initial failures, and his subsequent successes shaped by Sharma’s values of sustainability, community, and justice. { read more }

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Today as you eat a meal, take a few moments of gratitude as you reflect on all the causes and conditions, from the earthwork and the farmers, to the trucks and the grocery store, that may have brought your meal to you today.

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Spotlight On Kindness: Be Humble And Kind

The wisest and most enlightened beings amongst us practice a virtue that highlights the essence of who we are – humility. As the article below highlights: “Humility starts when we realize that we are not entitled to anything, we are nothing of ourselves, and there is something bigger than ourselves at every turn.” –Ameeta

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The Empty Promise of Productivity and the Art of Slowing Down

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The Empty Promise of Productivity and the Art of Slowing Down

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The Empty Promise of Productivity and the Art of Slowing Down

How often do we add items to our lengthy to-do lists, squeeze an extra meeting into an already packed day, or find ourselves focused on the task before us, only to be repeatedly interrupted? In a world of constant movement, it’s easy to neglect to give ourselves the care, attention, and leisure time we deserve. “What if we applied the same principles we use for mastering our workdays to become masters of self-care?” In this insightful essay, writer Emily Barr weaves together the latest findings around time management and productivity, and the sacred art of slowing down in a world that regularly demands otherwise. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Where We Are Is Our Temple

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Where We Are Is Our Temple
by Jack Kornfield

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2279.jpgExpanding our spiritual practice is actually a process of expanding our heart, of widening our circle of insight and compassion to gradually include the whole of our life. Being on earth here in human bodies, this year, this day, is our spiritual practice.

It used to be that most of Eastern spiritual practice was preserved by monks and nuns in monasteries and temples. For centuries much of Western contemplative practice in Europe took place in cloisters as well. In our modern times, the monastery and temple have expanded to include the world itself. Most of us are not going to live as monks and nuns, and yet as lay people we seek a genuine and profound spiritual life. This is possible when we recognize that where we are is our temple, that just here in the life we are leading we can bring our practice alive.

My old guru in (Mumbai) would teach us in this way. He would let students stay just long enough to come to some genuine understanding of life and love and how to be free in the midst of it all. Then he would send them home, saying, "Marry the boy or girl next door, get a job in your own community, live your life as your practice." On the opposite coast of India, Mother Teresa (would send) home the hundreds of volunteers who come to help in (Kolkata), saying, "Now that you have learned to see Christ in the poor of India, go home and serve him in your family, on your street, in your neighborhood."

[…] We are all one family. This can be felt most directly in the silence of an undivided heart. When the mind is still and the heart open, the world is undivided for us. As Chief Seattle reminded our ancestors when he surrendered his land:

"This earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. […] We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves."

When the heart is undivided, whatever we encounter is our practice.

About the Author: Excerpted from Jack Kornfield’s book, A Path with Heart

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Recovering the Diamonds

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Recovering the Diamonds

Have compassion for everyone you meet…You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.

– Miller Williams –

Recovering the Diamonds

What unfolds when you listen and see without the distortion of judgment? What diamonds are hidden an inch beyond one’s judgment? Here, you see the first impressions of Juan Carlos, Director of Rehabilitation in the Guatemalan Prison System, of seemingly hardened incarcerated prisoners, faces tattooed with symbols and words, insignia of dangerous gang affiliations — Juan Carlos feels fear, uncertainty. But when he peels back the layers of judgment, he discovers the human story each prisoner holds. This video and its reflections invite us to hold space for an opportunity that exists between any two souls to delve into clarity and understanding without judgment. { read more }

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