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This Grandma Makes A Difference In 300 Lives A Day!

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May 31, 2018
This Grandma Makes A Difference In 300 Lives A Day!

This Grandma Makes A Difference In 300 Lives A Day!

Phyllis Shaughnessy, a great-grandmother in a rural area of Washington State, is helping to bridge the food gap for hundreds of children who live too far from USDA designated summer food programs. Children who during the school year receive free or reduced price school lunches often go hungry on the week ends and during the summer, in spite of the fact that their parents may be working more than one job to make ends meet. Phyllis and her cadre of volunteers hand pack and deliver almost 400 lunches every day, 5 days per week during the summer, and on week ends during the school year, through Green Lantern Lunches. Their work is a shining example of community members caring for each other.
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The Sunray Peace Village

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May 31, 2018

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The Sunray Peace Village

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.

– Loren Eiseley –

The Sunray Peace Village

The Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo is Chief of the Green Mountain, Ani Yun Wiwa, the 27th generation holder of the ancestral Ywahoo lineage of the Tsalagi/Eastern Cherokee tradition and a well-respected teacher of Vajrayana in the Drikung Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. She founded the Vajra Dakini Nunnery and is Director of the Sunray Meditation Society, an international spiritual organization dedicated to world peace and reconciliation. It is here that she shares the wisdom of the Ywahoo lineage with non-native people and has created a healing sanctuary, spiritual training ground, and community center. In this interview with Elissa Melaragno, she speaks about her heritage, her spiritual journey, the memory of water and creating a peace village. { read more }

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Joanna Macy: We Belong

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Joanna Macy: We Belong

We’re impermanent as ripples in a lake and bubbles in a river. But our true nature is the water that pours down.

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Joanna Macy: We Belong

Eco-philosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy has been at the forefront of movements for social justice and environmentalism for more than five decades. This interview with her is about hope in times of chaos and dissolution. Is apathy a refusal to face the inevitability of suffering? Why is the state of the environment heartbreaking? Joanna also talks about our relationship with the earth as a natural birthright– one that is actually the source of all our energy and joy. { read more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: Our Kind Nature

It is in our nature to be kind. When we step into a field of kindness and generosity, we realize our own abundance, and therefore our ability to give to others while reminding them of their own abundance. When an entire system chooses to act accordingly, an energetic alchemy occurs in which humanity’s true symbiotic nature may be more fully realized. – Kendrick

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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

“How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies ‘originals’: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. ‘You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.’ ” { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Keeping Quiet

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Keeping Quiet
by Pablo Neruda

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2298.jpgNow we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

About the Author: Pablo Neruda is a Chilean poet, who started writings poems at the age of 13. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.

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Nature, Joy and Human Becoming

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Nature, Joy and Human Becoming

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“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us,” Michael McCarthy writes, “may well be the most serious business of all.” He is a naturalist and journalist, and this is his delightful and galvanizing call that we can stop relying on the immobilizing language of statistics and take up our joy in the natural world as our civilizational defense of it. With a perspective equally infused by science, reportage, and poetry, he reminds us that the natural world is where we evolved, where we found our metaphors and similes, and it is the resting place for our psyches. { read more }

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Turning Rain, Ice and Trees into Ephemeral Works

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Art is a harmony parallel with nature.

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“British artist Andy Goldsworthy works in the fields and forests near his home in Scotland using natural elements as his media. His pieces have a tendency to collapse, decay and melt, but, as he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “It’s not about art. It’s just about life and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last.”” Here he talks about his photography book, how he creates his art and more.
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Peter Levine on Freedom from Pain

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Peter Levine on Freedom from Pain

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In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Peter Levine and Maggie Phillips discuss the prevalence of chronic pain in modern society and how physical pain may relate to past trauma. They describe the stages that pain sufferers commonly experience and bracing patterns that progress into the pain trap. Their program provides strategies for self-regulation to deal with pain based on real-world examples of patients they have helped. Finally, they explain the primary keys to solving the puzzle of pain that allow every person to heal and live pain-free. { read more }

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Walking with Gandhi

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Walking with Gandhi

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

– Buddha –

Walking with Gandhi

In this reflection, an anti-war activist reveals what he thinks is missing from the heart of many of today’s nonviolent movements. “Amidst the day’s exhilaration it was plain to me that something essential was missing – that there was, in fact, a gaping void at the very heart of it all…During the march, my eyes were invariably drawn by particular phrases scrawled on several of the signs and banners. And I couldn’t help but think of the person behind those catchy one-liners: Gandhi.” { read more }

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