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Bring Your Whole Self to Work

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September 30, 2018

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Bring Your Whole Self to Work

Honesty – Self-Righteousness + Vulnerability = Authenticity

– Mike Robbins –

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We all want to “do a good job”; in our work, in our homes, in our relationships and ultimately in our lives. Sometimes we are successful and sometimes we make mistakes. Being afraid of mistakes, ridicule and failure can lead to “hiding” the vulnerable parts of ourselves; leaving those parts of ourselves “at home” away from scrutiny and judgement. How would the work we do in our lives change if we stepped out into the light in our perfectly imperfect wholeness? Read this article published in Greater Good by Mike Robbins to explore both what that means and how to do it. { read more }

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The next time you find yourself needing courage to show up and be seen for who you are, try one of Mike’s strategies, then step back and shine as your Whole Self.

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A Kindergarten Student Keeps Her Promise

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September 29, 2018

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A Kindergarten Student Keeps Her Promise

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.

– The Dalai Lama –

A Kindergarten Student Keeps Her Promise

In 2012 not long after ServiceSpace founder Nipun Mehta gave a commencement speech that went viral, his organization received the following email: “Dear Keepers of ServiceSpace, I thoroughly enjoy your work. Just today I forwarded your graduation speech to my old class. Meanwhile I want to alert you to a remarkable woman, who at 90+ exemplifies so many of the qualities you write about in your columns. She happens to be my mother. I highly recommend coming to tea at her home and meeting her. Will you come? Thursdays are Salon- “cultural exchange through conversation” and tea is at 4 daily.” It was a hard to resist invitation. What followed is a story that has unfolded over six years. A story that includes a kindergarten student’s promise, and ripples from our community of DailyGood readers… { read more }

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Spread a ripple of goodness in the world today in honor of one of your mentors.

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Michael Penn: On Hopelessness and Hope

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September 28, 2018

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Michael Penn: On Hopelessness and Hope

Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship … This goal excelleth every other goal, and this aspiration is the monarch of all aspirations.

– Baha’i Scriptures –

Michael Penn: On Hopelessness and Hope

Michael Penn’s life abounds with uncommon stories. The son of a Cherokee father and an African American mother, he spent part of his childhood living in a converted school bus on land gifted to the family by his great grandmother who had been a slave. That humble beginning launched him into a lifetime of unaccountable twists of fate, including a miraculous encounter with the woman who would become his wife of 33 years, a near death experience, and an embrace of the Baha’i faith. Today he is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College. His research interests and publications include works in the pathogenesis of hope and hopelessness, the relationship between culture and psychopathology, the epidemiology of gender-based violence, and human dignity and human rights. Poignant, wise, and deeply inspiring, this interview with Michael shines a light into the heart and mind of a remarkable human being. { read more }

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What would it look like to invest all your interactions this week with the utmost love and harmony? For more inspiration, join this week’s Awakin Call with intellectual shaman, Sandra Waddock: Healing to Create a Sustainable World. RSVP info and more details here. { more }

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The Missing People Choir

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Located in London, the Missing People Choir consists of families with missing loved ones and volunteers who want to sing with them, bringing powerful support at times of tremendous grief. By coming together with others who have experienced such a traumatic loss, people are given strength and hope. "Where words end, music carries on" as choir members reach out to their missing loved ones by raising their voices in unison. The Choir has performed on Britain’s Got Talent to much acclaim.
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The Man Who Planted Trees

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September 27, 2018

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Civilization tries to persuade us we are going towards something, a distant goal. We have forgotten that our only goal is to live, to live each and every day, and that if we live each and every day, our true goal is achieved.

– Jean Giono –

The Man Who Planted Trees

Who says a single person can’t make a difference? This Academy Award-winning short film, based on an exquisitely wrought story by Jean Giono was created in 1987 by renowned animator Frederick Back. It beautifully illustrates the fable of one shepherd’s long effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence in the first half of the 20th century. Embedded within this simple tale are insights and inspiration that have much to offer the modern-day world. { read more }

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One Teacher’s Brilliant response to Columbine

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September 26, 2018

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One Teacher's Brilliant response to Columbine

Eventually you will come to understand that
love heals everything, and love is all there is.

– Gary Zukav –

One Teacher’s Brilliant response to Columbine

“A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase’s class for tutoring. I’d e-mailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you’re sending home is math, but I’m not sure I believe him. Help, please.” She e-mailed right back and said, “No problem! I can tutor Chase after school anytime.” And I said, “No, not him. Me. He gets it. Help me.” And that’s how I ended up standing at a chalkboard in an empty fifth-grade classroom while Chase’s teacher sat behind me, using a soothing voice to try to help me understand the “new way we teach long division.” Luckily for me, I didn’t have to unlearn much because I’d never really understood the “old way we taught long division.” It took me a solid hour to complete one problem, but I could tell that Chase’s teacher liked me anyway.[…]And then she told me this…” Glennon Doyle Melton shares a stunning story about one teacher’s powerful response to a tragic school shooting. { read more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: Being An Ally

Our inspiring featured video today takes us to a special 4th grade classroom where a unique teacher invites the kids to answer the question of “when and why you would choose to step in” to help someone? A look inside this classroom shows that with the right tools, and a lot of space for self-expression, our world’s younger generation promises much hope as stewards of humanity. – Ameeta

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As A Doctor, I Am Looking to Make Common Cause

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September 25, 2018

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As A Doctor, I Am Looking to Make Common Cause

tell them
i stood
side by side
the doctors and the dreamers
a poem in my left hand
a scalpel in the right
tried and tried to funnel
lilies and light
from poems
into the tip of my scalpel
cut a slice of bread
for the hungry.

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As A Doctor, I Am Looking to Make Common Cause

“As residents, we worked and lived in the hospital so many nights. It felt like home. On one of my days off, in street clothes, jeans and a t shirt, I went into the hospital to finish dictating some patient notes. It was morning. There was a metal detector coming into the hospital. I collected my stale coffee from the cafeteria. Later that morning, I got stopped by a police guard coming out of the bathroom, suspicious I might have been shooting up in one of the bathroom stalls. I presented my doctors ID out of my jeans pocket and immediately apologies flowed like water from an open faucet from the mouth of the police guard. My dark skin is so much like my patients. I learned never to walk the hospital without an ID. Until then, the hospital had felt like home. It was not a home where I could move freely without question. It was not my home. ” Poet-doctor Sriram Shamasunder shares more in this stirring, spoken word narrative of what it means to be a brown-skinned doctor in America, and what it takes to go beyond our differences to make common cause with one another as members of the human family. { read more }

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What steps can you take this week to make common cause with another? The Heal Initiative, co-founded by Sri at UCSF has a mission to achieve health care equity for vulnerable populations. For more inspiration, explore their work here. { more }

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Awakin Weekly: The World Mirrors The Soul And The Soul Mirrors The World

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The World Mirrors The Soul And The Soul Mirrors The World
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tow4.jpgIf you sit still for a while, completely relaxed, and let your thoughts run on, let your mind think of whatever it likes, without interfering, without making suggestions and without raising any kind of obstacle to the free flow of thought, you will soon discover that mental processes have a life of their own. They will call one another to the surface of consciousness by association, and if you raise no barriers, you will soon find yourself thinking all manner of things both fantastic and terrible which you ordinarily keep out of consciousness.

Over a period of time this exercise will show you that you have in yourself the potentiality of countless different beings—the animal, the demon, the satyr, the thief, the murderer—so that in time you will be able to feel that no aspect of human life is strange to you—humani nihil a me alienum puto [“I think nothing human is alien to me,” from the Roman playwright known as Terance].

In the ordinary way, consciousness is forever interfering with the waters of the mind, which are dark and turbulent, concealing the depths. But when, for a while, you let them take care of themselves, the mud settles and with growing clarity you see the foundations of life and all the denizens of the deep. You may see other things as well. “Two men looked into a pond. Said the one: ‘I see a quantity of mud, a shoe and an old can.’ Said the other: ‘I see all these, but I also see the glorious reflection of the sky.’”

For the unconscious is not, as some imagine, a mental refuse-pit; it is simply unfettered nature, demonic and divine, painful and pleasant, hideous and lovely, cruel and compassionate, destructive and creative. It is the source of heroism, love, and inspiration as well as of fear, hatred, and crime. Indeed, it is as if we carried inside of us an exact duplicate of the world we see around us, for the world is a mirror of the soul, and the soul a mirror of the world. Therefore when you learn to feel the unconscious you begin to understand not only yourself but others as well, and when you look upon human crime and stupidity, you can say with real feeling, “There but for the Grace of God go I.”

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How do you relate to the notion that the world mirrors the soul and the soul mirrors the world? Can you share a personal story of a time you deeply felt that no aspect of human life was strange to you? What helps you develop the feeling ‘There but for the Grace of God go I?’
Rajesh wrote: For many years now, I have experiemented with watching the mind. A few things stand out for me. – It’s a scary thing to do and to discover the “denizens of the deep”. Which is perhaps why many of us …
david doane wrote: I’ve come to know that I am in the world and the world is in me, the forces that operate in the world are the same as the forces that operate in me, and I and the world are made of the same stu…
Jagdish P Dave wrote: I love reading Aaln Watts. This writing evokes many wonderful memories of listening to his talks. As I understand we have two levels of consciousness-superficial and closed and deep and open. W…
Kristin Pedemonti wrote: We Become the Stories We Tell and those we consume. So, it makes sense that the world mirrors our perceptions and our perceptions mirror the world. What we focus on we see and this becomes our …
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Odes to Ordinary Things

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September 24, 2018

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Odes to Ordinary Things

Every day you play with the light of the universe.

– Pablo Neruda –

Odes to Ordinary Things

Inspired by the gift of a book of “Odes to Common Things” by Pablo Neruda, the editors at A Network for Grateful Living, extended an invitation to submit odes to “ordinary things.” The response was happy and immediate. Their inbox steadily filled with poems celebrating weeds, streetlights, shoes and crickets. There were love letters to a blender bottle, an acorn, slippers, an iPad — even to the veins on the top of someone’s feet! What follows is a selection of the poems they received. Poems that will delight your heart, and open your eyes to the myriad wonders that surround us all, waiting to be seen and celebrated. { read more }

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Look around you and let your eyes come to rest on the very first thing you see. Take a moment to really “see” this thing in front of you. Write a small three-line poem of gratitude for the existence of this extraordinarily ordinary piece of the universe. Then share your poem with someone today. { more }

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