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Thinking About New Year’s Resolutions?

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December 31, 2018

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Thinking About New Year's Resolutions?

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.

– G.K Chesterton –

Thinking About New Year’s Resolutions?

“In past years, youve probably targeted minor vices — eat fewer snacks, exercise more, whatever your particular self-admonitions may be. But it is too easy to get lost in the particulars — and in the negatives. This time around, try something a little different.” { read more }

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How are you approaching 2019? What aspirations, intentions, and/or touchstones are you carrying into the coming year?

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Unlearning Together

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December 30, 2018

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Unlearning Together

Community isn’t a particular lifestyle but a universal form of existence. We are community beings by our very nature.

– Martin Winiecki –

Unlearning Together

Martin Winiecki of the Tamera Peace Research & Education Center in Portugal, writes that our present culture maintains a “mental and spiritual firewall…that hinders us from experiencing our interconnectedness with other beings.” He invites us into “a world of full contact, resonance, and communication,” by going through three stages of unlearning, beginning with a revolution in consciousness and ending with an unlearning process that needs community, considering that “we are relational interdependent beings.”
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Winiecki says we can discover “a world outside our projections” when we practice unlearning. Try it for yourself, experimenting with his three stages, then share your discoveries in discussion with your community of family, friends, or a group you belong to.

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Home: The Movie

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December 29, 2018

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Home: The Movie

Life is like carrying a message from the child you were to the old man you’ll become, without losing it along the way.

– Yann Arthus-Bertrand –

Home: The Movie

World renowned photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, released “Home” on World Environment Day, June 5, 2009. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, “Home” is almost entirely composed of aerial footage showing how everything on earth is interconnected. Though the visually stunning images inspire a sense of awe, wonder, and appreciation for our home planet, this film was produced to awaken a collective conscience and responsibility. “Home” poses the prospect that unless we take responsible action to protect the earth’s resources, we risk losing the only home we may ever have. { read more }

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Director Yann Arthus-Bertrand made this film with the intention that it be freely available to all without restriction. Watch the full movie online! { more }

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Outside of Time: A Conversation with Linda Connor

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December 28, 2018

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Outside of Time: A Conversation with Linda Connor

I’m always pulling away from the rational. I think that maybe the unfathomable is the magnet in the world that, if we allow ourselves, we are drawn to.

– Linda Connor –

Outside of Time: A Conversation with Linda Connor

“I was flunking French and my uncle paid for a summer in France so I could study French. I’d taken the family Brownie. Later that year I got a basic 35mm, and I just loved making pictures. From then on it was like, ‘Okay, this is it!'”Linda Connor went to RISD and studied with Harry Callahan. From there she went to SF where she met Imogene Cunningham. She soon had a job at the San Francisco Art Institute. The rest is history, as they say…As Connor says, “We spend most of our days with our egocentric busyness.” Read more in this interview about the life of this celebrated photographer. { read more }

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Stop somewhere and just stand or sit quietly for ten minutes with no agenda. Just stay there for ten minutes. And see what happens.

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Earthrise

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Dec 27, 2018
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Earthrise

Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told through the voices of the Apollo 8 astronauts themselves, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. This iconic image had a powerful impact on the astronauts and the world, offering a perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. Fifty years later, Earthrise compels us to remember this shift and to reflect on the Earth as a shared home.
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They Sang with a Thousand Tongues

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December 27, 2018

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They Sang with a Thousand Tongues

We must recognize that our crises emerge from clinging too tightly to a single story.

– Bayo Akomolafe –

They Sang with a Thousand Tongues

This season of turning, things going to ground with the promise of new life to come, has many stories from many cultures. It can be easy to get caught up in the fear of unfamiliar stories making the ones we use to give us hope in the cold and dark of winter. Another frame might serve us better. In this essay by Bayo Akomolafe provides the hopeful frame of many voices harmonizing in a joyous chorus. All the voices, all the stories are necessary and critical. And no single story can carry the tune. { read more }

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Ask someone you know to tell you the creation story they hold dear. Then share your dearly held story with them.

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Finding Hope in Hopelessness

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December 26, 2018

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Finding Hope in Hopelessness

Nobody can defeat you when you all are working together.

– Jason Pierre-Paul –

Finding Hope in Hopelessness

In a time of uncertainty and increasing grief, suffering, aggression and violence, Margaret Wheatley proposes we release our hope of an outcome, walk without a vision of the future, and let hopelessness be our companion. In our insecurity, self-doubt, and groundlessness, we can orient our soul, spirit, and heart to transcend the experienced world and anchor ourselves in faith. The value, rightness, and truth of our work with other people will allow us to persevere. We can hold grief and love in the same heart and be consoled and strengthened by those with us on the journey. Hopelessness liberates us from fear, from results, and from outcomes so we can do what feels right with clarity and energy. { read more }

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Reach out to the people with you on your journey and offer consolation and strength to them. { more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: Our Hearts To Give

One of my favorite Christmas stories is Little Drummer Boy who, unlike the rich kings visiting baby Jesus, felt he had no gifts to give. But he gave the richest gift of all – playing the drum with all his heart. Let’s each strive to give our gift that’s fit even for a King throughout the year: our hearts and presence. The KindSpring Team wishes you a very happy holiday and New Year. – Ameeta

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George’s Best Friend: A Christmas Story

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December 25, 2018

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George's Best Friend: A Christmas Story

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.

– Bob Hope –

George’s Best Friend: A Christmas Story

“A new neighbor moved in next door. His name was George, and he was an older gentleman. He always nodded a greeting when he saw us. It was around Thanksgiving when we saw him park in his space near ours. We were bringing in groceries, and my mom asked him if he had plans for the holiday. When he said no, that he would spend it alone, my mom mentioned her open house on Christmas Eve. ‘Please join us’, she said. He was already shaking his head no.
‘I wont be good company, I’m afraid,’ he said, ‘I lost my wife a few months ago.’ His eyes filled with tears and he turned away. ‘Thank you anyway!’ he called. He went into his apartment and quietly closed the door.” What follows is a profoundly moving story that glows with the best and brightest of the Christmas spirit. { read more }

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Christmas can be more than just a day of the year. It can be a way of being in this world. Today and all days, bring the light of a loving heart to every encounter.

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Awakin Weekly: Who Is My Neighbor?

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Who Is My Neighbor?
by Ivan Illich

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2351.jpgSome thirty years ago, I went into sermons from the early third century into the nineteenth century dealing with this story of the Samaritan, and I found out that most preachers, when they comment on that passage, comment on it in order to show how we ought to behave towards our neighbor, when in fact this is the opposite of what Jesus, who tells that story of the Samaritan, wanted to point out.

The Pharisees came to ask Him, “Master, Teacher, tell us who is my neighbor?” They didn’t ask him, how does one behave to one’s neighbor? They asked him, point blank, the question: Who is the guy whom you call neighbor?

And he, as a story, told them a man was going down to Jericho, fell among robbers, was beaten up and left wounded. A teacher goes by, a priest goes by, sees him and walks on. And then an outsider comes along, the traditional enemy, and turns to the wounded man, as an internal turning, and picks him up, takes him into his arms and brings him to the inn. So he answers them, “My neighbor is whom I decide, not whom I have to choose.”

There is no way of categorizing who my neighbor ought to be. […] The Master told them who your neighbor is is not determined by your birth, by your condition, by the language which you speak, by the ethnos, which means really the mode of walking which has become proper to you, but by you. You can recognize the other (hu)man who is out of bounds culturally, who is foreign linguistically, who – you can say by providence or by pure chance – is the one who lies somewhere along your road in the grass and create the supreme form of relatedness which is not given by creation but created by you.

About the Author: Ivan Ilich was a Croatian-Austrian philosopher and Roman Catholic priest. Excerpted from here. The photo is Mister Rogers and Francois Clemmons — background story here.

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How do you relate to the notion that your neighbor is someone you decide, not someone you have to choose? Can you share a personal story of a time you created a sacred form of relatedness with someone else? What helps you go beyond the limits of your conditioning to truly create relatedness with another?
susan schaller wrote: Ivan Illich, an exiled Russian in Mexico, would know what he is talking about. He had to redefine “family” and “neighbor” in order to have a life in community instead of an exile of alien…
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