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A Man Without Words

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Oct 31, 2019
A Man Without Words

A Man Without Words

A Man Without Words is the inspiring story of how a deaf and languageless man came to discover language and connect with the larger human community. Told by Susan Schaller and featuring her remarkable former student, Ildefonso, this poignant story shows how language changes us, the profound sorrow at realizing what could have been, and the redemption found in service to a higher vision of one’s life.
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13 Life Lessons From 13 Years of Brain Pickings

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October 31, 2019

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13 Life Lessons From 13 Years of Brain Pickings

Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.

– Maria Popova –

13 Life Lessons From 13 Years of Brain Pickings

“On October 23, 2006,Brain Pickingswas born as a plain-text email to seven friends. It was then, and continues to be, a labor of love and ledger of curiosity, although the mind and heart from which it sprang have changed –have grown, I hope — tremendously. At the end of the first decade, I toldits improbable origin storyand drew from its evolution the ten most important things this all-consuming daily endeavor taught me about writing and living — largely notes to myself, perhaps best thought of as resolutions in reverse, that may or may not be useful to others.” Brain Pickings is now thirteen, and reflecting on the last three years, its creator Maria Popova adds three more insights to the original ten gleaned from her journey. Read all thirteen here. { read more }

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Bye Bye Plastic Bags

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October 30, 2019

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Bye Bye Plastic Bags

The Earth is what we all have in common.

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Bye Bye Plastic Bags

“Five years ago, two young women decided they were going to do something about the plastic problem on their island of Bali. And Bye Bye Plastic Bags was born. How young? So young one of them couldn’t make it to our midweek interview. “She’s at school,” explained 18-year-old Melati Wijsen, talking about her 16- year- old sister Isabel.”She’s just halfway through grade 11 and she’s putting her focus more into graduating high school.”Bali is part of the island nation of Indonesia, which is the world’s second biggest polluter when it comes to marine plastic…”NPR shares more here. { read more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: Power To Make Your Day

Kindness is the ultimate superpower we each carry with us all the time – no special costume or wand is needed in order to completely transform someone’s day. That’s the ultimate in “cool”. We can completely shift the energy from negative to positive with one thoughtful gesture, one kind word, one look or one smile. This Halloween, let’s all wear this superpower; no mask needed. – Ameeta

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Beyond the Dark Night of the Soul

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October 29, 2019

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Beyond the Dark Night of the Soul

This is the first and principal benefit caused by this arid and dark night of contemplation: the knowledge of oneself and of oneâs misery.

– San Juan de la Cruz –

Beyond the Dark Night of the Soul

Paula Norris Mestayer, a practicing psychotherapist for 40 years and founder of Springfield Wellness Center, in Springfield, Louisiana, has specialized in the treatment of addiction and âother brain disordersâ since 2000. When her own teenage daughter got into trouble with drugs and Norris Mestayer accompanied her to a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, the physicianâs treatment was an intravenous infusion of something he called NTRâNeurotransmitter Restoration Therapy. Norris Mestayer was so impressed with her daughterâs response to the treatment that, upon returning home, she began sending her own patients to the Hitt Center in Mexico for detox, and Dr. Hitt would send his detoxed American patients to her for psychotherapy and aftercare. Biochemical analysis of the active ingredient in the treatment was NAD+ânicotinamide adenine dinucleotideâa natural coenzyme of vitamin B3. In this interview, Dr. Mestayer shares her story of helping others overcome debilitating difficulties from drug addiction to brain disorders. She also shares her up-hill battle to make available this natural, non-addictive approach in the face of America’s “medicine for profit” model. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Life Is Full But Not Overcrowded

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Life Is Full But Not Overcrowded
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2354.jpgIn my mid life, I began to realize that it’s as though we have two selves or two natures or two wills with two different viewpoints. Because the viewpoints were so different, I felt a struggle in my life at this period between the two selves with the two viewpoints. So there were hills and valleys – lots of hills and valleys.

Then in the midst of the struggle there came a wonderful mountain-top experience, and for the first time, I knew what inner peace was like. I felt a oneness – oneness with all my fellow human beings, oneness with all of creation. I have never felt really separate since. I could return again and again to this wonderful mountaintop, and then I could stay there for longer and longer periods of time, and just slip out occasionally. Then came a wonderful morning when I woke up and knew that I would never have to descend again into the valley.

I knew that for me the struggle was over, that finally, I had succeeded in giving my life, or finding inner peace. Again this is a point of no return. You can never go back into the struggle. The struggle is over now because you will do the right thing, and you don’t need to be pushed into it.

However, progress is not over. Great progress has taken place in this third phase of my life, but it’s as though the central figure of the jigsaw puzzle of your life is complete and clear and unchanging, and around the edges other pieces keep fitting in. There is always a growing edge, but the progress is harmonious. There is a feeling of always being surrounded by all of the good things, like love and peace and joy. It seems like a protective surrounding, and there is an unshakeableness within which takes you through any situation you may need to face.

The world may look at you and believe that you are facing great problems, but always there are the inner resources to easily overcome these problems. Nothing seems difficult. There is a calmness and a serenity and unhurriedness – no more striving or straining about anything. Life is full and life is good, but life is nevermore overcrowded.

That’s a very important thing I’ve learned: If your life is in harmony with your part in the Life Pattern, and if you are obedient to the laws which govern this universe, then your life is full and good but not overcrowded. If it is overcrowded, you are doing more than is right for you to do, more than is your job to do in the total scheme of things.

About the Author: Peace Pilgrim, aka Mildred Norman, started walking for a peace pilgrimage in 1953 and stopped counting after 25,000 miles; she kept walking, criss crossing United States six times, walking for her entire life. She carried no money, nor would she accept any. She went without food until it was offered to her or she found it in the wild. She slept wherever she could, such as a bus station or a corn field, if no one offered her a place to sleep.

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Hidden Wonders of a Forest

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October 28, 2019

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Hidden Wonders of a Forest

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

– W.B. Yeats –

Hidden Wonders of a Forest

When many of us think of India, we think of a land teeming with human life. However, the vast continent also is home to a multitude of plant and animal lives all working in harmony to sustain the complex ecosystem. Dive into this visually beautiful essay to discover some of the small, yet crucial, inhabitants of the Western Ghats forests. { read more }

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Locate a small patch of wildness where you live. Go spend an hour or two quietly observing the hidden wonders there. Try to keep this sense of wonder with you as you go about your usual routines.

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On the Language of the Deep Blue

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On the Language of the Deep Blue

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.

– Stephen King –

On the Language of the Deep Blue

Drop your “cognitive gatekeeper” and travel along with best selling author Charles Foster as he paints a lyrical picture of whale communication. Follow the riff around a drone, like Byzantine chanters into the magical, mystical world of whales. Intuit the wonder of the world beyond the language of our minds. { read more }

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Find time in your day to slow down, be in nature, and listen to the rich communications that are being shared with you. Expand your view of language by reading below about people who don’t use words for communication. { more }

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The Atomic Tree

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The Atomic Tree

The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you.

– John Naka –

The Atomic Tree

This moving video takes us on a journey into the memories of one of the world’s most revered trees, a 400 year old Japanese white pine bonsai. The tree’s rings hold stories from its inception as a tiny seed, through its early years surrounded by monks who prayed in the surrounding forest. It holds memories of sunlight and purifying rain. Tended by the loving touch and care of five generations of the Yamaki family, the tree and the family survived the devastation of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In 1976 it was gifted to the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. where it remains as a symbol of the merger of lives, forests, and the human family. { read more }

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One Quantum Transformation for Mankind

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One Quantum Transformation for Mankind

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

– Anne Lamott –

One Quantum Transformation for Mankind

Preeta Bansal offers a new “quantum” vision of scale, impact, and social change. In this engaging talk in the American heartland, she shares what might be called a homecoming speech of the truest kind – a return to the heart. Weaving her family’s personal moonshot of arriving into middle America concurrently with America’s (and humanity’s) own literal moonshot through the Apollo 11 mission, she sets the stage for the gravity of heavy realizations from her own rocket-like career trajectory into the highest echelons of conventional power, and back to “a place that operates at a human and community scale bound to land and nature.” { read more }

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Reimagine the locus of scale and impact of your actions today. Focus on bringing about or triggering positive change in your environment through a smile, a loving presence, deep listening, or positive energy, rather than through any strategic plan of action.

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