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Spirit Run: The Story of a 6000 Mile Relay

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July 31, 2020

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Spirit Run: The Story of a 6000 Mile Relay

The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.

– Christopher McDougall –

Spirit Run: The Story of a 6000 Mile Relay

In 2004, Noe Alvarez dropped out of college and ran a 6,000-mile relay with indigenous people through North and Central America. His new memoir about that time is called Spirit Run. More in this NPR interview. { read more }

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Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker

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Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker

Ashoka is a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, they have elected over 3,500 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 90 countries. Listen to some of the Fellows talk about what Ashoka is to them and hear about the impact that the Fellows have had their communities, and the world.
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Breathing Miracles Into Being: The Linda Scotson Technique

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July 30, 2020

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Breathing Miracles Into Being: The Linda Scotson Technique

Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?

– Mary Oliver –

Breathing Miracles Into Being: The Linda Scotson Technique

Soon after he was born, Linda Scotson’s son, Doran, was diagnosed with severe athetoid cerebral palsy. Doctors said he would never be able to sit, stand, walk independently or feed himself. But Linda, an artist with no background in medicine, was determined to find a path forward. Today, 41-year-old Doran has an athletic body, runs half marathons, travels independently and is a talented artist, who continues to gain ability and skills. His mother now has a PhD in neuroscience, decades of research under her belt, and is the founder of the Linda Scotson Technique– an approach that has restored functionality and well-being to thousands of people navigating a wide-range of health conditions, including autism, brain injuries, anxiety, hypertension and much more. { read more }

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Bill Drayton: Half the Population is Out of the Game

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July 29, 2020

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Bill Drayton: Half the Population is Out of the Game

The one single factor that determines society’s success is the percentage of change-makers within it.

– Bill Drayton –

Bill Drayton: Half the Population is Out of the Game

“A fighter for civil rights who was raised to value empathy and was fascinated by Gandhi’s India, Bill Drayton believes that Ashokas entrepreneurial model, to which he has dedicated himself for years, can change the world. Drayton created Ashoka 40 years ago and it now has the largest network of social entrepreneurs on the planet. Drayton insists that technological progress creates a new inequality that must be addressed before any other.” { read more }

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Power Of Narrative: Two Laundromat Owners In Taiwan

Our narratives are the seeds that ultimately blossom into action and define our culture and society. Are we being responsible storytellers? How do we cultivate stories that unite more than diivide? This week’s features inspire us to examine and challenge some of our own narratives. –Guri

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Venkat Krishnan: The Joy of Giving

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July 28, 2020

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Venkat Krishnan: The Joy of Giving

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

– Mahatma Gandhi –

Venkat Krishnan: The Joy of Giving

Venkat Krishnan is the founder of GiveIndia– an innovative platform that launched in 2000 to catalyze a “giving culture.” It was one of the first crowd-sourcing platforms in the world dedicated exclusively to social welfare. Venkat later went on to launch DaanUtsav, an annual festival that takes place each October, and aims to unite people from diverse backgrounds across the country in a celebration of giving. Read more about his unique journey, vision and contributions to the greater good here. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: To Be Continually Thrown Out Of The Nest

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To Be Continually Thrown Out Of The Nest
by Pema Chodron

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2436.jpgWe think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that’s death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self-contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn’t have any fresh air. There’s no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience. Doing this is setting ourselves up for failure, because sooner or later, we’re going to have an experience we can’t control: our house is going to burn down, someone we love is going to die, we’re going to find out we have cancer, a brick is going to fall out of the sky and hit us on the head, somebody’s going to spill tomato juice all over our white suit, or we’re going to arrive at our favorite restaurant and discover that no one ordered produce and seven hundred people are coming for lunch.

The essence of life is that it’s challenging. Sometimes it is sweet, and sometimes it is bitter. Sometimes your body tenses, and sometimes it relaxes or opens. Sometimes you have a headache, and sometimes you feel 100 percent healthy. From an awakened perspective, trying to tie up all the loose ends and finally get it together is death, because it involves rejecting a lot of your basic experience. There is something aggressive about that approach to life, trying to flatten out all the rough spots and imperfections into a nice smooth ride.

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. From the awakened point of view, that’s life.

The way to dissolve our resistance to life is to meet it face to face. When we feel resentment because the room is too hot, we could meet the heat and feel its fieriness and its heaviness. When we feel resentment because the room is too cold, we could meet the cold and feel its iciness and its bite. When we want to complain about the rain, we could feel its wetness instead. When we worry because the wind is shaking our windows, we could meet the wind and hear its sound. Cutting our expectations for a cure is a gift we can give ourselves. There is no cure for hot and cold. They will go on forever. After we have died, the ebb and flow will still continue. Like the tides of the sea, like day and night — this is the nature of things.

About the Author: Pema Chodron is an author, meditation teacher, and excerpt above is from her book Being Present.

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DH Lawrence on Trees, Solitudes and What Roots Us

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July 27, 2020

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DH Lawrence on Trees, Solitudes and What Roots Us

Now man cannot live without some vision of himself. But still less can he live with a vision that is not true to his inner experience and inner feeling.

– D.H. Lawrence –

DH Lawrence on Trees, Solitudes and What Roots Us

“A supreme challenge of human life is reconciling the longing to fulfill ourselves in union, in partnership, in love, with the urgency of fulfilling ourselves according to our own solitary and sovereign laws. Writing at the same time as Hesse, living in exile in the mountains, having barely survived an attack of the deadly Spanish Flu that claimed tens of millions of lives, the polymathic creative force D.H. Lawrence (September 11, 1885-March 2, 1930) took up the question of this divergent longing with great subtlety and splendor of insight in his autobiographically tinted novel ‘Aaron’s Rod’, rooting the plot’s climactic relationship resolution in a stunning passage about trees.” { read more }

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The Fragrance of Prayer

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The Fragrance of Prayer

There’s a morning when presence comes over your soul. You sing like a rooster in your earth-colored shape. Your heart hears and, no longer frantic, begins to dance.

– Rumi –

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“I was having some downtime in a high place. Having slowed, I could see how much a rushed life had whiplashed my body. When I’m caught in that frame of reference, everything seems whiplashed. Birds fly scattershot and even ants seem indecisive, irritable. The earth grows blurred because I grow blurred. The old rhythms, of course, persist. Things move fast, like larks or light. But none of it rushes.” So begins this beautiful meditative piece by John Landretti. { read more }

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How Trauma & Resilience Cross Generations

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How Trauma & Resilience Cross Generations

Our Ancestors knew that healing comes in cycles and circles. One generation carries the pain so that the next can live and heal.

– Gemma B. Benton –

How Trauma & Resilience Cross Generations

“The new field of epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transmit biologically, beyond cataclysmic events, to the next generation. She has studied the children of Holocaust survivors and of pregnant women who survived the 9/11 attacks. But her science is a form of power for flourishing beyond the traumas large and small that mark each of our lives and those of our families and communities.” More in this interview from On Being. { read more }

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