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Is There A Better Way to Have An Argument?

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September 30, 2020

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Is There A Better Way to Have An Argument?

Democracy is hard; demagoguery is easy.

– Patricia Roberts-Miller –

Is There A Better Way to Have An Argument?

“Were living in an era of deep divisions. Cable television, social media feeds, and fraying personal relationships all reflect the same troubling pattern: Differences of opinion quickly escalate into attacks, mistrust, and civic stalemates.”Here are five principles for more constructive and respectful disagreements. { read more }

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Visiting Rachel: 50 Years After Silent Spring

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September 29, 2020

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Visiting Rachel: 50 Years After Silent Spring

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

– Rachel Carson –

Visiting Rachel: 50 Years After Silent Spring

“‘Primavers Silencia.’ So reads the cover of the Italian edition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. It sits on the desk beside me–the small built-in desk looking out on a thicket of cedars and pine–a desk with one simple drawer holding some pencils and not much else, in the cozy pine-paneled study where Carson wrote much of her landmark book during the summers of 1960 and 1961. Other foreign editions are lined up on the bookshelf too, but the Italian title grabs my attention. “Primavera”–a singsong word evoking pasta with spring vegetables, or something related to “first.”Prima, prime, primary, first. First silence.” More in this powerful piece commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s prophetic publication. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: A Route Back To Wonder

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A Route Back To Wonder
by Fabiana Fondevila

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2451.jpg“What is a sunset without clouds? A circle that crosses a straight line,” says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, creator of an original form of activism and of a manifesto that begins: “We believe that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.”

Clouds? Could they really be a motive for activism? At first glance it might seem at least curious that someone would want to devote his life to convincing his fellow Earthlings to look up and marvel at the spectacle of altocumulus, altostratus and cumulonimbus. But we only have to go back to childhood to understand. Who among us didn’t spend long moments lying on the grass identifying rabbits, mountains and unicorns in the fanciful forms drawn across the sky? Who was not surprised to see how those images transformed themselves from one moment to the next before our eyes? Or perhaps a better question would be: when did clouds stop captivating us? When did we stop raising our eyes to the sky?

Clouds have always been a source of inspiration and wonder. Not for nothing have they featured in works of art across the centuries. Starting in the Renaissance, they even came to be used as metaphors for the divine. But why should we as adults learn to live again with our heads in the clouds? Purely in terms of common sense, obvious answers include: because identifying the shapes and types of clouds allows us to predict the chance of rain and to know whether we can expect a hailstorm, or a light but incessant drizzle that will cause moss to grow in unexpected places. This would indeed be good reason to look up at clouds; but it barely scrapes the surface of their potential.

We don’t want to look at clouds to divine the weather forecast; we want to look at them so that we can dream again and remember that magic and beauty surrounds us at every step. We want to find in them a route back into wonder. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important,” says Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. Let’s waste time learning to love the world, every day, a little bit more and better. Let’s waste time on what’s truly important!

About the Author: Fabiana Fondevila is an author, storyteller, ritual maker, activist, and teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Excerpted from Where Wonder Lives.

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The World is Our Field of Practice

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September 28, 2020

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The World is Our Field of Practice

Spiritual tradition is comfortable with paradox, whereas many political movements are not. But all truth is paradox. What it is to live in a space of transformative change is to engender greater and greater comfort with paradox.

– Rev. angel Kyodo williams –

The World is Our Field of Practice

This prophetic conversation, which Rev. angel Kyodo williams had with Krista in 2018, is an invitation to imagine and nourish the transformative potential of this moment toward human wholeness. Rev. angel is an esteemed Zen priest and the second Black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. She is one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. { read more }

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How to Be at Home

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September 27, 2020

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How to Be at Home

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can.

– Hafiz –

How to Be at Home

This tender animation on the theme of isolation reunites filmmaker Andrea Dorfman with poet Tanya Davis ten years after their first collaboration on the viral film “How To Be Alone.” “How To Be At Home” speaks to what so many of us are going through these days with quarantines, lock-downs and stay-at-home orders. “Lean into lonelinessand know youre not alone in it.” And remember: we are connected. { read more }

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Healing the Heart of Democracy

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September 26, 2020

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Healing the Heart of Democracy

The human heart is the first home of democracy

– Terry Tempest Williams –

Healing the Heart of Democracy

“For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive –and we are legion –the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation.” Parker Palmer shares more in this piece. { read more }

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Kiran Khalap: Navigating Business, Creativity and Spirituality

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Kiran Khalap: Navigating Business, Creativity and Spirituality

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

– Alan Watts –

Kiran Khalap: Navigating Business, Creativity and Spirituality

Where do business and spirituality meet? How does one use creativity to unite? How might we walk our unique path in solving problems outside and dissolving the ego inside? A weekday brand-consultant, a weekend rock-climber, author during nights and a lifetime seeker of Truth — Kiran Khalaps journey is a striking example of a life of emergence which defies linear planning. Read more about his journey here. { read more }

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How To Be At Home

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Forming a “More Perfect Union” Through Indigenous Values

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September 24, 2020

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Forming a âMore Perfect Unionâ Through Indigenous Values

We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.

– From the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving address –

Forming a âMore Perfect Unionâ Through Indigenous Values

“How might we unlock hope in an expansive spirit of democracy for present and future generations in this time of upheaval? This new conversation series on “The State of American Democracy” invites us to explore this question with some of our most creative thinkers and public intellectuals. The first episode on September 17, 2020, focuses on the moral foundations of democracy we can draw for guidance.” The article that follows is about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and highlights the early roots of democracy in the United States.” { read more }

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Crossing the Empathy Wall in Divided Times

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September 23, 2020

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Crossing the Empathy Wall in Divided Times

An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person, one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances

– Arlie Hochschild –

Crossing the Empathy Wall in Divided Times

“Everyone has a deep story,” says Arlie Hochschild. “Our job is to respect and try to understand these stories.” Hochschild is one of the most distinguished sociologists of our time. Considered the founder of the “sociology of emotion,” she examines some of the most urgent challenges our societies face: work-family balance, shifting gender roles, alienation, globalization, and the ever-widening political divide. Throughout these issues, she studies how we feel about things, what we think we should feel, and why. Why do people choose what they choose? What are the invisible forces behind our actions? What are the emotional costs, if any? And most recently, why does it seem like people vote against their own interests? What follows is an excerpt from her book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” { read more }

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