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Virtually Together

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Dec 31, 2020
Virtually Together

Virtually Together

In honor of the first responders and heroes of the COVID-19 crisis, the musicians of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) came together virtually from across the U.S. and Canada to perform ROCO’s commission "Anthem of Hope" by Anthony DiLorenzo – offering hope and strength during this difficult time. This coming year, may you be safe, may you be healthy, and may you find peace. And please be kind – to yourself and others.
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7 Science-Based Strategies for Keeping New Year Resolutions

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December 31, 2020

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7 Science-Based Strategies for Keeping New Year Resolutions

The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.

– James Clear –

7 Science-Based Strategies for Keeping New Year Resolutions

“Research shows that 45% of people fail to keep their resolutions by February, and only 19% keep them for two years. Lack of willpower or self-control is the top cited reason for not following through. How can you increase your willpower and fulfill your New Year’s promise to yourself? These seven strategies are based on behavioral science and my clinical work with hundreds of people trying to achieve their long-term goals.” { read more }

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Lottie Cunningham: Dedicated to Indigenous Rights

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December 30, 2020

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Lottie Cunningham: Dedicated to Indigenous Rights

Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life.

– Chief Oren Lyons –

Lottie Cunningham: Dedicated to Indigenous Rights

“Against all odds, human rights defender Lottie Cunningham has been at the helm of the battle for indigenous rights in Nicaragua for the past 20 years. She was among four activists this year to receive the Right livelihood award, the alternative Nobel for peace, for her decades-long work. More than 400,000 indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants live along Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast. For years, their livelihoods have been threatened by massive exploitation of their lands through mining, logging and intensive farming.For Cunningham, indigenous rights and environmental rights cannot be separated. Read more about her tireless activism here. { read more }

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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable

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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?

– Lao Tzu –

Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable

“During a time of great drought, a Taoist master was asked by members of a village if he could help bring rain to their dry fields. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to him, but with no success. The master agreed to come and asked for a small hut with a garden that he could tend. For three days, he tended the garden, performing no special rituals or asking anything further from the villagers…” So begins an intriguing Taoist parable, that is used here as a springboard into an exploration of synchronicity, and the idea of ‘being the change we wish to see in the world’. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Four Stages Of Groundedness

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Four Stages Of Groundedness
by John J. Prendergast

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2472.jpgThe ground is both a metaphor and a felt sense. As a metaphor, it means to be in touch with reality. As a felt sense, it refers to feeling our center of gravity low in the belly and experiencing a deep silence, stability, and connection with the whole of life. Feeling grounded does not require contact with the earth; it can happen anywhere and anytime — even when we’re flat on our backs in a rowboat.

Reality is inherently grounding. The more in touch with it we are, the more grounded we feel. This is as true of the facts of daily life as it is of our true nature. Life is multidimensional, ranging from the physical to the subtle to formless awareness. When we are in touch with physical reality, we feel physically grounded. As subtle levels of feeling and energy unfold, we feel subtly grounded. When we know ourselves as open awareness, not separate from anything, we rest in and as our deepest ground that is sometimes called our homeground or groundless ground.

As attention deepens and opens, our experience of and identification with the physical body changes. Our felt sense of the ground shifts accordingly. After decades of working with clients and students, I have observed a continuum of groundedness that spans four broad experiential stages: a) no ground: I am not in my body; b) Foreground: I am in my body; c) background: my body is in me (as open awareness); d) homeground: Everything is my body (as open awareness).

[…] As we attune with inner knowing, we experience a deep relaxation in the core of our body and a growing sense of groundedness. However, most of us are in a state of chronic inner tension as we try to subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) control ourselves and the environment. Some of this tension is concerned with biological survival, while most of it is concerned with psychological survival — the preservation of the self-image. The psychological self — the little me — is always insecure and defends itself against potential annihilation. This manifests in the body as an attempt to hold ourselves up and in with an inner grip or core contraction. We can be forced to release this grip when we encounter a crisis that makes us let go of the illusion of control and/or brings the insight that it is futile and more painful to try to hang on. The chronic grip also softens as we live more authentically, both personally and essentially. Feeling held by something greater than our limited self also allows the letting go to happen more gracefully. Letting go requires trusting in life — no matter what.

Reality is inherently grounding. The more in touch with it we are, the more grounded we feel. […] Reality can be temporarily ungrounding when we have been living out of accord with it, and yet there is a continuum of groundedness with distinctive stages that sometimes coexist.

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Excerpted from John J. Prendergast’s book: Relaxed Groundedness He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology.

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The Clarinet in the Attic

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The Clarinet in the Attic

For grief is crowned with consolation.

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The Clarinet in the Attic

“Pat and Peter went together to the doctor’s appointment. In their eighties, theyd been married over sixty years. Pat was a poet; Peter, a retired minister. The specialist confirmed an earlier diagnosis: Peter was suffering from dementia, cause unknown. Some “accident in the brain” was robbing him of his short-term memory. Every ten or fifteen minutes, his mind would reboot, and he lost all recollection of what he’d experienced in that short span of time. His long-term memory remained intact, along with his sweet and gracious personality, his intelligence and dry wit, his devotion to peace and justice-making, his love of Pat and their family. But he was living now in a radical present. He could no longer meaningfully build upon the past or anticipate the future.The moment he arrived home from the doctor’s office, Peter climbed up into the attic and rummaged around for his old clarinet.” Phyllis Cole-Dai shares more in this moving love story. { read more }

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Barry Lopez: Lyrical Writer and Thoreau of Our Times

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Barry Lopez: Lyrical Writer and Thoreau of Our Times

There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

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Acclaimed writer Barry Lopez who dedicated a lifetime to exploring the kindred bond between humans and nature, passed away this year on Christmas Day. The legacy he leaves behind in his powerful writing has never been more relevant. “Pay attention to the mystery. Apprentice to the best apprentices. Rediscover in nature your own biology. Write and speak with appreciation for all you have been gifted. Recognize that a politics with no biology, or a politics without field biology, or a political platform in which human biological requirements form but one plank, is a vision of the gates of Hell.” He shares more in this essay,”The Naturalist.” { read more }

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Art for the Sky

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Art for the Sky

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

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Art for the Sky

Daniel Dancer is an art-activist who creates and films gigantic living paintings made of people that only make sense from the sky. Why? To bring people together, often young students, to create flashes of beauty that teach tangibly about the power of unity, the importance of nature, and the impermanence of just about everything. Listen as Dancer elaborates on the many lessons that the community can take from these ephemeral art actions. { read more }

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When Love Rescued Christmas

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When Love Rescued Christmas

Love is its own rescue; for we, at our supremest, are but its trembling emblems.

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When Love Rescued Christmas

At the tail-end of a year full of disasters, Laura Grace Weldon experienced a breakdown moment as she considered her children’s empty Christmas stockings. Read on to hear how her 11-year-old daughter’s heartfelt and hilarious response restored her perspective, and inspired a beautiful, anonymous act of generosity towards another family in crisis. { read more }

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Art for the Sky

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Art for the Sky

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