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Wendell Berry on Hope & Place

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October 31, 2021

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Wendell Berry on Hope & Place

And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.

– Wendell Berry –

Wendell Berry on Hope & Place

“It is hard to have hope. It is harder as you grow old,
for hope must not depend on feeling good
and there is the dream of loneliness at absolute midnight.
You also have withdrawn belief in the present reality
of the future, which surely will surprise us,
and hope is harder when it cannot come by prediction
any more than by wishing. But stop dithering.
The young ask the old to hope. What will you tell them?
Tell them at least what you say to yourself.”
Wendell Berry explores what it means to belong to a place in this powerful poem. { read more }

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Universal Human in Training

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October 30, 2021

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Universal Human in Training

Creating authentic power means aligning your personality with your soul.

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Universal Human in Training

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation in human consciousness. Unprecedented. Our perception is expanding beyond the limitations of the five senses. Together, they form a single system whose object of detection is physical reality. Now we are acquiring another sensory system: we are becoming multisensory. We are transiting from a five sensory species to a multisensory species, and this is happening very fast. From an evolutionary point of view, it will happen within three or so generations. Our evolution is no longer tied to the evolution of physical matter that’s taken 40 thousand years. This evolution is happening in you.” Gary Zukav, best-selling author of multiple books, including “Seat of the Soul,” and, “Universal Human,” shares more. { read more }

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A School for Refugees — By Refugees

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A School for Refugees -- By Refugees

A refugee is someone who survived and who can create the future.

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A School for Refugees — By Refugees

Refugees who have fled their native lands in search of a place to live safely and to be treated as human beings often find themselves stuck for several years in an environment which can be unwelcoming and even hostile. A group of refugees in Indonesia established a school so that their children could learn basic education while being offered a chance at normalcy through social interaction. Children and adults are helped to overcome language barriers and prepare for a future in which they can find a sense of belonging and accomplishment. { read more }

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A School for Refugees, by Refugees

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A School for Refugees, by Refugees

A School for Refugees, by Refugees

Refugees who have fled their native lands in search of a place to live safely and to be treated as human beings often find themselves stuck for several years in an environment which can be unwelcoming and even hostile. A group of refugees in Indonesia established a school so that their children could learn basic education while being offered a chance at normalcy through social interaction. Children and adults are helped to overcome language barriers and prepare for a future in which they can find a sense of belonging and accomplishment.
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The Do-It-Ourselves Revolution

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October 28, 2021

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The Do-It-Ourselves Revolution

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

– J.K. Rowling –

The Do-It-Ourselves Revolution

“In these trying times, ordinary people are taking matters in their own hands in extraordinary ways, confronting global problems collectively — and locally. They’re saving lives by leaving uplifting notes in areas with high suicide rates, teaching people the importance of wild plants on the sidewalks, cleaning up roads while getting fit and connecting with others, and transforming abandoned spaces into bee sanctuaries. Indeed, these everyday people are creating a true do-it-ourselves revolution.” { read more }

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Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic

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October 27, 2021

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Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic

What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.

– Brene Brown –

Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic

Dr Paul Conti is the author of ‘Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It’ In the following interview he speaks with Tami Simon “about healing the unresolved trauma we hold inside both individually and collectively. They also discuss how trauma operates differently in different people, overcoming “reflexive shame,” self-inquiry and the embrace of a “true life narrative,” perseverance and self-compassion, strategies for dealing with traumatic triggers, resolving our grief, how trauma affects the map of our inner landscape, inherited trauma, become a healing resource for others, and much more.” { read more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: The Power Of Play

One of my favorite sounds in the world is hearing children play — the giggling, the laughter, and losing track of time in the game. For adults, we forget that it’s still as important to play, maybe even more, to counteract the stress that comes with being an adult. Playing as an adult may look different to each of us, but it has been shown to release endorphins, boost creativity, and improve overall brain functionality. This week’s stories highlight the incredible power of play. –Guri

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Making Children’s Books Amid Loss

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Making Children's Books Amid Loss

Grief needs an outlet. Creativity offers one.

– Hope Edelman –

Making Children’s Books Amid Loss

Even as artist and celebrated children’s book author Nancy Carlson coped with her husband and best friend’s devastating degenerative disease, and navigated bankruptcy, this resilient author continued to produce her captivating children’s books. More about her story of courage and creativity here. { read more }

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Self-Compassion Over Self-Esteem

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Self-Compassion Over Self-Esteem
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2517.jpgThe great angst of modern life is this: no matter how hard we try, no matter how successful we are, no matter how good a parent, worker, or spouse we are – it’s never enough. There is always someone richer, thinner, smarter, or more powerful, someone that makes us feel small in comparison. Failure of any kind, large or small, is unacceptable. The result: therapist’s offices, pharmaceutical companies, and the self-help aisles of bookstores are besieged by people who feel they’re not okay as they are. What to do?

One response has come in the form of the self-esteem movement. Over the years there have been literally thousands of books and magazine articles promoting self-esteem – how to get it, raise it and keep it. The pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion, but research indicates this has serious downsides. Our culture has become so competitive we need to feel special and above average just to feel okay about ourselves (being called “average” is an insult). Most people, therefore, feel compelled to create what psychologists call a “self-enhancement bias” – puffing ourselves up and putting others down so that we can feel superior in comparison. However, this constant need to feel better than our fellow human beings leads to a sense of isolation and separation. And then, once you’ve gotten high self-esteem, how do you keep it? It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride: our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lock-step with our latest success or failure.

One of the most insidious consequences of the self-esteem movement over the last couple of decades is the narcissism epidemic. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me, examined the narcissism levels of over 15,000 U.S. college students between 1987 and 2006. During that 20-year period, narcissism scores went through the roof, with 65 percent of modern-day students scoring higher in narcissism than previous generations. Not coincidentally, students’ average self-esteem levels rose by an even greater margin over the same period. Self-esteem has also been linked to aggression, prejudice and anger towards those who threaten our sense of self-worth. For example, some kids build up their egos by beating up other kids in the playground. It’s hardly healthy.

Of course we don’t want to suffer from low self-esteem either, so what’s the alternative? There is another way to feel good about ourselves: self-compassion. Self-compassion involves being kind to ourselves when life goes awry or we notice something about ourselves we don’t like, rather than being cold or harshly self-critical. It recognizes that the human condition is imperfect, so that we feel connected to others when we fail or suffer rather than feeling separate or isolated. It also involves mindfulness — the recognition and non-judgmental acceptance of painful emotions as they arise in the present moment. Rather than suppressing our pain or else making it into an exaggerated personal soap opera, we see ourselves and our situation clearly.

It’s important to distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the degree to which we evaluate ourselves positively. It represents how much we like or value ourselves, and is often based on comparisons with others. In contrast, self-compassion is not based on positive judgments or evaluations, it is a way of relating to ourselves. People feel self-compassion because they are human beings, not because they are special and above average. It emphasizes interconnection rather than separateness. This means that with self-compassion, you don’t have to feel better than others to feel good about yourself. It also offers more emotional stability than self-esteem because it is always there for you – when you’re on top of the world and when you fall flat on your face.

Instead of endlessly chasing self-esteem as if it were the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, therefore, I would argue that we should encourage the development of self-compassion. That way, whether we’re on top of the world or at the bottom of the heap, we can embrace ourselves with a sense a kindness, connectedness and emotional balance. We can provide the emotional safety needed to see ourselves clearly and make whatever changes are necessary to address our suffering. We can learn to feel good about ourselves not because we’re special and above average, but because we’re human beings intrinsically worthy of respect.

About the Author: Kristine Neff is a researcher. Excerpted from here.

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How Nature Helps Us Heal

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How Nature Helps Us Heal

I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.

– John Burroughs –

How Nature Helps Us Heal

“One morning last spring, I was reflecting on how good the ride outside made me feel when I walked in to see a 68-year-old patient with several significant behavioral and medical problems. Before I could say a thing, he jumped in as if in mid-conversation. “Dr. Hass, I can’t thank you enough. I swear that prescription you gave me mid-COVID lockdown saved my life!”” A doctor shares more about why he prescribes time in nature to his patients. { read more }

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