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Finding Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger than You

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December 31, 2022

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Finding Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger than You

So pain pushes until vision pulls and I have a muscle that I’ve developed to help people see the vision, to pull them through the pain, and it’s a privilege to do it and it’s a joy.

– Lynne Twist –

Finding Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger than You

“Tami Simon speaks with author and activist Lynne Twist about her new book, Living a Committed Life, and discovering the role we each must play to usher in a new era for humanity. Tune in for an inspiring discussion of strengthening your possibility muscle; the power of disruption; the breakthroughs hidden in the breakdowns; choosing to tell a new story; the relationship between pain and joy; the willingness to be proximate to suffering; grief as medicine; the origins of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) Alliance; why everyone has a role to play in the healing of our world; finding your calling and answering the question What breaks your heart?; envisioning a new kind of human being, a new kind of humanity; and more.” { read more }

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The Fearless Organization

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December 30, 2022

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The Fearless Organization

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

– Naguib Mahfouz –

The Fearless Organization

A completely fearless organization is an aspiration that will always remain slightly out of reach. It will never be the case that every single person shows up at work with a fearless stance that looks outward and forward, and that everyone is more interested in contributing to shared goals than in staying personally safe. Having said that, a ‘mostly fearless’ organization is one in which people feel truly engaged, inspired and willing to take the interpersonal risks of speaking up and experimenting that are necessary, so as to gain the shared rewards of making a difference — of creating great products and services that help customers and change the world in some small way for the better. In such organizations, people share a sense of what is at stake, why it matters — and why every one of us is needed to make progress.” Amy Edmunson, author of “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth.” { read more }

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Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)

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Dec 29, 2022
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)

Hopefully you have a little piece of green forest—a kind of a heaven on earth– where you can find peace. If so, you already have experienced the health benefits of soaking up the beauty of nature. Forest bathing, in Japan where the practice originated, is called shinrin-yoku. This is the practice of walking through the forest slowly and quietly as a way to heal body, mind and spirit. This film, made by Sharecare Films Production, takes you on a first-person experience of the practice of forest bathing through fern laden, old growth forests; bamboo groves with the rain falling on the hollow stems; and hemlock stands over a hundred feet tall with birds singing all around. Forest bathing has been proven by scientists to benefit physical as well as mental health. Shinrin-Yoku helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost immunity and mood, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
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Earwitness to Place

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December 29, 2022

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Earwitness to Place

Our problem is that sound is not important in our culture. We know the world from the visual, not from the other senses. I had to be taught other ways of understanding.

– Bernie Krause –

Earwitness to Place

“Seeing is a relatively passive event. Hearing, on the other hand, is almost entirely physical; component parts of our being respond to incoming waves of air pressure, oscillating in cyclical patterns that are transformed into meaningful signals, indicators that are life-affirming and comforting, or irrelevant, or predictive of danger. Every living organism produces some kind of signal. Hearing those impressions, however faint, either completes what we see or supplants seeing entirely.” In this interview with Bernie Krause, poet Erin Robinsong speaks to the renowned musician and bioacoustician about biophonies of place, practices of earwitnessing, and the intimacy of listening. { read more }

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Pico Iyer: The Craft and Life of a Restless Writer

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Pico Iyer: The Craft and Life of a Restless Writer

In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.

– Pico Iyer –

Pico Iyer: The Craft and Life of a Restless Writer

“As Time magazines travel correspondent since 1986, Pico Iyer has visited nearly every corner of the globe in search of the astonishing, remarkable, bizarre, and profound. Hes the author of bestselling books including Video Night in Kathmandu and The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home. In this interview he discusses writing, cultural taboos, stillness, Alaska, and places he’ll never visit again.” { read more }

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A Special Kind of Grace: The Remarkable Story of the Devadosses

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A Special Kind of Grace: The Remarkable Story of the Devadosses

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

– C.S. Lewis –

A Special Kind of Grace: The Remarkable Story of the Devadosses

He was a writer and an artist whose captivating pen-and-ink drawings, books and greeting cards reflect the beauty of southern India. His wife helped compose his work. What makes their story extraordinary? Manohar Devadoss was near blind. His art was produced through a painstaking process of extraordinary will-power and dedication. His wife Mahema was paralyzed below the shoulders, the result of a car accident when they were in their early thirties. Despite the odds, this couple crafted a life together of tremendous beauty, joy and generosity touching many hearts along the way. This piece shares a glimpse of their journey, their art and inspiration { read more }

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Take a moment today to cherish the little gifts of joy, beauty and friendship in your life.

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Be Vigilance

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Be Vigilance

–Gangaji

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2459.jpgVigilance is often misunderstood. Usually what passes for vigilance is careful monitoring by the superego. I’m sure you’re very aware of this kind of monitoring– "Oh I shouldn’t have said it that way. I shouldn’t have done it that way. I shouldn’t have thought that. I should have surrendered." This monitoring is not vigilance. It is an imitation of vigilance. Vigilance comes from the word vigil, meaning to keep vigil. Keeping vigil is a form of worship. Vigilance is sacred, quiet, peaceful vigil at the flame of truth. (…) It is a mistaken understanding that implies vigilance to be a burden. The real burden is the denial of your beingness as awareness itself. The idea that vigilance is a burden comes from the concept of spiritual practice. You are admonished to practice. You have to keep your practice. I don’t know what the word practice is translated from, but it is a bad translation, because in English practice means some kind of preparation for a real event. You practice for the football game. You practice for your recital. You cannot practice for life. Life is right now. So I don’t use the word practice in terms of vigilance. I am talking about being vigilance. Be that now. You are that already. Recognize yourself as that, and be vigilant to your true nature. Then see. Without looking for anything, see. […]

"Wait and see" doesn’t necessarily mean you sit on your couch and never move. It also doesn’t necessarily mean that you get off your couch and move. It is much deeper than that. An active life can be lived as vigilance, and an inactive life can be lived as vigilance. there will be many insights. There will be many revelations and deepening experiences. In the midst of it all, be vigilant to what has not moved, what has always been home, what has always been radiant and unpolluted. There will be even deeper insights. Enjoy them as they come, wave them goodbye as they pass, and be vigilant to what has not moved, what has not been lost by the experience of loss, and what has not been augmented by the experience of gain.

Be vigilance. The deepest joy of the human experience is to be vigilant. It is not a task. It is bliss itself. A bliss that is awake and vigilant to what never moves, to what is always present. Be that. Then you will see this entity called your lifetime unfold exquisitely, as a flower unfolds. As it begins to die, it will die exquisitely, as a flower dies. You don’t need to dip it in wax so that it will stay forever at a certain stage.

Excerpted from Freedom and Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender.

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On Hope: A Conversation with Jacob Needleman

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On Hope: A Conversation with Jacob Needleman

The only really interesting questions are the unanswerable ones.

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On Hope: A Conversation with Jacob Needleman

“When we’re in touch with another kind of consciousness, or level of understanding, that is what brings hope. It’s not because it hopes for money or pleasure, or anything like that. Yes, that’s a possible part of it. But it’s the element–maybe even the most essential part of ourselves as human beings–it’s this part that can be awakened by great ideas that speak about great questions of meaning, purpose, love…Again and again we are told, and again and again we forget. The task is change, change of being, not of doing. Change of not the outer, but the inner life. Change of attitudes and not of behavior alone, a letting go of, rather than getting or grasping. Before real work can begin, one must come back to one’s own nothingness, let go of all illusions about one’s self. To acquire a real self, the self that has seemed to be me, or mine, up to now must be seen clearly as it is.” The renowned philosopher, author, and religious scholar Jacob Needleman passed away in November of this year. He shares more in this nourishing conversation with long-time friend Richard Whittaker. { read more }

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George’s Best Friend: A Christmas Story

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George's Best Friend: A Christmas Story

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.

– Bob Hope –

George’s Best Friend: A Christmas Story

A new neighbor moved in next door. His name was George, and he was an older gentleman. He always nodded a greeting when he saw us. It was around Thanksgiving when we saw him park in his space near ours. We were bringing in groceries, and my mom asked him if he had plans for the holiday. When he said no, that he would spend it alone, my mom mentioned her open house on Christmas Eve. ‘Please join us’, she said. He was already shaking his head no. ‘I won’t be good company, I’m afraid,’ he said, ‘I lost my wife a few months ago.’ His eyes filled with tears and he turned away. ‘Thank you anyway!’ he called. He went into his apartment and quietly closed the door.” What follows is a profoundly moving story that glows with the best and brightest of the Christmas spirit. { read more }

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Grace Before Dinner

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Grace Before Dinner

Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.

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Grace Before Dinner

“Twenty five years ago I started Greens restaurant in San Francisco, then left to live in Rome, where I began writing on food and cooking. I departed Rome just as the Slow Food movement took root there in 1986, and I didnt become formally involved for another ten years. (Among other things, I now run Slow Foods Santa Fe chapter). But I was informally supporting Slow Food concepts all along. My deepest sympathies have always been with the landscape of food and farming, and that led me to join the Santa Fe farmers market, near my new American home, as a manager and board member. I spent five years visiting markets and farmers across the country as I researched my 2002 book Local Flavors. At Terra Madre I reconnected with many of those same food producers and farmers.” Deborah Madison shares more in this inspiring piece. { read more }

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