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11-Day Kindness Challenge: Are You In?

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For the upcoming Valentine’s Day, we’re trying something different: an 11-day kindness challenge, to pay-forward our love to the world at large!

Are you ready to embark on a journey filled with love, kindness, and positivity? If so, join our Kindness Challenge starting Feb 12th: https://pod.servicespace.org/apply/kindness

In a world that can sometimes seem harsh and unforgiving, it’s more important than ever to spread kindness and positivity. That’s why we’re hosting this challenge, where together with friends from 28 countries already, we’ll make the world a kinder place, one act at a time. This challenge is open to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on the go, there’s always an opportunity to spread kindness. Whether you’re a seasoned kindness warrior or just looking to make a difference, you’re exactly who the world is looking for.

Also joining us, for our weekly calls, are various renowned speakers and artists – like Sharon Salzberg, author of more than a dozen books, and the rap-artist Nimo!

Our goal is simple: to participate in acts of kindness for 11 consecutive days, be inspired by each other’s stories, and to turn kindness into a habit that keeps on giving. We hope you can join us: https://pod.servicespace.org/apply/kindness

Thank you for making the world a kinder place,

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Zach Shore: Shining A Light Amidst Deep Moral Conflicts

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February 8, 2023

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Zach Shore: Shining A Light Amidst Deep Moral Conflicts

Patterns can be useful, but pattern breaks can be even more revealing.

– Zachary Shore –

Zach Shore: Shining A Light Amidst Deep Moral Conflicts

“After an encounter on campus with a fellow blind student who had just returned from a solo excursion with seeming ease, Zachary Shore had a moment of awakening: “My problem wasn’t my blindness. It was my lack of skills and confidence.” He would indeed come to find a remarkable set of skills and confidence — eventually earning a doctorate from Oxford University, becoming a distinguished scholar of international conflict and an author of six books, and traveling to more than 30 countries, many of them as solo journeys. Zach credits his strong sense of self to the nurturance of his parents. But his ability to move freely about the world came through a rigorous and demanding training program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB) — where he made his way after his moment of awakening in college — whose requirements for graduation would challenge even the best of sighted students. Shop, prepare, and cook a meal for 40 people, all by yourself, and dont forget the entire cleanup. Accomplish a “drop route”; that is, find your way back to the LCB after being dropped in an unfamiliar location, without asking anyone, using only environmental clues like the direction of the sun. And take a solo trip to a city you’ve never visited before, with an assigned checklist of to-dos.” Learn more about his fascinating journey. { read more }

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Join an Awakin Call with Zach Shore this weekend. More details and RSVP info here. { more }

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The Wrapping (+ChatGPT, 11-Day Kindness, Laddership!)

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ChatGPT buzz mirrors the end of a maddening race for content. By 2030, experts predict that 99.9% of Internet content will be AI-generated; articles, poetry, graphics, audio, video, everything. That raises a pressing question that is uniquely human: how will we circulate context? This winter, for the first time post-pandemic, we engaged in dozens of in-person circles across India. And at the very first one, a 19-year-old volunteer’s reflection cut to the need of the hour: “We are taught to be the gift, but I am called to be the wrapping.”
To be the wrapping is to sow seeds under which we may never sit. It is to give without becoming the content of that story — to remember that gifts have always been more collective grace than individual grit. With that aspiration in mind, the weeks ahead hold some opportunities to dive deeper:
  • FEB 12th, 11-Day Kindness Challenge: This Valentine’s day, you are invited to expand your spheres of love, flex your kindness muscles, and join a global community in doing a unique act of kindness every day! Learn More/Apply Here
  • MARCH 5th, Laddership Pod: Who do we have to be to lead as a “wrapper”? How can we hold a container, personally or collectively, such that its individual acts harmonize with a grander murmuration? Join us for our deepest immersion into the nuances of these rich inquiries: Learn More/Apply Here
A few weeks ago, a wide range of luminaries gathered for our Gandhi 3.0 retreat, around a simple organizing principle: We are not merely what we do, but who we become by what we do. Altogether, these leaders directly influence hundreds of millions of people; yet, the invitation was to experiment with emptying. That perhaps in being less, we can hold more, come together in deeper ways, and unlock a collective intelligence that can guide our unique gifts to serve the world.

What made the content come alive was that rich context — as seen in these videos and visuals. As Nipun wrote, “A hockey assist is when a basketball player assists the passer who enables the score. When continued kindness arrives as a hockey assist, we don’t know who to thank. Being confused with gratitude has only one impulse – pay it forward. As everyone starts doing that, there is an exponential escalation of love.”

To end our epic time together, all that was left to do was chant:

“May the love we share here spread its wings, Fly across the earth, And sing a song to every soul, That is alive. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. May all the beings of all the worlds be happy.”

Thank you for chanting, and wrapping, together.
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The ripples from Gandhi Ashram reached Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at UPenn:

Heartivism invites us to act from that deeper channel within us, where we are first united by our universality before we are differentiated by our particularlities. A heartivist is someone who responds to the suffering of the world without needing an enemy, who unlocks the genius of nonviolence to uncover a “third way” between two “right” positions, who pushes the limits of compassion to design more infinite games beyond money, power and fame. As we haromnize with that ‘inescapable network of mutuality’, we shake the world — in a gentle way.”

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Emotional Reappraisal: A Form of Creativity

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Emotional Reappraisal: A Form of Creativity

Perhaps the most liberating moment in my life was when I realized that my self-loathing was not a product of my inadequacy but, rather, a product of my thoughts.

– Vironika Tugaleva –

Emotional Reappraisal: A Form of Creativity

“Everyday examples of creativity are plentiful: combining leftover food to make a tasty new dish, coming up with a new way to accomplish chores, mixing old outfits to create a new look. Another way you do this is when you practice whats called ’emotional reappraisal’ — viewing a situation through another lens to change your feelings. There is an element of creativity to this: You’re breaking away from your existing perspectives and assumptions and coming up with a new way of thinking.” In the following article Lily Zhu makes a case for creativity as a skill that can be strengthened, even if you consider yourself to be a conventional thinker. { read more }

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If inspired to, practice implementing Emotional Reappraisal this week. Notice how/if it shifts your experience.

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The Cauldron Of Time

Weekly excerpt to help us remember the sacred.

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The Cauldron Of Time

–James O’dea

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2495.jpgWe who live and breathe in a body
see the Creator’s signature as living gold:
the gold of a magnificent sunlight splashed on the active rivers
of our hearts’ generosity, pouring molten love into the world,
glowing in our greatest stories
signaling beauty
celebrating the courage to go outside and be
more than reflections, instead to be living flames of gold
burning in existence as naked human God sparks.

But gold is not the goal as some profess
it is the gate through which we pass into
the new life, into the greening of our spirit
into an aliveness vitalized in worlds unseen by the material eye,
the green soul force growing in vibrant concentrations of consciousness
where perception begins to merge with Source
and with all the incorruptible energies of Life Eternal.
Up to this point all is energy, energized by the green waves
of the heart’s subtle compassion.

But still there is an invitation beyond the gold of inspiration
and the green of illumination,
an invitation that seems to seep out of a velvet darkness
a lake of nothingness
an invitation to no space, no time,
no movement, no thought
no accomplishments, no accolades,
no echoes of the world
gone, gone, all gone
nothing left but the empty well of original bliss.

Only those who enter this dark night
can look up and see the hidden face of God
where Nothing and Everything are one.

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Waging Conflict Without Violence: Maria Stephan

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Waging Conflict Without Violence: Maria Stephan

I would say the most defining variable of successful nonviolent movements is the large, diverse and sustained participation.

– Maria Stephan –

Waging Conflict Without Violence: Maria Stephan

“Can nonviolent civil resistance be successful even against the most militarily sophisticated and brutal regimes? My podcast guest this month, political scientist Maria Stephan, says unequivocally ‘yes.’ Co-Lead and Chief Organizer at The Horizons Project and the former Director of the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, Maria is the co-author, with Erica Chenoweth, of the award-winning book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The result of two years of research — collecting and analyzing data on over 330 major, violent and nonviolent campaigns — the book makes the case for a surprising conclusion: nonviolent campaigns were actually twice as effective as violent ones in achieving their political goals.” Kern Beare is the founder of the Difficult Conversations Project. In his conversation with Maria Stephan, they delve how the tools and strategies of nonviolent action can be used to counter the authoritarian tendencies prevalent in our world today. { read more }

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You can learn more about Kern Beare’s work through this in-depth interview, “Learning to Live Together Via Difficult Conversations.” { more }

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Creatures that Don’t Conform

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Creatures that Don't Conform

Nature is not a luxury: its presence or absence creates and causes different health outcomes for different groups of people.

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Creatures that Don’t Conform

“In the woods near her home, Lucy Jones discovers the magic of slime molds and becomes entangled in their fluid, nonbinary way of being. Lying at the edge of our understanding, slime molds invite us into their mystery and remind us of the vast possibilities of life on Earth.” { read more }

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For more inspiration, check out this essay by Jones, “Pathways in the Urban Wild,” that describes her encounters with wildflowers in the city, and delves into the healing benefits of an attentive relationship with the natural world. { more }

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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Top 10 Insights from 2022

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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Top 10 Insights from 2022

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

– Marie Curie –

The Science of a Meaningful Life: Top 10 Insights from 2022

“It’s hard to talk about individual well-being these days without talking about what’s going on in the world, whether that’s the mental health fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, political polarization, or global crises like climate change. All of us are affected by these problems, and that’s reflected in Greater Good’s 2022 selection of top scientific insights. But this research doesn’t just suggest how we might cope with bad situations. These studies also show us the power of connecting, working together, and being open to other perspectives–and the hope for a less gloomy future. The top insights also give us practical ideas of ways to grow, be kind, and find meaning in our everyday lives.” More from the team at Greater Good Science Center. { read more }

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Michael Singer: Living Untethered

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Michael Singer: Living Untethered

Are you willing to let go of yourself so that you can be who you really are?

– Michael Singer –

Michael Singer: Living Untethered

“Michael A. Singer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, and The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Lifes Perfection. His most recent book is Living Untethered: Beyond the Human Predicament. In 1971, while pursuing his doctoral work in economics, he experienced a deep inner awakening and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a retreat center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. Through the years, he has made major contributions in the areas of business, the arts, education, health care, and environmental protection. In this podcast, Michael joins Sounds Trues founder, Tami Simon, to speak about his latest book. Tami and Michael discuss the first question for the spiritual journey, Are you in there?; the three-ring circus of the outside world, the thoughts in your head, and the emotions that emanate from your heart, witness consciousness and the practice of ‘relax and release’; the art of transmutation; piercing the spiritual heart; and more.” { read more }

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

John Koenig loves finding words that express our unarticulated feelings — like "lachesism," the hunger for disaster, and "sonder," the realization that everyone else’s lives are as complex and unknowable as our own. We share many emotional responses to living human life. When there is no word for those feelings, there is no way for the emotions to breathe in the space of being heard. John’s work is all about changing that. Listen and find the words you’ve been seeking.
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