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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

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    Silence

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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Ward Mailliard: Exploring Values-Based Learning Posted by Bela Shah, May 24 2015 What is possible in a classroom when a teacher becomes the facilitator of learning and when the students learn to become their own teachers? What becomes possible in our world when we are given the tools to courageously interact with life, even when it’s painful? On our Global Awakin Call, lifelong learner Ward Mailliard shared his experiences as an educator at the Mount Madonna School, a K-12 school committed to "whole child education". Drinking in all of the wisdom from Ward’s interview will leave you in a state of awe. But if you ask him, Ward says, “Most of what I’ve learned, I’ve probably learned from students.” Ward has taken his students to meet with and interview both Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa as well as His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in India. Yet he describes the sequence of events and circumstances that led him to teach the Values ... Read Full Story

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Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues Posted by Awakin, May 24 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by David Brooks titled 'Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues': About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all. When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character. A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. I realized that ... [Read more]

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Just A Heads Up, Challenge 8 ... Posted by Micky O'Toole, May 24 2015 Just a heads up, Challenge 8 of 17 21-day challenges is up on KindSpring. We have a great group of about 10 or so folks who post regularly, but there about 40 usually sign up.  Many write that they are from a "Science of Happiness" course as their reason for signing up which I think is pretty cool! =) We started Challenge 1 on January 1st.  The first was a custome challenge, but the rest since then have been utilizing the templates provided by KindSpring such as mindfulness, gratitude, eco, and others.  The templates are wonderful and the challenges are super easy to set up. http://www.kindspring.org/challenge/join/602 Special thanks to Nipun and Audrey for being so patient with my endless questions.  Our techies rock.  So far we've used every template at least once or twice. I was really happy to see there are two new templates, (kudos to the writers!) so this will be ... Read Full Story

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Street Cuts Posted by DailyGood.org, May 24 2015 Mark Bustos cuts hair in an upscale salon in New York City. But on Sundays, his only day off, he roams the streets looking for anyone in need who would appreciate a haircut. What started as a response to the poverty he saw in the Philippines while on vacation, has become a weekly habit of giving back to the people that need it the most. This video is the first in a series that follows Bustos as he interacts with some of the homeless people in South Beach, Florida. [Full Story]

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Still The Grandma. Dementia Or No. Posted by Mia Tagano, May 23 2015 Haven’t seen my grandmother for almost a week and as I came around the corner she saw me and grinned so big. "Hello!!" She said with a laugh and reached for a hug. "Let’s go to dinner," I said. "Okay, where’s my coat?!" She laughed again. So did I. It’s not that anything is funny exactly, we laugh because we are happy together. Her roommate Mrs. Owens had been in the hospital and was temporarily replaced by a woman who would scream through the night keeping my grandmother awake. Today Mrs. Owens was back thank goodness. I went to her and said, “Welcome back, Mrs. Owens!” She reached out and gave me such a big hug and laughed too. Can’t have too much laughter or too many hugs in this place. The days when Mrs. Owens sat with vacant eyes seem a distant memory. Amazing what a little love and ... Read Full Story

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Marshall Ganz On Social Change Movements Posted by Preeta Bansal, May 23 2015 Beautiful Bill Moyers interview of Marshall Ganz, who worked closely with Cesar Chavez and deeply studied movement building: Few tidbits that stood out ... ​ "Anatomy of a movement: story, strategy, structure." Movements are distinguished from interest groups – movements have narratives (tell stories because they are not just about rearranging economics and politics; they also rearrange meaning). They are not just about redistributing the goods – they are about figuring out what is good. They have this cultural piece of work, along with the economic and political. Requires risk-taking, uncertainty, and going against odds. Requires hope. Where do you go for hopefulness, courage? Go to moral resources found within narratives, identity work, all faith/cultural traditions. "Narrative stories matter -- to the heart; so also does strategy and structure. But narrative provides the motivation."  "Understanding is not associated with abstraction; it’s the particular that’s the portal onto the transcendent. Through the particular, I’m able to ... Read Full Story

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Sometimes You Just Have To Pick ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, May 23 2015 Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and keep going. :D

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Happiness In The Himalayas (and Bhutan) Posted by Nipun Mehta, May 23 2015 Ever since I was a kid, I have thought of Himalayas as my home. Now, I was surrounded by them in Bhutan. (Just landing at Paro Airport is an experience, which apparently only eight pilots are qualified for.) In a country that didn't have TV or Internet till 1999, that still doesn't have any signal lights, and where dogs stay put in the middle of the road because they know cars will swerve around them, Bhutan is closet we might come to Shangri-La. Few decades back, they only allowed 5 thousand visitors per year. Overwhelming majority of its 700 thousand population practice Buddhism. 72% of their land is green cover, 69% are farmers, and they have pledged to be forever carbon neutral. Everyone has free medical care, can study for free, and no one in the country goes hungry. In 2008, the King voluntarily gave up power to spawn a democracy. Gross ... Read Full Story

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Cubs: Mom's Advice In A Lunchbox Posted by Trishna Shah, May 23 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Mom's Advice In A Lunchbox. Take a look."The most important thing that parents can teach their children, is how to get along without them." -- Frank A. Clark

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Mindfulness & Compassion W/ The Dalai Lama's Translator Posted by Rahul Brown, May 23 2015 The Dalai Lama Fellows recently hosted a book reading with Thupten Jinpa, personal translator for the Dalai Lama himself for several decades.  Part of the event included an insightful conversation hosted by none other than our very own Bela Shah! I took the opportunity to speak to Thupten before the event and first asked him what the inspiration was for this book.  He said that given the surge in interest around mindfulness and compassion across academia, business, and the general public, he felt that it would be of service to bring out some key insights, anecdotes, and research into the practices from his lifelong exposure to them. Next I asked him if mindfulness leads to compassion.  'No'.  Particularly interesting to me because of western co-option of the technique, including by elite military units for heightened situational awareness on and off the battlefield. "Does compassion lead to self-compassion?"  'No.'  He then told me  they're all ... Read Full Story

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