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    Silence

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    The Middle is the Path

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Kindful Kids Gathering On March 12th Posted by Brinda Govindan, Feb 20 2017 On Sunday, March 12th (4-6pm) we invite all families with children to join us at a gathering where we plan to reflect on the themes of gratitude and happiness, and to have a joyful time together outdoors doing random acts of kindness and seeing the magic that unfolds!  To RSVP to join the fun, please submit your email address using this link.  We will craft and write personal thank you cards to those who have touched our lives (teachers, librarians, special friends...) and we will also make and deliver cards to those in public service who are all around us. Sidewalk chalk for positive message graffiti, soap bubbles, and other materials will be provided. We hope to host this event in a public park (weather-permitting) and will send details to those who RSVP once it gets closer to the date. We hope that you and your cubs (Ages 4+) will join us for a fun-filled afternoon! With smiles, Kinjal & Brinda To see photos and read about our February Kindful Kids gathering: http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20786 http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20785 http://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=20784  

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Manifesting Love At Work Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 20 2017 In an insightful excerpt from 'Shakti Leadership: Embracing the Feminine and Masculine Power in Business', authors Nilma Bhat and Raj Sisodian express the innovative concept of brining caring and love into the workplace. Conscious companies are embracing this form of leadership, as CEO's of different companies speak about how to manifest love in a capitalist business world, whilst still being successful. This innovative concept is discussed further in this article, as leaders offer their insight on how to develop the essential capacities of wholeness, flexibility and congruence when leading with the heart, in the workplace. From dealing with the global economic crisis without resorting to lay offs, Casey Sheahan is just one of the CEO's who share their methods of how they found success through creating and managing a strong team rooted in and driven by love. [Full Story]

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Art + T: New Newsletter! Art + Transformation Posted by Vandana Agarwal, Feb 19 2017 Latest issue of 'Art + T' newsletter is titled: 'New Newsletter! Art + Transformation'. Encouraged by so many of you in the ecosystem, I'm absolutely thrilled to launch this newsletter! Sometime last year, I started a personal practice to draw one quote everyday. It was tremendously empowering for me, and it gives me great joy to be able to share that artwork with you, through this newsletter.  As we proceed, we also hope to include transformative art from many of you. :)

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You Play The Piano Posted by Awakin, Feb 19 2017 This week's Awakin reading is by Alan Watts titled 'You Play the Piano': The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at.  But it is best understood by analogy with music, because music, as an art form is essentially playful. We say, “You play the piano.” You don’t work the piano. Why? Music differs from, say, travel. When you travel, you are trying to get somewhere. In music, though, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition. If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played fastest. And there would be composers who only wrote finales. People would go to a concert just to hear one crackling chord… because that’s the end! Same way with dancing. You don’t aim at a particular spot in the room because that’s where you will arrive. The whole point of ... [Read more] 

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The First Awakin Kids (and Parents) Circle Posted by Somik Raha, Feb 19 2017 A picture speaks a thousand words, and the one below deeply touches me. Children of different ages sitting together, many of them getting their very first introduction to meditation from Harshida aunty!   I was wondering what could be a nice introduction to meditation for children, and never could have imagined what Harshida aunty and Dinesh uncle came up with. Aunty called all the children close and said, "This is the gong, and it is going to make a sound like this." As she gently rang the gong, the children sat fascinated around it. She invited the children to listen to the reverberating sound of the bowl, without speaking, until no sound could be heard. Children could keep their eyes closed or open as they preferred. No child spoke during this period! Just to check how it was received, I later had the following conversation with my daughter Samani and her friend Saanvi: Me: ... Read Full Story

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Meditation, Stillness, Time, Eternity Posted by Bill Miller, Feb 18 2017 Meditation, Stillness, Time, Eternity If you’ve been at all involved in the meditation community, you have likely noticed how often the concept of “stillness” comes up in the philosophy of the practice. Many common meditation-related memes (stillness, emptiness, search within, inner work) can be a little vexing because they are hard to pin down objectively. What is stillness about for example? … and why would it be so essential? An intriguing, speculative explanation emerged from a different domain while considering the dimension of ‘time’ in the physics of cosmology. Nineteenth Century physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach once observed that ‘time’ is not a phenomenon in itself but rather is a conceptual abstraction derived from observing the “changes in things” (i.e. movement of matter or energy). In other words, without motion and change, time becomes ambiguous. This further implies that, in the absence of matter and energy, the concept of time itself becomes meaningless. On ... Read Full Story

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Kindful Kids: How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier Posted by Trishna Shah, Feb 18 2017 This week's 'Kindful Kids' newsletter is on How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier and More Creative. Take a look."Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." --John Muir

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My First Tears In Thirty Years Posted by Ketan Vikamsey, Feb 17 2017 [Originally posted on Gandhi 3.0 feed, after our retreat in India at the end of January.] Koti Koti Vandan. Kindly accept my deepest gratitude for allowing me to be a part of this divine space... Gandhi 3.0. I have no words to express how I feel about my experiences with truth and unconditional love, both during the retreat, and now as I enter my day-to-day life activities. The divine company of pure souls and the zeal of the volunteers was awe-inspiring. Volunteers were people with a golden heart. They had just one goal of love, share, and care. They all were epitome of self-less service to man-kind! ESI- the sacred-space was over-whelming! The purity of the space was super-imposing. Each and every particle in the space was filled with deep compassion and unconditional love. Such environment was “just right” for inner-transformation. This space contributed in more ways than one in taking me one step closer to ... Read Full Story

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The Art & Inspiration Of Laurel Burch Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 17 2017 Those who are familiar with Laurel Burch's hopeful, whimsical, colorful art might be surprised to find she was struggling with pain for most of her life; her outlook was the polar opposite of how she felt physically. Diagnosed with severe osteopetrosis at the age of 7, Burch's bones would easily break or fracture just from a fall or bump. Raising two children on her own was quite a challenge not just physically but financially. Art proved to be her saving grace. She dedicated herself to creativity, eventually becoming hugely successful and an inspiration worldwide. Rather than expressing her pain, she chose to lift people up, to make them feel good. In this interview, Burch talks about her courage -- something she humbly says is nothing special but rather a quality we all have; we just need to use it. Ten years after her death, her spirit lives on in her artwork. [Full Story]

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In My Daughter's School, Her Teachers ... Posted by Somik Raha, Feb 16 2017 In my daughter's school, her teachers collected thoughts from the children (nursery-age) on what they loved and what love meant to them on the occasion of Valentine's Day and made this beautiful note. Made me smile reading it.  

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