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Casa De Paz: Pollinating Peace Posted by Pavi Mehta, Dec 12 2013 Casa de Paz was recently honored by the Pollination Project, a unique initiative that gives away a seed grant of $1000 every single day of the year. Here's a beautiful video they put out highlighting the regeneration of soil, soul and society that these "lovealists' are facilitating against the odds in a turbulent corner of East Oakland. As ever Pancho's spirit shines through with fierce, yet twinkle-eyed compassion. Such a privilege to be connected in service to a heart full of such unstinting courage and conviction.
Moral Authority Of Mandela Posted by Paul VanSlambrouck, Dec 12 2013 From Friedman's column in NY Times ... Mandela had an extraordinary amount of “moral authority.” Why? And how did he get it? Much of the answer can be deduced from one scene in one movie about Mandela: “Invictus.” Just to remind, it tells the story of Mandela’s one and only term as president of South Africa, when he enlists the country’s famed rugby team, the Springboks, on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup and, through that, to start the healing of that apartheid-torn land. Before the games, though, the sports committee in the post-apartheid, newly black-led South Africa tells Mandela that it wants to change the name and colors of the almost all-white Springboks to something more reflective of black African identity. But Mandela refuses. He tells his black sports officials that an essential part of making whites feel at home in a black-led South Africa was ... Read Full Story
The Healthy Way To Forgive Yourself Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 12 2013 "The ability to forgive oneself for mistakes, large and small, is critical to psychological well-being. But self-forgiveness has a dark side. Research suggests that while it can relieve unpleasant feelings like guilt and shame, it can also reduce empathy for others and motivation to make amends. Is there a healthy way to forgive yourself?" Read on to learn four ways you can forgive yourself without compromising your ability to take responsibility for your actions. [Full Story]
The Middle Is The Path Posted by Ragunath Padmanabhan, Dec 11 2013 Several years ago, the ServiceSpace eco-system embraced three creative constraints: 1) Be Volunteer Run 2) Do Not Fundraise 3) Do Only Small Things In countless presentations, conversations, blogs and emails, many ServiceSpace volunteers have mentioned these rules with a bit of description never exceeding a few seconds. Most of the time spent by the volunteers has been towards being an example of these rules and sharing those stories. This has resulted in a lot of bits of wisdom which I felt could be integrated into one theme and hence this article. Be Volunteer Run: Don't Hire, Don't Fire. Create Choiceful Relationships. It is true that being volunteer run eliminates all the difficulties associated with having paid employees of which the most visible benefit is the lack of pay. Most people get this. The same people also worry about loss of control, quality and efficiency in being volunteer run, which indicates that they don’t get many other ... Read Full Story
Nipun's Interview In Japanese Posted by Yuka Saionji, Dec 11 2013 One of the leading Japanese green magazines just released an article based on October interview with Nipun. Looking forward to helping a gift ecology emerge in Japan ...
Finding Love Posted by KarmaTube.org, Dec 11 2013 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 12427 views and 31 comments. "Filmmaker and photographer Hailey Bartholomew recently moved to the beach and decided to test her theory that "what we see mainly depends on what we look for." In three weeks of walking the beach every couple of days, she and her family and friends found 352 heart rocks! In this sweet video, made on a shoestring budget (filmed on an iPhone and edited in iMovie), Hailey concludes that "If we choose to look for something beautiful in the people around us, we will find it."" ... Watch: Finding Love
Had Put Out An Email Last ... Posted by Sachi Maniar, Dec 11 2013 Had put out an email last month to friends (in US) to bring some Frisbees when they come to India. When I got home today, there was a big box sitting on my desk! And guess what ! We have been tagged with a box full of frisbees !I am sure the kids at the Remand home are going to be sooooooooooperrr excited when they have them ! Thank you ! whoever you are who tagged us ! lots of gratitude ! Love
Two Days Ago I Was Sitting ... Posted by Fernando Grajeda, Dec 11 2013 Two days ago I was sitting in a bench at Union Square in San Francisco. There was a guy - who from a first impression seemed like a homeless person. After 15 minutes sitting in the same bench, I took my map out and he asked me "where do you want to go?". This kickstarted the most amazing conversation I have had in my life. I truly believe God used a homeless person as a costume to talk to me and help me reconfirm my purpose in this world. I wanted to share this experience with you all through a blog post I wrote. Namaste!
Christmas Miracle :) Posted by Anupreet Kaur, Dec 11 2013 I was touched by this video. Not sure what the intentions behind WestJet airlines were, but they did manage to touch hearts :)
What School Doesn't Teach You: How To Learn Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 11 2013 At school, work, and at home, we are continuously learning. But how do we learn, and are we going about this essential life skill effectively? Educational psychologists are beginning to examine these questions, and the answers that have come up so far may be surprising. It turns out that learning in ways that are engaging and that involve critical thinking are more effective overall compared to techniques such as highlighting and re-reading text. In an information world where facts are abundant and easily searchable, this article probes us to take a step back and evaluate what we are learning through questioning and spreading things out rather than cramming. Check out this article to see if your approaches to learning make the grade -- and how you can improve! [Full Story]