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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

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The Way Of The Weed Posted by Jyoti , Jun 24 2016 I thrive Without nurture So get labeled A weed I am neither Of the path Or the road But often Connect both I offer Beauty  For eyes That see Beyond the Name Weed    

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Blessings From My Beloved Deb Hubsmith Posted by Andy , Jun 24 2016 How do I begin? This is Deb Hubsmith 's first birthday where we are not together- another of those firsts that are the opposite of the ones new lovers embrace with excitement and wonder. Yes, there are still tears, sobbing and grief every day similar to the Day that Deb took her last breath on August 18th, 2015.   I miss my beloved Deb so, so much. The heart can be raw and at times, feeling broken and shattered. And, at the same time, there is joy that comes that is equally abundant and magnificent. Through the months since the passing of sweet Deb, life has become more vibrant and more brilliant. Death no longer haunts me but instead has become a doorway to connecting with divine love: “Divine Deb” as I call this loving force when meditating before the altar of large photos of Deb in my bedroom. I recognize this ... Read Full Story

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Our Interns Dive Into Week 3: On Simplicity! Posted by Pranidhi Varshney, Jun 24 2016 Already into the third week of our summer internship, we've dived into topics from Generosity to last week's Moral Action to this week's theme of "Simplicity"! Amit started us off with a touching story about meeting a couple this weekend who had just been at a funeral for one of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. What’s more, Amit met the couple at a wedding. As they talked openly about how to keep love alive amidst such tragedy, Amit rushed off to get two heart pins made by the children at Manav Sadhna. As he gifted them to the couple, they were filled with tears and everyone involved shared a beautiful connection. Jacob embarked on a social media cleanse this week, and though it wasn’t enjoyable, he did find it interesting. He found that habitual behavior patterns (like checking Instagram) were difficult to break because they’ve become so wired into ... Read Full Story

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Maitri Tune By Sachin-Jigar Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jun 24 2016 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Sachin-Jigar: Laadki.

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50 Years Ago She Did Something No Woman Ever Had Posted by DailyGood.org, Jun 24 2016 Fifty years ago, Bobbi Gibb applied to run the Boston Marathon and was informed that, "Women are not physiologically able to run a marathon." So she decided to enter anonymously and ended up being the first woman to finish it. "In those days, if you were a woman and you were lucky enough to go to college [Gibb attended Tufts University School of Special Studies], you were expected to get engaged your senior year and then get married. There was no way for women to support themselves economically. Women couldn't own a house; they couldn't get a mortgage; they couldn't get a credit card... I wanted to be married and have children -- but that's not all. I wanted to use my mind and my body. Part of what I was doing with running was getting away from all of that, finding a kind of freedom I didn't have in society. I knew I wasn't going to change, so the world had to change." [Full Story]

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New Vision Of Kindness Starts With ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Jun 23 2016 Loved this piece by Sharon Shalzberg ...   The practice of shepherding our attention back to the present — even an incalculable number of times — helps us find the power to be kind to ourselves. We can let go of our laundry list of work agenda items once we get home to be with our family members, even if our Google calendar gives us a ping. We may be compelled to ruminate or obsess, but a commitment to mindfulness, to being present, is a gesture of kindness to ourselves. We react to our compulsions with compassion. We open up, and feel a subtle movement of our hearts. This movement of the heart is like the sea moving close to the ocean floor — it is so subtle, but affects everything above. The same power of kindness is available to us in our relationships with others. When we really tune in to our ... Read Full Story

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On Art & Mindfulness Posted by DailyGood.org, Jun 23 2016 "The qualities that distinguish great art from the rest are, directly or indirectly, related to ethics. At the heart of great art you will find love and compassion. A great work of art cannot come from hatred or cynicism." What is it that makes some works of art stay alive long past the time in which they were made? Artist Enrique Martinez Celaya shares some powerful reflections. [Full Story]

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Week 2: Designing For Collective Transformation Posted by Liam Chai, Jun 23 2016 This week’s Laddership Circle theme is "Inner Transformation", and with the seed question of, “What is one small way you pushed your edge this week?” We began making our way round the global circle, laddership-style. Diving deeper within, John shared about spending more time meditating this week. He noted how challenging he found it, but also how tremendously grounding and peaceful he feels after doing it. Joserra shared his practice of stillness in action. During the last Karma Kitchen Burgos he reflects, “it was really beautiful to see, when people were almost shouting at me and I was still quiet and calm.” Offering a very reflective moment, Laurie shared about doing yoga and meditation for many years, but “about a year ago I decided that I had to stop all practices.” She shared how the questions themselves challenged her, “I’m always asking myself if it’s time to re-join a practice of some ... Read Full Story

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Born Good Posted by KarmaTube.org, Jun 22 2016 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4307 views and 4 comments. " In the 1980s, George Thorogood sang about being born "bad to the bone," but can we actually be naturally bad? People for Good, a Canadian-based charitable organization, sets out to claim that people aren't born bad but good. Presenting a series of chubby-cheeked cherubs, the commercial identifies the supposed "sin" each baby committed, including badmouthing co-workers and being rude to neighbors. As viewers chuckle at the silliness of a baby being labeled bad, the commercial reminds us that nobody is born bad. Moreover, it is never too late to turn back to being good. We can choose to be bad to the bone or good to the core." ... Watch: Born Good

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Reflections, Rabbits & Rumi: Highlights From Week 2! Posted by Bonnie Rose, Jun 22 2016 Reflections, Rumi, and Rabbits - Laddership Call Highlights “You have no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean?  Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.” - Rumi Our call began with a moment of silence.  Then three questions were posed to inspire the check in:   What is a practice you tried this week? Did anything surprise or stand out to you from it? OR What is one way your inner world affected outer world (and vice versa) this week? OR What is a way someone has helped you grow in inner transformation?  Penny - shared how she stretched past her comfort zone by ... Read Full Story

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