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Rethinking Money And Security Posted by Min Lee, Sep 01 2014 Big thanks to Birju and all the ServiceSpace collective reflections that helped me articulate these thoughts I wrote last month's reading for our Honesty Circle in Singapore - a space for young people to gather and explore truths to help build a positive relationship to money! Amazing pledges after the circle from folks wanting to smile more, to explore co-op models, and to start growing veggies.. the movement is seeding even in too-many-shopping-centres-singapore! ----- "It is easy for most of us to realize that money doesn't buy happiness. But I still worry about having enough money. I was taught that I need money to survive, and that money brings security. Security is the state of being free for danger and threat, it's about feeling safe, it's one of our basic needs, it's a biological instinct, and it's a big deal. But no matter how much I save, it never seems to be enough - ... Read Full Story

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Humans Need Not Apply Posted by Neil Patel, Sep 01 2014 A powerful video that in some ways presents the tidal wave created by economic forces:

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The Rainbow Is Not Complete Without ... Posted by Ammi , Sep 01 2014 The rainbow is not complete without blue in it. My blues are beautiful too.

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Of Webs, Boxes And Boundaries Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 01 2014 Margaret Wheatley shares: "When my children were small, I had a slogan on my refrigerator that read: 'If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.' Perhaps that was my children's first lesson in systems thinking. We adults learn this, too. If others are struggling, we experience the consequences of their struggle. If others don't feel safe, we aren't safe. Great teachers have been trying to teach us this for thousands of years. Buddhism teaches that any one thing is here because of everything else. The great American naturalist John Muir said that if we tug on any one part of the web of life, we get the whole web. But we've been very slow to learn the lesson." Read on to learn how to see beyond the boxes and into the interconnected web of life, and how doing so can contribute to the well-being of all. [Full Story]

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A Plastic Bag Posted by Colleen Choi, Aug 31 2014 Three weeks ago, I was on a small island in Belize called Caye Calker. At one end of the island is a popular swimming/hang out spot called "The Split". A hurricane once came through and split the island creating a little channel that's fun to swim in. Riding this current is like being on a Disneyland ride - put your feet up, float, and allow the water to take you out to sea. I was chatting with a group of new friends on the deck above the water when out of the corner of my eye I saw a black plastic bag floating by. It was covered in algae, so it looks like it's been there for a while. In the middle of conversation, I turned to the group and said "One second, I'll be back", and jumped into the water to grab the bag. Later, I see a beer bottle ... Read Full Story

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Compassion As A Basic Global Ethic Posted by Nipun Mehta, Aug 31 2014 For the last five days, we found ourselves in rural Italy -- under the Tuscan sun. Before he passed away last year, Raimon Panikkar used to say: "The future is not in building a new tower of Babel, but in cultivating well trodden paths from house to house." Every year, he would host a "Sangama" -- a group of six to ten people, who spend five days together in a natureseque setting to hold roundtable dialogues on a particular topic. Meditating 3 times a day, having periods of silence and reflection, and doing chores around the property, all crafted a conducive environment for deepening. This year, the Sangama was anchored by Brother David Steindl Rast, an 88 year old Benedictine monk who is most known for his Buddhist-Christian dialogue and a remarkable presence that has been cultivated through decades of rigorous meditation. (Rev. Heng Sure was translating a dialogue between his teacher ... Read Full Story

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Kindness Day At SF Waldorf High School! Posted by Anne Veh, Aug 31 2014 From all angles of the Bay Area-- one car from Marin County, another from Fruitvale in Oakland, one from Mountain View and Berkeley-- our team of ten teens and adults assemble at the entrance of San Francisco Waldorf High School early Thursday morning. Veteran Humanities teacher and school leader, Joan, warmly greets us in the multipurpose room, where the chairs are already arranged in a circle for our morning Kindness Workshop. It all started over a year ago when Joan Caldarera asked her students, “Like Thoreau, what would you be willing to go to jail for?" The students could not answer, and Joan's response was to create a three-day orientation for the senior class on Thinking, Feeling, Willing. Earlier that Summer, Rahul had given a memorable commencement speech with resonant values for the school’s 2013 graduating class. So, at the start of last school year, a team of love warriors from the ... Read Full Story

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Come Home To Love Posted by Awakin, Aug 31 2014 This week's Awakin reading is by Rick Hanson titled 'Come Home to Love': Take a breath right now, and notice how abundant the air is, full of life-giving oxygen offered freely by trees and other green growing things. You can't see air, but it's always available for you. Love is a lot like the air. It may be hard to see - but it's in you and all around you. In the press of life - dealing with hassles in personal relationships and bombarded with news of war and other conflicts - it's easy to lose sight of love, and feel you can't place your faith in it. But in fact, to summarize a comment from Ghandi, daily life is saturated with moments of cooperation and generosity - between complete strangers! Let alone with one's friends and family. Love is woven into your day because it's woven into your DNA: as our ancestors evolved over the last several million years, many scientists believe that love, broadly ... [Read more]

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Radical Kindness: The Banker Who Gave It All Away Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 31 2014 On the surface, Philip Wollen does not look like the radical type. Named as one of the top-wanted executives in Australia, he was a vice-president of Citibank when he was 34 and a general manager at Citicorp. Around 1990, however, Philip decided to give away 90% of his capital. His aim, he says, is to die broke; to give away all he owns with "warm hands." Now, his Winsome Constance Kindness Trust (named after his mother and grandmother) supports all sorts of humanitarian causes around he world. The website of his trust says, "we don't want your money," and proclaims that its mission is "to promote kindness towards all other living beings." [Full Story]

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Be Kind To Everyone  ... Posted by Maria Orrett, Aug 30 2014 Be kind to everyone 

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