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Had A Big Smile On My ... Posted by Siddharth Sthalekar, Dec 06 2013 Had a big smile on my face when I came across this article about the new Pope. Apparently, he's been sneaking out of the Vatican to go do some acts of kindness on the street :) Especially loved this quote by him, "“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” More here
A Small Practice I Have Been ... Posted by Lahar Mehta, Dec 05 2013 A small practice I have been trying to follow for a few months now; When I come across an inspiring elderly person, I ask them for three things they would offer as an experience of learning from their lives. Yesterday I met Mrs. Vatsala in bank, while i waited for my mother to finish some bank work. She is 80 and overheard our conversation on healthy diets. I was amazed as she started asking me for suggestions on how she can improve her diet 'since her body is weakening a little bit now'. I could only in turn tell her I wanted to learn from her experiences. The three things she wanted to share were: 1- Always attempt to live a life which is authentic to yourself. What is within should be without. 2- We always need the kindness of the Universe to do anything we want to do. We must ask for it and always be kind in return 3- All are equal in God's eyes. Never think lesser or more of another. Love yourself and love thy neighbor as much I am so grateful with the momentary but everlasting heart connections these conversations create.
Have Received So Many Beautiful Works ... Posted by Sachi Maniar, Dec 05 2013 Have received so many beautiful works of art and prayer last week. I am humbled by it all. Yesterday, Knita (a school teacher in Mumbai) wrote to me saying she was so moved by the exercise that she encourage her 11th std students to participate in the experiment. The exercise went off beautifully and some touching pieces of art are ready for me to pick up! Thank you all for participating. IF you would still want to send in your art work feel free to mail them to me on email@example.com latest by this weekend. Love to all ~
I Came Across This Beautiful Quote ... Posted by arathi Ravichandran, Dec 05 2013 I came across this beautiful quote by Rilke today that was posted on the KindSpring community feed. Always a great reminder. "I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. do not search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." - Rilke
... Posted by arathi Ravichandran, Dec 05 2013 "Meet la Bestia, the Beast" | KindSpring.org One of the few freight networks that still makes the rounds on Mexico's rugged countryside. Immigrants from Central and South America board the trains in an attempt to reach Mexico's northern border quickly. The trail is dangerous: the travelers face mutilation and death from falling off the trai...
Kindness Vs Progress - Written By A Friend Posted by Nivendra- Uduman, Dec 05 2013 This world has moved on, very fast….faster than what one can comprehend… faster than one can handle. The source that fuels this gorgeous yet sinister change called progress is greed; people are willing to stoop to lowest of pits to reach the highest of zeniths. As progress happens, people smear the world with both black and white…and at times, red. In this world, there is a little something that is being forgotten by many…and it is this little something that helps the white push the black to the edge, and clean the red. This little something in actuality is something enormous…and this little something is called kindness. Many a times as we brace ourselves for this process of so called progress, we often ignore the element of kindness and by the time we lose ourselves in this senseless race, kindness is lost somewhere in the void. We erect smoke blenching factories, ... Read Full Story
My Neighbor Ray Posted by KarmaTube.org, Dec 04 2013 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 6736 views and 18 comments. "At age 90, Raymond J. Cleveland takes no medications and is pain free. He eats everything he pleases; sees well, rests well and IS well. His neighbor, Michael Glassoff, curious about this man whose eyes radiated with light and who waved at anyone who passed by with deep affection, asked Ray where he finds this overflowing joy. Watch this interview to hear Ray share his practical pointers on how to live a life of joy, free from anger." ... Watch: My Neighbor Ray
Childhood's Magic Milestone Posted by DailyGood.org, Dec 04 2013 "Betty Peck at 92 is full of a radiant loveliness that brings to mind fairy godmothers and enchanted gardens. Visiting her is a little like falling down Alice's rabbit hole. A train track with a real train runs around her Saratoga home. There are ivy-covered walls, crazy winding paths, tree houses, even a Rapunzel tower, and an amphitheater under the trees complete with a Romeo and Juliet balcony. Hundreds of children have played in the sun-dappled creek here, thrilled to the feel of soil under bare feet and rejoiced in a world brimming with creativity, beauty and wonder." This article offers a glimpse into Betty's magical world, and introduces a project that she is deeply excited about. A project that she describes in her own words, and that begins with a simple, yet profound question ... "I want to know how you learned to read." [Full Story]
Grateful Ripples Continue Posted by Guri Mehta, Dec 03 2013 We got a note from Wallie this morning: "My wife is 56 and is under hospice care and will likely pass within 24 hours. My sister sent "Grateful" to me and it hit the spot. It sums up how I feel about my wife and how she lived her life." Very touching. Over the last week, Grateful has received over 115 thousand views on KarmaTube and has been shared more than more 45 thousand times across social media, and many times in offline events. Hundreds of people have left comments and made personal pledges for transformation. These are ripples not just of the beautiful video but also the labor-of-love process. As someone recently said, "6 days, 0 budget, all power of love."
It Was All My Choice! Posted by KindSpring.org, Dec 03 2013 Yesterday was my 51st birthday. While some may wonder why I would write about me, it is because I made a choice. I have never been a big fan of my birthday. Hurts from the past and just not enjoying the "wisdoming" (instead of aging) process up to now, has usually left me either quiet about my birthday or just plain grumpy about it. But yesterday, when I woke up, my first thought was: Thank you God for letting me wake another day. The next decision was: I am going to choose to be happy today, no matter what day it is, and I'm going to let others in on it too! I thought of several things for me to do, one of my favorite being that since I turned 51, I sat down with my journal and wrote the numbers 1 through 51 and next to each one spent some time writing down something that I am grateful for. It didn't take long AND I just couldn't stop at 51! It brought joy to my heart instead of the usual doom and gloom of another birthday. I had to go out and do errands, so I had decided that at every possible ... full story: It Was All My Choice!