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    Silence

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    The Middle is the Path

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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 SF Waldorf High School Kindness Day 2014 By Audrey and Anne           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 ... 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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4 Ways Sadness May Be Good For You Posted by DailyGood.org, Aug 30 2014 Evolutionary theory suggests that we should embrace all of our emotions, as each has an important role to play under the right circumstances. So, though you may seek ways to increase happiness, don't haphazardly push away your sadness. No doubt, it's there for good reason, as research suggests that mild, temporary states of sadness may actually be beneficial in handling various aspects of our lives. [Full Story]

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What Is The Philosophy Behind Education Posted by Sofia Vergara, Aug 30 2014 In the modern education system, education is more about getting good grades and scholarships rather than knowing what real education is, digging deeper in knowing attaining education in the real sense. A number of books by Paulo Coelho discuss the idea that people, who actually understand the meaning of education and attain the virtue of self-knowledge, are both more successful and more content than the others, who only acquire education to get a degree, and eventually a job. In this article, we will look at some of the philosophies of education, presented by some of the most renowned philosophers the world has ever produced. The Real Source of Knowledge Plato has discussed three sources of knowledge, referring bookish knowledge to be of the least standard. According to Plato, knowledge is not simply reading books or gathering facts, but it is the own interpretation of the acquired facts based on personal search and ... Read Full Story

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A Late Autumn Experiment In Giftivism Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Aug 29 2014 Karma Kitchen was in full swing again this Sunday. Of course, the story begins far before any of us get there, with the inspirations and messages that inspire us to go. Also, the night before, my sister made rakhis and pipe cleaner animals and Mr. Stoll's daughter Emma made friendship bracelets. Also, Mr. Stoll gave me, Pallavi, Sonali, and Neha a carpool from Fremont to Berkeley. It was so that the circle of sharing began bright and early at 8:30 :) Here are some of the stories through my eyes: 1. Mango Bob (or Rainbow Light, if you please) Our first customer arrived at 10:30, not 11, and was the first in the door. His name was Mango Bob (one of his several names.). He said I could also call him Rainbow Light if I wanted as that was his internal state of mind. He was a former Berkeley Spanish professor who had also traveled ... Read Full Story

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Kindness Ideas Of The Week Posted by KindSpring.org, Aug 29 2014 Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... brindlegirl shares: "Lets never be prejudice with our kindness xox" seasoul12 shares: "breathe be still and bend with the wind..." seasoul12 shares: "miracles now ~ day 17 releasing anger from the past sets me free in the present..."

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