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Horses And Humans Together Create Big Ripples Posted by Kerri Lake, Aug 13 2020 Animals have a presence that opens the hearts of humanity. Absent of judgment, never requiring you to be different than you are, they offer connection and awareness for its own sake. As humans, we have the ability to recognize and share this connection with one another, reminding each other how it feels to be connected, with an open heart. Michelle Wagner-Yeatts knows that feeling well! Her “volunteer heart” was inspired and nourished by her mother who was always looking for more ways to help those around her. So, she is already tuned to notice situations where she might be able to step in and make a difference. Michelle’s professional background includes years and years of administration in nursing homes and other care facilities, and through that work, she developed a huge passion for seniors! When she saw a post float across her FB feed sharing the story of a man in who was ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Faith In Posted by Guri Mehta, Aug 13 2020 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Faith In Humanity.Editor's Note: Our belief in humanity has carried us through some of the most challenging times in history. Many have argued that our acts of altruism and compassion are actually what make our lives worth living. Fortunately, when we are lost, there are those among us who restore our faith in humanity. This week's stories highlight some of those incredible souls. --Guri

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Karuna News: Of Llamas, Family Reunited, And A Deeper Posted by KarunaVirus , Aug 13 2020 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In recent months of pandemic, a collective sense of certainty in the future has waned. Yet, one area that has grown in strength is the value of relationships. Whether in the benevelent friendship of a llama at protests, the joy of family reunited from afar, decades-long research on the correlation between relationships and health, or a community of limited financial means donating disaster aid to their neighbors -- perhaps the strength of our relations can hold a deeper kind of certainty. Speaking of degrees of certainty, our Laddership Circle friends have been experimenting in virtual learning journeys this summer -- here's some highlights from the first 4-week "Laddership Pod": Alchemy of Uncertainty!Read the full newsletter here ...

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Laura Riccardi Lyvers: Living With The Earth Posted by Rahul Brown, Aug 13 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Laura Riccardi Lyvers: Living With The Earth BiodynamicallyReflection questions: Our guest week says that what she "does" these days is living with the Earth -- "meaning, I am engaging in a daily rhythm, and seasonal reality of the cycle of the year." How do you connect with nature's cycles, the earth and the pulse of life?

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A Mini-Sermon In A Mask Posted by Bonnie Rose, Aug 13 2020 “Nothing is Everything.” I gleaned this phrase from a talk that my friend Kusala Bhikshu gave at our Spiritual Center last Sunday. Kusala serves the world by “doing nothing.” He feeds feral cats, birds, and squirrels at the Zendo. He continues his nothingness-practice by posting pictures and quotes on Facebook. “The pictures make people happy,” he said. “The happiness ripples around the world.” Later, I asked him, “Do people ever say you’re not doing enough? That happens to me when I preach the gospel of small acts of kindness.” He smiled and said, “Everything I think, say, or do, makes a difference. One way or another. Not everyone understands that.” I see now that I have chosen to make wearing a mask a deep practice of “nothing is everything…” The spectrum of reactivity around mask wearing is broad – everything from anti-maskers who believe wearing a mask violates their civil rights, to those ... Read Full Story

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Service, Simplicity ... And Songwriting! Posted by Harpreet Bhan, Aug 13 2020 Being a joyful Heartfulness practitioner and a huge fan of ServiceSpace, i present an article on Nimo (who I had the privilege of meeting and singing with, earlier this year), in the latest Heartfulness Magazine, Nimo is featured along with other greats. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did, rather more:-) ...

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Nuggets From Bill Drayton's Call Posted by Preeta Bansal, Aug 09 2020 We recently had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Bill Drayton. A leading pioneer in service of humanity on a global scale, Bill Drayton is the lever behind social entrepreneurship, having coined the term in 1972. He is the founder and CEO of Ashoka, a network he created to support, connect, and build up social entrepreneurs and their ideas. Many of the most innovative social entrepreneurs of our time have received support through Ashoka, which is now active in more than 90 countries supporting the work of over 3,600 Fellows. Drayton’s vision of social entrepreneurship received global recognition when Ashoka fellow Mohammed Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for launching microfinance to support the world's poor. The seed of the pragmatic idealism that drives Drayton was planted on his trip to India in 1963 when he met Vinoba Bhave, the spiritual successor to Gandhi who led ... Read Full Story

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Morgan Freeman Reading John Lewis's Last Article Posted by Anand Gopal, Aug 09 2020 The great Civil Rights leader John Lewis wrote an essay that he asked to be published on the day of his funeral. That act itself is amazing, knowing he was going to pass soon and being at ease with it... I was super inspired by this video, where Morgan Freeman reads his last essay ...

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Where Does A Ripple Begin And Where Does It End? Posted by Rohit Rajgarhia, Aug 09 2020 A beautiful ripple, which continues to change form and expand, and touch hearts - One of the hands practice of our first Laddership Pod read -- “take a walk without a destination.” During our call, Shyam shared his experience of that act - "I've recently been thinking of embarking on a sacred, 2700 kilometer walking pilgrimage in India, that is done without any money. Seeing this prompt, I thought that perhaps I experimented today by walking for 22 kilometers. As I was departing, I thought to leave behind my phone and wallet, just like the pilgrimage. But then, with my health, I wasn't sure if I would just be able to survive 22 kilometers -- so I took two bananas along with me. Little more than half way through the walk, I ran into a young man on the streets of Delhi, who was literally crying. Saddened by it, I approached him to ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Paulette Pipe's Call Posted by Janessa Wilder, Aug 08 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Paulette Pipe. “It’s time. It’s time to let it go,” said Rev. Paulette Pipe on trusting your deepest intuitions. And Paulette does just that. Her life embodies trust and faith, as well as surrender to the deeper forces around and within us. A UK-born minister who served formerly as Spiritual Director of the UK Unity headquarters, and then manager of the Retreats department at Unity Village, Rev. Paulette left her full-time job, with benefits, to follow her inner voice and work for free – “doing the thing I loved most.” She leads Touching the Stillness Ministries, a vibrant organization she created to make meditation and mindfulness both practical and accessible for daily application. She is a meditation teacher who acknowledges the challenges that come with learning to meditate when one is desperately striving for inner peace, but writes that “Meditation...is ... Read Full Story

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