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Laddership News: Laddership News: In Challenging Times Posted by Jane Murray, Mar 29 2020 This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. The world has changed and as we all rise to face great challenges together, this month we have some wisdom from our ecosystem about hope and about possibility in adversity. We are also calling on all laddership alums to share your journeys and insights as we enter our 5th year of circles!

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Nuggets From Amir Hussain's Call Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Mar 29 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Amir Hussain. Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He teaches on world religions, focusing on Islam and contemporary Muslim societies in North America. He has twice been chosen by students as Professor of the Year. He previously was the only male to serve as Dean of Women at University College, University of Toronto. Dr. Hussain is an advisor for the television series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. Author of Muslims and the Making of America, he tries to highlight how Muslims have shaped what it means to be an American, as well as to amplify the nonviolent tradition of Islam. He notes that most Americans don’t know that Muslims have been here since “before this country was this country,” going back to the transatlantic slave trade. He was the ... Read Full Story

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Karma Kitchen DC -- Always Open Posted by Krishna Desar, Mar 29 2020 After years of hosting Karma Kitchen DC every month, we will miss you today, for our scheduled March event! From a distance, we are sending you good vibes and solidarity to keep you and your loved ones safe and supported at home. You are probably tired of getting messages of closings and rescheduled plans. That said, we wanted to share with you that although Karma Kitchen DC is closed today, our host, Himalayan Heritage Restaurant is continuing the pay-it-forward tradition for carryout and deliveries -- from 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM everyday! If you are tired or struggling to cook at home everyday, please order your favorite dish from the regular menu and you can pay as much as you want, pay-it-forward to someone else or just tell them it has already been paid for by someone else. Karma Kitchen will cover any difference from our surplus fund. This will help you and your family/friends have a good meal and help the restaurant during this difficult, and perhaps in a small way, help keep the doors open. Thank you, and we love you! Please keep away from the corona virus, instead spread KARUNA virus. :)

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Lemonade Of Virtual Space Holding :) Posted by Preeta Bansal, Mar 28 2020 We've all heard the phrase, "When life gives us lemons, we make lemonade." In so many ways, the current coronavirus disruption of our lives is inviting us to hold new questions and perhaps it might help us arrive at a deeper consciousness, as well as a greater skillfulness in holding space for ourselves and others. Yesterday, about 40 of us circled up to dive into a conversation on the "Lemonade of Virtual Space Holding". I'm still soaking in all the insights shared -- of the challenges and opportunities that are emerging from the unique situation of so many of our spaces being shifted into a virtual sphere, as well as from the deeper "space" between civilizational stories that is emerging and that we are being asked, in part, to hold skillfully. A few excerpts from the conversation [listen here]: "I'm trying to let go of the typical in-person Awakin format ... in ... Read Full Story

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Check Out The New Facebook Group: ... Posted by Caterina Arends, Mar 28 2020 Check out the new Facebook group: The Vision Holders Community. Join in, add your energies of caring, service and love in building our new world.

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I Heard Recently That Good Health ... Posted by Anup Bagla, Mar 28 2020 I heard recently that good health means ... 1. Having no fatigue 2. Having a good appetite 3. Going to sleep n waking up easily 4. Having a good memory 5. Having a good humour 6. Having precision in thought n action, not being quaky 7. Being honest 8. Humble 9. Grateful 10. Loving These are my health - goals, although I accept myself as I'm and my state of health as of now ... What about you? How healthy are you? Share any related thoughts or insights ... Do you feel you can add more points for good health or is it sufficient?

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A Branch Posted by Galia Tyano, Mar 28 2020 Like in every crisis one needs to hold the nearest branch not to be carried away by the river stream, not to drown. One has to choose carefully a branch near enough, not too thin to hold ones body weight and soul, For a long time. like in every crises eventually finding out you are a trunk. ---- dear friends, lots of love to this beautiful trunk of yours thinking of you and sending my love

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Bonnie Rose: Beyond Impermanence Posted by Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal, Mar 27 2020 [Below are Bonnie's reflections from our "How Does A Heart Of Service Respond?" conversation last week.] It's so great to see everybody -- so many familiar faces and some new faces that I haven't seen yet. And like Reverend Heng Sure, I am a preacher, so just, you know, virtually slap me or wave if I go on too long. I'll do my best to keep it short though. So in listening to all of you speak, one of the things that struck me was an earlier statement about ordinary people becoming sacred and then Preeta referenced it later. And what struck me about that is that it seems to me like it's not only ordinary people becoming sacred, but it's sacred people becoming ordinary, as well, at the same time. And it's like sacred people becoming ordinary, to me, means that we're being drawn down into our commonality and into our ... Read Full Story

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Creating Begins With Small Acts Posted by Jyoti , Mar 27 2020 If shelter-in-place is causing you anxiety, here are a few suggestions that might offer you one way out of it. Treat it as a time to reclaim your creative self - sing, dance, play or make music, paint, cook, tailor, embroider, read, write, make photo albums and collages, bake, sculpt with clay, flour, even aluminum foil, quilt, re-purpose old favorite clothes by joining square cut pieces into bags or quilted throws, knit, make jewellry, write letters, or poems, dress up and take turns to do family photo shoots, make home movies with mini biographies or personal expertise, study, enroll in an online class and learn what you always wanted to but didn’t have the time to, meditate, create a self-designed at-home retreat, have a story telling circle - real or online, try a new software to make infographics or tell a digital story, research something you are curious about, teach ... Read Full Story

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Dear Hearts, I Haven't Been Present ... Posted by Becky Jaine Suzik, Mar 27 2020 dear hearts, i haven't been present on this web site in a long time, but like so many i feel I am a servicespace traveller in the world. i am deeply inspired by what is happening in the world most days, but now with an illness known and named among us, I am even more committed to cocreating things that offer hope, peace, love and compassion.   this is an image of the current known cases of covid-19 in the world, as of 27 march 2020, a map that simultaneously attempts to tracks karuna response. i am deeply grateful for servicespace, kindspring and laddership for all you have led me to think, feel and contemplate. i included the web site link for servicspace's new web site, in case it can bring more love and awareness. i wish us all peace and karuna. becky jaine    

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Moved By Love: Kindness In Times Of "Social Distancing" Posted by Shaalini Srinivasan, Mar 27 2020 Latest issue of 'Moved By Love' newsletter is themed Kindness In Times Of "Social Distancing". From Corona to Karuna, says Jayeshbhai. How can we use this time of isolation as a journey towards a greater sense of community? As many of us struggle with disconnection, anxiety, and fear; any extraordinarily ordinary heroes are holding space for sacred connections via the innernet and internet. Bringing you some smiles from across the world!

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Heart Circles And It’s Magic Today Did ... Posted by Vidhi Desai, Mar 27 2020 Heart circles and it’s magic Today did a virtual heart circle and I am so grateful to have received so much love from around.It was a beautiful experience where the question was what are we holding and what are we letting go. After the circle I just felt so full of positivity and love.There is truly some magic when we are ready to dive deeper in our own world. Especially the pandemics has been spreading and we are all trying to spread karuna in our own little ways.Grateful to this spirit of heartists, and also grateful to this space for so much of positivity and joy.

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Soul-Full Distancing Posted by Peter Frank, Mar 27 2020 Soul-Full Distancing On Friday the 13th, of March 2020, we received a text that our elementary school and the entire district will be closed down; say goodbye to your students and we hope to return a week later. One week has turned into 2 weeks, then 3, then April 20th, now May 1st, and possibly be closed until next school year. A very discerning and stressful time for my 3rd graders, their families, my family, friends, and colleagues. If I’m honest I was an emotional mess, feeling the universal fear and uncertainty that so many have expressed. I could equate this to a butterfly effect of metamorphosis while shaking off old routines. Then on March 20th I had a Kindness Connection Virtual Meeting with Reverend Bonnie Rose and inspirational members of my church community, VCSL; and for the first time I was able to share, connect and process with others. By ... Read Full Story

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"Are You Ready To Live Gandhi's Message?" Posted by Janessa Wilder, Mar 26 2020 A couple weeks ago, I shared, "Are you ready to live Gandhi's message?" about Gandhi 3.0 and Gandhian principles and ideas to a group in Redding, California. We also had the wonderful privilege of having Lewis Elbinger--former U.S. diplomat to India and U.S. congressional candidate, discussing his "encounters with Gandhi". Below is the transcript of the evening. Welcome and good evening. It’s been an amazing few months, where I’ve had the chance to meet or talk with several of Gandhi’s grandchildren, travel to India to take part in a unique gathering called Gandhi 3.0 held near the Gandhi ashram, and to delve deeply into Gandhi’s life and message. I also think it’s so special, someone reminded me, that today is the 90th anniversary of Gandhi’s Salt March, which essentially launched the non-violent action campaign in India against British rule. And friends of mine with young folks are even tracing the steps ... Read Full Story

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