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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Earth Family Posted by Ameeta Martin, Apr 23 2019 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Earth Family. On Earth Day, I'm reminded of the stunning beauty of our planet. Where else can towering redwoods, winding rivers, active volcanoes, and the aurora borealis exist under one sky? The diversity of life on the planet leaves me awestruck. There is so much at stake if we don't make a conscious effect to protect and nurture it. May we all make wiser choices in the years to come. -Guri

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Experiences From Love Heals Cancer’s Healing Circle Posted by Dimple Parmar, Apr 22 2019 Experiences from Love Heals Cancer’s Healing Circle of Caregivers in Gurugram, India: Healing circles are safe havens that help us step out of ordinary time into a safe and accepting environment in which we can explore our healing. With open minds, we work together to discover the best ways to remove obstacles to healing, alleviate suffering, and deepen our capacity to heal. With open hearts, we access our own inner guidance to understand where the greatest healing — in body, emotions, mind, and spirit — can occur. Read more about Healing Circles on the website — https://lovehealscancer.org/about-healing-circles Participants — Aviral, Dimple, Shyam, Rahul, Gautam(Left to Right) The theme of the circle was around the caregiving experiences of the participants and the challenges they faced during their journey. Ripples of the Circle: The group decided to talk piece to be a printed emoji sticker(😎) with a message “Be Happy Now” signifying a confident, cool and smiling attitude of the speaker. This sticker was given to ... Read Full Story

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Thank You Arun Dada For Your Fearlessness! Posted by Poonam Singh, Apr 22 2019 Last night I had the privilege and honor of attending a sweet gathering for local social change leaders in the house of Mahendra Uncle whose picture hung up above the fireplace, and whose daughter, Kala, honored by having all of us gather there to welcome Arun Dada - a beautiful man who wanted to protect animals and went to jail voluntary for 13 years as peaceful protest and was a peaceful warrior bringing peace to war-torn areas. Arun Dada- now 86 years- walked into the room with such love and peace that I felt a shift in my body- a calmness settling in me and a joy emerging in my heart. Nipun mentioned the song of the day he has that sometimes reverberates with him and I felt I could almost hear that song. I felt Mahendra Uncle's original intentions he had years ago to invite Arun Dada, and Arun ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Timothy Harrison's Call Posted by Rish Sanghvi, Apr 22 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Timothy Harrison. Timothy Harrison of Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics currently serves as the associate director for Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). Inspired by the works of His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, the Center offers programs focusing on the interdisciplinary investigation and application of compassion in secular contexts. Tim oversees the teaching and research programs of CBCT. He teaches the program regularly at colleges of medicine, law, and spiritual health, and in the Atlanta Public Schools, and he guides the CBCT teacher certification. Tim also contributed to founding SEE Learning (Social Emotional and Ethical Learning), a framework for teaching compassion-based ethics in K-12 schools. A longtime practitioner of both lo jong and Zen meditation, he initially learned to meditate by stumbling into Kopan Monestary in Nepal after a hiking trip was cut short due to a ... Read Full Story

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Laddership News: Laddership News: Global Circles Posted by Jane Murray, Apr 21 2019 This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. This month we have stories from different parts of the world: Vietnam and Spain. Both describe so eloquently of the transformative power of circles, binding hearts, minds and hands in gentle ripples across borders, whether internal or physical.

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Nuggets From Timothy Harrison's Call Posted by Rish Sanghvi, Apr 20 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Timothy Harrison. Timothy Harrison of Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics currently serves as the associate director for Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). Inspired by the works of His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, the Center offers programs focusing on the interdisciplinary investigation and application of compassion in secular contexts. Tim oversees the teaching and research programs of CBCT. He teaches the program regularly at colleges of medicine, law, and spiritual health, and in the Atlanta Public Schools, and he guides the CBCT teacher certification. Tim also contributed to founding SEE Learning (Social Emotional and Ethical Learning), a framework for teaching compassion-based ethics in K-12 schools. A longtime practitioner of both lo jong and Zen meditation, he initially learned to meditate by stumbling into Kopan Monestary in Nepal after a hiking trip was cut short due to a ... Read Full Story

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Lessons From Loss Posted by Jyoti , Apr 20 2019 The nature of life itself Is change. Learning to let go Is hard. Loss brings us The lesson to cherish Every moment.

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Nuggets From Grayson Sword's Call Posted by Rish Sanghvi, Apr 18 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Grayson Sword. Grayson Sword is a 18-year-old high school senior and open-heart surgery survivor. At 13, she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Given almost no chance to survive, she lived, finding strength in compassion and resilience. Now 18, she's on a mission to raise compassion in the world. Grayson grew up an avid athlete. When she was thirteen, she fainted in gym class, prompting a cardiologist visit that resulted in a diagnosis of a congenital heart defect called Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from the Right Coronary Sinus, which affects about .047% of the population and often leads to sudden cardiac death, especially in teenage athletes. Grayson had never experienced heart pain prior to her fainting spell, so the news of her defect turned her world upside down. As part of her healing process, Grayson found strength in connections ... Read Full Story

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Bayarea: This Weekend (+ Jai Jagat Show, Deep U Posted by ServiceSpace , Apr 18 2019 Dear Friends, This seems to be the season of nonviolence for us. Pancho embarked on a walking pilgrimage, we just finished a memorable retreat with 40 love warriors at Banyan Grove, and then Arun Dada went on a road trip to SoCal. :) A couple of upcoming events but in reverse chronological order :) ... In early May, Nimo and 17 children from six slums in India will land in the Bay Area with the "Jai Jagat" show, a 90-minute one-of-a-kind dance, drama and musical production with a clear message: the whole earth is one family. The troupe has spent 18 months training with volunteer directors, choreographers and mentors, and the children have come to deeply embody the values they portray in the show. For a flavor, watch this trailer, and request tickets for May 4th (Oakland) or May 5th (San Jose). In late April, Maria and Vasco from Portugal are hosting a "Deep ... Read Full Story

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Four Days On The Road Posted by Jignasha Pandya, Apr 18 2019 It has been a joy ride for so many of us, to witness Arun Dada share his radiance with effortless equipoise through so many diverse settings and communities. Last week, few of us went on a four-day road trip to Southern California. Our first stop was a circle in Bakersfield, where a group of motivated women held a screening of Gandhi that was attended by 500 people -- and then held an interfaith march, in a fairly polarized community that votes strongly Republican, that brought together more than 700 people. Our first surprise was being greeted by two very young ServiceSpace volunteers, playing Gandhi's favorite chant for Arun Dada: That was followed by the very first Awakin Circle in Bakersfield, courtesy of the one-and-only Trishna! The evening was truly sublime, with 40-50 of us huddled around a re-arranged living room. Few people just couldn't stop tearing up, as we spoke about the ... Read Full Story

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Nipun's Sunday Talk On Flow Posted by Naren Kini, Apr 17 2019 Excited to have Nipun visit our center for the first time this weekend, on his mom's birthday. :) All are welcome!

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Timothy Harrison: Compassion Based Education Posted by Rish Sanghvi, Apr 17 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Timothy Harrison: Compassion Based EducationReflection questions: Can a person actually “train” in compassion, and what practices and "ingredients" have helped you to cultivate compassion?

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