At Age Of 9, Visit From A Himalayan Master Posted by Anuj Pandey, Sep 19 2019 [At last night's Awakin Circle, Sri M spoke beautifully about the courage to stay on one's spiritual path, and how he endured "extreme depression with suicidal tendencies" due to the grace of his teacher. Below is his first encounter with that Himalayan yogi at the age of 9, that he narrates in his book, Apprentice to a Himalayan Master.] I was a little more than nine years old at that time. We, my father, mother, younger sister, my maternal grandmother and myself, lived in a quiet place, not very far from the main thoroughfare. There was very little space between the front door and the gate which opened on to the road, but our backyard was quite spacious – about half an acre filled with many coconut and jackfruit trees and flowering shrubs. Almost in the centre of the courtyard, from the branch of an old jackfruit tree was suspended a sturdy ... Read Full Story
Milo Runkle: Mercy For Animals Posted by Tejas Doshi, Sep 19 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Milo Runkle: Mercy For AnimalsReflection questions: How do animals and your food choices fit into your spiritual path, or your vision for transforming yourself or the world?
HeArt Circle: Free Association Posted by Trupti Pandya, Sep 18 2019 Last Sunday a bunch of amazing HeArtist came together trusting the invitation, which led to a magical circle. The theme for this month was Free association via Art where each one had to pick a card with a word written on it and reflect. A few chose to journal beautiful poetry, rest chose to sculpt, paint and craft which led to colourful and creative canvases. Lokesh, with a big smile, shared how happy he was feeling in this space and he gave the credit to the power of the collective. He added, “If I was sitting all alone in my room it won’t have been possible for me to sit and process inpite of having access to all the material here.” Reflecting on the word ‘UNIVERSE’ which came to him he shared how he was taken back to his teenage days where except for the rainy days he used to sleep ... Read Full Story
KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Kindness In Posted by Ameeta Martin, Sep 17 2019 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Kindness In Front Of You. There's a saying that either we get a person for life or a lesson for life. While every person is deserving of kindness, what if we were to view the particular people who cross our paths as life's lessons and opportunities for growth uniquely tailored just for each of us? Since we can't bless everyone, let's learn the lesson of compassion and be kind to those chosen few placed before us. - Ameeta
Bayarea: This Wednesday -- A Himalayan Mystic! Posted by ServiceSpace , Sep 16 2019 Dear Friends, We are delighted to host a remarkable Himalayan mystic, Sri M, at this Wednesday's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara. Learn more. Sri M's autobiography, which has sold millions of copies internationally, opens with a powerful lesson from his teacher: "One act of kindness is more powerful than a hundred years of penance." At the age of 9, Sri M was initiated by a stranger. And by the age of 19, he had left for the Himalayas in search of answers for life's deeper questions. Soon he would meet that stranger again, and that stranger's teacher. After years of cultivation, he returned back to serve society. And this Wednesday @7PM, we're delighted to be in dialogue with Sri M! If this particular journey speaks to you, do add yourself to the waitlist -- due to limited space, we'll prioritize local volunteers. To offer invisible service, you can also help chop veggies ... Read Full Story
London Update: Sept/Oct 2019 Posted by Trishna Shah, Sep 16 2019 Sept/Oct 2019 - London Update Awakin Circles: Pimlico, Brighton, Mill Hill, Harrow Each month, you're invited to join Awakin Circles at locations around London, where we meditate for the first hour, engage in a circle of sharing based on a reading, and conclude with a home-cooked vegetarian dinner together. Wednesday, Sept 18th at 7:00pm (Pimlico, Central London) Wednesday, Sept 18th at 7:15pm (Brighton, East Sussex) Thursday, Sept 26th at 7:00pm (Mill Hill, North London) Thursday, Oct 3rd at 7:00pm (Shoreditch, Central London) Thursday, Oct 10th at 7:00pm (Pimlico, Central London) Wednesday, Oct 16th at 7:00pm (Harrow, Northwest London) To RSVP, visit Awakin London and use the drop-down box in the top right corner to select a date/location. ** Sign-ups for Oct 10th Awakin in Pimlico will be open from Sept 19th Inspiration from Around the World Awakin Vegetable Garden: An inspiring story of a vegetable garden that was planted and gifted to ... Read Full Story
Nuggets From Kim Morrow's Call Posted by Alyssa Martin, Sep 15 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Kim Morrow. Kim Morrow is a minister and environmental advocate who has worked at the intersection of sustainability, climate change and justice for many years. She was honored at the Obama White House in 2015 as a “Champion of Change” for efforts on climate change with faith communities. She is leading a climate resiliency planning process for the City of Lincoln, Nebraska (the first in the region). Kim is passionate about helping people and communities prepare and thrive in the face of climate change. Her holistic perspective drives her work at the intersection of hope and despair in the sustainability sector. She has found resilience in her own life as she faced a seemingly extreme "family weather" event, as her teenage son transitioned from female to male. She is writing a memoir about her experience from shock to love, including ... Read Full Story
HOPE AROUND THE FIRE "I've Reconciled Myself ... Posted by Yoav Peck, Sep 14 2019 HOPE AROUND THE FIRE "I've reconciled myself to this…..there will not be peace….. and it's made my life easier. I go to work, and I do what I must, but I've stopped hoping and expecting that we will make peace, any time in the near future." With these words, Sami, the young Palestinian in the back seat of my car, threatened to darken the light that glowed in my belly as we came home from last night's Sulha gathering. Minutes before, we had finished scrubbing the pots from dinner and dousing the tribal fire where 80 Palestinians and Israelis sang songs of hope and shared our common dreams, while the nearly-full moon flirted with shining its light through the passing clouds. I pushed him to look, despite his appraisal, reminding him of Margaret Mead's famous statement…"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only ... Read Full Story