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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

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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

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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

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Nuggets From John Powell's Call Posted by Chris Johnnidis, Sep 11 2019 Recently we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with john powell, skillfluly moderated by none other than Preeta. john a. powell is one of the foremost public intellectuals in the areas of civil rights, racism, ethnicity, housing and poverty. Despite a distinguished career, powell spells his name in lowercase on the simple and humble idea that we are part of the universe, not over it. He has introduced into the public lexicon the concepts of “othering and belonging.” For powell, "othering" hurts not only people of color, but whites, women, animals and the planet itself, because certain people are not seen in their full humanity. Belonging is much more profound than access; “it’s about co-creating the thing you are joining” rather than having to conform to rules already set. Born in Detroit the fourth son of a minister and sharecroppers, powell has focused his life’s work on how a ... Read Full Story

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I Wanted To Share Information On ... Posted by Mallika Thoppay, Sep 11 2019 I wanted to share information on an event occurring September 23rd Monday 6-7.45 PM at the at the Cubberley Community Center (Room A6) in Palo Alto for two speakers from an organization I support, Green Olive Tours. I took a tour with them in Israel & Palestine in December last year and was very impressed with their approach to the issues there. The presenters at the event are Fred Schlomka and Mohammad Barakat, two of the ten Israeli and Palestinian Partners in the Green Olive Collective, a bi-national social enterprise that promotes democratic values and human rights through educational tours and volunteer programs. They will give a short presentation and then open up for questions and discussion. The duo will analyze the current situation on the ground in Israel/Palestine and the recent Bahrain 'Peace to Prosperity' conference and its aftermath. Fred and Mohammad will also provide some background on the Green Olive Collective along with its mission and current activities. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here: https://www.toursinenglish.com/2014/08/speaking-tour.html

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Kim Morrow: Climate Change, Resilience, And Motherhood Posted by Alyssa Martin, Sep 11 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Kim Morrow: Climate Change, Resilience, And MotherhoodReflection questions: How have you found resilience amid a seemingly sudden, dramatic and unforeseen personal, community, or societal event requiring significant transformation? What tools allowed you to bounce "back" to a new normal amid ongoing and continual change?

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A Handful Of Nails And Heart Full Of Love Posted by Tim Huang, Sep 10 2019 Vishesh and I, along with our friends Jane and Angela Oh, recently had the opportunity to join brother Pancho in Tijuana at a shelter serving a growing community of over 250 refugees, who continue to arrive from Central America to await asylum or have already been detained and released. Across our many shared moments there, including yoga with the children and cooking with the mothers, I was deeply moved by the love and resilience of the families we met despite the inhumane treatment they received from the U.S. immigration system and the trauma of all they have gone through leaving home. All over the news these days, we find stories of the very real suffering and adversity facing immigrants and refugees, whether it’s family separations, deportations, or mass shootings. These stories keep us informed, but they often leave us drained, pointing us to the hatred, fear, and hopelessness of the world ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: 9/11 Love Posted by Ameeta Martin, Sep 10 2019 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: 9/11 Love. The start of autumn often reminds me of that crisp September day in 2001 in NYC when our world shook, but then I remember that Sept 11 in history is also when Vivekananda gave his famous speech on interfaith understanding at the 1893 Parliament of World Religions and Gandhi announced his strategy of non-violence in South Africa in 1906. Let's reclaim 9/11 as a day of transcendent kindness. -Preeta

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Yet Another Person Feeling The “magic” ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Sep 10 2019 Yet another person feeling the “magic” of KindSpring ❤️😊 Seen on the Community Feed today: “thank you all for sharing: its been few days since i started regularly visiting(KS), I am noticing where I can be more kind - little by little in everyday life especially in tiny area that needs attention now (realizing one and working on it). Thankful for all the people here sharing their experiences - which ripples through me asking for a change - few deg. at a time.“

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Kindness Games To Unite The World Posted by Greg Acuna, Sep 10 2019 Just wanted to let you all know my TEDx talk has recently come online. I thought you might like this.

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