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Kindness Around Manchester Yesterday Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, May 23 2017 Kindness around Manchester ... within 20 minutes of the bomb going off, tweets from locals offered strangers a place to say. Soon, countless more offered up their homes, coushes and kettles. Merchants outside the venue were giving out shirts that can used as towel for those who were bleeding. Taxis offered free rides to everyone and strangers gave long rides to out-of-town folks. Local hotels have been taking in children who attended the concert alone or who couldn't find their parents and helping them reconnect with their loved ones. There are long lines for blood donations, and hospitals said they're good for now. :) Cafes are offering free coffee to emergency services. Social media is acting as a tool for strangers to help loved ones find each other.

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Thomas Ponce: On Behalf Of All Living Beings Posted by DailyGood.org, May 23 2017 Thomas Ponce is a 16-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida. He is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley's Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. A vegetarian at age of 4, he began writing about animal rights at the age of 5. Soon after, Thomas's parents realized that his advocacy for animals was not a phase, but a way of life. "I feel that it is our responsibility as both citizens and human beings to use our minds, hearts and voices to speak up against the injustices we see in the world," explains Thomas. More in this in-depth interview with this teen activist. [Full Story]

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Awakening The Heart Of Kindness: Filial Piety In China Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, May 22 2017 About six months ago, I landed in Shanghai on my way to live with my parents for five months in Yancheng, four hours northwest of Shanghai. I arrived with a strong intention--letting go of my old perceptions about China, where I was born and raised and had lived until after college, seeing everything with new eyes, integrating different parts of myself that have lived on either side of the Pacific, and giving sincere thanks to my family, especially my parents, who made my human life possible. Also, for the first time, I began to consciously look for kindness wherever I went. In Shanghai, as I walked in narrow alleys, crossed busy streets, or interacted with breakfast vendors, I wanted to see beyond the masks of indifference, distrust, or even rudeness; I wanted to connect with the human hearts beneath those masks that might be lonely, wounded, and longing to connect. ... Read Full Story

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Maitri Tune By Dragon School Choir Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, May 22 2017 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Dragon School Choir: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.

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Sergeant Helps Abandoned Animals In Afghanistan Find Posted by DailyGood.org, May 22 2017 While Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba served in Afghanistan, a litter of puppies born on his base brought a sense of much needed joy and relief to the soldiers. Many didn't want to part with them once their tour ended. Enter Nowzad Dogs. Since 2007, the nonprofit has reunited more than 700 soldiers with the animals they cared for on duty. As the only official animal shelter in the country, it also helps find homes for abandoned animals in Afghanistan. Founder Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine sergeant, named the organization after after Nowzad -- a dog that adopted Farthing, and followed him back to base after he broke up a dogfight. The dog had such an effect on Farthing that he found a way to take her home. In doing so, he realized he wanted to help others do the same. [Full Story]

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The Unknown Possibilities Of A Circle Posted by Anuj Pandey, May 20 2017 [Few weeks ago, I heard Nipun close the Awakin Circle with a powerful story.  He typically sneaks away without us posting any of his shares, :) but this is a story about Pancho that's too good not to share.] Thank you for joining in this circle today. How can you sit in a circle like this and not feel this mysterious awe?  Even after having sat in so many these circles, it still never gets old. Guri can testify how on our rides back home, I'll be like, "Oh, I love these Wednesdays." But if you ask me to pinpoint what exactly I like about it, I wouldn't know what to say. Is it the silence, the people, the stories, the food, or the plants in the back or the neighbors next door or each of our ancestors? Or is it the cobalt in all of you that has existed since ... Read Full Story

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A Conversation With Carl Cheng: The John Doe Company Posted by DailyGood.org, May 20 2017 "My grandfather was the mayor of Canton and on my mother's side there were even more distinguished figures." All that was wiped in the Cultural Revolution and when Carl was five his family emigrated to the U.S. taking up farming in the San Fernando Valley. Cheng's story is fascinating. He now focuses on public art. "The potential of public art is to make us value what we have." He calls himself, the John Doe Company. It's far more than being cute; it expresses a much deeper perspective. [Full Story]

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Kindful Kids: End Power Struggles And Reconnect Posted by Trishna Shah, May 20 2017 This week's 'Kindful Kids' newsletter is on End Power Struggles and Reconnect Heart-to-Heart. Take a look."Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart." -- Rumi

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So Glad To Have Found This. ... Posted by Kelly Keller, May 19 2017 So glad to have found this. I was writing in my journal this morning that it extremely difficult to remain mindful of gratitude right now, when our President and his entire administration appear to thrive on keeping the nation in a state of chaos, fear, and anxiety. When you have people acting like the proverbial monsters under the bed, bent on destruction-for-destruction's sake, it is easy to forget that they are not the universe. Needed this community today - and will look forward to the boost each week

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Gratefulness: An Opportunity To Practice Posted by DailyGood.org, May 19 2017 Each moment as we go through our day, we are practicing habits of mind and being. Too often, we unconsciously end up practicing habits that are unhelpful for us. Resentment, fear and projection become habits that end up being hurtful, but with a change in perspective, gratefulness can be incorporated into our day as a practice. Br. David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk and teacher of grateful living, suggests that even in the trouble that life may bring, there are opportunities to practice gratefulness so as to open to life in profound ways. "Gratefulness, like mindfulness or yoga, is an awareness practice and a way of training, deepening, and directing our attention," says Kristi Nelson, who works with Br. David as executive director of gratefulness.org. Read on to learn a simple practice to use even when there are difficulties in life. [Full Story]

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