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We Are Swimming In Miracles Posted by Awakin, Mar 26 2017 This week's Awakin reading is by Peter Kalmus titled 'We Are Swimming in Miracles': Chicago. I remember in high school, I went for a walk. I was going to a friend's house and I was walking past all these houses; it was the evening, sort of dark. In every house, there were blue flickering lights going in synchrony because everyone was watching the same TV show. It was a quiet night and I was alone, just walking with the sound of the freeway and the blue flickering lights. And what had seemed normal to me my whole life suddenly seemed strange. Even so, I didn't think of some other way of living. [...] I think there's this misconception in Western culture that wanting things is a solution. It’s actually a form of suffering. I wouldn't be surprised if most people thought that wanting things, and then having those cravings satisfied, is happiness. So they're constantly chasing after these sensual things, and maybe for some amount ... [Read more]

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The Vet Who Is Saving India's Orphaned Animals Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 26 2017 For over 16 years now, Dr. Bhaskar Choudhary and his team at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Assam, India, have been working tirelessly to rehabilitate over a thousand orphan and injured wild animals, including elephant and rhino calves, wild buffaloes, tigers, leopards, deer, and birds, and to return to the forest and survive independently. Choudhary also provides information on displaced animals to locals to assist with animal care during natural disasters like floods in the fragile ecosystem of North Eastern India. Despite the countless sleepless nights spent patiently caring for injured or orphaned animals, Choudhary only describes a feeling of gratitude to the animals which have allowed him "to experience life in such miraculous and invaluable ways." [Full Story]

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Last Week's Tidbits From Around The Ecosystem ... Posted by ServiceSpace , Mar 25 2017 "Wherever people gather for selfless ends, there is a vast augmentation of their individual capacities. Something wonderful, something momentous happens. An irresistible force begins to move, which, though we may not see it, is going to change our world." --Eknath Easwaran Zilong walked into an elementary classroom at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, only to hear a monk talking about some ServiceSpace volunteers. Angela Justice came to Awakin Circle last week and shared ServiceSpace is constantly present in so many of their community conversations. Laddership Circle's technology got a massive upgrade, with thousands of lines of new code. Audrey response, "OH MY GOODNESSSSSSS! This is AMAZING! :) This will be such a great gift for so many people. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! :)" Birju responded with, "Well ... I'm writing this email after 30 seconds, because I needed to pick up my jaw from the floor."  Heading towards OOC for ... Read Full Story

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The Evolution Of Gratitude Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 25 2017 Malini Suchak, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College, researches gratitude, discovering that "Gratitude is one of the fundamentally important parts of human life." But why is it "as much a part of our social relationships as gossip?" Darwin himself suggested that humans and other animals share the "same emotions, even the more complex ones such as jealousy, suspicion, emulation, gratitude, and magnanimity." As for gratitude -- her initial research among chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys suggests that Darwin might be right. [Full Story]

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Kindful Kids: Zen And The Art Of Family Maintenance Posted by Trishna Shah, Mar 25 2017 This week's 'Kindful Kids' newsletter is on Zen and the Art of Family Maintenance. Take a look."If you can pay attention to somebody, without being carried away by your thoughts, that's an expression of love. Only when you love somebody can you do that." -- Haemin Sunim

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Karma Kitchen London: Being The Love We Wish To See Posted by Trishna Shah, Mar 24 2017 On Monday evening in London, while most people were winding down from a busy long day, over 100 people came together to step it up and do something quite different -- to be part of a circle of giving at a volunteer-run pay-it-forward restaurant, Karma Kitchen!  We hosted our second ever Karma Kitchen again on International Day of Happiness to share the Love with Londoners and it was an evening filled with abundant joy, inspiration, kindness, community and Love! We were warmly invited back to host Karma Kitchen at London's first "Happy Cafe", The Canvas Cafe, by the owner Ruth, who has also attended Awakin Circles since our first Karma Kitchen :).  As she loves the values and intentions behind Karma Kitchen, she thought it would be a wonderful way to bring community together to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.  Seeds were planted just three weeks before this experiment unfolded ... Read Full Story

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Anthony Chavez (Grandson Of Cesar Chavez!) Posted by Amit Dungarani, Mar 24 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Anthony Chavez (Grandson Of Cesar Chavez!) Nipun and I are excited to be hosting the conversation, and here's a photo of little Anthony supporting his grandpa as they rally in support of farmer's rights.  In recent years, Anthony has also been a travel companion to a famous Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl Rast, and he is living into a great bridge between service, activism and spirituality.  Join us, as Anthony shares stories that span the two elders of his life and his most recent work with youth.

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My Favorite Thing To Share With ... Posted by Audrey Cullen, Mar 24 2017 My favorite thing to share with people is to grow native, nonGMO plants, little gardens, big gardens, potted plants, it's all good!

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The Man Who Died And Came Back To Plant Trees Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 24 2017 Twenty some years ago David Milarch hovered above the bed, looking down at his motionless body. Years of alcoholism and hard living had booted him out of his life. A cosmic commandment would return him to it. His improbable charge? To clone the world's champion trees - the giants that had survived millennia and would be unvanquished by climate change. Experts said it couldn't be done. Fast-forward to today, and Milarch is now the keeper of a Noah's Ark of sorts, filled with the genetics for repopulating the world's most ancient trees. Founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive he is on a mission to restore the lungs of the planet -- a mission that now reaches close to 300 million people each year. "Spend a couple of days in an old-growth forest, you'll come out different from when you went in. Those trees affect our physical, mental and especially our spiritual bodies. Redwoods have been on this planet for 400 million years longer than humans. I believe that trees have a soul, they have a conscience. And I do believe that anyone, everyone can learn to communicate with them." Milarch shares more in this fascinating in-depth interview. [Full Story]

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Humble Minute, Nun Chef, Extreme Physics Posted by Dinesh Mehta, Mar 23 2017 Few tidbits heard in the after hours at our local Awakin Circle ... Science of gratitude and to cut through the chase, 10 ways to be more grateful.  Birju on the power of a humble minute of silence (and well-being at work); Thu on her journey to ER that changed her life and Kozo on Healing Gift of Cancer. Speaking of food, the NY article on The Nun Chef and Kunal explaining food source to 6th grade students in India. Anil's Ted talk on extreme physics and his neuroscience book on Man Who Wasn't There. Roshni wondering about how Cesar Chavez came to volunteer for John, Angela reflecting on education at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Vasantha moved by Vinoba: King of Kindness.  Nimo's inspired jour ney and the song that has inspired Prahlad and thousands more around the globe -- Grateful -- as Vishesh and Bradley were wondering if he'll be singing at Sunday's Karma Kitchen.  No pressure, Nimo. :)

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