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Emergence Of Awakin Movie Circles In London Posted by Trishna Shah, Jan 16 2019 In recent years, I've thought about hosting an inspiring movie circle to engage with and learn from each other through a different medium, which can offer new ways to relate and bring up unique insights. In the spring of 2018, when Anne and Rajesh were invited to screen their labour-of-love documentary, Teach Me To Be WILD, at a resonant film festival in England later that year in November, their visit offered us the perfect catalyst to experiment with hosting our first Awakin Movie Circle in London! Awakin Movie Circle in Pimlico & Community Screening at the Museum of Happiness When a few of us had seen the first cut of Teach Me To Be WILD at a ServiceSpace retreat in 2016, we encouraged Anne and Rajesh to bring the film on a journey across the pond to London whenever it was in the flow for them and we were so grateful to ... Read Full Story

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Capra Course Alumni Gathering At Banyan Grove Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, Jan 15 2019 This past Saturday, our previous Awakin Call guest, Fritjof Capra, an Austrian-born American physicist and systems theorist, returned to Banyan Grove, where he spent one heartwarming and inspiring evening with the ServiceSpace community in summer. This time he came with a group of systems thinkers, who are Capra Course alumni, to share and discuss their individual and collective passion in waking the world up from fragmentary worldview to systems view of life. Fritjof spoke in 1984, “For the modern physicist, the material world is no longer a mechanic system made of separate objects, but rather appears as a complex web of relationships….” He has devoted his life to transforming the fragmented scientific worldview and introducing systems thinking to all aspects of life since his first book The Tao of Physics published in 1975. Knowing deeply the significance of taking children out to nature or school gardens, in 1995, Capra co-founded ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Give In To Posted by Ameeta Martin, Jan 15 2019 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Give In To Giving. Every spiritual tradition teaches us to be kind and generous, encouraging us that a spiritual life is made possible with a generous heart. According to an East African proverb, "you can share even if you have little." The article below looks at teachings about the spiritual practice of generosity from various spiritual traditions. Generosity is and always has been a core human value. - Ameeta

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The Sacredness Of Art In Schools... Posted by Poonam Singh, Jan 14 2019 For 3 hours every week, students in my daughter's public elementary school leave their homeroom classroom to be with students across all grade levels and explore different art themes in small groups. They call this time Arts Focus. Themes include kinetic art, weaving, sewing, photography, drawing, sewing, painting, paper, global beats, 3D art, art and tech among other themes. The whole program is taught by parent volunteers and some themes stay the same and some change every year. Parents commit to teaching a course based on previous curriculum and their particular passions and skill levels. Every year the themes change depending on parents skills and passions. This year there was a parent who is a playwright, so they added a performance and art class. This focus on art keeps the parents and students alive, while teachers get a chance to plan. There is a buzz in the air when arts focus ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Sally Mahé 's Call Posted by Bela Shah, Jan 13 2019 Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sally Mahé . Sally Mahé is a founding staff member for United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith network dedicated to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, ending religiously motivated violence, and creating cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings. Sally came to this work from the lens of social justice and democracy building. While teaching in an inner-city high school, her passion for teaching civics and democracy was sparked. She soon saw that the spark inside her students – and in all of us – had something to do with the Divine, and so obtained a master's degree in theology and spiritual counseling. She came across the term "spiritual democracy" and felt a bolt of lightning run through her. Her passions for democracy and spirituality – and for nurturing the “deeper values of democracy” ... Read Full Story

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Multiple Forms Of Poverty Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jan 13 2019 A beautiful quote by Amma -- “In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion. Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.”

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Thich Nhat Hanh On Brahma Viharas And Roots Posted by Smita Navare, Jan 13 2019 The following is a description of the Buddha’s teachings on the four qualities of love, from the first chapter of Teachings on Love, written by Thich Nhat Hanh … “Happiness is only possible with true love. True love has the power to heal and transform the situation around us and bring a deep meaning to our lives. There are people who understand the nature of true love and how to generate and nurture it. The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable. Every one of us can benefit from these teachings. During the lifetime of the Buddha, those of the Brahmanic faith prayed that after death they would go to Heaven to dwell eternally with Brahma, the universal God. One day a Brahman man asked the Buddha, “What can I do to be sure that I will be with Brahma after I die?” and the Buddha replied, ... Read Full Story

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Some Kindness Stories! Awakin Burgos :) Posted by Ari Anna, Jan 11 2019 Last week we gathered again at Casa del Bienestar to enjoy another circle of silence, stories and listening, what we globally call Awakin Circles. Awakin is a combination of Awakening and Kin! :). Every circle is a unique manifestation of collective wisdom and last one in Burgos was one of those where the wealth of stories became really apparent. Few stories impacted me so I wanted to share them with you here as well! Reading of the week was about the idea of neighbor, and although it didn’t resonate with everyone, it generated space for brilliant stories and reflections. Vicky opened the circle with a story of this Christmas. She spent few days with her family in northern England and her mother spoke to her about her neighbor downstairs, a very solitary woman, sad and quite disagreeable. Most of the neighbors have had some kind of clash with her. In those circumstances, Vicky ... Read Full Story

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Give, In Order To Get Back Posted by Jyoti , Jan 10 2019 During the recent Christmas holidays, I decided to write up my experience of everyday kindness I experienced earlier in the fall term while at work, as a professor at a Catholic Liberal Arts College. It was an act of appreciation for the joys my job brings into my life and a way to amplify what I value by bringing attention to it. I value community and like the way Nipun Bhai articulates it as 'We before Me' and encourages small acts of kindness. I shared the note with my colleague, Brother Charles, a history professor, and director of the Cummings Institute. Bishop Cummings served Oakland for 25 years and this institute named after him is one of the ways the college promotes dialog between faith and reason. Brother Charles said he would share my note with the editorial team for the Institute blog to possibly see if might be for ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Jane Murray's Call Posted by Preeta Bansal, Jan 09 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Jane Murray. Jane Murray, a former commercial venture capital lawyer and now a start-up entrepreneur in the United Kingdom, has seen and experienced the power of small acts – and now seeks to amplify them through transformative technology to foster greater inner and outer peace. As a lawyer, Jane was actively involved with companies during the technology boom and witnessed the shadow side of that boom – the de-coupling of value from values, as well as the results of extraordinary material success without concurrent wisdom. Jane founded Peacebeam as the culmination of her own movement from headspace to heart-space. Peacebeam calls itself “a facilitator for kindness” that offers short audios (called peacebeams) that are designed for commuters and busy people to get calm and connected. Jane believes that small acts like taking five minutes to feel centered, compassionate, kindness, empathy ... Read Full Story

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Bayarea: New Story Retreat (+ Global Home) Posted by ServiceSpace , Jan 09 2019 Dear Bayarea Friends, Trust that the New Year has you buzzing with possibility! As we kick off 2019, a few local and global tidbits ... In the Bay Area, we're starting the year with a special weekend retreat! -- 'A New Story' -- RSVP here With renowned author Charles Eisenstein, story-telling professor (for 20 years!) Brian Conroy, and many other inspirations (including musicians!), we're delighted to gather and soak in collective wisdom around this topic: Every culture has a story -- a weaving of narratives, symbols, and agreements that help us define and navigate the world. Today's dominant culture tells a story of separation, where we are separate from nature; entrenched in competition; where generosity and trust are exemplars rather than norms. However, this story is giving way to a new one. With growing awareness of ecology's interdependence, complexity theory's power of emergence, and neuroscience of intrinsic kindness -- our hope for the gathering ... Read Full Story

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Sally Mahe: Building A Global Spiritual Citizenship Posted by Bela Shah, Jan 09 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sally Mahe: Building A Global Spiritual CitizenshipReflection questions: Our guest this week was a civics educator who has dedicated her life to building a "spiritual democracy" or global spiritual citizenship. What is the role of your spiritual practices in bringing to life your participation in the outer structures of democracy and governance under which you live and participate, and how do the outer structures provide space for your inner work?

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One Year After Gandhi 3.0 Posted by Ana Valdes, Jan 09 2019 Mabuhay! Wishing you life fullness. Has it only been a year since Gandhi 3.0 in Ahmedabad? I cannot write about the unique changes without being lost in the many beautiful expressions that confront my heart. Gandhi 3.0 introduced me to ServiceSpace and Moved by Love. The change since then is indescribable. I heard ServiceSpace is a process. It feels more like a drug, a panacea, with intermittent doses through the year. The “S” in ServiceSpace is “Source”, the shift since Gandhi 3.0 is inside. Stories: “Cultivating Kindness ” After I showed our sisters in prison the pictures of the environment in Banyan Grove, they wanted to do the same, to create the same kindness ambiance in prison. We provided them string, markers, and colored card stock paper, and they hung more than 200 love signs around their dormitories. Some of them sleep on the floor due to overcrowding. It became so popular that the hearts were even ... Read Full Story

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