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Melanie Joy: Beyond Carnism Posted by Rahul Brown, Nov 14 2018 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Melanie Joy: Beyond CarnismReflection questions: What practices and behaviors in your life have become so normalized in society that you might have lost awareness of their violent or uncompassionate origins or effects?

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Reverence For Emergence: At A Cafe In Warsaw Posted by Nipun Mehta, Nov 13 2018 My flight from Vienna had just landed. I changed clothes in a public restroom, and arrived at a café in downtown Warsaw for a public talk. Four volunteers were setting up coffee and herbal tea, partly nervous about how many will turn up, from the few hundred on Facebook who were “interested”. While I entertain thoughts of holding off jet-lag, a volunteer translator quizzes me about keywords that I’m going to repeat. At one point that evening, I look at the crowd of mostly-non-English speakers and feel this moment of genuine awe. “How in the world did this happen? How did I get here, talking compassion with my brothers and sisters in Poland?” Maybe that awe was building up. Over the previous twenty days, I had zig-zagged through a couple of continents, numerous cities, more than a dozen circles, and thousands of people. No agenda, no staff, hardly any financial currency used. ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Caring For Posted by Ameeta Martin, Nov 13 2018 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Caring For Your Enemy. In these polarized times, there is much talk of the need for civility and understanding. But kindness goes beyond mere acceptance or understanding of the "other"; it is love and a reflection of oneness - with the power to turn the "other" into "brother". How can we tap into the infinite, transformational power of kindness and love in response to acts of hate, as shown in the stories below?- Preeta

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Nuggets From Janessa Gans Wilder's Call Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Nov 12 2018 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting the Awakin Call with Janessa Gans Wilder. Janessa Gans Wilder is a former CIA officer turned peacebuilder. She discovered in the war zones of Iraq that eliminating the “enemy” did not lead to peace – nor did it solve the more immediate problem of counterinsurgency. One month after the Fallujah incident, she had an epiphany while looking out at the Euphrates River -- she drank in the utter stillness of the river, which also flowed under the Fallujah bridge. A question formed for her: "Which one will you choose?’ … I choose the river, I declared silently, almost instinctively, seeing that it was the more powerful force." Janessa’s epiphany inspired her to create the Euphrates Institute as a grassroots peacebuilding connector between East and West, helping to transform people from seeing the “other” as a “brother.” We'll post the transcript of the call soon, ... Read Full Story

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Fresh Off Of A HHH Retreat, ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Nov 11 2018 Fresh off of a HHH retreat, where we listened to each other and ourselves, I was able to witness one member of the retreat put what she learned into action. There was a rather divisive message circulating on Nextdoor, an app that works to create connections within neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the post circulating wasn't doing that. Rather, it was filled with fear, hate, and even a touch of racism, directed at a young man accused of a crime. Upon seeing this post, Aditie responded with a post of love and compassion, even for the criminal, as she told the story about the retreat:). Then, she invited everyone for tea at her place in order to create a community of that is safe and inclusive! To paraphrase what I heard from Nnej, it's difficult to harm those who have given you fruit from their trees.

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Be The Soup Posted by Sam Bower, Nov 11 2018 Today I got to focus on childcare for Ahn while Hiromi prepared soup and snacks for the Head, Heart and Hands retreat at Banyan Grove. In the morning we carried a big basket of carefully selected, organic, locally farmed butternut squash, onions and fresh herbs to the kitchen while the retreat participants were in the Zendo. Ahn wandered in and around the living room area playing with the rocks by the fireplace - Tranquility, Love, Peace. After unloading we left Hiromi there to cook and headed out to go about our own business, feeding some of the entrance gate apples to the neighborhood horses down the road, housecleaning, cooking our own food and getting Ahn ready for her nap. After lunch and the nap we returned to Banyan Grove to pick Hiromi up. She shared some of her reflections on our way back. As a vegan farm-to-table chef, Hiromi often finds herself ... Read Full Story

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Empty Nest To Open Nest Posted by Jyoti , Nov 09 2018 Awakin started when the group of friends meditating together decided to leave the door open, for others who wanted to join them. Trust the ripples and just pass it on, along with bloom where planted are other commonly practiced values in ServiceSpace. Putting these into practice in my life has led me to convert my empty nest into an open nest. I left the door open and offer the same patient listening I have enjoyed at Awakin circles, to pass it on to whoever walks in through the door. There are several young families in my neighborhood who, like me, are first generation immigrants. They have left their family elders behind in their birth countries and started their young families here. I simply started by talking to the kids and parents as they played in the park right outside my front door. They soon learned that I leave my door open ... Read Full Story

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Artificial Intelligence -- And Compassion? Posted by Harald Katzi, Nov 09 2018 #GivesMeHope

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Nimo And Daniel Nahmod In Toronto! Posted by Thu Nguyen, Nov 09 2018 Our friends Nimo and Daniel were in Toronto last week bringing their gift of presence, message of love and generosity to the Parliament of World Religions. The conference brought together 10,000 people from all faiths, 500 presentations from world luminaries and an inaugural Interfaith Family Festival where Nimo and Daniel brought kids of all ages to their feet to dance and many hugs for one another. They also performed in a huge auditorium (that was likely set up to seat 10,000) as the opening act for an incredibly moving Sacred Music concert (Tune in at 25 min). I smiled wide seeing the Grateful music video in the background full of familiar faces in Servicespace, starting with Mia’s mom on the big screen It felt like a dream come true to be in the presence of so many compassionate warriors and change agents who arrived from all around the world to share ... Read Full Story

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38 Reasons To Smile Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Nov 09 2018 Sometimes the onslaught of bad news can weigh heavy on our hearts, but as we all know here, there is also plenty of good to remember in the midst of unease and heartbreak. Below is a forward from Good Housekeeping magazine, with selfless deeds remind us of all of the ways we can help. After Hurricane Florence caused devastating flooding in North Carolina this fall, kindhearted citizens like Amber Hersel jumped into action. The volunteer from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helped rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home on September 14, 2018 in James City. Anthony Ledesma, Victor Erwin, and Aaron Flowers (from left) volunteered their talents at the sixth annual Kutz4Kids event this August in San Jose, California. Fifteen barbers gave out hundreds of free haircuts for students returning to school. Charles "Chucky" Williams lost his father to colon cancer when he was just 8-years-old. Since then, ... Read Full Story

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Rocket To Mars Posted by Steve Setera, Nov 08 2018 These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make “The Martian” And they happen to be women. Indian women, for that matter. On November 5, 2013, a rocket launched toward Mars. It was India’s first interplanetary…

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"DEEPAWALI" Obliteration Of Darkness Is The Nature ... Posted by Sunil Kumar, Nov 07 2018 "DEEPAWALI" Obliteration of Darkness is the nature of light. May the light arise in your life, to light you up and all that you touch on this festival of lights. A Dazzling Diwali to you. Kabir's SuratShabdYoga awakens this latent light within to help enlighten the soul 🙏🏽😀Radha n Sunil 😀🙏🏽

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