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Labor-of -love Project And An "Overdose Delight" Posted by Pham Thi, Aug 14 2018 Our little labor-of-love project for July is to build a school garden for Thuan Thanh Primary School in Citadel, Hue. Last Saturday, our small team in Hue had finally gathered for Saturday Awakin Circle to celebrate our team effort and reclaim quality time from our busy weeks. Two of our friends decided to surprise the host (myself) with home-cooked pumpkin dishes plus my own dish. So we ended up with 3 pumpkin recipes for our supper:-). What a sweet coincidence! We enjoyed our home-cooked meal as much as the jokes about the pumpkin coincidence. One named our gathering “ Pumpkin Circle” as we started with pumpkin soup and finished with pumpkin puree! Others called it “ Pumpkin Over-dose” or “Pumpkin Festival”. It was all about pumpkin and we were kind of overdosed but as we all agreed, it was an “ Overdose Delight”. Simply because all the dishes were made with love. P/S: If you're interested in school garden, here's the little one that our group has built recently in Citadel, Hue: https://www.facebook.com/dhkgd2014/videos/2243854828961196/

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Nuggets From Scilla Elworthy's Call Posted by Alyssa Martin, Aug 13 2018 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Scilla Elworthy. Since the age of 13, when Dr. Scilla Elworthy was horrified by the violence she witnessed as Soviet tanks invaded to quell the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, she has devoted her life to promoting peaceful alternatives to conflict. A path-breaking changemaker who has thrice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, she founded the Oxford Research Group to build dialogue among nuclear nations during the Cold War; Peace Direct to support peacebuilders and stop war in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions; and Rising Women Rising World, a vibrant community of women on all continents to draw on feminine wisdom to build a world that works for all. Her latest book is on sacred activism, and her TEDx talk on nonviolence has over a million views. Her life has been dedicated to promoting collective "waking up" through the ... Read Full Story

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"I Have Enough" - Sung By Children! Posted by Deven Shah, Aug 12 2018 Since last month, I've been working full-time in a school at Auroville, co-learning with 10-12 year old children. It's been very enriching to witness how sponteously children express love, generosity, gratitude and joy. This video was created as part of the weekly Kindness Circles that Shaalini and I have been holding for more than a year. We sang this song for the team at a local farm, which had gifted thousands of mangoes to the community and neighboring villages and everyone was deeply touched. We also shared the story of Rev. Heng Sure's 3-steps-and-a-bow with the children and they were amazed. :)

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Laddership News: Perfect Imperfect Posted by Jane Murray, Aug 12 2018 This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. This month's stories bring to heart the perfection in our imperfection. In a lively and amusing call, Bonnie Rose describes wholeness rather than fixing and Kendrick Bradley explores radical generosity in three forms.

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I've Been Providing A Room In ... Posted by Francesca Chiara, Aug 12 2018 I've been providing a room in my house lately for visitors to our area as a short term place to stay in. I didn't have to advertise, just as soon as I was open to it being rented in that way I would meet people out in my community and offer it when they mentioned they were looking to rent somewhere for their stay here. It gives a little extra money to help us and it is wonderful seeing the smiles on people's faces as they are happily surprised by the synchronicity as well as openness shared. Providing somewhere more affordable and home-like for the moment is rewarding and helpful to others. I truly enjoy meeting and sharing with new people, especially those who are light and traveling with joy and the spirit of adventure.

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On Being Offered Money By A ... Posted by Chi Phan, Aug 12 2018 On being offered money by a busker at London Bridge... Now and then I would hear such beautiful music from buskers that I want to stop to enjoy like I would with a gig. I have told myself time and again to stop and make the time. But if I am at a station, I am rushing. So I only do it on a fraction of the occasions I feel an urge to. The most time I would spend is to give some money. Today I was late to meet a friend but after giving my contribution, I decided to stop and listen to this busker for a bit. He asked what I wanted him to play and I said something I could dance to. So I danced to his folk music with bags on my back and in my hand for about 5 minutes. After I said good-bye and turned away, he called me back: "Do you want your cut?". I did not get what he meant. Then he bent down to grab some coins and repeated "Your cut of the taking". "No, of course not, are you kidding?" I burst out. I was being offered music to dance to and he wanted to pay me. But of course I walked away with a smile. What a sweet man. Such a sweet encounter. I must make time to stop and appreciate life's beauty more often.

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Beautiful Comment Received From A New ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Aug 11 2018 Beautiful comment received from a new KindSpringer today: "Thank you so much! I think this is going to be a good place for me.I feel surrounded by kind ,loving people already! May you walk gently thru this world,and know its beauties all the days of your life!😄"

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Long Arcs Of Time Posted by Anuj Pandey, Aug 09 2018 [At last night's Awakin Santa Clara, Somik shared this powerful story, prompted by the passage, Stop The War.] I really appreciated this passage; in particular, how skillfully the author shifted the focus from the external war to the internal war. That's where the entire juice is. What really struck me in the passage was the way he said, "The way to transcend the war is through developing understanding." I was asking myself, "Well, what is that understanding?" In my own life, I find that whenever I've been at war, the only thing that's helped me move forward is to get very clear about what's real and what's not real. I find that this whole world in our heads is full of constructs that have no reality, and yet that pretty much shapes our decision making. At the same time, our bodies are receptacles of wisdom. We are only now discovering that there are 10 million ... Read Full Story

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Gift From A Two Year-Old Posted by Harsha Patel, Aug 09 2018 Last week, I was given a prompt to actively listen in one conversation each day, with friends or strangers. This is the story of a conversation I had with a tiny stranger. A young friend and I met for a picnic in Richmond, in the south west of London. It was a hot day, so we sat under the shade of a large tree, overlooking the River Thames. There were many people sitting on the grass around us. We finished our picnic, packed up and were getting ready to leave. Suddenly, I heard a little voice behind me. I turned around and I saw a small little girl with short, fine blonde hair. She was tiny – perhaps two and no more than three years old, and she was saying something and walking towards me. I missed her first few words, but then I heard “I went to the waterpark”. She was speaking to ... Read Full Story

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Naahak Milan (Less-Agenda Gathering) Posted by Kishan Laddha, Aug 09 2018 Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram completed 101 years, Gandhiji (founder of Ashram) left Sabarmati in 1930 to never return back while nurturing every nook and corner of Ashram for 12 years with the spirit of universal good. Post Gandhiji came many known (Ishwarbhai Patel) and less known servant ladders (Shri Parikshitlal Majumdar and Shri Thakarbapa) who invisibly laddered and lived virtues as old as hills. The cultivated space attracts many visitors, volunteers or guests coming to Sabarmati Ashram and primarily through countless spontaneous trips with Jayesh Bhai, either to a small village, a pilgrimage or just a Maitri gathering in Sughad. There is a magic in spontaneity, trusting the universe and not selecting who is coming and who is not, every soul who crosses your path is the right one with a message for you in the right time. After several experiments in Gandhi Ashram, from time to time we long ... Read Full Story

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The Gift Of Hosting A Circle Posted by Dustin Harber, Aug 09 2018 On Tuesday, a dream finally came true: after over two years of inspiration sitting in the “heartquarters” of Harshida Auntie and Dinesh Uncle’s house on so many Wednesdays, I got the privilege to host my own circle and watch the magic of holding space emerge in my own house. So many wonderful souls in Servicespace had planted seeds for this to be possible, and the cushions were no exception. Having sewn some cushions for her own circle, I was greatly laddered by Helen to create some for mine. What a learning experience it was -- I hadn’t touched a sewing machine since seventh grade! She graciously taught me how to cut out fabric and sew the cushions in her home. We had lots of fun laughing when I cut and sewed a few pieces a little too unevenly and when I dumped the contents of a filled bag on the floor ... Read Full Story

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