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Making Friends During A Pandemic Posted by Bonnie Rose, Jul 10 2020 Dear SSp Friends, This was from my friend Jen and I had to share it. Picture of her dog too, just for fun. :) I have to tell you a little story... With Spencer recently moving down here after being away for several years, and most of his friends having moved away, he has been looking to make new friends. Covid has made it a little tricky, but he managed to make a few friends while out rock climbing and they go out together to climb outdoors a few days a week. He asked me if I knew any other ways to meet people, while also staying safe. The only thing I could think to say was, "Be kind. Kind people attract other kind people." A few days later I saw him writing in the 21-Day Kindness book (from Service Space) that I stuck in his stocking ... Read Full Story

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Karuna News: When Challenges Alchemize Into Possibility Posted by KarunaVirus , Jul 08 2020 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!As a quote goes: "Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it." Through the muddied waters of life and societal turmoil, what does it take to see a sense of possibility? This week's stories are witness to remarkable resilience, strength, and community alchemized from the ashes of incredible challenges.Read the full newsletter here ...

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Stephen Loyd: Healing Opioid Addiction In Appalachia Posted by Joe Houska, Jul 08 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Stephen Loyd: Healing Opioid Addiction In AppalachiaReflection questions: From which physical, mental or emotional afflictions or addictions have you suffered, and how has your recovery from those conditions allowed you to support others?

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Sarah Schecter's Unwavering Positive Mindset Posted by Leela Kiyawat, Jul 07 2020 Hi everyone! My name is Leela Kiyawat, and I am one of the ServiceSpace 2020 Summer interns. It's such an honor to do service work in the company of all of you amazing people - I'm so grateful I've found this wonderful group. One of my projects this summer includes interviewing teenagers in my community about the various acts of kindness that they have either done or experienced this summer. I also wanted to hear, in a more general sense, their experience with grappling with the future in a world that has come to a pandemic-induced standstill. Generation Z is going to inherit a tumultuous world, and I want to show you all some of my incredible friends who are ready to attack any challenge that's been thrown at them. From online AP tests to lobbying for gun safety laws to the negative affects of performative activism, these interviews will cover ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Forgiveness Posted by Guri Mehta, Jul 07 2020 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Forgiveness.Editor's Note: We might think that forgiveness means accepting the harm that happened to us. I think that it's actually recognizing that harm occurred, but not accepting that it was okay that it happened. It's not excusing the behavior or justifying it. Forgiveness is letting go of the resentment, so the past doesn't have a hold on you. It's choosing to rise above it. --Guri

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Freedom In Prison: A Story Of My Great-Grandfather Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Jul 07 2020 [I originally shared this true story of my great-grandfather at an Awakin Circle. By request I'm archiving it in writing with some additional context.] -- Freedom in Prison: a Story of my Great-Grandfather -- As I knock on the door of Grandpa Max’s apartment on Valentine Avenue in the Bronx in the fall of 1956, I’m feeling a little nervous. This is an important visit, and the first time I’ve come on my own from New Jersey, without my parents, by bus and subway, to see him. I’m flooded with memories of my early childhood in the 1940s. He lived in this same apartment back then, on the second floor, with Grandma Minnie before she passed away. My mom and dad and I and my little brother lived up on the fifth floor. When we went to visit them, we’d go to the elevator and press “2.” Then we’d get out, walk ... Read Full Story

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"Open-hearted, Cooperative Relationships: Anti-racism" Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, Jul 06 2020 [The following is from Professor Doug Powers at the Dharma Realm Buddhist University, in response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. This is excerpted from a transcribed spoken interview, lightly edited.] America has a long history of extreme racism. It has racism built into it from the very beginning; it is a fundamental aspect of this country. [...] Then looking at the values of Buddhism – generosity, loving-kindness, compassion, equanimity, joy – all these different unselfish qualities are opposed to racism because all racism is fundamentally based on selfishness. [...] Advice for Students The first thing our students need to do is to look into themselves and see how much they’ve taken racist prejudices into themselves from their cultural surroundings. [...] A huge element of mindfulness, of being aware of yourself, is to see the racist elements in yourself. [...] you have to look and see: where did those racist elements arise? To get ... Read Full Story

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Wrote This At A Friend’s Request. ... Posted by Mindyjourney , Jul 06 2020 Wrote this at a friend’s request. Sharing it is my gift to you: Dear One ❤️, Take heart. This too shall pass. Your tears will someday stop. The sun will shine again. You will one day notice that the flowers have always blessed your presence. Allow the pain to come. Let it sweep into all those dark spaces, rooting out bitter regret. Allow the Light to give wings to those feelings, freeing them. Do not let them drag you down into the slippery well of malaise and depression. This life is fraught with many trials and challenges. Face them with courage. Ask for guidance and help. Listen closely to what is said and what isn’t. Discern your own truth. Be true to you. Learn the lessons presented, or they will be presented over and over. In different formats, but essentially the same. Do not waste the lessons on needless worry and concern. Realize that they ... Read Full Story

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I Migrate... Posted by Nitul Ojha, Jul 05 2020 I migrate: When you call me a migrant .. You label me. And you feel comfortable behind that label. You think you understand me. Or it evokes a sense of pity in you. The defining of me makes me more comprehensible to you. Less scary. Because you like certainty. You want things to be stable. That is what you mean by security, pension and gratuity. I am not a migrant. Yes I migrate. And I love migrating. Have you ever tried it? When you a watch a flock of Siberian cranes , do you feel pity or do you feel awe? Don't you wish in the innermost regions of your heart that you too had the courage to migrate, once in a while. The migrating birds will not feed for months. And many of our species actually fly over the Everest. And many will not make it. Migrating is a choice ... Read Full Story

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