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Off By An Inch, Miss By A Mile Posted by Rahul Mehta, Jan 24 2021 This morning, at the Awakin Talk with Prof DVR Seshadri where he spoke with honesty about his commitment to live a life of integrity and values. He shared some stories of his life where he learnt tough lessons from his early transgressions. The stories below are written in first person, as narrated by Prof Seshadri, during the Talk. Story one : As a doctoral student of IIM-Ahmedabad, I used to run around the campus. Once I saw a beautiful flower in the garden of one of the faculty quarters. I plucked that flower - the instinct was “It is so good, let me pluck it.” And gently there was a voice from the balcony. I looked back and there was standing the founding Director of the Institute - the highly respected professor Dr Ravi J Matthai. And he just told me a soft voice, “Young man, dont you think the flower ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Laura Emiko Soltis's Call Posted by David Bonbright, Jan 23 2021 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Laura Emiko Soltis. Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis is Executive Director of Freedom University, an award-winning, modern-day freedom school for undocumented students banned from equal access to public higher education in Georgia. With the aim of “ending modern segregation in higher education,” Freedom University provides classes, assistance and social movement leadership development for undocumented students. Through nonviolent civil disobedience, policy and legal campaigns, Emiko seeks to change college admissions policies and transform the public debate on immigrant justice and undocumented student access to higher education. “We believe that radical, democratic change in education occurs through grassroots mobilization of teachers and students and the empowerment of those most directly impacted by injustice," Freedom U's theory of change says. Consciousness development is key to its liberatory education model, and the focus of Emiko's work. Below are some of the nuggets from the call that ... Read Full Story

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Don Berwick: Health Care As A Loving Relationship Posted by Pavi Mehta, Jan 23 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Don Berwick: Health Care As A Loving Relationship Reflection questions: Into what unexpected dimensions of your life do you seek to bring love? What practices or guiding principles do you have that help you bring forth this love?

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85 First Graders At Our School ... Posted by Cornerstone Christian, Jan 21 2021 85 first graders at our school made these cards for people in nursing homes. They were so excited to share joy and blessings with others!

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: 3,000+ Days Posted by Guri Mehta, Jan 21 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: 3,000+ Days Of Happiness.Editor's Note: How do you define happiness? It's an integral part of our lives, something we all strive for, yet we all kind of define it differently. In most languages, the word "happy" comes from the word "lucky." Could there be truth to that? Or does this point to the difference between us and how previous generations perceived it? This week we had a chance to interview someone who boldly sought out happiness every single day for the past nine years. She is wise beyond her years, and we are thrilled to share her story with you below. --Guri

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Karuna News: Karuna News: Back To Basics Posted by KarunaVirus , Jan 20 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!With the weight of events across politics and pandemic, protests and polarities around the world these days, the state of human affairs can feel daunting. In such a space, returning back to basics -- to the simplicity of small, natural acts of care -- is more pertinent than ever. This week's stories tune us into elements of the human spirit that resound across divisions. From a 10-year-old's response to violence to a 44-year-old's response to theft, an organization's distribution of 3,000 "love boxes," to a city's stopgap measure to protect two sea lions, to an 107-year-old mother's gift of candy for her 84-year-old daughter -- it's clear that the simple kindnesses embedded in our ways of being can spark so much beyond our usual realms of reference.Read the full newsletter here ...

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Ryland Engelhart: Kiss The Ground: Sacred Commerce, Posted by David Hochschild, Jan 20 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ryland Engelhart: Kiss The Ground: Sacred Commerce, Love Activism, And The Solution Of SoilReflection questions: In which of the many "hundred ways" (Rumi) do you choose to kiss the ground in gratitude for creation and to help regenerate the earth and heal our planet?

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Nuggets From Ruth Pittard's Call Posted by Audrey Lin, Jan 15 2021 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Ruth Pittard. Ruth Pittard has practiced learning and transforming in love for most of her 74 years. A forward-thinking educator, she spent over 30 years supporting service-learning initiatives in her community and professional home, Davidson College, near Charlotte, NC. In leadership positions at the College, including as Assistant Dean for Community Service, Ruth chose to use love as her organizing principle for programs based in care and compassion. After 30 years of service to the college, Ruth's life took on the air of a pilgrimage as she wandered with a heart open to service opportunities as they arose. She bartered for housing, food and necessities for about five years. Often referred to as "The Love Lady", she practiced trust and cemented her belief in love as an operating system in her life. She is a raconteur of stories of ordinary ... Read Full Story

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