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Inspiring Link Posted by Anya Pearse, Feb 21 2018 The town that’s found a potent cure for illness - community | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian Frome in Somerset has seen hospital admissions fall since it began to tackle isolation. There are lessons for the rest of the country, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot

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Aarti Kuber: Healing Through Acceptance And Forgiveness Posted by Amit Dungarani, Feb 21 2018 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Aarti Kuber: Healing Through Acceptance And ForgivenessReflection questions: Have you compassionately addressed persons in your life who have wronged or violated you? What role did those encounters have in your healing and life journey?

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Krishnamurti On Impermanence Posted by Parag Shah, Feb 21 2018 [Below are two excerpts on the topic of impermanence that recently inspired me, from J. Krishnamurti] Question: Doesn't the knowledge that life is impermanent bring suffering? Krishnamurti: Right, sir. But it is a fact that life is impermanent, isn't it? Your relations are impermanent, your thoughts are impermanent, your self-fulfilments, your ambitious drive and achievements are impermanent, because there is death. And why should one suffer because of impermanency? The fact is that there is impermanency. It is so. But you don't want to accept that fact, you say, "There must be something permanent". You have a picture of what permanency is, and therefore, when you are faced with impermanency, there is a feeling of despair. You put death, which is the essence of impermanency, in the distance, so there is an interval, a gap between you and that which you call death. Here you are, living every day, carrying on with ... Read Full Story

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Young Siddhartha’s Compassion :) Posted by Vinod Eshwer, Feb 20 2018 Recently, I asked my son, Siddhartha, to miss school so he could learn how to make a lake. :) We headed to the farm in our village. We had to walk a lot to the fields and back. On one such walk, Siddhartha saw a farm worker, about to carry three pipes all alone. He asked me to ask the labourer, if he needed any help. I told Siddhartha to check himself. So he quietly walked up to the man, lifted one end of the pipes, placed it on his head and walked all the way to where it was to be unloaded. (A little less than a kilometers maybe) Every morning we have tender coconuts delivered home, which he opens and serves. This morning, he did this:)

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Paying It Posted by Ameeta Martin, Feb 20 2018 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Paying It Forward. Over and over, we hear how there are no small acts of kindness. I believe there are no small acts of grace either. We are all intertwined with amazing synchronistic beauty. When we allow our hearts to be open to the intricate design, there is nothing to be done, but bow our heads in gratitude and appreciation. Fold our hands and focus on how to pay it forward. -- Mindy

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Exactly What Is Needed - Richard's Gift Posted by Anand Gopal, Feb 20 2018 Always a joy to see an email like this go through our screen. (Not sure if you know, but here's a freshly produced list of 100+ interviews!) Thank you, Richard for inspiring all of us!

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The Three Pillars Posted by Danny Lopez, Feb 20 2018 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi My partner Cherie and I recently returned from a retreat in Ahmedabad, India called Gandhi 3.0. This was an international gathering of leaders, activists and change-makers with a focus on connection and gratitude. The retreat is the brainchild of our new friend Nipun Mehta, one of the founders of ServiceSpace, and is based on the simple idea that if diverse people can all hold space with a focus on inner transformation, something may shift in the matrix of our inter-connection and create a field for radically innovative solutions for today’s challenges. We had the fortune of meeting and forging relationships with many incredible individuals from places like India, Nepal, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Dubai, China, Canada and the U.S. Our days were spent in deep dialogue with one another while we visited local sites like ... Read Full Story

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Awakin Readings, Now In Turkish And Romanian! Posted by Somik Raha, Feb 20 2018 For our weekly Awakin readings, we typically get five language translations each week: English, German, Hindi, Gujarati, and Spanish. Few weeks ago, Aslinur added a six language: Turkish. And as of this week, Ashima's circle in Bucarest has now become our seventh language: Romanian.

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Everyone Does It In Their Own Way Posted by Nimo Patel, Feb 20 2018 It's nice to see someone like Drake do this kind of a video: “The budget for this video was $996,631.90,” it tells us. “We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label…” From handing out literal stacks of cash to a shocked family sitting on a curb to announcing over megaphone that all the shoppers in a grocery store are getting their food for free, Drake comes through like an unexpected angel of generosity, leaving emotional fans in tears in his wake. But he’s having fun while he’s at it: working with his signature “Hotline Bling” moves, Drake does take time for a dance break in a shopping mall and at a school. The video serves as a kind of early campaign piece for the return of Drake. And this time, he’s leaning fully into his soft side, distributing hugs and grins like candy. “We’re nothing without our mothers, so thank you,” a clip shows him saying to a woman at the end of the video.

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Bringing Gandhi Into Our Lives Posted by Yoav Peck, Feb 20 2018 During the week we spent together at Gandhi 3.0, I became aware of the emphasis I put on the "doing" of life, of activism. And that doing-ness has to be. The question that arose during the week is: on what basis does the doing rest, from what wellspring does the activism spring forth? In what way is the inner Yoav getting expressed in all the meetings and arrangements and army permits and sound equipment handling?? I am not a praying sort of guy. But I am connected to God in my own way -- in the forest, when sailing a small boat, and in the moments of grace between people at Sulha gatherings. But it does seem like I don't bring my reverence, my gratitude, my vision into my daily work. Not enough. So I'm now looking at possibilities for bringing my experience in India into my daily living/working. In Ahmedabad, among you ... Read Full Story

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A Revolutionary Amongst Us At Kindness In The Park Posted by Poonam Singh, Feb 19 2018 He came walking toward us. I said “Here. Please take a flower.” He said “oh wow. I will, but I have nothing to give back.” We said that is ok. There is no agenda here. It is kindness in the park. My sister Marie holds space like this regularly in the park. We call it Disruptive Kindness. He said he comes from South Africa. He had lived in the US for many years, but then he went back to his home in South Africa. He is now back in the United States just for a few days to finish up some work. He has no place to sleep, he said casually and with a big smile on his face. He said he is facing some hard times. Again that smile. He said: “Challenges are opportunities upside down, right?” You really made my day, he said. His smile got bigger. He said he would tell his family back home ... Read Full Story

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Having A Choice To Make A Choice Is A Priviledge Posted by Trupti Pandya, Feb 18 2018 We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice- Dalai Lama While I was at work yesterday at the women's rescue home, I heard a girl calling out my name out of joy saying, look didi who is here. I looked back and I saw a little girl who looked quite baffled with all the new faces around her. Her name is Aliya. She is around 3 years old. I was seeing her after a year so it took me awhile to recognize her. She is the daughter of a sister who is specially-abled. She was abused while she was staying on the streets. She delivered her baby in a public garden when she was less than twenty years of age. She was later brought to ... Read Full Story

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