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A Short Video Of Karma Kitchen Toronto Posted by Thu Nguyen, Nov 11 2019 Hello friends...thought I'd share the recent ripples up north. This time two kind souls from Baroda showed up to our Halloween lunch and gifted us this video :)

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Today Morning I Started With Giving ... Posted by Samar Sisodia, Nov 10 2019 Today Morning I started with giving sweets to the maid's 2 year son and felt quite happy seeing happiness on his face.

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Tilden Park Kindness Day In Berkeley Posted by Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal, Nov 10 2019 Today, Sunday, we began our day spreading kindness at a hike near Lake Anza in Tilden Park with Tim Huang, Tim’s mom visiting from Long Beach (California), my sweetie Anand, and new to Oakland and Awakin Circles “Sneha” (also Tim’s Stanford Univ friend). Tim’s happy ukulele and him singing “good morning, you are all loved” at the Ashby BART Station perk up our hearts with pure joy & laughter. Lake Anza's gleaming beauty and fall colors welcomed Tim, Tim’s mom and Sneha for the first time in their lives. It was a gorgeous Fall Day. The fun-kindness signs made by Tim’s mom and Sneha, spread joy to over 40 humans ( including joggers, mountain bikers, and hikers of all ages) and 15 dogs. Majestic redwood trees surrounded the path so WE had to hug one…it took 4 of us stretching our arms out to hug Mrs. Redwood. Families' energies shifted to laughter and ... Read Full Story

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From A Conversation At A Gas Station Posted by Bradley Stoll, Nov 09 2019 A few months back, I drove down to Tijuana to visit Pancho and spend time with the community at the US-Mexico border, where he has been volunteering. In the spirit of connecting with others, and cultivating trust, I had wanted to see if I could make it down without using any of my own money. At a gas station, one young man, Isaac, offered, "All I can do is $40, but I really want to help you." It was amazing. As we got talking, I learned that he makes short documentaries and is all about communities and connections! Couple months later, he had made this 10-min film -- featuring some familiar faces (:

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Awakin Circle, Smiles After Tears Posted by Shyam Gupta, Nov 08 2019 Smiles after tear-filled Awakin Circle. It began with an hour of silence., which we all cherished and enjoyed. (The lighting of the candle as suggested by Aditi, was a hit.) The theme of Compassion as contained in the Awakin reading was very touching and moved us to the core. The sharings somehow ( probably the theme was so powerful) became so intense, the sharings started pouring out from the heart and all the eyes were moist. It became so intense, breaks of a minute of silence were taken. My Apologies, as I may have missed out on many sharings , as I was deeply moved emotionally and was in tears for a large part of the circle sharings myself. Karan read out his own translated Hindi version of the reading and shared his views on compassion. Aditi shared how lately after undergoing different phases of her journey, she has developed compassion for her family and ... Read Full Story

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My Soul Has A Hat (Poem) Posted by Smita Navare, Nov 07 2019 This lovely poem was written by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist. He was one of the founders of Brazilian modernism. I counted my years & realized that I have Less time to live by, Than I have lived so far. I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure, But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely. I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done. I no longer have the patience To stand absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up. My time is too short: I want the essence, my spirit is in a hurry. I do not have much candy In the package anymore. I want to live next to humans, very realistic people who know How to laugh ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Shelly Ehler's Call Posted by LuAnn Cooley, Nov 06 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Shelly Ehler. Shelly Ehler may be best known for her successful appearance on Shark Tank, but her lesser-known story of turning failure on its head is one of inner transformation. Shelly appeared on ABC's reality TV show in 2012, in which an entrepreneur seeks an investment from five venture capitalists who happily call themselves "sharks." Shelly is the only entrepreneur in the show's 11 seasons to have left with a check in her hand for her creation. Having lost her home from the recession, Shelly viewed her success as nothing short of a miracle. But nothing quite worked out. The business deal fell through and she never received the investment. But following the show’s airing, Shelly heard from thousands of people that she’d given them reason to believe in themselves. As she began reexamining her story, she saw that her ... Read Full Story

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Reconsidering Community Service Posted by Joan Caldarera, Nov 06 2019 [Volunteer hours have been a longstanding graduation requirement at many high schools, but does it really tap into the spirit of service? SF Waldorf High recently removed the requirement, and this proposal, the basis for that decision, explains why.] "Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled — this is one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future: that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty." —Rudolf Steiner Why do we ask the students to do community service? What is the pedagogical intention behind the request? Certainly, we are hoping to awaken our students to the world around them in a very real way that involves putting thought into action: doing something. To the degree the students devote themselves to work ... Read Full Story

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David Bonbright: Sustainable Social Change And Posted by Preeta Bansal, Nov 06 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'David Bonbright: Sustainable Social Change And PhilanthropyReflection questions: Can you recall a time when, in order to become an "effective giver", you engaged in the slow work of deep listening and relationship-building with the receiver? How did the focus on relationship transform the interaction and the intervention?

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Halloween Posted by Ameeta Martin, Nov 05 2019 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Halloween Kindness. Children have a natural instinct to care for others. Interestingly, as the study below shows, this kindness instinct diminishes after the age of 11 as children become more aware of social norms and act less instinctively. With age, kids learn that success is more valued than people and are socialized to view kindness as "weak". Let's embrace the strength of our natural instincts. - Ameeta

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