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Karma Kitchen DC -- Always Open Posted by Krishna Desar, Mar 30 2020 After years of hosting Karma Kitchen DC every month, we will miss you today, for our scheduled March event! From a distance, we are sending you good vibes and solidarity to keep you and your loved ones safe and supported at home. You are probably tired of getting messages of closings and rescheduled plans. That said, we wanted to share with you that although Karma Kitchen DC is closed today, our host, Himalayan Heritage Restaurant is continuing the pay-it-forward tradition for carryout and deliveries -- from 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM everyday! If you are tired or struggling to cook at home everyday, please order your favorite dish from the regular menu and you can pay as much as you want, pay-it-forward to someone else or just tell them it has already been paid for by someone else. Karma Kitchen will cover any difference from our surplus fund. This will help you and your family/friends have a good meal and help the restaurant during this difficult, and perhaps in a small way, help keep the doors open. Thank you, and we love you! Please keep away from the corona virus, instead spread KARUNA virus. :)

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Lemonade Of Virtual Space Holding :) Posted by Preeta Bansal, Mar 28 2020 We've all heard the phrase, "When life gives us lemons, we make lemonade." In so many ways, the current coronavirus disruption of our lives is inviting us to hold new questions and perhaps it might help us arrive at a deeper consciousness, as well as a greater skillfulness in holding space for ourselves and others. Yesterday, about 40 of us circled up to dive into a conversation on the "Lemonade of Virtual Space Holding". I'm still soaking in all the insights shared -- of the challenges and opportunities that are emerging from the unique situation of so many of our spaces being shifted into a virtual sphere, as well as from the deeper "space" between civilizational stories that is emerging and that we are being asked, in part, to hold skillfully. A few excerpts from the conversation [listen here]: "I'm trying to let go of the typical in-person Awakin format ... ... Read Full Story

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Check Out The New Facebook Group: ... Posted by Caterina Arends, Mar 28 2020 Check out the new Facebook group: The Vision Holders Community. Join in, add your energies of caring, service and love in building our new world.

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I Heard Recently That Good Health ... Posted by Anup Bagla, Mar 28 2020 I heard recently that good health means ... 1. Having no fatigue 2. Having a good appetite 3. Going to sleep n waking up easily 4. Having a good memory 5. Having a good humour 6. Having precision in thought n action, not being quaky 7. Being honest 8. Humble 9. Grateful 10. Loving These are my health - goals, although I accept myself as I'm and my state of health as of now ... What about you? How healthy are you? Share any related thoughts or insights ... Do you feel you can add more points for good health or is it sufficient?

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A Branch Posted by Galia Tyano, Mar 27 2020 Like in every crisis one needs to hold the nearest branch not to be carried away by the river stream, not to drown. One has to choose carefully a branch near enough, not too thin to hold ones body weight and soul, For a long time. like in every crises eventually finding out you are a trunk. ---- dear friends, lots of love to this beautiful trunk of yours thinking of you and sending my love

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Bonnie Rose: Beyond Impermanence Posted by Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal, Mar 27 2020 [Below are Bonnie's reflections from our "How Does A Heart Of Service Respond?" conversation last week.] It's so great to see everybody -- so many familiar faces and some new faces that I haven't seen yet. And like Reverend Heng Sure, I am a preacher, so just, you know, virtually slap me or wave if I go on too long. I'll do my best to keep it short though. So in listening to all of you speak, one of the things that struck me was an earlier statement about ordinary people becoming sacred and then Preeta referenced it later. And what struck me about that is that it seems to me like it's not only ordinary people becoming sacred, but it's sacred people becoming ordinary, as well, at the same time. And it's like sacred people becoming ordinary, to me, means that we're being drawn down into our commonality and into our ... Read Full Story

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Creating Begins With Small Acts Posted by Jyoti , Mar 27 2020 If shelter-in-place is causing you anxiety, here are a few suggestions that might offer you one way out of it. Treat it as a time to reclaim your creative self - sing, dance, play or make music, paint, cook, tailor, embroider, read, write, make photo albums and collages, bake, sculpt with clay, flour, even aluminum foil, quilt, re-purpose old favorite clothes by joining square cut pieces into bags or quilted throws, knit, make jewellry, write letters, or poems, dress up and take turns to do family photo shoots, make home movies with mini biographies or personal expertise, study, enroll in an online class and learn what you always wanted to but didn’t have the time to, meditate, create a self-designed at-home retreat, have a story telling circle - real or online, try a new software to make infographics or tell a digital story, research something you are curious about, teach ... Read Full Story

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Dear Hearts, I Haven't Been Present ... Posted by Becky Jaine Suzik, Mar 27 2020 dear hearts, i haven't been present on this web site in a long time, but like so many i feel I am a servicespace traveller in the world. i am deeply inspired by what is happening in the world most days, but now with an illness known and named among us, I am even more committed to cocreating things that offer hope, peace, love and compassion.   this is an image of the current known cases of covid-19 in the world, as of 27 march 2020, a map that simultaneously attempts to tracks karuna response. i am deeply grateful for servicespace, kindspring and laddership for all you have led me to think, feel and contemplate. i included the web site link for servicspace's new web site, in case it can bring more love and awareness. i wish us all peace and karuna. becky jaine    

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Moved By Love: Kindness In Times Of "Social Distancing" Posted by Shaalini Srinivasan, Mar 27 2020 Latest issue of 'Moved By Love' newsletter is themed Kindness In Times Of "Social Distancing". From Corona to Karuna, says Jayeshbhai. How can we use this time of isolation as a journey towards a greater sense of community? As many of us struggle with disconnection, anxiety, and fear; any extraordinarily ordinary heroes are holding space for sacred connections via the innernet and internet. Bringing you some smiles from across the world!

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Heart Circles And It’s Magic Today Did ... Posted by Vidhi Desai, Mar 27 2020 Heart circles and it’s magic Today did a virtual heart circle and I am so grateful to have received so much love from around.It was a beautiful experience where the question was what are we holding and what are we letting go. After the circle I just felt so full of positivity and love.There is truly some magic when we are ready to dive deeper in our own world. Especially the pandemics has been spreading and we are all trying to spread karuna in our own little ways.Grateful to this spirit of heartists, and also grateful to this space for so much of positivity and joy.

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Soul-Full Distancing Posted by Peter Frank, Mar 27 2020 Soul-Full Distancing On Friday the 13th, of March 2020, we received a text that our elementary school and the entire district will be closed down; say goodbye to your students and we hope to return a week later. One week has turned into 2 weeks, then 3, then April 20th, now May 1st, and possibly be closed until next school year. A very discerning and stressful time for my 3rd graders, their families, my family, friends, and colleagues. If I’m honest I was an emotional mess, feeling the universal fear and uncertainty that so many have expressed. I could equate this to a butterfly effect of metamorphosis while shaking off old routines. Then on March 20th I had a Kindness Connection Virtual Meeting with Reverend Bonnie Rose and inspirational members of my church community, VCSL; and for the first time I was able to share, connect and process with others. By ... Read Full Story

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"Are You Ready To Live Gandhi's Message?" Posted by Janessa Wilder, Mar 26 2020 A couple weeks ago, I shared, "Are you ready to live Gandhi's message?" about Gandhi 3.0 and Gandhian principles and ideas to a group in Redding, California. We also had the wonderful privilege of having Lewis Elbinger--former U.S. diplomat to India and U.S. congressional candidate, discussing his "encounters with Gandhi". Below is the transcript of the evening. Welcome and good evening. It’s been an amazing few months, where I’ve had the chance to meet or talk with several of Gandhi’s grandchildren, travel to India to take part in a unique gathering called Gandhi 3.0 held near the Gandhi ashram, and to delve deeply into Gandhi’s life and message. I also think it’s so special, someone reminded me, that today is the 90th anniversary of Gandhi’s Salt March, which essentially launched the non-violent action campaign in India against British rule. And friends of mine with young folks are even tracing the steps ... Read Full Story

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Upended Posted by Lisa Fitzhugh, Mar 26 2020 Something I posted on my blog recently: Upended Upended we are. It’s the feeling of being in a small craft in big swells and then suddenly we’re all in the water. The boat we were in had given us the semblance of safety – we were still somewhat dry, oars helped us navigate. And then we’re fully immersed in open water with an instant realization that what we need to survive is now completely different. We can play this metaphor out a thousand ways. A friend asked me this week what kind of boat did I have. If the very wealthy were cruising around in large yachts with plenty of comforts, maybe she was in a trim sail boat requiring mastery of the wind to navigate. We both worried about those of us who may just have a raft like the one Tom Hanks ... Read Full Story

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The Urgency And The Call To Serve In Joyful Awareness Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Mar 25 2020 Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer thick with fumes But blue and grey and clear. They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them. They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood So that the elders may have someone to call on. Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting All over the world ... Read Full Story

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Homecoming In Corona Times Posted by Aslinur Akdeniz, Mar 25 2020 Corona has arrived while I am writing my book “Coming Back Home”. Such a timely arrival! As I am from home, it did not occur to me that it would change my rhythm. Yet it did a great deal, to my surprise. Before telling you what kind of transformations I am going through, I would like to talk about “homecoming”. As for me, it is at the center of what we have been experiencing with the arrival of corona times. The first 18 couplets of Masnavi talk about homecoming in detail through the story of the reed flute. It is cut off from the reed bed, carved hollow from the inside and burnt. We hear its complaints. It tells us the stories of separation. Let’s for a second put ourselves in its shoes. Are we aware of the separations we have been going through? If not, corona is voicing it on behalf ... Read Full Story

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