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Laddership News: Laddership News: Love Blooms In The Posted by Jane Murray, Jul 16 2017 This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. July's newsletter takes us on a journey into love: how our alumni hold the space for it to arise in missions, inquiries and in the simple acts that seem to be its hidden doors.

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Inspiring Link Posted by Somik Raha, Jul 15 2017 Deeply inspired by this conversation between Oprah and Thich Nhat Hanh. I loved his four mantras!

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Compassionate Clowning Posted by Greg Acuna, Jul 15 2017 I wanted to share with you "The Anatomy of Laughter" a beautiful documentary made by Shiv Verma at the National Institute of Design here in India. I find it quite powerful, but I am biased since the I'm one of the clowns featured in it. :) Hope you all enjoy it...and pass it on. Compassionate Clowning is an amazing experience...and one I hope more people will try.

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Still Moved By Generosity Of Unknown Posted by Ritesh Gohil, Jul 14 2017 Still Moved by generosity of unknown How can a friend be unknown? here friend becomes unknown, he/she or may be a group of friends paid for the educational field trip which happened in 2010, during my master's studies in the University. It was the second semester, mass media studies. A field trip to gain a better understanding of the rural setup was organised. I along with another friend, was excited but little worried. after few days of research and planning, a place was selected, commutation was planned and the stay was arranged, till here everything was exciting and fancy and interesting. Last part, calculation of expense per person was left, that was a little decisive factor of our participation in the trip. Finally, that also done, and which had created big question mark for our participation. From next day onwards students started paying. Now for me and my other friend situation was getting ... Read Full Story

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What Is Service Fundamentalism? Posted by Somik Raha, Jul 13 2017 This week's Awakin was an excerpt from a remarkable blog post on service fundamentalism by Zilong Wang: The False Duality Between Work and Service. The comments in response are equally remarkable. Jagdish Dave writes, "There are many faces of work. No one face is better than the other face. The face that looks down on other faces is not a service face. Humility is an integral part of service." David Doane shares, "What makes service virtuous is it being done freely, done out of choice. Obligation is toxic. The setting doesn't matter. That is, it doesn't matter whether a person is on the job or unemployed or what kind of job a person has. What matters is where the service is coming from. Service out of obligation or rule lacks virtue and may even be toxic, and service out of free choice is virtuous and healthy." Vaibhav ... Read Full Story

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Just Read This Amazing Story Of ... Posted by Somik Raha, Jul 13 2017 Just read this amazing story of 80 people forming a human chain in the water to save a drowning family in Florida: A Riptide Swept Away A Florida Family Then Beachgoers Formed A Human Chain [...] Six members of a single family [the Ursreys] — four adults and two young boys — and four other swimmers had been swept away by powerful and deceptive rip currents churning below the water’s surface. [...] There was no lifeguard on duty, and law enforcement on the scene had opted to wait for a rescue boat. People on the beach had no rescue equipment, only boogie boards, surf boards and their arms and legs. “Form a human chain!” they started shouting. On shore, the human chain began forming, first with just five volunteers, then 15, then dozens more as the rescue mission grew more desperate. Jessica and Derek Simmons swam past the 80 or so human links, some who ... Read Full Story

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Coming Soon: Karma Kitchen Pop-Up On August 12th In Posted by Ani Devlia, Jul 13 2017 Following a heart-opening Karma Kitchen pop-up in March this year, we're hosting another Karma Kitchen on the evening of Saturday, August 12th, as part of the Summer of Change Festival at The Canvas Cafe! We know many folks in the ServiceSpace community know others in London who might like to come along that evening and experience "growing in generosity" first-hand, so please do feel free to share the invitation below with them. You're all invited to join in at Karma Kitchen at The Canvas Cafe (just off Brick Lane in Central London) on August 12th. Run by volunteers, at Karma Kitchen our meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift. To complete the full circle of giving and sustain this experiment, guests make contributions in the spirit of pay-it-forward to those who will come after them. In keeping this chain going, the generosity ... Read Full Story

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Clair Brown: How Would Buddha Teach Economics? Posted by Kozo Hattori, Jul 13 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Clair Brown: How Would Buddha Teach Economics?Reflection questions: Our guest this week believes that mainstream economics is founded on the misguided notion that more consumption is better, and that more and more material wealth leads to well-being in all circumstances. What are the most salient factors contributing to your personal well-being?

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An Unexpected Friend At Our Awakin Circle Posted by Neeti S W, Jul 10 2017 It was yet another Tuesday. My favorite day of the week, since its Awakin Day for our local community on the outskirts of Pune. As is my regular practice, I finish up cooking in the first half of the day, then tidy up the kitchen, and close with the rest of the daily chores. On this day, 10 people had RSVP'd and everything was planned accordingly. Then, at 4PM, I got a call from an attendee saying that he 7 visitors from Chandigarh are coming! I was suddenly flustered -- what to do now? It's already past 4PM and I'm not sure how to cook for 7 more people. As I try to be still, my neighbor Chumiki (also a regular at Awakin) calls for some small issue and asks, "Can I make pulav (a rice dish) for the evening?" It was as if the universe was listening in. I tell her ... Read Full Story

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Counting Our Blessings Posted by Somik Raha, Jul 10 2017 The Third Awakin Kids and Parents Circle ushered us into peak summer with joy and stillness. Harshida aunty invited each child to ring the gong and then as a group, we listened intently to the last reverberations. Not a child spoke, there was total silence in the space. I am continually amazed to see how well this has worked as an introduction to meditation for the young ones. As usual, we swayed to Nimo's song and the parents transitioned into their circle, while the children cooled down in the heat with water balloons and water fun! Here is Sriram helping with the water balloons. And here is one of our children cooling down with a bucket: And here are all the children in the backyard: Our children made pizza and lemonade: I loved the big and deep smiles going around: In the parents' circle, we had several reflections. I reflected on a time of blessings, having just ... Read Full Story

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Airport Giftivism :) Posted by Fran Faraz, Jul 10 2017 Last week, my husband and I were coming back from an out-of-town, and we had quite an encounter at the airport! :) At the airport counter, the young woman in front of us was checking in her baggage and realized that she had brought her Costco card instead of her real credit card! Embarrassed and frustrated, she didn't know what to do. My husband asked her what was wrong, and upon hearing her story, he instantly pulled out his credit card and said, "Don't worry, we'll cover you." While crying, the young woman asked me for our address so she could pay us back. Of course, I didn't want to miss my opportunity to practice Giftivism :), and I told her to Pay-it-Forward! :) Upon hearing that, she asked me if we could hug, and all of us found ourselves filled with joy and sharing happy smiles! The lady at the airport ... Read Full Story

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Laddership Interns Week 4: Wisdom Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Jul 09 2017 In Week 4 of our Summer Internship, the interns were asked to drop into their own wisdom. They did this by doing 20(!) minutes of silence in the morning and night, practicing mindfulness and doing RAOKs every day, and reflecting on their current and future day every night. From there we had some beautiful reflections on our Interns Feed, and in the spirit of brewing that collective tea, the call began! Amit opened by asking an open, but important question: "How are you doing right now? What's at the top of your mind?" Apurva began by saying that he was enjoying sitting in silence! "It allows you to tune out, all the noise and things going on." And he felt that things were surprisingly okay! Amit commented that he could feel how well Apurva was doing through his smile :) Maya was enjoying a beautiful sunset in Utah, after going around national parks for a ... Read Full Story

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