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In The Language Of Rumi -- Nipun In Iran Posted by Amir Imani, May 24 2020 In case you'd like to hear Nipun in Persian ... see below. What a joy to slowly plant seeds in Iran, for our shared values, in an incredibly tense climate of fear. [And the English flyer. :)]

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Nuggets From Mukta Panda's Call Posted by Kozo Hattori, May 23 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Mukta Panda. Physician burnout, depression, and suicide are tearing at our health care system, which Dr. Mukta Panda has witnessed firsthand and sought to address for years as a physician and medical educator. As a mother, she has committed – and sometimes failed – to balance the personal with the professional. And as an immigrant, she has clung to the wisdom of her family and faith in the face of discrimination and fear. By weaving stories of patients, students, and colleagues with her own stories of belonging, she models how we can each thrive by creating community and self-awareness. "Ritual, relationships, and reflection are key threads in how I learned to thrive," Dr. Panda writes in her new book, Resilient Threads. Self-care and well-being of health care professionals is particularly relevant during this time, and Dr. Panda developed a new ... Read Full Story

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12 Year-Old Sews Hundreds Of Masks And Feeds Strangers Posted by Amritha Mandagondi, May 23 2020 Children and magic almost always go hand in hand. In their pure magic lies their honesty, imagination and love. One day, on our journey with KarunaVirus, we received a message from the aunt of 12 year-old Laksha Shroff from Atlanta, Georgia. The message spoke about how the child’s spirit of service and love for communities has made her an everyday hero. Somewhere between homework, school and exams, she has been sewing masks along with her mother while her father and brother are distributing them. The money raised is donated to a local nonprofit by the name Tilman House Charity. Her day starts early and goes deep into the nights just so she can meet the demand and the deadlines. She named her project ‘Happily Ever After’ as she truly believes that the end to every story is always in bright light in spite of some absence of light along the way. We ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Ramachandra Guha's Call Posted by Preeta Bansal, May 23 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Ramachandra Guha, moderated by the amazing Rajni Bakshi (herself a Gandhian scholar and activist). Ramachandra (Ram) Guha is a world-class historian, biographer, journalist, and public intellectual. Among his works is a comprehensive two-volume biography on Gandhi: Gandhi Before India (2014) and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World (2018). His earlier work, India after Gandhi, was selected a book of the year by The Economist, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and a book of the decade by the Times of London. Trained as an economist, Ram was deeply moved by leaders of the environmental movement who practiced Gandhian philosophy, which Ram came to see as a healthier alternative to certain Marxist views popular at the time. "It just emerged ... that Gandhi was with me everywhere,” he says. “And I finally decided I must settle accounts ... Read Full Story

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HeART Circle London: "How Is Your Heart Doing?" Posted by Trupti Pandya, May 23 2020 Art offers sanctuary to everyone willing to open their Hearts as well as their Eyes Last Sunday, Vidhi and I got an invitation to do our first HeART circle with the London community through art. With the uncertainty hovering around us, this was an opportunity to come together and ask, how each ones heart was doing. It was a family circle so we had kids and adults coming together. Before the circle started, we could see the kids ready with their art material and ready to jump in the pool of paints. It was an opportunity for us to learn from the little teachers to shed inhibitions and bring authenticity. Trishna di started the circle with a minute of silence and warmly welcomed Vidhi to lead us through a super fun icebreaker where we mentally painted different parts of our faces one by one with our favorite colors. This opened up the doors ... Read Full Story

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Awakin Knowingly/ Unknowingly Reaping Acts Of Kindness Posted by Shyam Gupta, May 21 2020 Awakin Circles knowingly/unknowingly reaping acts of kindness. Yesterday we had an Awakin Circle with friends from Delhi NCR, Gujarat , Mumbai and some as far away as Barcelona. That is the power of Online circles as it has made the world look so small. Some were there for the first time, having heard about it from their friends. The reading being “ To Find something don’t look for it”, was read and we started sharing our reflections. The reflections ranged from the Voice Of Goenka ji in Vipassana Meditations , to finding a beautiful job when stopped looking for it , to going with the flow not looking for anything, to just enjoying the reflections as just having finished reading the book of this author and many more. Just then Mala ji, one of the older participants, shared a startling happening. She mentioned how she had received a call from someone who had ... Read Full Story

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Karuna News: 6,000 Strangers Apart And Together Posted by Jasky Sor, May 20 2020 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!As Spring quietly slips into Summer, we're more apart and together than ever. Even quarantine can't quiet a 6,000-person choir. Across 100+ countries, tens of thousands sign up to be exposed to coronavirus, to help science. To help with faith, last week, religious leaders called for a global day of prayer. In Delhi, the dramatic shift from gray to blue skies reminds us of the power of daily habits at scale. As does a retired farmer -- whose habit of kindness unexpectedly ricochets into an award ceremony for his long-pending bachelor's degree! Opportunities for compassion are everywhere we turn -- even on KarunaVirus. Say hello to KV India!Read the full newsletter here ...

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Mukta Panda: Resilience Of Health Care Professionals Posted by Kozo Hattori, May 20 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mukta Panda: Resilience Of Health Care ProfessionalsReflection questions: What self-care and relationship strategies offer you resilience and recharging, and how can you support health care professionals during this time?

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Beyond Posted by Ameeta Martin, May 19 2020 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Beyond Perfection. Human beings are capable of great feats, incredible ways of contributing to our families, and communities. And yet at the same time, we can also be really messy, and bump up against each other's shortcomings. Our lofty ideals of perfection about ourselves and of others may be setting us up for failure. Perhaps it is not so much perfection that we should aim for, but simply just compassion. --Guri

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Quarantine Changed My Relationship With Cooking! Posted by Poonam Singh, May 18 2020 As a busy mom of three, I often felt I never had a enough time to cook for my family. We would have a pretty decent breakfast in the morning, like steal cut oats with berries, but then lunch came around and I usually just grazed all day sort of mindlessly, and then in the evening I would be SO TIRED that it was almost impossible to organize dinner. I was cooking to get through it and hopefully getting something reasonably healthy on the table. So as the quarantine started, I adjusted like the rest of us and started flowing with whatever was showing up. I did feel a lot of relief when my schedule slowed down and didn't have to run around as much, and something did open within me (and I recognize that this isn't the case for many). Something miraculous happened! I started to really enjoy cooking for the ... Read Full Story

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