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Karuna News: Karuna News: One Small Change Posted by KarunaVirus , Apr 29 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!When we think of the daunting challenges facing our world today, it can feel insurmountable. Yet when we glean stories of innovative accomplishments, what often doesn't make it to the storyline are the ordinary, daily efforts of showing up and doing one's small part, even when it seems insignificant. Author Annie Dillard writes, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Oftentimes, simply acting on one's heartstrings to extend a helping hand can unlock incredible potential across time. This week, we look at everyday heroes -- from nurses to students, strangers to restaurant owners -- who simply showed up to a heartfelt inspiration to make one small change that could brighten the day of another.Read the full newsletter here ...

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Nuggets From Jonathan Greenberg's Call Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Apr 26 2021 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Jonathan Greenberg. Jonathan Greenberg co-founded the Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, which disseminates the teachings of Dr. King and Gandhi, aiming to advance the theory and practice of transformational nonviolence—to "powerfully confront and overcome injustice and systemic violence and contribute to the just resolution of communal conflict." His co-founder is Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s strategic adviser from 1960 until Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, who spent countless hours with Dr. King “in crisis and action, negotiation and decision, intimate conversation and prayer.” Greenberg previously spent more than 30 years researching, writing, and teaching, primarily at Stanford. His teaching stood out for its direct, experiential formats in which students often holed up together to negotiate peace. “This is the space where I come alive, in those moments of true connection, soul to ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Awakin Talks Conversation With Dr. Arun Posted by Jignasha Pandya, Apr 26 2021 Last weekend we had the opportunity of hosting Awakin Talks with Dr. Arun Sharma. Dr. Arun Sharma is the founder of the International Institute of Mahayoga and Natural Hygiene (IMANAH). He has guided and inspired hundreds of people around the globe to lead healthy lives based on the natural sciences and drawing from the ancient Indian Vedic wisdom. Rahul opened the call with this thought from the Bhagvad Gita which is the Arjun Vishad (despondency) Yoga, which talks about Arjuna’s despondent state of mind and how Krishna guides him to synthesize that into yoga. Dr. Arun Sharma is one such person who has lived and continues to live many such experiments of alchemy where you try to draw some synchronization with the inner laws of nature and convert this despondency into yoga. And, with that he opened with this Shanti mantra (peace prayer) from Keno Upanishad ॐ आप्यायन्तु ममाङ्गानि वाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः श्रोत्रमथो बलमिन्द्रियाणि च सर्वाणि। सर्वम् ब्रह्मोपनिषदम् ... Read Full Story

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“Would You Like Answers With Your Chai?” Posted by Mindyjourney , Apr 25 2021 “Would You Like Answers With Your Chai?” KindSpring/ServiceSpace friend - KMbhai, was featured in an article recently about his RTI work. (Grateful that the article is in English, so I can understand!) MisterM and I visited the rebuilt tea stall that was burned in 2015, on our India journey of Oct/Nov 2019. MisterM even helped make the bubbling pot of chai :). We felt honored to meet and share chai with KMbhai’s brave contingency of tea stall owners and supporters. So proud of KMbhai and his effective endeavors to help people find the justice they are entitled to receive. Remember, my kind friends, our KindSpring community has encouraged and supported Kmbhai throughout his initiatives, so we share in his efforts as well. We wish him continued success in all of his social initiatives. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 🙏 WOULD YOU LIKE ANSWERS WITH YOUR CHAI? - April 20, 2021 by Devyani Nighoskar https://newint.org/features/2021/04/20/would-you-answers-your-chai From his tea stall in ... Read Full Story

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Nuggets From Nandini Murali's Call Posted by Chris Johnnidis, Apr 23 2021 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Nandini Murali. In spring 2017, Nandini Murali, a South Indian journalist and author, returned to an eerily quiet home and an unfathomable reality: T.R. Murali, one of the most prominent urologists in India and her beloved husband of 33 years, had ended his own life. “Space dissolved,” writes Nandini. “Time stood still. The axis of my life heaved, cracked and split.” It was the beginning of a spiraling journey that would plunge her world into darkness and the unique bereavement process for survivors of suicide, with its subtle and overt forms of social blaming and shaming. But in the wake of her overwhelming loss, Nandini refused to succumb to the paralysis of shame. Drawing upon her spiritual training and feminist consciousness, Nandini charted a path to change the conversation around suicide, cultivating awareness instead of stigma to break the taboos, ... Read Full Story

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