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My favorite book is ...Wherever You Go, There You Are
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Aug 05, 2018, 1 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Daya Devi-Doolin. Rev. Daya Devi-Doolin is the co-founder, with her husband Chris, of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary International, a center established in in Deltona, Florida in 1989 that offers alternative modalities of healing and Gentle Hatha Yoga, including free yoga classes to the community. Rev. Doolin has assisted thousands of clients through workshops, lectures, radio shows, books, interviews, personal coaching and healings globally for 30 plus years. She is the author of eight books, including Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community and The Only Way Out Is In: The Secrets of the 14 Realms to Love, Happiness and Success!. Rev. Doolin draws on her rich personal background in helping people to see a better, healthier life for themselves. Having suffered under a physically abusive marriage for 10 years, she learned about and now transmits ... Read Full Story
Aug 01, 2018 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Daya Devi-Doolin: All I Need To Know Is InsideReflection questions: Our guest this week has been guided by inner spirit and personal life practices in overcoming abuse and homelessness, and now is a successful author, teacher and speaker who gives back to her community via free yoga classes and other healing modalities. What tools have enabled you to overcome deep distress and crisis or trauma in your life, or to access your "inner knowing"?
Jan 05, 2018, 14 smiles "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead Planting Trees: How One Man Single-Handedly Saved His Village, One Seedling at a Time A few excerpts... Since 1996, Sadiman, a farmer in Dali hamlet, Indonesia, has been encouraging local residents to plant more trees on nearby Gendol Hill in an attempt to curb a severe water crisis that used to regularly hit the village, especially during the dry season. [...] Realising that somebody had to do something about this, Sadiman started to plant trees in the devastated forest area. He has been planting trees on the 100 hectares of the forest land for the last 21 years — and he has been doing this by himself. [...] Non-stop since the early 1990s, Sadiman has kept on planting trees and taking care of them to ensure they grow strong and healthy. Thanks to his persistent hard work, the forest has started to recover, and indeed thrive. More and more springs and streams have been revitalised to provide a reliable water supply for the villages at the foot of Mount Lawu.
Nov 20, 2017, 7 comments, 20 smiles It’s been a little over a week now since I started my residency at Banyan Grove. My experience so far can be summed up by one word: polarity. There has been fullness and emptiness - I’ve witnessed this property full of people during the first Awakin Circle the day after we moved in, and since then I’ve been mostly alone with my one house-mate, Joserra. There has been sound and silence - Joserra has been silent since Wednesday, so much of the time the only sounds I hear are my own. There has been activity and stillness - this house is still undergoing some minor renos and repairs and updates, and so at times there are workers being very active and noisy, and when they leave, there is a palpable tranquility. There has been warm and cold - until today, the heat was only working upstairs, creating two very distinct ... Read Full Story
Nov 15, 2017, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jonathan Rose: Well-Tempered Cities That Harmonize HumansReflection questions: Our guest this week is developer and visionary philanthropist who is recognized for creating urban communities that literally heal both residents and neighborhoods; he believes we can design and reshape our cities to equalize their landscape of opportunity and to allow resilience, adaptability, well-being, and harmony with nature. What are the elements of civic and community life that in your experience promote human flourishing?
Oct 23, 2017, 10 comments, 37 smiles What a joy to be with all of you at yesterday Banyan Grove Blessing Ceremony. It felt like being present for the birth of something auspicious. A little hint that we're all headed in the right direction... when Rev. Heng Sure and I crossed the Richmond Bridge Toll Plaza, we found that our toll was paid by the vehicle in front of us! We, of course, paid it forward. :) Rev. Heng Sure and I wrote some lyrics to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun" which we performed at the Ceremony. There is a house in West Marin They call it Banyan Grove Blessings flow to kindred souls Who find its treasure trove Yes in this house called Banyan Grove Where kindness’ rivers run Redwood trees and smiles that heal Enliven everyone You plant a seed and watch it grow Then water it with care And when the kindness blossoms show You spread them everywhere Here the famous Swami came Across the ... Read Full Story
Aug 17, 2017, 11 smiles [Below are some of the thoughts I shared at yesterday's Awakin Circle, followed by the song Pass it Along.] Every time that we breathe, we are exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide. What exactly is that carbon dioxide? Those are little pieces of us, little burnt up pieces of us that we don't need anymore. We send them out there with every breath. Few years ago, Tyler Volk at New York University wanted to figure out exactly how many carbon atoms do we release with every exhale? Turns out to be a half a billion trillion carbon atoms with each exhale. That's a five followed by 20 zeroes. That's a lot of little pieces of us that we breathe out every single exhale, right? So then the next step was for him to figure out, "Okay, so how far do these travel, and then how far do I need to travel to encounter one ... Read Full Story