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Reflections At Awakin Ventura

Jul 11, 2019, 1 comments, 8 smiles In Ventura last night, we had an Amazing Awakin Circle and discussion on this week's reading, Not Loneliness, But Aloneness. People spoke on so many elements of the topic. Being kind to ourselves by carving out Alone time. Instead of driving home from work & immediately going inside, go out back and sit for a few moments, leaving days stress behind; then walking inside with the intention of kindfulness. Someone else says they’ll stop at red lights and use that moment to be conscious. Someone else recently moved into a new house, but hasn’t taken the time to enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature. She committed to enjoying a morning cup of tea with mindfulness and gratitude. There were so many more insights for cultivating Aloneness Consciously. Then we asked: How can we bridge Loneliness in ourselves and others? The ideas kept flowing. One is connecting to the elderly by bringing ... Read Full Story

Fourth Graders On World War III

Aug 08, 2016, 9 smiles [What an inspiration to see the ServiceSpace gang in Ventura last weekend. Here is the story I had shared with them, from my 4th grade class.] Tuesday, March 18, 2003 The US Troops prepare to invade Iraq while my 4th grade troopers march into class. Our discussion turns into the imminent war with Iraq and a child asks, "We're going to war, people are going to get killed over there. Are we going to be killed here?" Confounded by the question, I didn't how to respond. Rather spontaneously I prayed a silent prayer. As I waited for an appropriate response, a second child could not contain himself. Typically, in class, no one would speak without asking, but this kid just yelled out, "Mister Frank, Mister Frank." Before my gaze could veer in his direction, he blurted out, "If I had a war, then all the guns would shoot feathers so no one would get ... Read Full Story