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Karuna News: Karuna News: Strangers As Family

May 05, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!A silver lining of challenging times is the expansive capacity of ordinary individuals to unleash the human spirit. When faced with adversity, the impulse to close oneself off from others can arise; yet, there is also a deep-rooted inclination to show up in support of a fellow human being. Across the globe and across the pandemic, we have been witness to an array of everyday people who open their hearts to see strangers as family. This week -- across generations and religions, amid India's devastating covid spike and despite a baker's uncertainty of keeping his small business afloat -- we witness how the domino effect of caring is immeasurable, but palpably regenerative.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: One Small Change

Apr 29, 2021, 1 comments 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 ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Intertwining Roots

Apr 21, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Every thought, every word, and each action we generate in the world carries a unique ripple. Sometimes, we can trace the path of thought to action, of word to speech, or of action into the impact it splashes into the world. But, more often than not, such a tapestry is impossible to trace; it weaves its roots organically, often unnoticed by the business and bustle of our day to day lives. This week, we decelerate and zoom into small inflection points that unveil the strength of our intertwining roots. From a teen exchange that connects youth from disparate backgrounds to an eco-conscious designer's face masks that literally bloom into flowers when discarded on the ground, to a hotel that opened its doors to people sleeping on the streets, and more -- this week's newsletter invites us to take a closer look at the resilience that arises from our inextricable shared humanity.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Boundless Potential

Apr 14, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!"To see things in the seed, that is genius," ancient philosopher, Lao Tzu, once said. So often, we rush about our days harvesting the "fruits" of efforts. Yet, the bounty of fruits is proportional to the quality of soil, water, sun and fertile conditions for seeds to take root. Sometimes, the simple kindness of a thoughtful word, an attentive presence, or an agendaless offering can unlock a vast strand of infinite potential slumbering in our midst. This week's stories remind us to keep an eye for possibility, and a heart of caring, in all the configurations of situations and people that come our way. As the five stories illuminate: something boundlessly beautiful might just bloom.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: An Infinite Dance

Apr 07, 2021, 3 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!"If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper," Thich Nhat Hanh once shared, indicating how rain from the clouds nurtured trees whose fibers composed that sheet of paper. As we walk through the world, every moment, every action, every word, every thought dominos into the next. Like a cascading waterfall, the borders of our lives spill into one another, converging, expanding, and flowing forward with time. In the process, small, unassuming gestures of goodwill become the glowing throughline of our human spirit. Looking at an image of our planet from afar, astrophysicist Carl Sagan famously wrote, "The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena ... To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." This week's feature stories take a closer look at the profound possibilities that surface when hearts dance to the tune of our infinite interconnections.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: All-Encompassing Friendships

Mar 31, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, often forming through chance encounters and blossoming in ways we would never have predicted. Over the past year of pandemic, it's become strikingly clear how small, simple gestures of care can make a world of difference. This week, our feature stories highlight unexpected forms of kinship that make the world go round -- and the understated ways in which we transform each other's lives.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Horse In The Hospital?! And

Mar 24, 2021, 9 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In moments of fragility, an encouraging word, a helping hand, or simply a receptive presence can make a world of difference. Whether enduring terminal illness or encountering an unexpected hiccup in plans, whether child or adult or horse -- this week's stories invite us to tap into the shining ways a simple, comforting gesture of understanding can make someone's world go round.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Presence Of Hope

Mar 17, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Studies have shown that heart rates synchronize when two or more people trust each other or sing together. Around the world, the past year of pandemic has strikingly reminded us how deeply we are all connected, and how vital it is to be to lift each other up. This week's feature stories invite us to witness the power of being "a presence of hope and compassion" for others, with whatever we have -- whether in showing up for dozens of abandoned cats, quietly feeding thousands without even owning a car to transport groceries, finding creative ways to visit an isolated parent, pivoting school chemistry lab into home kitchens, or offering an impromptu world-class music performance for strangers!Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Dance Of Giving And Receiving

Mar 10, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out! This week, we take a look at the often ineffable dance between giving and receiving. When a man sells his car to a young father for hundreds less than his asking price, could he have foreseen that, several years later, the man who bought his car would sell his own condo to the lowest bidder, remembering his kindness? From housing to food to education to art, this week's stories carry the resounding reminder that the ripples unleashed by a small act of care can never be underestimated. Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Between Self And Others

Mar 03, 2021, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out! We often think of states of "flow" as occurring while focused in a sports game or immersed in the creation of music or art, but can flow arise in small, everyday interactions? This week's stories invite us to look at tremendous yet "ordinary" instances of social emergence -- the kind that happens when the boundary between self and others blur into a deeper sense of solidarity and interconnection. From a woman who responds to losing her job by feeding others, to volunteers who literally read books to animals, to a plumber who drove across country to help strangers with burst water pipes, and so much more -- perhaps tuning into a state of flow involves not so much one's level of genius, but an everyday capacity to open our hearts. Read the full newsletter here ...