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Karuna News: Unsung Leadership Lessons

Oct 20, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!We often picture leaders at the front of a group, charting new territories for others to follow. Yet there are countless leaders whose efforts take place in the back of the room, or the bottom of a configuration. Their often invisible contributions spark dormant seeds of possibility in the hearts of others, whose unscripted ripples can alchemize into the fabric of a community, becoming impossible to trace back to one single initiator. Around the globe, these stories remind us of the collective strength that lies in the distributed constellations of goodwill behind many unsung heroes.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: How Kindness Boosts Resiliency

Oct 13, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!What we already know is that acting kindly makes us feel good, but how exactly? In this week’s Karuna News, this fact is backed by neuroscience confirming that not only do acts of kindness have a contagious effect, but they also produce a warm glow that shows up in our brain’s reward system. This extraordinary effect is witnessed in practice in a diverse community in NYC's Bronx, where college students document pandemic stories of locals with surprising findings: unprecedented adversity gave rise to resounding resilience. We trace this phenomenon further away to a riverside restaurant in Thailand that transformed floods into a community dining experience, to a legally blind marathon runner and her guides in Minnesota, and to 50 thousand people who responded to a tweet from a father in England sharing his autistic teen’s simple birthday wish to make new friends. This and many more stories this week are a striking proof that one act of kindness can have a seismic ripple effect across the universe.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Not Your Typical Grocery Run

Oct 06, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!It was Hippocrates who once famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This week, we travel around the world and witness the power of the spirit of generosity through food. In Poland, an ingenious farmer opens up a self-service mini grocery store along a footpath frequented by hikers. He leaves nothing more than a price tag for each item on sale and puts immense trust in strangers’ ability to pay an honest price for items that they pick up such as jams, berries and fresh juices. In neighboring Netherlands, a chain of grocery stores adds chat boxes at checkout counters. These are cleverly designed spaces for extending conversations with the elderly to combat loneliness that has been exacerbated by the pandemic’s intermittent lockdowns. In the US, where a staggering 17 million children reportedly go without food frequently, a rapper ... Read Full Story

Karuna News: Sightings Of Resilience

Sep 29, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!There is no place on earth where the Covid-19 pandemic has not affected daily life. From citizens in wealthy countries to those in low-income nations, we are all united in collective, global expressions of resilience across this difficult period in our world’s history. This week, we meet French native, Colette Maze, a centenarian who has been playing the piano for 102 years. Since her birth 107 years ago, Colette has witnessed two world wars; her hopeful message to the world is a nod to the power of remaining youthful at heart and seeing the potential of any situation. This message is further demonstrated by bold kindnesses around the world. We travel to Thailand, where taxi rooftops turn into tiny gardens growing vegetables for economically stranded drivers, and then to Ontario, Canada, where we are touched by an unlikely bond between a homeless man and a woman who spontaneously offered him shelter in her backyard. These and more stories are shining glimpses of how citizens around the world are rebuilding communities, one kind act at a time.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: It's All About The Food

Sep 15, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!This week, our Karuna News headlines are all about food. We witness the magical coming together of people all around the world over a shared meal, or in the case of prisoners in Italy receiving ice cream from the Pope himself! Across the pond from Italy, survivors of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans are treated to home-cooked meals by local chefs, nourishing their bellies and hearts with warmth on dark days spent without electricity. Further away in India, we learn about local residents’ efforts to turn food waste into power energy, and then we travel back back to the West Coast of the US where we learn about neighbors joining hands to clean their streets of trash in a movement that is now spread across LA. These are little glimpses of the sprinklings of compassion that are being served in generous helpings and expressed through the spirit of community service.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: All Kinds Of News

Sep 08, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out! At a time when there seems to be no shortage of reports of catastrophes around the world, there's also no shortage of shining instances of human resilience, solidarity and compassion. Amid Hurricane Ida, New Orleans nurses voluntarily stay overnight in the hospital, away from their own families, to care for premature babies. When a deaf dog is caught in a storm drain, firefighters tirelessly cut through pavement and pipes to her rescue. A delivery driver in Canada works overtime to create a library for children in his hometown in Ghana. At the level of systems, Scotland readies to trial 4-day work weeks to boost mental health as, this past summer, WHO certified China as malaria-free. In the backdrop of a world witness to a buffet of crises, from climate to pandemic to the plight of refugees and beyond, we are humbled to hold an eye towards these constellations of faith in humanity that lie in our simple capacity to care for one another. Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Sheep Hearts, Musician Lifesavers, Bike

Sep 01, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!What does it mean to be free? In this week’s Karuna News, we travel to Germany and celebrate refugee women’s success in learning how to ride bicycles, an exercise that had been dangerous in their home countries and many had been forbidden to do growing up. In New York, we are moved by a wealthy couple’s decision to pay off their employees’ student loans, freeing 83 individuals from the burden of debt. These stories share a common theme of personal freedom and how it emerges across a large spectrum of compassionate acts towards oneself or towards others.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Spontaneous Compassion

Aug 25, 2021, 1 comments, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Imagine giving away your hard-earned Olympic silver medal. In this week’s Karuna News, we are humbled by extraordinary acts of generosity expressed by people all over the world, in the face of an infant's heart defect, a humanitarian crisis, and even from a life-saving cat! We travel from Poland to Afghanistan to Scotland and neighboring England and bear witness to the incredible resilience through which spontaneous acts of compassion emerge naturally in all living beings.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: The Quiet Potential Of Yes

Aug 18, 2021, 1 comments Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In our Karuna News this week, we discover how simply saying yes to kindness has the potential to bear unexpected ripples that travel around the world touching thousands, or millions of lives. In Albany, New York, we are touched by a story about a small movement that began as a community fridge to feed neighborhoods with limited access to food that was later expanded as a global movement dubbed "Global Community Fridge Networks," helping to feed more people around the world. In Malawi, we learn about a young musician who put her career on hold to begin a community-education program to help combat Covid-19 misinformation while also distributing hand-made face masks. These and many more stories are a gentle nudge towards saying a quiet "yes" to kindness and then acting upon it boldly.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: The Talent Of Kindness

Aug 11, 2021, 1 comments, 2 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In this week’s Karuna News, we explore the value of honoring our abilities and what it means to show kindness through openly sharing talents to inspire others to live fully. We are touched by the story of musician Yoko Sen who, after a stint in a hospital bed decided to create soothing nature and human sounds to replace hospital machine sounds and give patients a sense of interconnectedness with the rest of the world. We also witness a different kind of inspiration from an Olympian, now dubbed a crotchet influencer for his public display of the skill to calm himself before taking the stage while promoting and raising funds for a medical cause close to his heart. These are a few of this week’s global ripples of human kindness.Read the full newsletter here ...