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Mister Roger's Message Of Love

Jul 20, 2018 The release of the Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? calls to mind the essential message of Rogers' long-running children's program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Fred McFeely Rogers, who died in 2003, was also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Over the course of three decades on public broadcasting, he brought to millions of children what his faith's General Assembly referred to as "unconditional love." [Full Story]

A Heartmindfulness Revolution

Jul 19, 2018, 1 smiles From a young age, the current mode of education encourages us to develop our intellects and to find success by getting a prestigious job, making large sums of money and acquiring things. But what happens when the mind is sharp but the heart is neglected and becomes numb? The unfortunate outcome is seen all around us in a culture rife with attitudes and technology that dehumanizes our most basic sense of goodness. Pancho Ramos Stierle surfaces these concerns in this inspiring, twinkle-eyed commencement address. Through generously sharing his own heartmindfulness journey, Pancho explains the wisdom of cultivating the heart with at least as much importance as one cultivates the mind. [Full Story]

Counter Mapping

Jul 19, 2018 The use of maps on our phones and on paper, show border lines and roads that don't tell the deeper story of the land we live and travel on. Deep within the land are stories of ourselves and our ancestors that can enrich life as we rarely know it. Jim Enote is one such man who knows the soul stories that the land can hold. Jim is a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in New Mexico, USA. He is working with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and perspective back to the land, countering Western notions of place and geography and challenging the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni world. [Full Story]

Kelly Orians: Getting Out And Staying Out

Jul 17, 2018 Kelly Orians, co-founder of Rising Foundations and attorney at The First 72+ has dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate, with a focus on the injustice and failing policies of the correctional system. In this interview Kelly discusses the unique challenges facing former inmates as they attempt to reintegrate into society, and the people and organizations attempting to change that for the better. Chief among them are former inmates who have gone on to create better lives for themselves, and successfully navigated the hurdles of leaving prison and starting life over. [Full Story]

What Borders Are Really About

Jul 16, 2018 "The wonderful writer Luis Alberto Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that we miss each other. We have this drive to erect barriers between ourselves and yet this makes us a little crazy. He is singularly wise about the deep meaning and the problem of borders. The Mexican-American border, as he likes to say, ran straight through his parents' Mexican-American marriage and divorce. His works of fiction and non-fiction confuse every dehumanizing caricature of Mexicans and of U.S. border guards. The possibility of our time, as he lives and witnesses with his writing, is to evolve the old melting pot to the 21st-century richness of us with all the mess and necessary humor required." [Full Story]

Repairing The Fabric Of The World

Jul 15, 2018 "I met Jonathan F.P. Rose in Manhattan, the week a snow storm knocked out power in much of the Northeast. Heating by woodstove and carrying water home from the local fire station for five long, cold days left me feeling a bit rough and smoky, not to mention unprepared, to be sitting in the comfortable offices of his company in a historic old building near Grand Central Station. Yet the moment I met Rose, a tall, friendly man who met me talking and moving at a confident stride, I realized that my days as a kind of suburban pioneer woman, muddling along in a harsh new world that everyone blamed on global warming and our decaying infrastructure, was the best possible situation to meet a new kind of green pioneer. The Roses are one of the oldest and most successful real-estate families in New York, well known for their dedication to civic life and for giving back to the place where they gained so much." [Full Story]

Dan Millman: No Ordinary Moments In The School Of Life

Jul 14, 2018 What if everything that happened to you in life was for your highest good and learning? In this riveting talk, Dan Millman, author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, shares his insights into the school of life, and how we can approach each of our experiences as opportunities for growth, wisdom, and self-knowledge. "I often use the term 'spiritual weight-training' -- the difficulties and challenges of everyday life which do arise. That's what life is about; its spiritual weight training, and we get stronger," Millman says. Millman defines 12 courses we're here to master, in order to transcend to a higher spiritual life. Read on to hear him share more on how we can lean into our difficulties, and gain a sense of mastery from the everyday. [Full Story]

Little Panic: What It Takes To Break Free From Anxiety

Jul 12, 2018, 2 smiles When anxiety takes hold of us, it distorts our experience of the world and causes turbulence in our minds, wreaking havoc on our thoughts and emotions. For someone with severe panic disorder, this can shake them to their very core. Amanda Stern poignantly expresses her experience with anxiety in her book "Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life," which Maria Popova expertly introduces in Brainpickings. It was a sinking feeling that her experience of life is not what others experience. The difficulty in putting that into words. The realization that in some way this is what all of us experience. The relief at a diagnosis, and what it takes to break free. [Full Story]

Quincy Troupe: A Poet's Journey

Jul 11, 2018 Troupe, stationed in France and a terrifically gifted basketball player, suffered a knee injury. While recuperating, he began to write an awesomely bad novel. Seeking advice, a friend sent him to a little French guy with glasses. Troupe didn't know it at the time, but the little guy with glasses was Jean Paul Sartre. His advice, "Why don't you get a little notebook and write in it every day? Just whatever you think. Try to compose some poems." There are more great stories in this lively interview with acclaimed poet Quincy Troupe. [Full Story]

Cooking Stirs The Pot For Social Change

Jul 10, 2018 Every time we step to our stoves to make a meal we're engaging with the society around us. Each ingredient that we use, every technique, every spice tells a story about our access, our privilege, our heritage, and our culture. The foods and dishes we consume are all part of larger forces that impact our lives. Our appetites and what we crave are the result of our place in the world at that time. Exploring how preparing and eating food can be acts of personal and social justice in this article from Yes magazine reviewing three cookbooks -- Feed the Resistance, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, and The Immigrant Cookbook -- shows how the act of cooking can be a platform for social justice and social action. [Full Story]