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Extraordinary, positive changes are happening all around the world and are often overlooked. Come in and get inspired as we showcase the uplifting news stories you might have otherwise missed.



 



Ani Choying: Gratitude and Service

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Ani Choying Drolma never expected to be a Rockstar Nun. She only wanted to be of benefit to others in her life and has done so in many ways. She suffered abuse as a child, yet her heart is full of compassion, not resentment. She went on to adopt a child and eventually inspired a foundation to support others in helping orphans. Her gift of singing was eventually shared not out of ego, but out of a wish to share wisdom with anyone who might be inspired by her songs. Reading about her remarkable life here and listening to her songs may inspire all to find the path of peace in their own lives, whatever sufferings they may have encountered.



A Lesson in Letting Go From My Mother

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

This delicious essay is a paean to a mother who nourishes and nurtures, is selfless, gracious, and wise. . . even when a domestic ritual changed forever. The source of many happy memories for the writer as a teen was watching her mother make fresh roti (Indian bread). There was a process she followed -- one that was methodical, careful, and slow, that included plenty of leisurely talk while calmly juggling several tasks at once. An essential instrument in this process was her chokla, the round, marble surface on which she shaped the dough. This particular chokla was a special piece with a long history. Its surface helped shape nourishment that over the years filled many souls and lifted many spirits...Read on to learn the fate of the chokla and the insights it revealed.



5 Schools Moving the Needle on Sustainability

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

When it comes to formal education in schools and colleges, sustainability is too often boiled down to the technical study of environmental science in a classroom setting. But how do we teach our students to actually practice sustainable living? In the wake of the loosening environmental regulations in the United States, read about the efforts of these five colleges and universities which are committed not only to cultivating sustainable campuses and future environmental leaders, but also impacting the world in a deeper way.



In the Beginning Was Love

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

"I think he [Robert Lax] understood the difference between hearing and listening, and he really emphasized the listening. In fact, one of the things he'd say when we walked along the Patmos shoreline was, 'Well, I'm going to go back up to my place now. There's a lot of listening I have to get to.'
And listening for what? I think for all the cosmic sounds, his own heart, his own soul.." A long-time friend of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, and an accomplished poet in his own right, Robert Lax spent the latter part of his life on a Greek island where he practiced his art, and exercised a profound influence on those who knew him. This interview with one of his close friends shares more.



The Gift of Cold

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

"For our ancestors, winter was a test of survival," writes Fabiana Fondevila, a journalist, children's book author and ritual maker from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She remarks that "although ... many of us ... have heated homes, transportation and warm clothing, the season of bare trees takes us back to the experience of that first vulnerability." In this poignant essay on winter, Fondevila encourages us to reflect on what gifts winter brings us. "If we could for a moment disconnect from screens and lights, we would feel winter's whisperings calling us like it calls the seeds, the leaves, the sap descending, the animals changing coat, the grass that stops in its tracks and saves its strength for spring."



One Activist's Oath, First Vow Not to Burn Out

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a teacher, artist and activist. She's worked tirelessly for the upliftment of the marginalized. Through her work, Ikeda realized that the major danger for activists is burnout. "We need tools to address and prevent burnout and we need to go to the root of it," she said. It was in her earlier years during activist work that she recognized an acceptance, if not cultivation, of a mindset that understood being an activist meant martyring oneself to whatever cause they chose to work for.Burnout was expected. Everyone was expected to work themselves into the ground and always be unable to make rent." she said. Ikeda urges social activists to take steps to fight that bias and actively work to avoid burnout in order to be able to ultimately do the most good.



Pass It Along: A Luthier Shares a Song

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The saying "we are all connected as one" is a seeming platitude we have all heard, yet this piece shares fascinating evidence to confirm the truth that we are indeed connected on an atomic level. "Long story short, it turns out that no matter where you go in the world -- Antarctica, North Pole, Africa, you name it -- every meter sphere of air around you contains 50 carbon atoms from each one of your exhales over the last year. That's worth a pause. 50 carbon atoms from each one of your exhales over the last year will greet you no matter where you go on Planet Earth." Fabrizio Alberico shares more in this beautiful reflection that includes a recording and the lyrics to a beautiful song titled, "Pass It Along" that poignantly reminds us of the transience of our lives, out deep interconnection, and the power of generosity.