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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.



 



Joserra Gonzalez: A Re-Love-Ution Blooms in Spain

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

"We are at the verge of many changes, and if we stay together in this journey, we can really face this big current which is taking us in a direction we don't know" Joserra's first question was "How can I serve?" He soon found the answers to why humans suffer and how to lessen our own suffering and that of those around us. From spending two years working in the slums of Ahmedabad, India to becoming a pilgrim, Joserra shares his inspiring journey towards living a free life, one which brings peace and harmony to earth. With conviction he strives to lead a life in alignment with his values. A life which involves experiments living on gift and organizing a community through Karma Kitchen and Awakin Circles. Check out some more about his journey towards the Re-love-ution!



One Sapling at a Time

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In Bikaner, Rajasthan, northern India the landscape is mostly desert, making it a challenge to grow fruit bearing trees and other plants. In 2003, Professor Shyam Sundar Jyani and his students began working on some local neem trees, which were struggling. From this work, Shyam went on to found Familial Forestry in 2006, an organization that donates saplings of fruit bearing trees to villagers with the idea to 'treat the tree as a family member.' These trees provide shade to the families, food for them and for their livestock, and the seeds from the fruit can be used to grow more trees. To date, over 625,000 saplings have been planted in over 2,500 villages, utilizing a type of grafting that increase fruit yield and allows the trees to flourish with little more than natural rain water. Shyam was awarded for his exemplary services towards nature conservation by the President of India in 2012.



Neema Village: A Place of Hope

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In Tanzania, East Africa, a baby rescue center called Neema Village has saved over 100 abandoned, orphaned, and at-risk infants in just 5 years. The list is long of places the infants have been found -- by the roadside, in a yard, a gravel pit, a hotel, a latrine... Mostly they are the babies of mothers who have died or were unable to care for them. Doris Fortson, co-founder of Neema Village says, "My husband and I were moved to do something about it for many reasons, including that we were retired and that I had been raised in an orphanage from age four to 18." "You're never too old to make a difference," she adds.



Turning Waste Streams Into Value Streams

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The vision of Sustainability 3.0 is a circular economy that mimics our natural ecosystem: the "waste" from products that have outlived their usefulness becomes "nutrients" for further production. This foundational shift away from the linear business model of "take, make, and dispose" could be a huge boon for the sustainability movement and could provide great opportunities for businesses. However, this shift would require "disruptive innovation" and radical change, which may be on the way. Read on to learn more about the promises and challenges of this exciting new movement.



Brother David Steindl-Rast on Matters of Heart

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

When Brother David reached out to his readers of Integral Yoga Magazine in the 1970s to write him on any matter on life and the spirit, one reader responded with an inspired request on matters of the heart. What do we mean when we talk of the heart space? Is it courage? Faithfulness? In his response, Brother David illuminates his view on what it truly means to life from love - in a heart-centred energy that radiates from our whole being. Drawing from his own spiritual tradition, he offers insight on how to develop our own understanding of what our heart-space is, how to live from this compassionate love, and find our own sense of home for ourselves, and others, in our hearts.



The Sacred Art of Pausing

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

When in the middle of things we can't control, our first impulse is often frantic activity; anxiously cluttering our days, our minds and our bodies. "We fill our days with continual movement: mental planning and worrying, habitual talking, fixing, scratching, adjusting, phoning, snacking, discarding, buying, looking in the mirror." In this passage, Tara Brach asks us to consider what might happen if, in the middle of our panic, we take our hands off the controls and pause long enough to "feel" rather than "do".



Awakening Compassion at Work

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In their new book, 'Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations,' Drs. Jane Dutton and Monica Worline discuss the theme of compassion, how employees and organizations can utilize it, and why it's valuable. It is important to recognize that western society often encourages a fear of compassion, particularly fear of being seen as weak or being taken advantage of. However, practicing compassion benefits an organization by boosting morale, increasing efficiency, and creating employee and client loyalty, thereby helping with retention and reduced turnover. Companies and their employees can practice competent compassion by recognizing and acknowledging the suffering of others, and responding in a way that allows the employees to determine what level of response best suits them.