Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#MakeVirtueViral: A Graduation Speech for Uncertain Times

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May 31, 2016

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#MakeVirtueViral: A Graduation Speech for Uncertain Times

Nature does not hurry, and yet everything is accomplished.

- Lao Tzu -

#MakeVirtueViral: A Graduation Speech for Uncertain Times

"Commencement speakers are typically supposed to inspire you to make a splash in the world, be somebody, do something big and important. But this isn't a typical university, and you're not a typical class. So I'm trusting I won't get in trouble for this next piece of advice: Learn the art of doing nothing." Addressing the graduating class of a religious studies university, ServiceSpace founder Nipun Mehta makes a case for the power of stilling the mind, deepening awareness and practicing what he calls the 3 S's: small, service, and surrender. Framed in the context of a rapidly changing world that privileges money, fame and power, his talk is riddled with inspiring counter examples. Drawing on insights from revolutionary Do-Nothing farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, Sufi parables, stories from the White House, a bowing monk and more, Mehta's words serves as a clarion call back to humanity's universal values. { read more }

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Make a list of three virtues you would like to cultivate more deeply in your life, and reflect on small steps you can take to embody them. Start today!


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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Sandwich Man

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The Sandwich Man

The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.

- Norman Borlaug -

The Sandwich Man

Allan Law first came across hunger and homelessness as a middle school teacher in the inner city schools of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his retirement, Law has spent every day of the last 12 years on the streets of Minneapolis, leaving his small condominium filled with freezers at 8pm and returning around noon the next day. He distributes 6 - 700 sandwiches a day, along with other essentials, sleeping a scant 2 hours in his delivery vehicle while fielding emergency calls from people who need his help. Last year, he delivered 520,000 sandwiches. { read more }

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Pack an extra sandwich for lunch today and share it with someone who could use a meal.


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Lullaby Project: Homeless Mothers Make Music

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The Lullaby Project: Homeless Mothers Make Music

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

- Plato -

The Lullaby Project: Homeless Mothers Make Music

Since 2011, the Lullaby Project, a Carnegie Hall program (part of its larger Musical Connections initiative) that takes musics transformative power outside gilded concert halls and into neglected communities throughout New York City and across the nation, has paired more than 300 homeless or incarcerated mothers with professional musicians to create a musical experience for their child. Over three sessions, new and expectant moms write, compose and record a short lullaby for their newborns. For young women who may have experienced their own difficult childhood, the project is a chance to give a name to all the raw emotions that come with motherhood: the regrets from their own lives, the bright wishes for their children and, most importantly, the bottomless affection welling up in these new mothers hearts. { read more }

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Do you have a cherished lullaby from your own childhood, or that you've sung to the children in your life? Share it in the "Start/Join the Discussion" box here. { more }


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable

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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?

- Lao Tzu -

Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable

"During a time of great drought, a Taoist master was asked by members of a village if he could help bring rain to their dry fields. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to him, but with no success. The master agreed to come and asked for a small hut with a garden that he could tend. For three days, he tended the garden, performing no special rituals or asking anything further from the villagers..." So begins an intriguing Taoist parable, that is used here as a springboard into an exploration of synchronicity, and the idea of 'being the change we wish to see in the world'. { read more }

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Pay attention today to the relationship between your inner world and your outer reality. For inspiration here's a passage by Dan Siegel on "Developing Mindsight" { more }


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