Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Running Program That's Pulled 1,300 People Out of Homelessne

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The Running Program That's Pulled 1,300 People Out of Homelessne

Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. The difference is that, unlike the body, when it comes to training the mind, there is no limit to how far we can go.

- Dalai Lama -

The Running Program That's Pulled 1,300 People Out of Homelessne

At 5:45 a.m., on a Friday morning, a group of about 20 homeless guys warmed up in a parking lot in East Harlem. In a circle, they did jumping jacks, twisted their torsos and touched their toes, and then huddled up, they chanted the Serenity Prayer ("God give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change...") and took off running. They ran with Back On My Feet, a program started by social entrepreneur Anne Mahlum, that uses "running to help the homeless get their lives back on track. In addition to connecting participants with housing and jobs, Back On My Feet was founded on the notion that running can change a person's self-image...and provides an outlet for pent-up emotions," -- it has made awe-inspiring tangible changes in the lives of those participating. { read more }

Be The Change

Reflect on what activity in your daily life helps you embody discipline and hard work. Consider incorporating a movement activity today, and see how it shifts you internally. Read more on Back on My Feet for inspiration. { more }


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Poetry Captivates Us

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How Poetry Captivates Us

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

- Robert Frost -

How Poetry Captivates Us

Robert Hass is one of contemporary American poetry's most celebrated and widely-read voices. He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-1997 and has won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the mid-1990s, Cofounder of the River of Words organization, which provides tools for teaching ecoliteracy to young students through multidisciplinary, interactive curricula, Hass is Distinguished Professor of Poetry & Poetics at UC Berkeley. In this video he speaks about the amazing history of our feelings which poetry provides. { read more }

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Notice your feelings today, and try to put them into words, rather than judging them as bad or good. That's the beginning of a poem. You just became a poet!


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Singer Loses Voice and Finds Her Song

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Singer Loses Voice and Finds Her Song

Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice.

- Gloria Steinem -

Singer Loses Voice and Finds Her Song

One day in 2011, singer-songwriter Crystal Goh woke up with no voice. She was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia, with no known cause or cure. Two years went by as Goh struggled with this disease. In the midst of her isolation and depression, she wrote a song to remind herself about the importance of hope. And as she began to share this song with others, her voice miraculously started to return. With this renewed belief, Goh and her friends decided to reach out to others who needed to hear this message of hope. { read more }

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Be a source of hope for people in your life who may need some support and encouragement.


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Food Waste and the Culture of Rush

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Food Waste and the Culture of Rush

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

- Eddie Cantor -

Food Waste and the Culture of Rush

Journalist Diana Moreno took a job at a low-cost supermarket in Germany where she discovered what she called a nasty reality: "Every day, at a sleepy four o'clock in the morning, a random employee has to do the 'waste inventory'...we get rid of items just because they've lost their label, or because the package is broken, or because they've been left outside the fridge." This food waste adds up to about 1.3 billion tons a year, or about 1/3 of all food that is produced. Moreno believes the heart of this problem is a culture of "rushing, speed, and busyness." She highlights the growing number of grocery stores and citizen movements that are working to fight against this waste, and how each of us can contribute to wasting less. { read more }

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The next time you sit down to a meal, try to eat mindfully (without any distractions) and notice how you feel full more quickly. Maybe next time you can order or pack less food!


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