Can One Person Make A Difference?

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In the outer world, it was another step forward in out-picturing of our social activism to humanity and the planet:  a “Climate Pilgrimage” organized by Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina.  This walk, with 200 others along Asheville’s French Broad River, supported the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris and all other conscious work, co-creating a better future of sustainability and justice.

It was also an opportunity for deepening into my questions: “What is going on here?” and "Does my hand-crafted sign and sunny Sunday afternoon stroll make a difference?"

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Align with What You Love


In America's Heartland, Building One Home For Three Faiths

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A mosque, a church and a synagogue go up on the site of an old Jewish country club ...

It sounds like the setup to a joke — but it's not. It's actually happening in Omaha, Neb. The Tri-Faith Initiative may be the first place in history where these three monotheistic faiths have built together, on purpose, with the intention of working together.

The project has inspired some, and antagonized others.

READ THIS NPR STORY HERE


Somewhere in America

Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen, members of the Get Lit organization perform "Somewhere in America".


An Interfaith Christmas Celebration on CBS

May Peace Prevail on Earth...

This year’s CBS Christmas Eve Special will present a groundbreaking interfaith program on the theme “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH”, produced by the United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network, and broadcast on Thursday, December 24 (11:35 PM ET/PT, 10:35 PM CT) on CBS stations nationally.

The message of the celebration is that news stories of religiously-motivated violence and darkness are only one side of humanity. What rarely makes the news are the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, of all religions, who work together daily for peace. The actions of these people, of the friends and family of URI who engage in interfaith trust and cooperation to make the world a better place, are the "gift" we "unwrap" in this celebration.


The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2014

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By Jeremy Adam Smith, Kira M. Newman, Bianca Lorenz, Lauren Klein, Jason Marsh, Jill Suttie | December 26, 2014 | 0 comments

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year from: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu

It’s time once again for our favorite year-end ritual here at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center: Our annual list of the top scientific insights produced by the study of happiness, altruism, mindfulness, gratitude—what we call “the science of a meaningful life.”

We found that this year, the science of a meaningful life yielded many new insights about the relationship between our inner and outer lives. Cultivating mindfulness can make us more aware of knee-jerk prejudice against people who are different from us; believing that empathy is a skill helps overcome barriers to taking another person’s perspective; concern for others, even for animals, can move people to action for the greater good more quickly than focusing on ourselves.

But this year we also learned more about how to cultivate pro-social skills like gratitude—and we discovered how those skills can yield far-reaching benefits to our mental and physical well-being, and even to our pocketbooks.

With input from our staff, faculty, and some of the leading outside experts in our field, here are the 10 findings from 2014 that we anticipate will have an impact on both scientific research and on public debate for years to come.  LINK TO FULL ARTICLE


The Great Turning: Joanna Macy on Uncertainty


The Connected Universe Movie Trailer

 


The "Impulse" to Fly

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Fly around the world in a plane powered totally by sunshine? That’s crazy talk! While the 2015-future shown in the Back to the Future trilogy suggested flying cars – which humanity has yet to perfect – a sun-powered plane IS a reality and the globe-circling mission is well on its way.  With a more-than-decade-long commitment of vision-driven pioneers, the Solar Impulse 2 has already flown 8 of 14 legs to circle the globe.

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Xiuhtezcatl: Indigenous Climate Activist

United Nations - Remarks by Xiuhtezcatl, indigenous climate activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians at the opening segment of the High-level event of the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change (29 June 2015).

Learn More: http://www.earthguardians.org/


AJ Adams: Realizing Your Untapped Potential

Combining comedy, advice, and actionable steps, AJ Adams empowers and equips students and teachers to make real life changes to rise to the next level in life and leadership. 

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Marianne Williamson on Women and Religion

Marianne Williamson speaking on women and religion at the Parliament of World's Religions, Salt Lake City Utah 2015. See http://marianne.com for more information


Russell Brand on Spirituality and Consciousness


Team Millennia: Hosted by Happiness Is Now

The joy of moving in resonance...

...When you really listen to a song, you can follow many “sound ingredients”, making the experience as simple or dynamic as you want. The same goes for choreography. You’re highlighting one or few sounds at a time, in a sense becoming that instrument with your body. 

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Gratitude, As Powerful as a Wave

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As our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary approached, I became acutely aware of how critical I had been of my husband, Glenn, during the previous year. Although my criticism had to do with one of our businesses, my frustration and anger had spilled over into other aspects of our relationship. For nearly a year I was on edge, and I wanted to push him over it! As angry as I felt, I did not want to cause my marriage to end. What to do?

Practicing the old adage, “We teach what we need to learn,” I recalled the words I had written 3 years earlier in my book, Revolutionary Agreements:

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2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.N. held in September, member states adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years. Critics and supporters alike are declaring them highly ambitious.

The SDGs, as they've come to be called in humanitarian lingo, replace the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and expire in 2015.

The MDGs deal primarily with poverty, education and health in the poorest countries. The SDGs hit all of those topics but also tackle global inequality, environmental issues and access to technology.

See the DETAILED Sustainable Development Goals HERE

 


Do We Have Free Will? with Jason Silva

If consciousness is a relationship of subject and object…

Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.

http://thisisjasonsilva.com/


Joe Dispenza: Consciously Evoking The Placebo Effect on Cutting Edge Consciousness

Published on May 28, 2014

Dr. Joe Dispenza is back again on Cutting Edge Consciousness for another engaging conversation with Barnet and Freeman. This round is especially interesting as the guest and hosts explore the creative space wherein something truly new can emerge. While Dr. Joe has a brand new book, called "You Are The Placebo", which serves to enrich this dialogue, the conversation is very much an extension of the two previous conversations with Dr. Joe on CEC. The ability to direct our experience hits a roadblock when it bumps up against our conditioned imagination -- only by intentionally following a feeling can we generate something that is truly "new".

For more on Dr. Joe Dispenza, please visit: http://www.drjoedispenza.com/


Hawaii Plans to Transform Old Buses

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With an estimated 100 million people living on the streets on any given day, and as many as 1 billion people believed to lack adequate housing, it is fair to say that the concern of homelessness is an issue that affects everyone.


Read More Here: http://www.trueactivist.com/hawaii-plans-to-transform-its-old-buses-into-homeless-shelters-with-showers/


Is it necessary to play?

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We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing! ~ George Bernard Shaw

What made me ask the question

I knew I needed to play more. I literally felt myself growing years older by the days that lacked any sort of play. I was completely out of balance and I knew it but I kept thinking tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Then tomorrow never came and I began to fear I could never get my balance back. It was literally making me sick, tired and stressed. I felt significantly older then my fifty years and couldn’t seem to figure out what to do about it...yikes!!

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Gayby Baby: A socially conscience film

It's the film changing the hearts and minds of those on the fence about marriage equality, by giving a raw insight into the lives of four Australian children growing up with same-sex parents. Sydney’s, Maya Newell has shown how intrinsically political documentaries can go beyond the polemical and straight to the heart. 

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