How to Find the Hidden Beauty in Everyday Things

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“Artist Maira Kalman reveals how she stumbles on hidden beauty in stuff you probably wouldn’t give a second glance.”

http://www.mindful.org/how-to-find-the-hidden-beauty-in-everyday-things/


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The Monk Manifesto

The Monk Manifesto

  1. I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.
  2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.
  3. I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path, soul friends with whom I can share my deepest longings, and mentors who can offer guidance and wisdom for the journey.
  4. I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy asceticism by discerning my use of energy and things, letting go of what does not help nature to flourish.
  5. I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.
  6. I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbath and resist a culture of busyness that measures my worth by what I do.
  7. I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations.

https://onbeing.org/blog/the-monk-manifesto-seven-principles-for-living-with-deep-intention/7642/


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The Three-Second Pause In the Classroom

“A mindfulness technique for creating some space during discussion—in and outside of the classroom.”

http://www.mindful.org/the-three-second-pause-in-the-classroom/


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Experiments with Truth

“Gandhi called his life “experiments with truth,” and experimenting in the complex field of forces that bear on our lives is how we learn more about our integrity. We learn experimentally that we thrive on some connections and wither with others, that we enhance our integrity by choosing relationships that give us life and violate it by assenting to those that do not.

Experimentation is risky. We rarely know in advance what will give us life and what will sap life away. But if we want to deepen our understanding of our own integrity, experiment we must – and then be willing to make choices as we view the experimental results.

‘All real living is meeting,’ said Martin Buber, and teaching is endless meeting. Staying open to new meetings, trying to distinguish those that have integrity from those that do not, is a tiring and sometimes frightening task. I am often tempted to protect my sense of self behind barricades of status or role, to withhold myself from colleagues or students or ideas and from the collisions we will surely have.

When I succumb to that temptation, my identity and integrity are diminished – and I lose the heart to teach.”

Revisiting one of my favorite books – Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer – and the above spoke to me.


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