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This Is Water

david foster wallace

There are things that we post on that we know will speak to some people (but not all…) and then there are pieces like this, that we wish would be required watching for every adult.   (Note: this video is not really about water.) This is a beautiful piece of art with an awesome message!

From the creators of the video:  In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.  We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested.


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March 6 – The Three Bite Practice

praying at a meal

Pema Chrodron offers today’s Daily Bit of Gladness and beautiful (yet simple) practice to bring in gratitude and compassion:

“You can do this anytime you eat a meal. Before taking the first bite, just pause and think of those men and women of wisdom and mentally offer them your food. In this way, you connect with the virtue of devotion.

Before taking the second bite, pause and offer your food to all those who’ve been kind to you. This nurtures the virtues of gratitude and appreciation.

The third bite is offered to those who are suffering: all the people and animals who are starving, or being tortured or neglected, without comfort or friends. Think, too, of all of us who suffer from aggression, craving, and indifference. This simple gesture awakens the virtue of compassion.

In this way—by relying on our teachers, our benefactors, and those in need—we gather the virtues of devotion, gratitude, and kindness.”
(-From Pema’s book No Time To Lose)


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One For The Kids

“Inspire children. Change the world” is the tagline for Children Inspire Design, the appealing online shop whose mission is to “make a positive impact for children around the world.” They partner with grassroots organizations to create products such as this eco-friendly poster available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew and Chinese. Serving as a nice reminder for you and your child to have compassion for the earth and all who inhabit it. Proceeds from sales of their art & design wares for children raise funds for various children’s programs all over the world.

Poster size: 11×14




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