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About awakinOAK

Intentionally located in east Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 10 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland, host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 23 years [2020] No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes

Once the World Was Perfect

by Joy Harjo Once the world was perfect, and we were happy in that world.Then we took it for granted.Discontent began a small rumble in the earthly mind.Then Doubt pushed through with its spiked head.And once Doubt ruptured the web,All … Continue reading

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We Shall Overcome: Love Will Rise Again

by Nimo Patel & Daniel Nahmod This week we are featuring the inspirational hip hop artist, Nimo Patel who has spent many years at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Patel has done humanitarian work for underprivileged children in … Continue reading

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When Savoring a Pleasant Moment Is a Radical Act

by Ari Honarvar May 9, 2020 As we grapple with the first global pandemic lockdown of our lifetime, our daily routines have been upended, and it’s difficult to keep up with new changes. Many of us are overwhelmed by the precarious … Continue reading

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Thirsty for Wonder

by Mirabai Starr Contemplative life flows in a circular pattern: awe provokes introspection, which invokes awe. Maybe you’re making dinner and you step outside to snip chives from the kitchen garden just as the harvest moon is rising over the … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Serious, Get Real

by Minister Michael Beckwith Has anyone ever told you that you take yourself too seriously? Or maybe you remember a past conversation when you confided to a friend, “Oh, he takes himself so seriously that it’s hard to be around … Continue reading

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Lorena, la de pies ligeros | Light-Footed Woman

by Juan Carlos Rulfo (Director) Mediation & Movie Awakin Circle María Lorena Ramirez Hernández lives a pastoral life in Copper Canyon (land of Tarahumaras) except from when she participates in long-distance running competitions. Lorena has own dozens of marathons and … Continue reading

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The Birth of American Music

Produced by Andy Mills and Annie Brown [ 1619 podcast ] 1619 Podcast, emerged on the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American Slavery. A NYTimes collaboration that “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and … Continue reading

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The World Needs Your Cargo: Kozo Hattori & Sue Cochrane

by Kozo Hattori, Sue Cochrane In July of 2020, beloved ServiceSpace friends Kozo Hattori, and Sue Cochrane, came together for a virtual conversation in the presence of community. Both were navigating stark realities with cancer. Their luminous exchange was threaded with … Continue reading

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An Unusual Gift From My Grandfather

by Rachel Naomi Remen Often, when he came to visit, my grandfather would bring me a present. These were never the sorts of things that other people brought, dolls and books and stuffed animals. My dolls and stuffed animals have … Continue reading

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Life

by Rabindranath Tagore (Poet) I shall not ever easily forget, My heart shall fill up with life, Even in death, lies hidden That endless life In the lightning and thunder, your flute plays, But that is no ordinary tune, I … Continue reading

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