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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

Black Bodies

by Richard Rohr Until the killing of black mothers’ sons [and daughters] is as important as the discovery of white mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest. —Ella Baker [1] As I wrote in last week’s meditations, the early … Continue reading

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Returning the Gift

By Robin Wall Kimmerer We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth, gifts we have neither earned nor paid for: air to breathe, nurturing rain, black soil, berries and honeybees, the tree that became this page, a … Continue reading

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Love Is Not An Emotion

by Barbara Frederickson Love, defined as micro moments of positivity resonance, may thus be the most generative and consequential of all positive emotions. By virtue of being a single state, distributed across and reverberating between two or more brains and … Continue reading

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The Greatest Danger – The Deadening of Heart and Mind

by Joanna Macy “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” – Buddha The Great Turning arises in response to what we know and feel is happening to our world. It entails … Continue reading

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Perdonar a tu persona / Forgive Your Persona

por A. Sánchez Ferrer [English below] El perdón sucede en la Conciencia.  Deja de intentar cambiarte, corregirte, mejorarte, comportarte como crees que se espera de ti. Tras ese intento solo se esconde la idea de que eres erróneo. La idea … Continue reading

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I’ll be a Hummingbird. I’ll Do the Best I Can.

by Prof RR -Rajagopalan We are being constantly being bombarded by the problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. The story of the humming bird is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All … Continue reading

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Para ti mi puebo/ for You My People

por Edyka Chilomé (Introducción a la película/ Introduction to film) “During the making of this film, two of the largest Immigration and Customs (ICE) operations of this decade took place in Southern USA Durante la grabación de estra película, dos … Continue reading

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The Urgency and The Call to Serve in Joyful Awareness

by Pancho Ramos-Stierle The pandemic curve of covid-19 keeps increasing worldwide. Major cities all over the part of the Planet we call India, are now in official lockdown. And more cases of people infected with the virus are appearing in … Continue reading

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Nosotras Somos / We are the ones

Por June Jordan  [English below] For Audio Click here Poema para mujeres sudafricanas/ Poem for South African Women En conmemoración a las 40,000 mujeres y niñ@s quienes en el 9 de agosto de 1956, se presentaron en protesta contra el … Continue reading

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What If We Fought Back to Reclaim Our Attention

by Rob Hopkins Imagine, if you will, Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France in August 1888. It is a late summer’s day with the mistral winds blowing through the street outside. He has just got back to his small studio … Continue reading

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