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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

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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Can You Dig This

by Delila Vallot (Director) Mediation & Movie Awakin Circle South Los Angeles (aka L.A. in California, USA) may conjure images of vacant lots and liquor stores; gangs and drug dealers. Yet a burgeoning movement of urban gardeners is working to … Continue reading

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The Eyes Are Useless When the Mind Is Blind

by Carlos Mora Molina We invite you to a very unique evening of Meditation & Mindfulness. Our special guest, Carlos Mora, will guide you on an experiential journey of the senses with Mindfulness techniques he has learned through 20 years … Continue reading

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In Eyes Of God, We’re All Minorities

by Barbara Brown Taylor Krister Stendahl, former dean of Harvard Divinity school, told a reporter shortly before his death in 2008, “In the eyes of God, we are all minorities. That’s a rude awakening for many, who have never come … Continue reading

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Tender-Hearted Ones

By Eileen and the In-betweens Lovers & Fighters (lyrics below) You better believe there’s cracks in the cement,Capitalism just came and wentYou better believe there’s cracks in the cement,Patriarchy just came and went This world is for the lovers and … Continue reading

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We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical (2020)

by Amy Schatz, Diane Kolyer, Sara Rodriguez (Producers) Meditation & Movie Awakin Circle Every year in Oakland, CA, hundreds of pre-K through 12th grade students compete in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival, performing a mix of published and original … Continue reading

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How Important Is the Truth?

by [Priest] Matthew Fox To grasp what is happening in [the United States of ] America at this time, it might be good to first meditate on Truth. *No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as … Continue reading

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Two Words That Can Change a Life

by Cheryl Rice Is it possible that two words can change someone’s day, someone’s life? What if those same two words could change the world? Well, I’m on a quest to find out – and, with your help, this quest will … Continue reading

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The Spiritual and Healing Power of Dance

by Clyde Fernandes Dancing, personally I feel, is the most underrated form of spirituality. Meditative dancing, if there is such a term, can be used to transcend the boundaries of our consciousness and connect with the source. It’s well documented that Nataraja or … Continue reading

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Loneliness

by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell Everybody feels lonely from time to time. When we have no one to sit next to at lunch, when we move to a new city, or when nobody has time for us at the … Continue reading

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