Category Archives: gift-economy

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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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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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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The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

By Robin Wall Kimmerer [As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to … Continue reading

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Just a Garden Away: A Song About Returning to the Basics

By Aaron & Chaya Ableman Song offered by Aaron to Awakin Oakland on April 16, 2020. If the earth can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!So, what else to do but build a garden?Raising our youth in a bed of soil and … Continue reading

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Generosity Fills Us With Joy

By Desmond Tutu I think that almost all of us are surprised how our joy is enhanced when we make someone else happy. You know, you go to town, you’ve gone to do some shopping, and when you get back … Continue reading

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Renewability Makes Something Valuable

by Martin Prechtel In the village, people used to build their houses out of traditional materials, using no iron or lumber or nails, but the houses were magnificent. Many were sewn together out of bark and fiber. Like the house of the … Continue reading

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