Category Archives: Awakin Oakland

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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Lo que ves es lo que tienes/ What You See Is What You Get

por Annie Dillard [English below] Cuando tenía seis o siete años y vivía en Pittsburgh, solía tomar un precioso centavo y esconderlo para que alguien más lo encontrara. Fue una compulsión curiosa; lamentablemente, nunca me ha motivado el hacer lo … Continue reading

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Paying Lip-Service or Act, on Gandhi Jayanti?

by Arun Gandhi – Grandson of Mathatma Gandhi WHEN THE WORLD is torn apart by violence and government’s commit war crimes to preserve power; when inhumanity has reached its nadir and when hopelessness tears civilization asunder, we think of Gandhi … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem / Aprovecha el día / Seize the Day

by Walt Whitman [English version below] No dejes que termine el día sin haber crecido un poco, sin haber sido feliz, sin haber alimentado tus sueños. No te dejes vencer por el desaliento. No permitas que nadie te quite el … Continue reading

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Agapanthus

By Pavithra K. Mehta I never notice agapanthus before she blooms. This lack of awareness allows for yearly ambush. A blue bombardment, like so many miniature firecracker displays in freeze frame, they seize the sidewalks, fully formed– their delicate globes fashioned … Continue reading

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Es Tu Responsabilidad / It Is Your Responsibility

por Toni Morrison  (February 18, 1931 — August 5, 2019 RIP) [English Below] “Había una vez una mujer anciana. Ciega pero sabia.” ¿O era un hombre anciano? Acaso era un gurú. O un griot (sabio del Africa del Oeste) calmando … Continue reading

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Leo Tolstoy on Kindness and the Measure of Love

By Maria Popova “Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now,” Jack Kerouac wrote in a beautiful letter to his first wife and lifelong friend. Somehow, despite our sincerest intentions, we repeatedly fall short of … Continue reading

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La falsa dualidad entre “trabajo” y “servicio”/The False Duality Between “Job” And “Service”

por Zilong Wang [English below] Alrededor de la época en que partí para Asia en julio, dos de mis amigos/profesores más queridos dejaron su dedicación al voluntariado a tiempo total para comenzar a trabajar a tiempo completo. Su decisión de … Continue reading

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2019 is a Mineral Year

by Malidoma Somé Mineral is the storage place of memory, the principle of creativity, resources, stories, and symbolism.  In the cosmological wheel, mineral is located in the west and is colored white.  It is the elemental energy that allows us … Continue reading

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Amante ilegal / The illegal Lover

por Francisco (Pancho) Ramos-Stierle [English below] La Luna brilla en mi cuerpoy así también el Sol y los planetas y las estrellas y las galaxias.La luz hermosa de la eternidad está dentro de mípero mis ojos ciegos no pueden verla.Fue … Continue reading

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