This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, water purification, justice, mindfulness, museums and climate restoration.
Pictures often move me more than words. My favorite photo and story are shown to the right, but several of the 35 photos in this collection moved me to tears and give me hope for the future. Maybe you played along with the compassion games. If not, it’s never too late to add more kindness to the world. Let’s spread the words, deeds and energy of kindness throughout our lives. 🙂
Australian students have come up with a simple and effective way for people in less developed areas to purify their drinking water. The students designed a system, under direction of their engineer professors, that uses UV(A) radiation from the sun to generate oxygen radicals in the water. The oxygen radicals then actively kill the pathogens. The simple design uses reflective material to direct sunshine and UV radiation into a clear tube filled with water. This increases the generation of oxygen radicals that purify the water passing through the tube.
Crystal Bridges: Epic Search
Our little corner of Arkansas is in the news thanks to the latest exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum. Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of Walmart, but thanks to the money and vision of Alice Walton, Bentonville, Arkansas is now home to a world class art museum. For the latest exhibit, the curators spent 9 months traveling the country looking for undiscovered talent.
Dignity, Discipline and Justice
Restorative justice asks who was harmed, what are the needs and obligations of all affected, and how do they figure out how to heal the harm.
Restorative justice is a great idea that seems to be growing around the country. Oakland has some of the worst crime facing their city, and yet their school district is having success with restorative justice (RJ). Rather than punish kids for misbehaving, the hallmark of RJ is bringing people together to listen, be heard, show respect, and create healing and justice. RJ also helps reverse the trend for growing use of punishment and criminalizing our youth rather than teaching and nurturing them in schools. The process has worked so well in the pilot schools that the Oakland district has made RJ the new standard for all their schools.
Restoring Mother Earth
This video offers a bold new vison of restoring our grasslands, of which 2/3 are turning to desert and accelerating climate change problems. Please watch Allan Savory’s simple and profound solution to many or our environmental woes. I believe this story needs to be told and shared. Thanks!
Mindfulness and Children
Mindfulness isn’t just for adults and Buddhists anymore! 🙂 Thankfully, the power of mindfulness is being offered to more and more children with wonderful results. Carolyn Gregoire has written about the importance of mindfulness for children. Her research suggests that mindfulness can help with a range of challenges facing today’s children. Unfortunately, stress and disorders are growing for children, but mindfulness helps as an intervention strategy to allow more relaxation, better sleep and focus. Mindfulness has even been shown to help with Autism, ADD, ADHD cancer and self actualization in children. There are Mindful Movements and Mindfulness Schools popping up around the country.