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Unplug and Recharge: When Burnout Fries Your Motivation

Posted January 18, 2011 | 08:50:00 (EST)

Life really does have an uncanny way of imitating art.

It was Labor Day of 2010. I'd just finished penning the final revisions to my latest book "Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive." My husband Gordon and I returned from an early-morning hike and...

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The Virtues of Virtual Reality

Posted April 24, 2009 | 01:05:53 (EST)

Okay, I'm back. Where have I been? Writing a new book on resilience would be the classiest answer. And I did do that. Really. It's Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change will be out September 1. But where I've really been for most of...

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Obama Has Already Won

Posted November 1, 2008 | 23:08:19 (EST)

This is the countdown to the most important election in our lifetime. Although I'm hoping for a huge Obama landslide, no matter the outcome on Tuesday, he has already won by mobilizing the most important resource we have...our youth. Millions of young people are working together in a grass...

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Faith Versus Reason: How Can We Know if We're on the Right Track?

Posted October 20, 2008 | 21:46:21 (EST)

By Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. and Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D.

Okay, I know that blogging about religion/faith/guidance is incendiary territory, and I welcome your responses. It's our collective inquiry, after all, that will help us find our way through the current chaos, and perhaps lead to a more realistic vision of how...

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The Robber's Cave and Higher Ground

Posted September 30, 2008 | 23:37:26 (EST)


Does the name Robber's Cave ring a bell? No, it doesn't refer to a bar on Wall Street, or a back room for Washington lobbyists. Robber's Cave is the name of a State Park in Oklahoma where Wild West outlaws Jesse James and Belle Star once hid from...

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Minding the Body Politic

Posted September 22, 2008 | 16:49:06 (EST)

Watching the daily presidential election news is like seeing Greek theater in your own living room. The archetypal tension between fear and hope, acted out respectively by John McCain and Barack Obama, parallels how we deal with hope and fear in our own lives. And slipping the chains of fear...

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The Art Of Patience And Inner Guidance

Posted June 28, 2008 | 08:44:49 (EST)

We are a stunningly impatient culture...a fact that has been reflected in a lot of poor choices that have compromised the environment, the economy, the human potential of our country, and many of the democratic ideals that America is based upon. When decisions are made in haste, they often result...

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Busting The Balance Myth

Posted June 26, 2008 | 08:21:01 (EST)

I was about to give a talk to a society of businesswomen in Atlanta one winter. One of the organizers took me by the hand and made a heartfelt plea: "Please don't talk to us about living in balance. No one does. Even space shuttles veer off course during the...

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Avoiding Your Own Personal Energy Crisis

Posted June 25, 2008 | 08:58:59 (EST)

One January I traveled to the idyllic island of St. John to teach in a weeklong personal growth program. The ocean waters there were a superb shade of aquamarine. The sunsets were a magnificent palette of rainbow hues. And I was a crispy critter... irritable, exhausted, and disheartened. I had...

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Honor Your Inner Guru

Posted June 23, 2008 | 10:29:17 (EST)

I learned this simple lesson in self-care from my friend Tina Lear, a talented musician who arrived a day late for an annual summer gathering of friends on beautiful Cortes Island in British Columbia. Old-growth forest, ocean waters, distant snow-capped peaks, and killer whales spouting as they swim the passageway...

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Relax and Be More Productive

Posted June 16, 2008 | 08:37:38 (EST)

Every once in a while a little brush with a heart attack or cancer has some super busy person knocking reluctantly on my door. They may want to explore the power of their mind to heal, but are afraid that learning to relax and be present might take away their...

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Save Your Breath And Keep Your Sanity

Posted June 3, 2008 | 17:10:38 (EST)

I was sitting in my car, minding my own business, when a crazed speed freak flew by on the right. Suddenly veering in front of me into the left lane, he inserted his giant black truck into a practically non-existent space between two cars- a kind of freeway rape. Surprise...

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How To Find Peace

Posted May 28, 2008 | 14:04:31 (EST)

When my grandson, Alex, was a toddler, he used to run around giggling at what seemed to be empty space. Sometimes his body would actually shake with excitement, and his face would light up for no apparent reason. His mother, Natalia, called this delightful behavior "talking to the angels."

That...

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