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Lights Go On: Part LXV -- Free Will

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

How many times a day do we choose? we choose what time to arise we choose how to start our day what to drink what to eat what to wear who to ...

Gay Marriage, Racism and Obamacare: The Challenge of Caring

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

Racism, homophobia, and disregard for the poor are just examples of a common set of processes. We have a psychological problem in our country and in our world. We know some of what it is. It is time to solve it.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

My Choice to Live: Part III

Jay Michael | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jay Michael

Jay Michael continues his story about living with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Read his previous posts in "My Choice to Live: Part I" and "My Choice ...

WATCH: Fear of Rejection

Brad Yates | Posted 06.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Far too often folks hide their light under a bushel for fear of being rejected. In doing so, we deprive the world of our unique gifts and talents - a...

Acceptance: The First Step to Reclaiming Control

Dr. Ipshita Basu Guha | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ipshita Basu Guha

In life, we all come across that point when the truth (we have been denying) stares in our face and we are left with no choice but to accept it. There...

The Magic They're Missing

Mary Hickey | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

To Jack and all the magically different children who are struggling to fit in -- we need you. You color our world. You will write the songs and stories that will inspire us. You will create beautiful art for us to enjoy. Thank goodness we will have your comedic genius to make us laugh when there is so much to cry about in the world. You will create the things we never knew we needed, but then can't live without.

When People Make Unusual Choices

Grace de Rond | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace de Rond

Remembering that we're all more alike than not -- and that we only appear unrelated and dissimilar -- will help us stop judging. Thinking inclusively makes it easier to accept different perspectives.

Change Your World By Changing Your Expectations

Debbie Hampton | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Debbie Hampton

So many times, circumstances which I pegged as bad when they first showed up turned out to be just fine, when all was said and done. From experience, I've learned not to even begin to presume that I know what's "best" in any situation. Life gets infinitely easier when I stay open without expectations.

Dating Confessions of an Approval Junkie

Josh Sabarra | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

"So, what happens if you get the job you applied for in Pennsylvania?" I asked, taking a sharp turn away from the light and flirty conversation that made my second date with Alex so pleasantly compelling.

Brilliant, Beautiful and Bipolar

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I feel most comfortable in a classroom. Whether I am the instructor or sitting in a chair soaking up intellectually tantalizing ideas, I love to be su...

You Have Negative Thoughts? Okay -- So What?

Natasha Che | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Che

The goal of inner growth is not to become a positive person, but to realize that you are fundamentally free, regardless of circumstances. Positivity or negativity, it's all a dance of consciousness.

How A Selfie Pulled Me Out Of My Darkest Days Post-Split

Samantha Darby Sollenberger | Posted 05.26.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Darby Sollenberger

The night when I knew my marriage was ending and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it...I took a selfie. I felt vain and stupid and ridiculous. I thought, "Who does things like this in the middle of a crisis?" And now I'm glad I did.

10 Ways To Let Go Of The Need To Control

Lauren Stahl | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Stahl

Often times, the path we so desperately want to be on is not the most valuable or productive one. Letting go of control means more joy, freedom, peace, connection and support. So here are 10 ways to let go of control and embrace the art of surrender.

Fighting Fire With Water

Brian Akers | Posted 05.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brian Akers

One year at teen camp I heard a minister tell a story that I still use to this very day. It was all about the Buddha and a guy who really hated him. I...

Which One Are You?

Randi Evans | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Randi Evans

First, let me start by saying that I don't think Christians suck! I am proud to be a Christian and there's nothing erroneous about it. Other than the fact that, it's real hard. But I don't think that makes it suck.

How to Own Your Life

Ira Israel | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Here's an interview I recently gave... on how to own your life and stop creating suffering.

What's Wrong With Being Yourself?

Janet M. Neal | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Janet M. Neal

I am a 60-year-old woman with silver (I prefer that term) hair. And I'm darn proud of it. What is the problem with embracing your age and stage? Why do we need to feel or look like something other than what and where we are in life?

5 Easy Steps for Inner Calm

Robbi Rucker | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Robbi Rucker

Life is a wild adventure. Just remember to buckle up, check your mirrors and purposefully move toward your destination. There is no complete control or omniscient knowing of what's to come; yet there is deep, passionate awareness when we choose among the many directions we can take each day towards creating inner calm.

Recognizing the Strength of Vulnerability in New Beginnings

Alaina Baker | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Alaina Baker

The truth is, though, you have to let go of everything you were in order to become who you will be.

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

Three Powerful Insights to Finding Fulfillment

Panache Desai | Posted 05.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Panache Desai

As human beings, we are always on a quest for fulfillment. We often hunger for a purpose or calling that will bring us into our authentic selves. We l...

When the "G" Word Doesn't Work

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Dennis Merritt Jones

Because they come from our heads (intellect) rather than our hearts, perhaps all words referring to God do nothing but get in the way, building a sense of separation from It. Perhaps Divinity lives so fully in our hearts as a feeling that the minute we name or label It something we automatically limit our experience of It by drawing boundaries around It.

Getting To Serenity: 10 Daily Habits For Inner Peace

Meerabelle Dey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Meerabelle Dey

Serenity isn't achieved without effort. Just as we need proper exercise habits to have healthy bodies, we need good mental habits to have peaceful minds. To that end, here are 10 daily habits to get you on your own path to serenity.

Today I Let Go, Tomorrow I Fly

Taylor Johnson | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

Go lose your breath, be the reason so many people breath again, and keep your eyes wide open, because your life is seriously, most definitely, meant to change the world more than you could possibly imagine.