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Alex Pattakos

Rediscovering the Soul of Greece

Alex Pattakos | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Alex Pattakos

Like Odysseus, the legendary Greek king of Ithaca and hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, Greece must forge ahead on its modern-day journey of (self)discovery and transformation.

Arianna Huffington: Threading Through Life's Labyrinth

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Although she may refer to herself as an ordinary "Greek peasant girl," Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington is anything but ordinary!

The Marathon Of Life: It's About The Route, Not The Destination

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Rather than simply trying to win something, enter the record books, or even cross a finish line, the idea of running a marathon now has much deeper meaning.

The Reel Meaning of Film

Alex Pattakos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Pattakos

The Santa Fe Film Festival represents an important venue for both filmmakers and film audiences to experience the linkage between movies and meaning that otherwise might go unnoticed.

Stressed Out Or Worried? Unleash Your Inner Zorba The Greek!

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Dance represents both an opportunity to express emotions and to surrender to them. It represents the unleashing of one's spirit along with the integration of mind, body, and spirit at the same time.

Finding Meaning In Inescapable Suffering: From Aceh To Haiti

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Although it may be difficult to comprehend, such suffering also provides us with an opportunity to find meaning in the situation, even if it sometimes must come long after the event we are forced to endure.

Good-Bye 2009: Reflecting On Meaningful Values And Goals

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

No matter how "bad" the year may have been, however, there is always opportunity to view it through a meaning-centered lens. By so doing, we engage in some deeper soul-searching and guidance.

Escaping Your Inner Mental Prison

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Although we are not always aware of it, meaning is present in every moment, even in what may be viewed as the darkest hours of our lives.

Have A "Happy New Year" By Avoiding Fixation On Happiness!

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Don't aim at success--the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue.

Patrick Swayze and the Meaning of Life's Moments

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Swayze's words and actions throughout his very personal and, unfortunately, sometimes very public ordeal underscore that, in all situations, no matter how desperate they may appear or actually be, you always have the ultimate freedom to choose your attitude.

The Lost Feminine

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

As a Greek-American of Cretan heritage, who has been actively engaged in the process of reconnecting with my roots, I found the standing and role of women in Greek culture and society, both in their religious and secular senses, to be a very meaningful topic.

Swine Flu and the Paradox of Intention

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Let me suggest that you try to let go and lighten up about the situation you are facing -- be it the swine flu or anything else in your personal or work life.

Dancing In The Footsteps Of Zorba The Greek!

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

As a Greek-American, March 25th marks a very important day for me: "Greek Independence Day." On this day in 1821, the Greeks decided to take up arms ...

Love: The Ultimate And Highest Goal

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, this is probably as good a time as ever to discuss the relationship between "love" and the "search for me...

Living with Meaning: Shift Your Focus Of Attention

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

On December 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean near the island of Sumatra triggered one of the worst natural disasters in memory, know...

The Search For Meaning In Government Service

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Question: Why doesn't the civil servant look out her window in the morning? Answer: So she'll have something to do in the afternoon. Doing the public...

Be Realistic, Expect Miracles: US Airways Flight 1549 And The Spirit of Service

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

It is being called the "Miracle on the Hudson." On Thursday, January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River minutes after tak...

What Kind Of Role Model Are You?

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

A dear friend of mine died this past week from pancreatic cancer. Juan was only 57 years old, and unlike either Patrick Swayze or Steve Jobs, he did ...

Bouvie And Me: Things I Learn From My Dog

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Over the holidays, I went to see the movie, "Marley & Me," which is based on The New York Times bestselling autobiographical book, Marley & Me: Life a...

Are You A Prisoner Of Your Thoughts?

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who was a contemporary of Confucius, Lao Tsu, and the Buddha, is reported to have said that "you can never ...

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

It's that time of year again! You know, when we not only should be in the "holiday spirit" but also should be preparing for the New Year. There is n...

Meaningful Capitalism: Change We Can Believe In

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

"The Times They Are A-Changin," sang Bob Dylan, which is one of his most famous title tracks for it captured the spirit of social and political upheav...

True Optimism: A Prescription for Getting Through Hard Times

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" cried Chicken Little. If you are unfamiliar or don't remember the story of Chicken Little, I invite you to...

How To Tame Your "Inner Brat"

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Consider this: as consumers in a highly-technical society, we have come to expect efficiency and convenience, as well as instant gratification and quick turnarounds.

And The Oscar Goes To...You!

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Did you know that, like the actors who receive Academy Awards for their outstanding performances, each of us plays the leading role in our own life's movie?