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Addressing Violence at its Roots: A Quest for Philanthropy

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

We believe that philanthropy -- with its appetite for risk and flexible capital -- has a great opportunity to make significant headway towards breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence and reducing violence against children over the next couple of decades.

April Is Autism Acceptance Month

Laura Jo | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Laura Jo

It's time to move on. Move on to acceptance. Accept that not all autism looks or sounds the same. Accept that individuals on the spectrum are not valued less than others.

Blackout to Wake Up

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

Our current wellbeing paradigm is stuck measuring the cost of various degrees of illness rather than calculating the value of higher levels of wellness and proactively enabling us to thrive.

Uniting Psychology and Spirituality: Awareness Is Freedom

Tim Ward | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tim Ward

Psychology and spirituality are often seen as opposite, even antagonistic, ventures. The scientists who conduct psychological research raise their eye...

The Strength of a Woman! Spreading Breast Cancer Awareness!

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Eleni Makedonas

Awareness allows us to have choices and choices deliver freedom. I feel honored to have been asked to present this incredible depiction of a woman's struggle when faced with breast cancer and, what I am even more proud of is that this has been done solely in the name of awareness.

Has Personal Technology Killed the Mystery of Travel?

Nancy Colier | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Nancy Colier

Technology has changed the experience of traveling. With personal devices now our constant companions, the best parts of traveling have disappeared. Rest assured what's been lost is not that we no longer wear ties and skirts on airplanes and wear sweat pants instead.

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

Elizabeth Lesser: Love, Awareness and Oneness With Eckhart Tolle

Lisa Aisling Montagu | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Aisling Montagu

As Elizabeth suggests, we can discover that consciousness and love are synonymous, and move towards our purpose in the universe with sensitivity and awareness.

Watch The Emotional Moment A Man With Down Syndrome Asks His Girlfriend To Move In

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.23.2015 | Good News

There’s no better way to honor an important day than with a love story. Saturday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day, and to promote and raise ...

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Suza Scalora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Suza Scalora

It was during a meditation retreat thirty-five years ago that Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and other books had a vision that shaped his life's work. This meditative insight, a mere ten seconds long, led to the creation of an entire clinical program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center which came to be known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, also known as MBSR. This powerful program takes the form of an eight-week course, which utilizes the ancient practices of yoga and meditation in order to improve the quality of one's life and health. Dr. Kabat-Zinn has spoken to sold out audiences around the world about the power of the present moment and how to access it using MBSR amidst the seeming chaos of our daily lives.

The Day I Looked In The Mirror And Really Saw Myself For The First Time

Robin Korth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

I will never forget the day eight years ago when I looked in the mirror and really saw myself looking back at me. I saw me! My breath caught in my throat as I stared in a self-fascinated kind of horror at my own image. I was not 35. I was not 45. I was 51. Two-thirds of my life was truly gone.

Men, Women and Children! Why We Have Become E-Zombies!

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Eleni Makedonas

We have become a society that no longer takes the time to get to know one another. Why would we? We get what we need by sending a quick text or email and we're done

Touch As Nutrition

Kindness Blog | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Children actively shape their sense of self, not just mentally, but with their hands, elbows and knees, their bellies and mouths, inside the frequency, textures and intensities of this constant, rich field of contact.

Daily Meditation: Come Alive

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

How I Released Control and Discovered True Love

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 04.19.2015 | Good News
Cathy Cassani Adams

I live life with fewer answers and a lot more questions. I no longer believe that I know what is best for others.

Have Insensitive Comments Become the New Normal?

Michael Rohrer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

"I say we give him to ISIS" is, to me, a disturbing comment. One maybe thrown into the commentary as a joke to get a rise. It got one out of me.

Chai = Love

Neha Sangwan, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Neha Sangwan, M.D.

Almost every morning for 48 years, my dad has made bed tea for my mom and any of us lucky enough to be home. I would awaken to the gentle pounding of my father using the mortar and pestle to crush fresh pods of cardamom.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It's an opportunity for all of us to honor the memory of those we've lost, and to call attention to the fact that HIV continues to disproportionately affect African American men, women, and youth.

Do You Have Decision-Fatigue?

Neha Sangwan, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Neha Sangwan, M.D.

Sure, there are areas of your life where you feel confident. And at other times, you find yourself stuck in a figure eight loop of uncertainty. Have you missed key opportunities because you couldn't make up your mind?

The Key to Feeling Heard, Every Time!

Neha Sangwan, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Neha Sangwan, M.D.

If you want to be heard, stop trying so hard to get others to listen to you -- and start listening to them. (Hint: This can be harder than it sounds. Especially when you're passionate about whatever you want to share.) And when you do, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find others are tuning in.

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Asking yourself the following questions will do just that: clue you in to your own behaviors, positive and negative, and help you see where you can alter your life in little ways that will make a big difference.

The Secret to Defeating Defensiveness

Neha Sangwan, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Neha Sangwan, M.D.

Do you know someone who enters conversations with their dukes up? Maybe it's a colleague or boss at work. Or maybe it's someone around the dinner table or at family gatherings. You know, the person you wish would just relax, take a chill pill and stop arguing and interrupting.

What We All Need Now

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

When we blame or project our pain onto others, then we're avoiding the real cause that lies within ourselves: our deep unhappiness and, simultaneously, our longing for happiness.

What Can NGOs Learn From the West's Response to Ebola?

Nourish International | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

A "Sexy Ebola Costume" is a dumb joke, but it's also part of a broader attitude.

Is Yoga Really for Everyone?

Sweta Saraogi | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Sweta Saraogi

I loved how physically demanding the hour was, but I missed the philosophical aspects of yoga. Somehow it felt incomplete. When there were small bits of chanting in Sanskrit introduced, I wondered whether the students or the teachers really understood what the chants meant or why they were doing them.