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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.

On the Kindness of Things

Kindness Blog | Posted 03.08.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Where does the world of objects start and stop? Where does an 'it' start becoming a 'you' or a 'me.' This is not clear, for the world of objects has no stable borders, and in actual practice includes much of what should be a 'you' or even an 'I.'

The Only New Year's Resolution You Need to Make

Stephan Bodian | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Stephan Bodian

For many years I spent New Year's eve reflecting on the events of the year drawing to a close and New Year's day clarifying my plans and aspirations f...

The 5 Keys To Know About Setting Intentions For 2015

Pragito Dove | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

You might be amongst the fortunate whose dreams come true quickly, but for most people, there are ups and downs along the path. The more you really want your dream, the more likely it is to happen.

Forget the Resolutions: Set Your New Year's Intentions!

Veronica Rae | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Veronica Rae

Take a few minutes and sit in a quiet, calm place to access clarity. Let your thoughts go, focus on your breath and imagine light all around you. Then consider what you'd like your life to be like this coming year.

Your Truest Friend Resides Inside Your Own Heart

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

As we age, it seems that fighting with friends becomes less necessary or even possible. There are fewer matters worth fighting about and even fewer wo...

The Impact of I.D.E.A. for Students With Disabilities and Education Equality: 40 Years Later

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Since 1975, I.D.E.A. was created to provide individuals with any learning, mental and/or physical disabilities equal access to education, protection under the law from harassment and discrimination, and self-sufficiency skills for independence in their post-educational lives.

The Future Is Always Here

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Yet a new year has a very special effect: It makes us feel like we have the chance to start over, to do things better this time, to make amends, even to right all the wrongs in the world.

The Year of Speaking Kindly

Kindness Blog | Posted 02.15.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Would you like to increase harmony in your life, cut the potential for conflict and hurting other people? If yes, then this challenge might be for you...

The Day I Stopped Trying To 'Cure' My Son With Autism

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

The doctor was brisk without being bristly, matter of fact in the most consolatory ways. He said lots of things that day that left Dominic's father and I with a mixture of understanding and fear. It was the first time someone spoke harshly, honestly to us about our son's condition, a condition that was just starting to infiltrate every corridor of the media and overwhelm our functioning.