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Claiming Our Highest Aspirations: A New Social Compact

John A. Powell | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
John A. Powell

Our society is undergoing a profound shift. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many of our foundational values and assumptions about our democracy...

Where Is the Love? Building Belonging in an Age of Divisiveness

Kim Samuel | Posted 01.26.2017 | Impact
Kim Samuel

There were many memorable moments at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from speeches by global leaders like Chinese President Xi...

Roses in Concrete: Helping Isolated Boys and Men

Kim Samuel | Posted 11.15.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

"Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet." - Tupac ...

A Blessing For Seekers

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 10.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

A Blessing for Seekers The same contractions that pushed and nudged you from the comfort and repose of your mother's womb will again and again announ...

Why Do American Soldiers Miss War?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Greater Good Science Center

By Jenara Nerenberg Sebastian Junger is a former war reporter, the author of several best-selling books, and co-director of the Oscar-nominated docu...

How to Find Where You Belong

Carol Morgan | Posted 08.02.2016 | Women
Carol Morgan

It sounds like a cliché, but many people ask themselves this question: "Where do I belong?" And when I say that, I don't just mean geographically, al...

Discontented Chaos: The Search For Belonging

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 07.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

The greatest of human contentment is found not in the world around us but within ourselves - in a deep self-peace that is reflected within the beauty of truly knowing that we are enough just as we are. Knowing that we truly belong. Knowing that it is the very uniqueness of our journey that gives meaning to every breath we are given.

Finding Strength in Being Different

Nozomi Morgan | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Nozomi Morgan

One fear many of my clients face is the fear of being different. It might sound schoolgirl-ish, but it's something many of us carry around, even as adults. (I do, too!)

The Burden Of Fitting In...

Gabriella van Rij | Posted 07.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gabriella van Rij

One moment in each and everyone's lives... We have all experienced what it is like to be shunned, humiliated, lonely, not fitting in, an outcast or a pariah...

A Bridge From Brexit

John A. Powell | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
John A. Powell

A few days ago, we woke up to a new world. Britain had voted to leave the European Union. Some were pleased, many were deeply concerned. What is likely is that many will be affected. Some wonder if the EU will survive. It will take months if not years to fully understand the ramifications.

The America We Must Become

John A. Powell | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
John A. Powell

We have and we have not been here before. The news that our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community in Orlando were singled out and targeted for ...

The Secret Power of Not Belonging

Gabriella van Rij | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Gabriella van Rij

Being able to seamlessly glide in and out of different environments and cultures has become a true gift for me. It opens up my world and I get to see that we all experience the same pain, the same sadness, the same joys, and the same concerns

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

A Stowaway, a Black Sheep, and a Wedding

Janet Bertolus | Posted 04.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Janet Bertolus

I decided right then and there, in the midst of this family of strangers, to declare my status. "I guess not. You know, I'm a black sheep."

Caught in the Middle

KidSpirit | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
KidSpirit

Some people say that being Hispanic can mean a lot of things. It can mean that you are an honor student, a writer, a CEO, even a Supreme Court justice. But in a way, I am caught in the middle of multiple identities within race, family, and religion.

Three Ways to Instill a Deep Sense of Worth and Belonging in Your Children

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

What our children need the most from us is a sense of belonging. They need to know that not only do they belong with us, but in our home, they will not be shamed. So how do we develop a sense of belonging in our own home?

The Lesbian Chronicles 14: Present and Accounted for

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 03.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Whenever I was on a crowded street or in a busy airport, people would literally bump into me. Always. I never understood this phenomena and chalked it up to being of short stature.

Scalia's Blind Spot

John A. Powell | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
John A. Powell

Rigid adherence to Scalia's approach would mean that today's Court and our laws and policies that emanate from its jurisdiction would deny that birth of freedom where we recognize that "all people are created equal."

The Quest for Who Cares

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 02.24.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Mitch Rosenzweig

Although it was sarcastic, someone said to me the other day... "See if I care..." We have all heard it at some time. But really, aren't we all on a qu...

The World Culture Festival: Why we cannot Afford to keep Culture Under the Radar Any More

Shalini Parekh | Posted 02.11.2017 | World
Shalini Parekh

The line crackled and faded. I had gauged that my son -- who on a recent birthday had joined the ranks of adults -- was calling from Udaipur, my homet...

Positive Parenting and Your Child's Wellbeing

Fiona Werle-Schupp | Posted 01.10.2017 | Parents
Fiona Werle-Schupp

In order to understand the effects positive parenting has on your child's wellbeing it is important to first understand that we all have different par...

Pedagogies of Belonging

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 12.06.2016 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

There is a conversation Black faculty often have with Black students that we rarely mention in public, let alone in mixed company. The tone of this exchange differs to some extent if the student are U.S. born or from the diaspora. It follows discussions that open their consciousness as they grapple with accepting an inescapable truth -- they are Black.

Social Creatures: How Animals Can Help us to Connect, Heal, and Love

Kim Samuel | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Pioneering psychologist Helen Thompson once said, "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." I thought about that recently, when I read a story about Hor...

Who Are You? Reflections of a College Freshman

Megan LeGresley | Posted 11.18.2016 | College
Megan LeGresley

What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about the past, about the parts of me I had hoped I could leave behind when beginning this new stage of my life.

James and The Giant Sneetches Teaches Us a Thing or Two About the Psychology of Market Driven Economics

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 11.07.2016 | Business
Kay Tacke Morse

My friend James has sculpted a big glorious life out of clay mixed of abundance and brilliance. He buys, grows, sells, creates and sculpts companies. He grows people too. He teaches them how to be better versions of themselves, with his wisdom.