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When the World Breaks Your Heart

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Sarah Rudell Beach

It's at times like this, when the world breaks our heart, that we have trouble being mindful, being nonjudgmental. The "easy" response is to want to break the world right back. To blame, to scapegoat, to demand revenge. But I think practicing mindfulness means we've accepted the challenge to help heal the world.

How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize Every Day

Mara Shapshay | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mara Shapshay

Most of us think that we could never be like the Dalai Lama or come even close to winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Well, let's be honest -- we're probabl...

Paris: The City of Light... Always

Christy Jacobs | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Christy Jacobs

Today, I ask that we all stay in a place of LOVE. Send love and light to the souls who gave their lives to teach us lessons of community and connectivity. Send love and gratitude to the souls still on Earth who lost loved ones and are now in mourning.

Our Greatest Weapon Against ISIS Is Compassion, Not Justice

Kenneth Davis | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Kenneth Davis

The biggest threat to us now is not further attacks from ISIS, but our leaders giving in to fear and anger by ramping up military and security. Our greatest weapon is not justice, but compassion. Acts of war will get us nowhere. They will only take us further away from a unified world of peace.

The Human Experience

Daniel Horgan | Posted 11.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Daniel Horgan

"Hey, how are you?" Many of us have muttered these words as we pass someone by, not waiting long enough to hear the response. We have a meeting to g...

An Open Letter To Anyone Having A Bad Week

Clara Wagner | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Clara Wagner

I'm sorry. I have no idea why your week is bad, or how bad it actually is. But I want you to know that your grumpy, stressed out, short-tempered self is just as awesome as your cheerful self. Please do not shun your suffering.

Are You Jealous or Joyful?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Feeling envious of another's success or beauty is looking at the superficial conditions of life, not the deeper reality of our essential interconnection. Mudita asks that we let go of jealousy and judgment by seeing the other as ourselves, seeing the interconnectedness between all beings.

Prison Reform: Healing not Punishment

Maura Poston Zagrans | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Maura Poston Zagrans

Critics will object that law-abiding citizens themselves will be at the mercy of criminals if we put compassion at the core of our criminal justice system. Granted, safety must always be of paramount concern

The Art of Self-Forgiveness

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

As we strive less for perfection, we discover a growing acceptance for the limits and shortcomings of others. There is an abiding honoring of the human condition reflected by our own lives and the lives of others.

The Question for Humanity

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

Can we love bigger? Can we at least try?

Why Is Climate Change Not Like Being Mauled by Wild Lions?

Tim McHenry | Posted 11.12.2015 | Science
Tim McHenry

Whoopi Goldberg had a lot on her mind when she met the star of PBS' "The Brain" at the Rubin Museum in New York City a few weeks ago. "What makes me m...

Female Betrayal: 3 Reasons Women Hurt Other Women

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Dr. Andra Brosh

Several women in my life have betrayed me. From adolescence through adulthood I have had to overcome the intense feelings that come with being backstabbed and hurt by my own gender. During my elementary school years I was "dumped" by my best friend for another older and prettier girl.

Spreading the Love: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we celebrate nine people who, through the sheer power of love and commitment, are planting seeds, growing food, educating the next generation, building new sources for livelihoods, conserving the environment, and spreading the love!

Busting Your Ego With Humor

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

A powerful way of learning about and healing our ego wounded self is to be able to see our protective, controlling behavior with humor. You will disco...

A Love Letter to Those That Are Here to Rise

Gabriella Taylor | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Gabriella Taylor

We are the women who may appear successful, well put together, attractive, happy and living good lives -- because we are. And we have earned it. What you don't see are the battle scars.

Tias Arms: Making a Difference in South Africa

Margaret Moodian | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Margaret Moodian

The most prevalent concentration of individuals living with HIV in the world is in South Africa, according to the Current HIV/AIDS Reports. These reports state that, of all the people worldwide who have HIV, almost one fifth of them, or 6.4 million, live in South Africa.

For the Kardashians, Love Trumps Pain

David Kessler | Posted 10.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Kessler

As a grief specialist who has been with families during most of life's biggest challenges--illness, betrayal, divorce, addiction and death, I can tell you that while we all are imperfect, Kris Jenner has summoned strength with compassion in life's hardest moments.

How I Found My Best Self in Prison

Elana Christiansen, LMFT | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Elana Christiansen, LMFT

I'm not making excuses for them, and I'm not advocating emptying the prison system. My message here is one of understanding and empathy and second chances.

Practicing Kindness

John Toomey | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
John Toomey

Sometimes facing the extreme discomfort of the unknown, to do what you feel is the right thing in the moment, and to reach for someone and really help them, is the hardest yet most rewarding thing of all.

"Pound for Pound": A New Book Shows How Shelter Dogs Loved a Woman Back to Life

Marc Bekoff | Posted 10.28.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

A few months ago I was asked to write endorsement for a forthcoming book called Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman's Recovery and the Shelter Dogs ...

Why We All Need to Care About the Syrian Crisis

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Elnaz Moghangard

The truth is we could have been them, and they could have been us. A Syrian refugee could have been the one sitting at her laptop writing this article from a local coffee shop in the United States, and I could have been the one crammed in a plastic boat clinging to my hopes.

Mushaka's Motivation Monday x Beyond Classically Beautiful

Melissa Mushaka | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Melissa Mushaka


The One Choice You Need to Make Today -- and Every Day -- to Live the Life You Were Born to Live

Julie Cantrell | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julie Cantrell

Tragedy, betrayal, abandonment, abuse, financial ruin, and illness? I've survived it all. And I refuse to let any of this harden me. I am here to love and be loved with an open and humble heart. And so are you.

Four Core Reasons Why Your Empathy May Be Missing

Lisa T. Schlesinger | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa T. Schlesinger

You tear up when you see commercials for abused and neglected animals. You cry with a friend who shared her feelings about a recent breakup. You eve...

Our Number One Enemy: Negativity

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 10.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

When someone is being dismissive, fault-finding or disapproving and this is making you feel unworthy, insecure, or lacking in self-esteem, then it may be because there's a hook in you for that negativity to latch on too, a place where it can land that triggers all these hidden self-doubts.