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Lights Go On: Part XLVIII -- And So...

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

Click here if you'd like me to read this to you To my love who is appearing in my life I take you as my partner for you love me for me as I lo...

New Hope in Nepal: Education Transforms Lives

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.23.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

In the aftermath of Nepal's earthquakes, my first concern has always been for the children. A million children affected by the earthquake need homes. They need to be cared for and protected from very real dangers such as trafficking.

Whom Do We Look At After a Tragedy?

Mike Domitrz | Posted 06.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mike Domitrz

Nine people were killed in an act of racial terrorism. As our country and the world continues to discuss what brings so much pain, terror, and violence into our lives, one of the common reactions after a tragedy is for people to ask, "Why?"

How Education Can Be a Force for Good

Daniel Goleman | Posted 06.22.2016 | Education
Daniel Goleman

The Dalai Lama had come to John Oliver High School for an in-person session on Educating Hearts and Minds. Several hundred students were packed into the school gym for the event, which was live-streamed as well to thirty-three thousand others across the province.

The Health Benefits of Practicing Compassion

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The spiritual value of compassion has been shown to extend to mind and body as well. It's in our nature to be sympathetic and kind to others while doing great good to ourselves at the same time.

Not My Monkey, Not My Circus

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 06.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

I have a habit of being almost fanatical about my commitments. If I say I'm going to do something, come hell or high water, I'll do it. For the most p...

Gov. Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Prisoner Serving 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Anthony Papa

In the case of Bernard Noble it seems that Louisiana's Governor Jindal has chosen not to show the compassion that our President has shown and instead ignores the injustice of Noble's case while he rots away in prison for 13 years for the possession of two joints.

Do You Know Who You Really Are?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

I had been working with Pamela for a couple of months, attempting to help her see and value her true self, her essence. I could easily see her beautif...

Speak From the Heart

Mila Atmos | Posted 06.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Mila Atmos

Speaking to my children often reminds me how difficult it is to communicate well. I aspire to be able to express kindness and compassion even in the h...

Is an Earthquake an Opportunity for Transformation?

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

In the wake of a disaster, there is a desperate immediate need for food, shelter, medicine and other aid. But in the longer term, entire systems may need to be rebuilt.

6 Steps to Ending the Copy Cat in Business

Asha Ramakrishna | Posted 06.11.2016 | Business
Asha Ramakrishna

The unoriginal, uninspired, and lacking of confidence in the phenomenon of a person who steals your ideas, words, and work is an eye roll to every business owner.

Goodness Isn't Relative

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

One of the core tenets of the postmodern theory that swept through academia since the middle of the last century was an assertion of moral relativism.

3 Thieves That Steal Your Peace of Mind

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Greed and power are like thieves in the night that steal our sensibility, kindness and humanity, leaving us doing everything we can, whether legal or illegal, to get more. It's amazing to witness the damage greed can wreck by bringing down a well-established international football league.

Just Breath and Recognize Who's Listening

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Whenever I come across a new book or material about spirituality, I feel that I'm in touch with something bigger than me because of the author's profound knowledge, dedication, and experience. Over the years, they've become my spiritual family by sharing their insights on love and compassion, and the power of prayer and meditation.

The Best Disaster Relief Fosters Independence

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.05.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

It's quiet in Kathmandu these days. For the last 20 years the city has been overpopulated with tourists and guest workers, all of whom have left, so it's emptier. But it's more than that. The quiet relates to a sense of

Discrete, Wise, and Filled With Spirit: A Diaspora Judaism of Robust Hope

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Here's the serious lesson I learned from my time in Upstate New York: We Jews are a strange and exotic creature. We are odd, we are unusual, we are slightly magical, and we are wonderful.

Week to Week News Quiz for 6/5/15

John Zipperer | Posted 06.05.2016 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Sometimes, it feels as if you're the only person not running for president. Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and see if you know enough to throw your hat in the ring.

Right Outside Our Doors!

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 06.04.2016 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Most of us appreciate a kind word or a smile. The only way to experience equanimity is directly related to have love and compassion for all.

Why Jesus Would Say 'Black Lives Matter'

Derek Flood | Posted 06.04.2016 | Religion
Derek Flood

Continually Jesus drew our attention not to loving people "in general" but to specifically caring for those we would tend to discount or condemn. Black lives matter is exactly the kind of thing Jesus would say.

The Good/Bad Apple Experiment (aka the Power of Our Words)

Jennifer Howd | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Howd

My life partner, our 7-year-old son, and I recently conducted an experiment to see how words might physically effect our bodies. Our son had recently ...

The Spiritual Core in Ruins

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

People are in trauma everywhere in Nepal. Like a doctor in an emergency room, aid workers are focused on the most immediate needs first: food, shelter and medical care.

The Price of Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Devoting my life to trying to let people see the damage that is caused by denying authenticity to transgender people helps to change the nature of the pain.

Food to the Mountaintop: Feeding Disaster Victims in Nepal

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 05.29.2016 | Impact
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

Over the past few days, the Buddhist Relief Services has been distributing food to villagers in the hardest hit regions of Nepal. We understand, what I call, Ground Reality; we see and hear what is happening on the ground, and are able to give aid where no one else has.

The Science of Altruism (VIDEO)

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 05.29.2016 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

You will not get altruism just by wishing for it. You need to train. You can do it twenty minutes a day, and you can do it a few seconds every hour. You stop, you look around, and whomever you see, you say, "May that person be happy. May that person flourish."

Leadership at Starbucks: An Extra-Hot Recipe for Growth

Laura Berger | Posted 05.26.2016 | Business
Laura Berger

"Sylvia is here!" Everyone perked up as she came through the door and deliberately hugged them all. "Michael, how is your dog's leg?" "Shana, how is y...