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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...

The STBs Will Suck You Dry

Rena DeLevie | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Rena DeLevie

Does your career match what you envisioned it would look like? Are there things you expected that haven't happened? Do you torture yourself about those things? They have a name: the supposed-to-bes. I call it the STB tool, and your inner critic uses it to drain your energy and destroy self-love.

Thank You for That!

Rena DeLevie | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Rena DeLevie

When I was a teenager, my Grandma would compliment me. I'd answer in my "modest" way and she'd say, "Just say thank you." Her tone was kind and loving, and I did whatever she told me to do anyway, so I started to do it.

Crossing Guards and Project Managers

Rena DeLevie | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Rena DeLevie

The silent source of comfort to parents everywhere, the crossing guards are there to make sure our kids cross busy intersections safely. Yes, at first glance they seem to be unnecessary, almost joke worthy.

On Being A Social Pariah - Part 1 "Perception is Powerful. Compassion is Calm."

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 05.22.2016 | Divorce
Lulu Salavegsen

There comes a time in life when you have a laugh and let go. Don't get me wrong, there are times I want to fashion the biggest mirror possible, and hold it up to the people with the thinnest of projections; but I don't.

On Being a Social Pariah. Part 2- Things I've Learned

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 05.22.2016 | Divorce
Lulu Salavegsen

The inability to acknowledge or see this by so many people I know is...well, funny. I laugh and let go. Not in sarcasm, but in confusion and self-preservation to accept people are all different and if their truth is black and white, who am I to say how THEY should see things?

Keeping Orphans Out of Slavery

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 05.22.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

When I was in Asia in April, I was inspired to start an educational foundation. I founded a school in Nepal 25 years ago, the Trungram International Academy, which teaches over 400 students a year, and I wanted to extend that opportunity to more children.

Our Greatest Celebration of Life

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.22.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

In due time, we're sure to find that our compassion, love, and attentiveness to those crises and responsibilities were the most powerful actions that brought us out of those storms for our greatest celebration that empowers us for the rest of our lives!

Food Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project and our community of Daily Givers supported projects that strengthen our food supply by caring for bees, helping people find culturally-relevant ways to access and enjoy vegan food, encouraging people grow food and teaching people healthier ways to cook.

Empathic Understanding for Baltimore

Michael Frazier | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Frazier

It is easy to judge Baltimore and say what people should do. Ask yourself if you consistently saw people in your community unfairly treated and stifled systemically; what would be your reaction?

The Path to Love and Compassion

Mansal Denton | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Mansal Denton

I am not always in a perfect place of love and compassion. I'm human and I get frustrated, upset, and angry. Life weighs heavy and at times I don't love myself. But I see the path to love and compassion and how to achieve it even if I must begin again every day.

It Takes Courage to Help Others

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

We are also facing practical human obstacles. We put a lot of effort into giving aid directly to the people who need it. We look at maps to see where the major relief organizations are working, and go to the smaller, more remote locations that they miss.

We Are on the Same Team, Take Off Your Cape

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

I don't view motherhood as a tidy symbol of false humility. I'm not "saving" my daughter. I can't. She will need to know how, and I will need to teach her. I don't need to be anybody's hero. That is damaging and dangerous.

Which CEO Character Traits Yield the Highest Returns?

Russ Warner | Posted 05.15.2016 | Business
Russ Warner

Machiavelli said, "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." And for that statement, as well as other views, he is famous, or rather... infamous.

'Global Brotherhood' And Raising The Next Generation Of Givers

Kristin van Ogtrop | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Kristin van Ogtrop

It is one thing for my children to read the news about Nepal, Syria, Liberia and Baltimore. It is another thing entirely for them to understand that they are part of one Brotherhood. To feel the connection that leads to action.

Remember How Strong You Are

Mike Robbins | Posted 05.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

When we remember how strong we are, not only can it help us as we face challenges or adversity in the moment, it can give us much needed confidence and faith that we actually have what it takes to navigate this crazy and beautiful thing called life.