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The Most Dangerous Four-Letter Word

Dick Simon | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Dick Simon

This word is used to isolate, to insult, to marginalize. It has a devastating impact on geopolitical and societal levels, as well as within personal relationships, yet we continue to use it every day. This four-letter word is T-H-E-M.

Reversing Resolutions

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Each year I rethink New Year's resolutions. They never seem to result in real changes in my life for one reason for another. This year it occurred to ...

A New Year's Resolution Worth Making

Lisa Firestone | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Setting goals for ourselves is an essential step to a fulfilling life. Yet, New Year's resolutions tend to have a bad rep. Why is this? For one thing,...

Jewish Teachings on Reconciliation and Peace

Ron Kronish | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

This week Jews around the world will read one of the most troubling portions in the Bible. Its raises the question of whether the God of the Bible -- and the God of the Jewish Tradition -- is a God of War or a God of Peace! Or can this God be both?

The Lesson I Didn't Think My Son Had Understood

Tony Posnanski | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I told my son that his friend's mom was not wearing a silly hat. She was wearing a brave hat. I told him that people who live life to the fullest and try to be happy when things can be sad wear one.

Always be Sincere -- Whether You Mean It or Not!

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

I have an old friend who has used that expression for years. I have long puzzled what it really means. I think I have it finally figured out and I tho...

Choose to Serve

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

He lives in a Vatican guest house rather than the ornate Apostolic Palace. He gets around in a Ford Focus. In his recent, startling critique of capitalism, he called on the free world's most powerful organizations to have a conscience.

Ten Spiritual Resolutions for 2014

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Some change is better than no change. A little endeavor is better than no endeavor. If the resolution isn't made, then no action will follow. So, go ahead and make the resolution.

Diary of a Student Teacher: Why I Quit

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Matt Bieber

My mentor teachers and I were discussing the upcoming social studies lesson that I was to lead. The lesson would mark the beginning of our unit on Greek mythology, and I had free reign: I could teach the kids whatever I wanted.

Compassion

Megan Staggs | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Staggs

Branch to bough, with an open heart, compassion is always available for both the receiver and the giver.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Why Giving Makes Us So Happy

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

"Every moment with a child is a chance to plant a seed."

Have You Been the News? When Private Pain Is a Public Spectacle.

Megan Devine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Devine

We see too much suffering. We see too much suffering, forgetting that it is, in fact, suffering. It's not entertainment. It's not "news." It's pain.

The Curse of Perfectionism (And What to Do About It)

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

Don't miss out on the opportunity to be vulnerable, to be honest about your fears and flaws, to connect with other people on that deeper level that comes when you look another person in the face and say, "Hey, I'm human, and you're human, and that's okay."

Can You Give Up the Quest for a Happy Holiday?

Polly Campbell | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

Let's all just get over it this idea that things must be ideal to be good. If you invite actual people to your holiday dinner, you can also anticipate a bit of uncertainty, chaos even. But, we certainly don't need to add more stress or drama by serving up a helping of unrealistic expectations.

God Doesn't Laugh at Our Plans

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

To think that God orchestrates everything from inconvenient mishaps to devastating catastrophes in order to teach us a lesson, is to believe in a God without mercy or compassion. Would you laugh at these situations? No, and neither would I. Neither would God.

2 Proven Ways to Conquer the Pain of Heartbreak

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

When painful thoughts or emotions arise, notice them without judgment, allow them to be present, and send love and kindness to yourself.

You Won't Find These Items On Any Holiday Gift Guide, But They Could Change A Family's Life

Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact

During the holiday rush, it's easy to get caught up in (and stressed-out over) the buying and giving of expensive gifts to family, friends and co-work...

Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence

Tara Brach | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything's racing, through school semesters, wrapping up work com...

The Daily Practice That Changed My Life

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Daily giving has brought me closer to my family and to my community. It has enriched and blessed my life. The initial impulse to be more connected to and engaged in my giving -- has resulted in me receiving so much more than I've given.

Compassion for All Viewpoints: When the Jain Principle of Anekantavada Meets Practice

JAINA | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
JAINA

The Jain principle of anekantavad is about respecting the variety of perspectives in the world, but it has its roots in the interconnectedness of all beings.

The Simple Process That Will Lead To Better Mindfulness

Kripalu | Posted 02.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Often in the yoga world, you'll hear directions like, "Let it go," "Relax," "Breathe into it." These all sound lovely, but when I'm in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying. Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I'll get right on that. And breathe into what?

How Loving Myself Helps Me to Love Others

Christie Taylor | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Christie Taylor

Our thoughts and emotions are our own. No one has the power to create our thoughts or emotions or change them. We are our own captain of how we react to situations or internalize them. Certainly people can influence us, but ultimately, we make the final decision.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Heart of Leadership, An Ode to Nelson Mandela

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Nelson Mandela was a natural leader. The essence of the man propelled him to greatness, amidst the suffering and depersonalization to which he was subjected, forgiving his jailers in a profound teaching of compassion.

Are You 'Exactly Where You Are Meant to Be?'

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

You are exactly where you are meant to be if you are filled with peace, acceptance, compassion, and love for our fellow humans.

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotion...