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How Co-Ed Parties Taught Me to Let Go

Alexandra Allam | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alexandra Allam

When I was around 12 years old, I started learning to dance. Ironically, I'd been tapping and twirling for years, but the particular set of skills necessary for this endeavor were far beyond pirouettes or buffalo-hop-steps.

WATCH: Be Super!

Brad Yates | Posted 06.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Okay, so -- this is one of my goofier videos... but it seemed appropriate with the new Avengers movie just coming out. I hope you have fun with this,...

Five Historic Sites with Fresh Perspectives on Interpreting Slavery and Freedom

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Using different approaches, all of the five sites work to spark a dialogue that will lead to understanding and reconciliation.

I Want to Raise Free-Range Children

Toni Hammer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I do, and always will, worry about my kids when I'm not with them. Even when they're at my in-laws, who are absolutely fantastic with them, I still worry. Are they getting enough attention? Sleeping enough? Is my son eating dog poop? What's happening?

Wars Rarely Advance Freedom: Baltimore Riot Hints that Applies Even to the Civil War

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The Civil War -- still the most deadly war in American history with 850,000 deaths, including civilians, seared already deep regional and racial cleavages in America into the permanent political landscape.

This Might Make You Feel Uncomfortable

Lindsey McCumber | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Lindsey McCumber

I just cannot be satisfied until we are all treated as humans regardless of sex, and I credit The Vagina Monologues for causing this unrest.

The Root of Police Brutality is Fear

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The complexity of our problems should not mask the simplicity of the solution. We are a people who are desperately afraid of everything. The root cause of police brutality rests solely in our own fear.

The Heartbreak of Freedom

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

As a parent, the freedom is overwhelming. It is worrisome. It is tremendous. We have a child and every moment after is spent letting them go in little bits.

What's Bugging You

Martha Ringer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Martha Ringer

If I asked you to write a list of things that are currently bugging you what would be on your list? Might there be things that are no longer even conscious but still pull on your attention? Take a moment and ask what if anything is bugging you.

What's the Big Fuss About Mindfulness?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Deb's Zen teacher once said to her, "First you do this and then you do that." Which means less stress, less panic, more inner quiet. We do one thing and then do the next thing (apologies to multi-taskers!) while being focused and aware.

How Having a Bigger Purpose Can Help You Become Debt-Free

Tajci Cameron | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

In our lives, we almost always have to deal with money. Lack of it, plans for it, worries about how best to use it, negotiations for more of it. It's ...

WATCH: Tapping into Creativity

Brad Yates | Posted 06.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone say, "I'm just not creative"...! Creativity is part of who we are -- but for too many of us it ha...

You Can Be the Pioneer Domino: The Perceived Heaviness of Ease (and How to Lift It)

Miriam Ava | Posted 06.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

It's a paradox: We love when things flow, but when sharing our stories with others we play ease down big time. Ease = Flow = Joy = Pleasure = Freed...

The Joy of Skipping: 4 Powerful Reasons to Put a Bounce in Your Step

Kim 'Skipper' Corbin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim 'Skipper' Corbin

While I could go on and on about the positive impact having a regular skipping practice has had on my life, the bottom line is that it is the most fun and uplifting way I've ever found to be fully present in the moment. It integrates body, mind, and spirit in numerous ways:

The Jewish Practice No One Knows About

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

People who have converted to Judaism often tell me about holiday overload. They go from celebrating a handful of holidays to almost a dozen. Yet, above and beyond the holidays we have certain practices, one of which I did not learn about until rabbinical school.

Let Them See Your Beauty

Miriam Ava | Posted 06.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

You can only make it work for so long. There comes a point, a threshold of the soul, where our true self pushes through. Let them see your beauty. ...

WATCH: Arguing for Limitations

Brad Yates | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

It has been written: "Argue for your limitations, and they are yours." We miss out on too much because of this, and the world misses out on too much o...

Patriot Act

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
SidneyAnne Stone

As long as the war on terror exists, there will be a need for the Patriot Act. In all likelihood, this is simply the world we live in now. There are, however, aspects of the Patriot Act that are undeniably in need of revision.

Should Saving Birds Trump Climate Change?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Mr. Franzen, put your considerable talent to work again and this time, persuade your readers to think of both species conservation and climate change with every action. Changing human behavior has worked in the past and can work now.

An Alternative to Pleasure Seeking

Jesse Bogner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

We all seek to profit from one another. It is the very nature of the capitalist system we live in. On an interpersonal level, we seek the comfort of others, because in the best moments they make us feel good.

Modern Day Freedom

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

We are blessed to live in a country that was founded on the principles of "all men are created equal" and the universal rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." However, one may live in a free country and still be enslaved.

How One Mother's Awakening Is Inspiring Others to Live Their Freedom

Tajci Cameron | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Tajci Cameron

I stand in the middle of an ice rink at Boston College in high heels with my lovely guest, Amber Lilyestrom, having just finished our interview. "Just...

What Indiana Could Learn From Hawaiʻi

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

In Hawai'i, the right of LGBT people to live free of discrimination is viewed not as an attack on faith but as an intrinsic part of the spiritual belief in aloha -- love, honor and respect for all.

A Seder Prayer, and Seder Notes

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

We are required to drink four cups of wine (or grape juice if you are not able to drink wine) at the seder -- each one corresponding to one of the ways that God liberated us from Egypt. But how much is a cup?

What Nudity Means to Me As a Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

For the deliciously disabled, getting naked holds with it a few connotations, challenges and a level of connectedness that I want to expose for you all.