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Winter Is Coming (But It's Okay If You Don't Want It To)

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

We don't have to pretend to enjoy the winter if spring is our preference, but what if we could consciously embrace the season, understanding it is a prerequisite -- a rite of passage -- for the spring to follow.

The Simple Antidote to Blaring Holiday Songs

Christine Chen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Hawaii
Christine Chen

I wondered: during our amped up holiday schedules and constant content on our phones, what's all of this sensory overload doing to our health?

On Gratitute, Genocide, Reconciliation, Pain and Healing

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

My own reflections on gratitude this year were a little different. For the first time, I felt sincerely grateful not just for the many good things in my life, but for the most difficult and painful experiences I have gone through.

Why Are White People Afraid to Watch 12 Years A Slave?

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

What kind of healing might be unleashed if we decided, as white people, that together we could bear to experience, even for a few hours, slavery's complicated and painful legacy?

10 Stunning Underwater Portraits of Cancer Survivors

Mailet Lopez | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mailet Lopez

As I was immersed in a few feet of water, holding my breath with my eyes closed, I became entrenched in living in the moment -- the distractions which usually plague my mind were no longer present.

Ancient Healing Techniques That Can Improve Your Modern Life

Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living

Ironically, when it comes to treating the ailments of modern life -- which can be exacerbated by chronic stress and a relentlessly fast-paced life -- ...

Are You Healed or Whole? How to Tell the Difference

Irene Ross | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

There are many kinds of well-being; to be full, you need to look at everything, including overall happiness, relationships and community, self confidence, career, spiritual health and finances.

Lessons From Kayaking: Finding a Way to Be With Fear

Tara Brach | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

The key to being with fear is in contacting what is here now, rather than trying to push it away. Here's a story from the river that helps us understand that. In kayaking, you learn about what is called a keeper hole.

Nailed Through the Holidays

D.J. Wilson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce
D.J. Wilson

There is no magic formula that says what percentage you have to give and take to make a relationship work. If anyone tells you otherwise, don't believe it. Relationships succeed when two people love each other just enough to put each other first.

Heal Alzheimer's Disease With Art

Michael Samuels, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Samuels, M.D.

Anyone can use the healing power of art to reach a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease. The results can be astonishing.

The Legacy of Canada's 'Cultural Genocide'

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marina Cantacuzino

Stan LaPierre's task is to bring Aboriginal culture -- the healing methods and stories of identity -- to all the prisons of Manitoba. For most young people the traditions of their ancestors have been lost due to a stain on Canadian history, one that the world knows too little about and which most Canadians seem reluctant to confront.

Find Your Medicine and Use It

Lindsey Kesel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Lindsey Kesel

My medicinal recipe is a zesty concoction of reggae music, dancing, travel, avocados and ginger, conversations with momma, soul writing, jiu-jitsu, jungle hikes, nephew hugs, beach cleanups, stretching, singing and trusting myself.

12 Life Lessons From A Cancer Diagnosis

Annie Buckley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

Cancer isn't the life adventure I would have chosen from a list of possibilities -- who would? -- but it is the one I got this time. And as it turns out, cancer had a lot to teach me.

Where Light Enters

Ellen Magnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

We must all become more aware of how to better protect our children and how to recognize and report abuse. We cannot save them all, but maybe we can open our eyes just a little more today to the realities and suffering of children in our midst.

Grateful for Jay on Veteran's Day

Adia Colar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adia Colar

He hasn't called yet and I don't know if he will, but even if he doesn't, it's really okay. The important thing is that he's doing better. I know he's doing better -- it was unmistakable. For the first time in years, I won't be mournfully remembering him.

Betrayed, Bamboozled and Broken: Surviving Love Gone Wrong

Pamela Levin | Posted 11.07.2013 | Divorce
Pamela Levin

Let go of the "Ggrrr!" (aka guilt, guilt, regret, regret regret). Don't get caught in the mental loop of "why me?" It won't serve you here.

Absolute Cooperation With the Inevitable

Tara Brach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Aligning with what is here is a way of practicing presence. It allows us to respond to our world with creativity and compassion.

Breathing, Manual Therapy and Breast Cancer Recovery

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

It's breast cancer awareness month, and Dr. Alexes Hazen, a breast surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center, Tamar Amitay, of Thrive Physical Therapy,...

'The Scars Of Having Had Breast Cancer Remain With You Forever'

Diana M. Raab | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

It has been 12 years since my diagnosis with breast cancer and I am doing fine, but the experience changed my life. I never thought I would be a part of breast cancer statistics.

4 Ways to Move On After a Break Up

Tamara Star | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Tamara Star

At this point, if it's truly over, you're going to need to take action. There comes a day when we must put away the ice cream, wash our tear-stained faces and realize it's time to come to terms with the hard, cold fact that it's over and life must go on sans our pajamas.

Dr. Eben Alexander Says It's Time for Brain Science to Graduate From Kindergarten

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

I read Proof of Heaven when it was first released, and I met Dr. Alexander briefly at a talk he gave in New Bedford, Mass. in the spring, but I relished having an hour of his time recently to discuss the questions I'd considered since I first followed his story in the headlines.

Learning to Wait: How West Coast Swing Dancing Taught Me Patience

Susan Rosenzweig | Posted 12.23.2013 | Women
Susan Rosenzweig

When my neighbor and fellow salsa-lover suggested we sign up for Latin ballroom dance lessons, I immediately agreed. It was exactly what I needed. I took to it like a fish that had been starved of water its whole life.

From One Bully to Another: An Open Letter to Rebecca Sedwick's Bullies

Amy Weber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Weber

You are not bad people. You do not have cold and heartless souls that are incapable of feeling empathy. You do not need to be sent away and never allowed to set foot in a school again. No, not based on my experiences.

The 'Benefits' of Verbal Abuse

Christi Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christi Paul

Now let's be very clear here. Recognizing the benefits of something negative isn't saying, "It's okay that it happened to you." It's not okay. But it is saying, "This isn't how my story is going to end."

Insights From a Stranger

Mary Pritchard | Posted 12.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

I am trying to find balance -- a way to honor my obligations while still living as much of the time as I can by my intuition.