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The Brainwashing 'Cult' of Meditation

Kino MacGregor | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kino MacGregor

The difference between a cult and a true path of spiritual evolution is sometimes hard to see form the outside. But when I washed my brain with the tools of meditation I didn't see it like a cult, I saw it more like going to the army for boot camp.

Day 31: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

I'm a million times happier today than I ever used to be. Which, I think, is reason enough to believe in all these things and much, much more. In my humble opinion, faith in power of joy is the foundation for everything.

Why You Should Look Fear In The Face

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

I used to think I couldn't do any of the things I wanted to do. I had thousands of thoughts on the subject of how scared and stupid I was. Then I started learning about thoughts and how 99 percent of them are simply negative nonsense.

Day 29: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Sometimes the highlight of your day can be with a total stranger. Sometimes a life opportunity comes along in an utterly unexpected way. And then because you have so many eggs in so many baskets, when you're faced with the occasional rejection, you'll hardly notice it at all.

Are You Mindlessly Addicted to Technology?

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

I get the addiction. I succumb to it myself, because it's human. That's why we have to learn to use the technology mindfully and not buy into the social construct that it's okay to be mindless, rude and disconnected from the real world as long as we use the "I'm busy" excuse.

Day 28: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

It takes vision to be successful at anything. You need to be able to see beyond the limits of what you believe to be possible.

4 Steps For Getting On The Right Side Of Success

Kathy Andersen | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathy Andersen

How do we not get lost in looking for "success in all the wrong places," and end up with achievement but not fulfillment? How do we experience wealth as abundance in our being, not only in our bank accounts?

Day 27: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Living a happy life then isn't about stamping out your fears but using them as a barometer to check whether or not you're living your life to the fullest: If you're feeling a little scared then the answer is yes!

Yoga: How We Serve Veterans and People With Substance Abuse

Rob Schware | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with John Morgan, an Army veteran in recovery from alcohol abuse. John's yoga service began on Veterans Day 2012 at a treatment center in eastern Connecticut for veterans, active duty personnel, and dependents.

Day 26: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

If life feels too challenging I remind myself that sometimes we need to be stimulated into action by adversity. Most social movements were the result of people finally getting fed up by being told what they couldn't do.

Aim High

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Figure skaters remind me of what's possible in terms of triumphing over the urge to have a temper tantrum or wallow in self-pity and instead keep living your life with full brilliance and passion.

Do You Follow Through?

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

The trick is not to start things lightly, be it a novel or an exercise class, and not say "yes" before you really realize what it will entail. You'll feel a lot better if you only start a few things but always finish them. Knowing you can trust and rely on yourself is a great thing indeed.

Why You Should Find Something That Fascinates You This Weekend

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

I find total absorption in something much easier than meditation, with the added bonus that you have something to show for it at the end. And the few hours you spent free from thought will stand you in very good stead with whatever you need to do next.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Looking Forward and Expanding Access

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

Americans are getting more value for their health care dollars due to the health care law. Affordable Care Act initiatives are promoting coordinated care; paying for quality, not quantity; and dramatically reducing fraud and waste, contributing to the slowest growth in national health spending in 50 years.

Day 22: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

It does seem a little unfair that we have to go through so much face-falling in life. I'm not sure why this should be the case, but I chose to believe we're given challenges so we can learn to be courageous. Because, in terms of life lessons, nothing feels much better than being brave.

Day 21: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

If you take care to love the life you have, to nurture and appreciate it, then waiting is no longer so frustrating. It can even become exciting, as exciting as the countdown to Christmas.

Day 20: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

I believe that difficult things happen so we can learn from them. I don't believe this because I know it to be true -- how can I? -- but because, a long time ago, I decided it'd be the best way to look at life.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Abby's Story

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

I'd like to introduce you to Abby Schanfield, who has an important and inspiring story to tell about how the Affordable Care Act has changed her life. She recently attended the State of the Union address as a guest of the First Lady.

10 Tips To Help You Get To Sleep

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

It's hard to relax when our minds are in turmoil. But without relaxation we can't get the sleep we need to recharge and focus productively. I've posted about how to turn your bed into a refuge and a soft place to land. But what if you still can't get to sleep?

Day 19: 31 Days Of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Self-pity is seductive, wrapping its soft arms around you until you fall asleep, and you must be strong against it. If you sink into this particular feather mattress for too long, you may never wake up.

I Am Millennial

Matthew Lew | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lew

Just as the Boomer generation redefined what their parents handed off to them, we will too and already are -- just much more quickly and perhaps overtly than ever before given the transparency prompted by the Internet.

Day 18: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

While I was an aspiring writer I believed that being a successful writer would change my life. Of course, I'd be much happier, I just knew it. I believed this all the years I was writing, right up until the day my first book was published.

Day 17: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

I believe in love and inspiration. I believe in passion and true desire. I believe that if a person follows the gentle urging of their heart then they'll find success doing what they want to do.

Day 16: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

At first, when I was a young wannabe writer I made the mistake of comparing myself to all the writers I most admired. I read their books and wondered how on earth I would ever write anything even touching the lofty heights of their gorgeous sentences and beautiful stories.

Why You Should Cultivate Gratitude Every Single Day

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Gratitude reminds you of what truly matters in life. It is all too easy to get caught up in day-to-day stresses and take for granted the things that are important to us. If you remind yourself each day of the things you are thankful for, you begin to focus more on the important and less on the superficial.