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Focus Matters: Focus On Your Dreams, Not Your Distractions

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

How would you measure up if someone observed you and wrote down what you were doing once a minute? Would they see you scrolling through social media, talking on the phone to your relative about a problem at home, or taking action toward your dreams?

The Worst And Best Ways To Ask Someone About Their Race (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

Things can get tricky -- and sometimes offensive -- when asking someone: “What are you?” But producers over at Moral Courage TV, a YouTube cha...

Minds Matter: Mindfulness Is the Key to Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

If you make a concerted effort to improve your ability to be mindful, the payoff is a life that is more effective, calm and joyful. Without being mindful, you can't truly realize your human potential, because it takes mindfulness to become fully aware of who you are.

School Bullies and Je Suis Charlie

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I am sickened by the violence in Paris last week. I condemn the killers and mourn the deaths of the artists. But because of how I think battles for democracy and identity should be fought, I can't je-suis-proclaim my solidarity or affirm these cartoons as heroic.

Words She Never Said

Christina Romo | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Christina Romo

As I looked at the photos, I realized that I found myself unable to relate to any of the adoptees who were searching for answers. They had clues and tidbits of information they could use to help locate their birth parents. If I were to create a poster, it would be empty.

Testing What

Francesca Milliken | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

I don't know how to identify myself. I can't say that I am a writer or an artist or any other neatly defined, entirely cohesive entity. But my writing belongs to me. When I listen to my words, I hear the sound of me. And if I look at all the words that are now outside of my head out there in the real world, sometimes I can even see "what" I am.

What It's Like to Feel at Home Everywhere And Nowhere

Reem Kassis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Around the holiday season, a common exchange between people living abroad ends in, "I'm going back 'home' for the holidays this year." Ironically, many of us who say this have been living in our new adopted countries for more years than our original ones. The notion of "home" remains fluid.

One Last Letter for You, Santa

KidSpirit | Posted 12.20.2014 | Teen

I love you, Santa. Have a very, very Merry Christmas! Good luck making all those presents, dear friend. My little sister's counting on you.

Organization Matters: Organize Your Life and Your Business Around You

Stedman Graham | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Stedman Graham

You've got to start with your heart. Go deep and get to know yourself. Learn about your unique identity. See the labels the world has slapped on you and let them go. Organize your life so that it works for YOU.

2015: An Opportunity to Redefine Your Identity

Corey Blake | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Corey Blake

Have you ever been surrounded by friends and family cheering you on and telling you you're living the dream, only to feel invisible and broken on the inside?

11 Ways to Check Your Jewishness on Hanukkah

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Danielle Wolffe

When pressed, I won't deny my Jewish heritage. There are others in the same predicament. I made for us, the confused Jews of America, a Hanukkah checklist.

The Exodus: A Christian Egyptian Perspective

Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D.

When one learns how to live with one's own inner-otherness and sees oneself as an other, one is at a better place for inter-religious dialogue urgently needed in the Middle East between Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

The Identity and Empathy Gap

Arthur Camins | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

As a nation, the United States is infected with racial and socio-economic myopia. Sadly, the malignant biases that support the empowered also undermine the ability of the disempowered to identify and empathize with one another.

Why 'What Do You Do?' Is the Wrong Question to Ask

Ann Cinzar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Ann Cinzar

"I work from home" provides no information. "Nothing," while tempting, belies the truth. "I work for my husband," makes me feel like I've set the feminist movement back 60 years and I'm riding shotgun with Betty Draper.

Why I Forgave My Abuser

Diane Pauley | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Diane Pauley

I learned that to truly move on, I needed to forgive her. And every fiber of my being cringed at the idea. All I wanted to do was forget, but I knew that pastor was right, I couldn't move on until I learned to forgive. Not just her, but me. That way, I really could be free.

Finding My Identity As An Adopted Child

Amanda King | Posted 12.04.2014 | Teen
Amanda King

The only difference between me and a non-adopted child is that I just happen to have two more parents. Questions about my adoption don't bother me because I am not ashamed. Rather, I think of my adoption of something that makes me unique.

A Poignant New Film Explores The Nature Of Identity

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices

A powerful short film hit the web this week that explores the nature of identity across the queer spectrum. Called "Emma," the two-minute short com...

Breastfeeding At The Bar Exam?

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Alecia Wartowski

The Board of Admissions initially decided that Ms. Pagano could leave the room every two to three hours and then return to testing, but that an adjusted time would not be allowed. Why do women, and mothers, need to put their identities to the side in order to be successful?

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

Why You Should Get a Handle on Your Identity

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

How do we know who we are? Our identities are remembered, reflected, programmed and created.

It's Not A 'Mommy' Problem, It's A 'Guilty' Problem

Reem Kassis | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

It was only 10:00 a.m. on a Monday morning and I had already felt guilty more than 15 times. My guilt gene is not even particularly well-developed, but apparently it was still in my DNA.

Leadership Matters: Relevancy Is the Key

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." -- Peter Drucker Leadership is NOT like riding a bike. You d...

Speaking Honestly

Katherine Preston | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Katherine Preston

At the crux of it, "honest speech" seems to hinge on the idea of speaking for ourselves. Not changing the way that we speak in order to fit a mold that someone else has created for us. We all have a voice that is ours, and ours alone. It is how we use it that counts.

Leadership Matters: The Power of Humility

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

I have learned this through decades of research and development on identity and leadership. Leaders with strong identities stay steady while others falter. They can handle the eventual necessary transfer of power, because who they are is not dependent on external factors or outside opinions. They validate themselves.

The Difference Between Your Ego and Your Soul

Elyse Gorman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

You can build a better relationship with your soul through stillness, meditation, spending time in nature, soul or journal writing, being open-hearted and authentic, and doing more things that you love.