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Living in the Present

Wheelchair Wisdom: Living the Fearless Life

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are. -- Epictetus Here's another example of transformation: I hav...

The Beauty of Device-Free Days

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 06.19.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

As much as these days are a ritual designed to connect us, they too are a lesson in mindfulness. A reminder of the present moment, an inventory of what we have, how far we've come and to whom we owe at least a few hours of gratitude.

2 Questions That Will Help You Live In The Present

OWN | Posted 05.23.2014 | OWN

Spiritual author Eckhart Tolle says it's not about what you're doing in life -- it's how you're doing it. In the above clip from "Oprah & Eckhart Toll...

The Kingdom is Within

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Harold Lloyd

The Kingdom is Within It's Holy Week again, that annual time when some of us struggle with the "orthodox" account of the Passion. How is it morally ...

How Social Media Has Distorted Our Ability to Let Go of the Past

Catherine Zinger | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Zinger

Before social media, we simply accepted that certain relationships and friendships died a natural death. Now we can't let sleeping dogs lie. We push, we delve, we foray into former relationships, perhaps eager for a "do over" of an experience that we feel like we didn't get right the first time.

How I Want to Be Treated If I Develop Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.

Searching for Permanence

Ari Andersen | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

Technological advancement is considered human advancement, but somewhere along the line, we have become sloppy about keeping up with the very things that make us human. How can anything compare to the words I say as I look into the eyes of someone important to me?

Why Do We Trust Ourselves So Much?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

One of the primary functions of religion is to help us live in the present, that is to stop and immerse in the power of the moment. One of the other functions is to pull us out of the moment to see the bigger picture.

How To Stop Worry And Fear In Their Tracks

OWN | Posted 12.16.2013 | OWN

In today's fast-paced world, it can be easy to focus more on what's down the road than what's in front of you. Though living in the present is often a...

The Best Way I Can Describe How Motherhood Feels

Jill Krause | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jill Krause

Remind me to "enjoy this time," and that the day I let go of them will be here all too soon. But then? Tell me how beautiful it is to watch them fly.

How I Made Peace With My Messy Minivan

Christie Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Christie Taylor

After any valiant effort to clean the car, I enforce strict rules. I announce that the dog is no longer allowed in the main area of the van, and whatever the kids bring in the van, they must bring out. I'm a real stickler. For a few days. Then my kids break me.

Why I'm Rethinking Multitasking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Because my attention is in a million places, the to-do list is monumental. And the fact that technology gives us all sorts of cool way to be more efficient makes it seem like we should keep doing more. But there are downsides to doing more.

5 Ways To Practice Living In The Moment

Posted 10.18.2013 | OWN

Five visionaries share their thoughts on what it takes to seize the day. 1. The Altruist: Karen Armstrong David Levinson/Getty Images ...

Women, Breast Cancer and Finding a Cure

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

Maybe the race for a cure really isn't a race at all. Maybe it's an invitation to stop. I stopped. I stopped and felt thankful for the people in my life, where I live, and how we live.

It took THIS to get my family to unplug

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

No drone of the air conditioner could be heard. No television blared in the background. Not even the familiar hum of the refrigerator or a solitary screen saver could be detected. The sacred wedge of silence was magical, entrancing and wholly alien to those huddled upon the floor and sofa.

Magedy

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

There is a word I came up with years ago, when I was still fresh from my brother's death, which cracked me open enough that I had to put myself back together in a different way. A way that left me paying closer attention to the moments, to the people in my world.

Slowing Down To Splash In The Rain

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 12.03.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As I continued to lift her into the car, very softly she exclaimed "that was fun..," and instead of reaching for her seat belt as I had planned, in reverse I helped her back out of the car, until we stood facing each other, our feet planted in the same puddle.

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

Rachel M. Martin | Posted 11.28.2013 | Parents
Rachel M. Martin

I want my kids to remember that there were times when their mother looked them in the eye and smiled. And for me, this often means shutting my laptop, putting down my phone, taking a break from my my to-do list and just giving them time.

Get Good at Change: Life Lesson 101

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

When you get "good' at change, life becomes a miraculous adventure. When change comes knocking at your door -- and it will -- open up and say, "Welcome."

How Often Are You Fully Present?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

It's nearly impossible to be out in public today and not hear the constant dings and rings that are alerting people to their texts, social media posts, emails and incoming calls.

Staying on the Bus

David Blistein | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

One unsettling thing about aging is the subtle fear that the bus has left you behind. Or that you're lugging around so much baggage you won't be able to get back on at the next stop. That instead of heading towards the light -- transcendent or otherwise -- your so-called "golden years" are in the rear-view mirror.

A Humbling Moment In Alan Alda's Career (WATCH)

Posted 09.16.2013 | MarloThomas

When Alan Alda joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he told me about a career-defining moment that he experienced while he was appearing in a play called ...

The Forest for the Trees

Ari Andersen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

Living in the information-saturated world that we live in, it is much more of a choice. The choice where to put my focus, my energy, my attention, when there are so many things to think about and do and get accomplished.

When Was the Last Time You Had an 'Oh Wow!' Moment?

Dianne Harman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

There are pluses and minuses to getting older. One of the big minuses is that we tend to compare everything to something that happened in the past and completely miss the "Oh wow!" moments.

Feeling Thankful

Lisa Corbett | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Corbett

What I didn't expect, and what has knocked me sideways, is the unending fear I feel for my children. I fear losing them, I fear failing them, I fear them feeling hurt or sad or confused or angry or let-down or average or unheard or denied or alone or smothered.