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Living in the Present

The Next Best Thing Isn't Always What's Best

Adina Evans | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Adina Evans

I'm not trying to say that there will be no more great moments in the future, but we need to realize that sometimes the grass is greenest right where we are standing and we should be living for the moments we have right now before it's too late.

4 Words to Solve Anything -- Part 2

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

In the three months since these 4 words first occurred to me, I've yet to find a problem they can't solve. Be present, be positive. In 4 Words t...

4 Words to Solve Anything -- Part 1

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

I love finding a simple solution, road testing it, and then passing it on -- and maybe you're the same. But the problem for most of us is remembering...

5 Ways to Fall in Love Again

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Falling in love again is impossible and unrealistic, isn't it? I'm here to tell you that it's not. Yet I'd be lying if I said that after 36 years of being together, every moment has been bliss. In fact, we've fallen in love again a number of times! Here's what I've discovered.

Mercury Retrograde: A Time to Say Goodbye

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Saying goodbye, that's what this time is for -- I have to say goodbye before I can say hello to my future, to my potential, to my destiny. Be courageous. You're not alone. You've got the universe on your side, and there's nothing more powerful than that. It's time to say goodbye and let go. Drive on.

Embracing The Interruptions Of Motherhood

Becky Tountas | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

My own unfinished projects seem to multiply every week, like the Cheerios. When I try to make phone calls, my daughter climbs onto my lap and starts singing so I hang up and promise to call back the next day.

10 Tips To Help Stay Mindful At Work

Steve Zanella | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Zanella

So how do you stay positive when you work in a "less-than-positive" environment? No matter how relaxing your weekend, nothing challenges your Zen-like being more than a serious case of the Mondays. Here are 10 tips to help start your workday right and keep that positive energy flowing throughout your day.

5 Simple Ways to Be Radically Engaged in Your World

Andrea Driessen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Driessen

In a world of bombarding distraction, how can you become more connected to your loved ones and feel deeper satisfaction with all that surrounds you? How can you capture moments of radical engagement?

Appreciate Each Moment

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 05.24.2015 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

One of the ultimate objectives of attaining inner peace is learning to live happily in the present moment. Keep in mind that life is a continuous succession of present moments.

Life, Death, and Karma

Ellen Frankel | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

I remember the older people in my life that used to say, "It all goes by so quickly." I would tell them that I understood what they were saying, but if it all goes by so quickly, how can the days so often feel endless? Now I have lived it; I understand.

My Two-Legged Dog's Journey From Egypt to New York to Kansas to a College Town in Pennsylvania

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Lucky is more than a dog; he is a symbol. For some, he is a symbol of resilience and perseverance, a canine "It Gets Better" story. For others, he is an affirmation of life and hope. To me, he is the best of what it means to be a dog: remaining positive, living in the moment, providing unconditional love.

Mom's Not Dead Yet... Living in the Moment With Terminal Illness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

As Kathleen reminded me, I need to stop killing off my mother. I have the rest of my life to grieve after she dies. For today, all Mom wants is for me to be with her... now.

The Spaces Between

Kristin Shaw | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Some days, I struggle to focus, and I deliberately call out each sense by name in my head after he falls asleep, nestled next to me. The scent of baby mixed with little-boy sweat. The sight of his eyelashes brushing his cheeks. The touch of his small arm against mine.

An Idle Mind Is The Devil's Playground

Chuck Nyren | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Here's a novel concept: Doing nothing is as productive -- maybe even more productive -- as doing something.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Living the Fearless Life

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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.