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It's OK If You Don't 'Love Every Minute of It'

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Motherhood is profound and amazing and life-changing. It's also really hard. And we knew that going in.

Mindful Listening to Enhance Leadership Performance

Aldo Civico | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Aldo Civico

Mindful and empathic listening can be learned. To master these skills one can take advantage of every day interactions. As my experience with paramilitary commander Mauricio shows, focus, awareness and presence quite your mind when one is hostage of negative emotions.

Why We Need To Embrace Vulnerability

Christine Hassler | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Hassler

Don't let fear stop you when it comes to being raw and real with others. To fully feel the love and connection we all yearn for, vulnerability is required. Vulnerability connects us. It is a great gift we give to another person when we let them see behind any masks or walls of emotional protection.

5 Ways the West Is Improving Yoga (And the World)

Rudy Mettia | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rudy Mettia

Just like the sun, which rises in the east but sets in the west, yoga's home is right here in the US of A. Here are five ways the West has improve...

Power of Message: Starts With a Mirror

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Matthew Dowd

I am hopeful that leaders will emerge who see the example of the pope and understand the greatest capacity for change first exists in ourselves and as that change occurs, starting with how leaders live, then motivating others will become much easier and more effective.

What I Discovered by Beginning a Mindfulness Practice

D. R. Lionheart | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
D. R. Lionheart

I can embrace myself and others with greater compassion, my life has much less conflict, I am less impulsive and less reactive, my emotions feel more balanced, my thoughts are less intrusive, I sleep well, I am in excellent health, and I spend much more time savoring the richness of life.

If You Have a Busy Mind and Can't Meditate, Try This

Susan Bernstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Bernstein

Over time, I noticed that when I turned my focus to my immediate sensations, my mind stopped worrying about the past or future, and I felt really present in the moment. The mind chatter went on hold when I deliberately approached with my sensory awareness practice with curiosity and wonder.

The 4 Fastest Ways to Get Happy

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

We cannot control what happens in our life, but we can control our reaction and perception of it. The power to control your happiness and live your full potential starts in your mind and it starts in this moment.

The Emperor's New (Yoga Clothes)

Rudy Mettia | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rudy Mettia

There's nothing more "anti-yoga" than fighting about what other people are wearing. Live and let live people, and that goes for both camps.

A Fowl Fable

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Tomorrow is another day, another chance for a feathered friend or member of our species. What will it be? Bounty for the reaper, be she a Frenchwoman or a figure more mythic? Or the one who raises its head high, who seizes the day, and burnishes life with zest outside and in?

How to Be More Mindful When You're Not

Ora Nadrich | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

The key is to know when we're doing something not as mindfully as it could be, and catch ourselves in the moment to change it. By doing that, we can get that much better at sharpening our awareness, and when we slip into being less mindful, we'll know it right when it's happening, and turn it around.

What You Need To Know About Practicing Mindfulness

Larry Sarokin | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Larry Sarokin

When your thinking goes up, your mindfulness goes down, and vice versa. You should become familiar with how each mode feels.

Grief and Anxiety: How Can I Calm Down When I Know Bad Things Happen?

Megan Devine | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

The crazy train of fear prevents you from being present to what is, and it most definitely keeps you from enjoying what is here in this moment. Following these steps can get you off that train before it takes you too far.

The Important Connection That Will Help You Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Elizabeth McKenzie | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth McKenzie

The good news is, it's actually not that hard: once you connect to your center, there is literally no room for comparison. It doesn't exist. All there is is you and your truth. In fact, you are your truth. And that's a pretty amazing way to live.

Self-Forgiveness at Work

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

The more time we spend on meditation practice, the more rewarding it becomes as rather than rejecting difficulties as bothersome interruptions, we can acknowledge our work with all its complications and challenges as an invitation to wake up and live our lives more honestly and fully.

The 2-Minute New Year's Resolution

Eric Roberge | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Roberge

If there's one thing I'd like you to take away from this story, it's this: Don't put off until someday all the things you know you should do today. Life is short enough, and circumstances can easily derail us from our true intentions at any moment.

The Good Enough Meditation

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Similarly to psychotherapy, meditation is an ongoing process; this is precisely why it's called a "practice." (Nope -- there is no getting around that aspect!) Like practicing the piano, one doesn't sit down, practice 10 times, and emerge a concert-ready pianist, ready to grace Carnegie Hall.

The True Santa Is Within Every One Of Us

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

True generosity is giving without any thought of getting or receiving. It is unconditional, unattached, free to land wherever it will. Through giving and sharing in this way, we soon find that we do not lose anything. We do not have any less. Rather, we gain so much.

How To Creatively Carry Gratitude Into 2014

Tammy Plunkett | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tammy Plunkett

Let's make this the year where we take journaling to a whole new plane of existence. Let's make the journaling about not only celebrating what we are grateful for that nature, the universe, and other people provide for us, but also acknowledging and celebrating the good we have done as well.

5 Ways To Improve Our Mental Self-Portraits

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Is this a magic cure? Maybe not. But, taken together these steps may help you feel more like the real you, worthy of taking a new selfie in your mind's eye.

Tips for Breakups, Heartaches and Sadness

Ashley Turner | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Turner

The heart is precious. Love is our most vulnerable, tender temple of self. When we are wounded, heartbroken, disappointed or sad it is crucial that we go the extra mile to treat ourselves with upmost respect.

The Daily Practice That Changed My Life

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Daily giving has brought me closer to my family and to my community. It has enriched and blessed my life. The initial impulse to be more connected to and engaged in my giving -- has resulted in me receiving so much more than I've given.

4 Habits Of Superbly Confident People

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Agapi Stassinopoulos

Let's get into that sweet spot of really accepting and cherishing our vulnerabilities, our humanness and ourselves! Let's embrace the whole package, the things we are good at and the things we are not so good at, because that is how we find our confidence and how we make the ground we walk on not only steady, but sacred.

Gifts That Feed Your Soul

Dr. Marcia Hootman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Marcia Hootman

What if, before selecting a gift this year, you asked yourself, "Is it possible to give something that goes far beyond appearances, something that has the possibility to touch a heart and feed a soul?"

Ho, Ho, Om: 4 Jolly Affirmations to Get You Through the Holidays

Tevis Trower | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Tevis Trower

Presence and positive thinking are the two essential ingredients to managing stress. Try implementing these positive affirmations for a more joyful holiday season -- and for spiritual emergencies (like cranky relatives), I recommend having them on repeat.