It's uncomfortable. It feels like it comes out of nowhere. But sooner or later, if you're living in an even moderately diverse environment, you're going to get called out. And how you respond is going to be really important.
Bloodshed can produce more bloodshed and retribution, but if seized properly, it can also increase the pressure on the international community to take a second look at a sustainable and effective plan for deescalation.
While we cannot undo the damage that has been done, we don't have to aid in the deterioration of humanity. We can be defenders of unity. We can decide that hatred, bigotry and indifference are unacceptable
Chances are you've heard the expression, "It all depends on how you look at it." This tends to be true with how we feel about something that has happ...
Over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among the more unexpected items being conserved along with the wildlife here is peace.
The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.
Why am I writing this article? Just because I love to write, and I want to. Although I hope you like it, I can remind myself that at the end of the day my real friends are my own sense of happiness and inner peace, not your opinion or your Facebook like. And that's what I call a life of freedom.
There will be no peace, for now, as Gaza is turned into an abattoir, to collectively punish Gazans for supporting Hamas. Israel, as any nation, has a right to defend itself, but it confuses offense with defense. It is on the offensive in Gaza.
This letter is a reminder; a reminder for myself. A reminder that there is a bigger picture than the picture we're certain we've seen before. This here is reminder that there is more to life than dollar bills and shiny cars. A reminder that we still have so much more living left to do.
It is inaccurate to assume that wisdom comes only from those who have achieved so much or those who have graying hair and wrinkled skin. Everyone from any age has the potential to be wise.
Shelter. Safety. Security. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) data on internally displaced person...
Let's acknowledge and condemn the loss of any innocent life, whether it be Israeli or Palestinian. Let's encourage political leaders not to take sides but to help us find the middle ground. Let's read and then make up our minds, rather than making up our minds then reading.
There are too many wounds and grievances on either side to make bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestine a success. By calling for a pact between Israel and Hamas, the United Nations is only postponing the next inevitable round of violence to another day.
People who have grown up with sirens, but have never witnessed a tragedy are desensitized. People who have suffered trauma related to this 50-plus year conflict are hypersensitive. I don't feel like I belong to this scene, or that I am entitled to a marked reaction. I try to be stoic and inconspicuous.
Calls for an immediate ceasefire notwithstanding, Israel will press on with its bombing in Gaza in the hope that it can achieve a level of deterrence with Hamas that will last far longer than the 18 months that came after its November 2012 air operation.
Getting into the zone of quieting the mental chatter is the essence of mindfulness practice. Being ambitious and driven is necessary and beneficial for working toward life goals, but it's also crucial to shut off the overdrive and relax, in the interest of finding balance in life.