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Reflection

Here's How You Defeat the Winter Blues

Drew Ramsey, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Winter is a misunderstood season. The holiday frenzy and new year often obscure the best winter has to offer -- a season of inward reflection, comfort foods and lots of sleep. Adjusting with the seasons is essential to functioning your best, but winter presents a challenge for many of us. Below are a few tips to consider, but my main point is this: live seasonally. Winter is a time to reflect, rest and slow down.

A Few Turns of the Moon

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

For all the hardships that life throws at us, I have always felt that life keeps living. Perhaps not in the same form or in a way that is recognizable. But life keeps pulsing under everything.

7 Ways to Optimize Your Year-End Ritual

Liz Davidson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Liz Davidson

No doubt you'll have your own rituals, however here are seven steps I employ that help me take stock of the positives, challenges and the lessons learned, and clearly identifies what can be sent off with a kiss and not carried into 2015.

The Power of Reflection, Gratitude and Letting Go

Laurie Seymour | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurie Seymour

In order to fully embrace your own story, you have to have immersed yourself in the chapters already written -- the ones that come before the pages you will write in the coming months.

Everything Sees

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Everything is alive and everything has something to offer. In the press of daily life, we often ignore these teachers, though they're everywhere.

3 Simple Questions to Help You Let Go of the Year That Was

Elyse Gorman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

If you feel the desire to reflect on the year that was, here is a simple 10-minute way of celebrating and releasing 2014. Three simple questions for y...

5 Feelings You Should Leave Behind In The New Year

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

If your goal is to achieve your dreams, to become a better version of yourself, or to simply just be happy, I encourage you to let go of shame, regret, resentment, anxiety, and anger. Leave those unhealthy emotions behind in 2014. By doing this, you'll truly start 2015 with a clean slate ready for prosperity.

How I Brought Positive Balance to 2014, One of the Worst Years of My Life

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

Do I dare say it was one of the worst years of my life? Actually, 2014 was one of the richer years of my life. Despite the pain, hardship and sorrow that I went through this year, I also found joy, freedom, completion and fulfillment.

Turning a Rough Year Into a Happy Ending

Amy Heinz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I guess what I realized is that no one year stands alone. Somehow they all weave together to create something truly spectacular. So while we can try to wish away all the bad stuff -- to hurry past it and just start over -- there's no such thing as a clean slate.

Compose Yourself

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The instruction to calm down is often used to muffle what we're going through. But to quiet what we're feeling is not the same thing as to settle what we're feeling. It's the difference between putting a pillow over someone's head when they're crying and letting a churned-up lake settle so you can see what's on the bottom.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, a world facing crises on many fronts rang in Christmas. Though this is traditionally a season of good cheer, in his holiday address at the Vatican, Pope Francis showed it could also be a time of sober reflection. The often good-humored pontiff delivered a somber message of concern for abused children, refugees, and victims of violence and war. The speech was similar in tone to his annual message to the cardinals, bishops, and priests who run the Vatican, delivered earlier in the week, in which the Pope decried 15 "ailments of the Curia." These included "careerism and opportunism," "social exhibitionism," and "spiritual Alzheimer's," seen in those who "become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands." His words stand as a worthy challenge to us all to combat indifference and tap into the better angels of our nature -- no matter what religious tradition you may follow (including none at all).

Dream Boldly: 10 Questions to Rouse Your Inner Child-Wisdom

Laurie Seymour | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Seymour

What dreams lay forgotten within you, unvoiced and unnoticed? We grow up, go to school, learn about the world and gather information. Then we graduate, get a job, chose a partner -- become an adult! Growing older we make choices and take on new responsibilities. What happens to those distant dreams we had as children?

Admitting Who We Are

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

So much of our aliveness depends on how open we can remain. This piece looks at how we can let in what matters. Admitting Who We Are So how do we pa...

Think, Then Act!

Michael Møller | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Michael Møller

we need to create space and time for this type of reflection if we want truly long-term, creative solutions that actually respond to the challenges before us in a meaningful way.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

The good news is that the holiday season doesn't have to be so stressful and draining. With a few little changes, it is possible to turn your exhausting holiday experience into one filled with joy and cheer -- it just all boils down to how you take care of you. Here are five ways to do that...

Finding Little Moments of Joy This Holiday Season

Rachel Verlik | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

So when it all gets real crazy in December, find those moments in the season that bring you joy. It helps you slow down, even momentarily, to remember what this time of year is about and how to enjoy the wild ride of December.

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life waits irrepressibly under all the clouds that come and go. This happens within us as well as in the world. This poem speaks to our need to be where we are.

Make a Decision... Make It Count!

Amy Oraefo | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

Remember, the past is the past and it should stay there. Leave the disappointments behind. Resolve to learn from failure, but never let it define you. Evolve and challenge others around you to do the same.

14 Ways To Successfully Wrap Up 2014

Lauren Jessen | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Lauren Jessen

The holiday season may present a packed calendar with parties, trips, and work to finish up, but don't wait until 2015 to make resolutions, start something new, or to make self-improvements.

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's humbling how fear can rearrange our eyes. This piece describes a personal example of this.

Nectar

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life tries to lure us into the open, the way sunlight opens a flower after a storm. This poem explores the life-force that calls to us. Nectar Like ...

My Father's Spirit Left His Body

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria published my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the ...

5 Ways to Find Gratitude in Trying Times

Stephanie Harper | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

What I've found to be most helpful in the times where all I can think about is how miserable I am is took look for beauty outside of myself. And, I'm not just talking about distraction. It's easy to put on a movie or try and get some task done to avoid the larger issues.

Joy Out of Sorrow

Stephanie Harper | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

But if we're constantly keeping ourselves safe, exercising this concept of self-preservation, then we are also closing ourselves off. We are not letting ourselves fully experience life in community with others. This is a tragedy.

The Fifth Element

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I admit I've known the lift of the beatific ocean of Spirit and the crash of the world's great wave. And no matter what is taken away, I try to accept everything as a blessing. I try to put down my mask and sword and keep entering life.