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3 Steps to Turning Pain Into Purpose

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

You might think that August 20, 2013 -- the day an armed gunman came into the school where I worked and trapped me in an office with him -- was the darkest, most difficult day of my life. But the truth is, it wasn't.

Out of the Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Kindness and suffering are wordless teachers, ready to bend us and soften us until we accept that we are here; that, try as we will, we can't build our way out of existence or dream our way out of being human. Once opened in this way, we come to realize that the only way out is to love being here.

Fear Is Your Sweet Companion

davidji | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living

The many stages of life, jobs, careers or relationships can create vulnerability, fear and anxiety. These transitional times bring on levels of uncertainty. We're not the person we once were, nor are we the one we're about to become. So we need to establish a life of living in a grounded state.

Teach It by Living It

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

We know that our students learn by doing. With that knowledge, we give them tangible experiences to learn actively and become engaged. Our students look up to us, literally and figuratively.

8 Days to Living With Purpose

davidji | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living

We all get to choose what we do with that time and how we feel about what we did with that time at the end of each day. Meditation can help you enjoy the moments a bit more, but only living life to its fullest can bring you the true joy we all crave.

The Dilation of What Seems Ordinary

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The normal way we meet the world is full of bumps and bruises and noise that scratches up the heart. And yet, if we can endure and lean in, we are widened and opened to a depth that weaves the tissue of the Universe together.

Meditation Will Enlighten Your Path

davidji | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living

If you love the direction in which your life is moving, apply more pressure to the accelerator and keep going! If you don't like the direction, you have the ability to stop and shift. Meditation and reflection will help you move from where you are to where you want to be.

Why Are the Little Moments So Big?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

While I was reading all of the clever posts that my friends had put on Facebook the other night, I came across one that somehow amused me and at the same time, caused me to reflect. It said, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big ones."


Mark Nepo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

An old friend died several years ago. At the time, I wrote this poem. I still can't delete his phone number from my contact list. To do so would seem so final, but I also still feel in contact with him.

To Cultivate Wonder

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We have only a few seconds to love the wonder out in the open or those we meet will swallow it. Seconds to let this timeless resource come into our knowing so it can save us from the brutality of surface living.

Catching Up With The Ticket Agent At The Delta Counter

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Even though Ron lives more than 700 miles away from me, and we had never interacted with one another before, our mutual trajectories on that snowy February afternoon crossed at an airport gate while under duress, and in that intersection of paths, our lives were changed forever.


Mark Nepo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the days after my father died, there were many quiet moments and many stories told. It was a small thing my mother said while crying over tea that allowed me to connect these small stories of my great-grandfather, my grandfather and my father. I never realized that they form a legacy I'm a part of.

The Moon Hears My Confession

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When I remember that I'm one small part in a very complex and numinous Whole, I may feel frustrated but I feel engaged in an ongoing process of aliveness that keeps demanding my cooperation.

Midway in Our Journey

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Part of everyone's journey in life is to arrive at precipice or fork in the road or at the end of a path and to realize we no longer know our way. Hard as this is, this is where the inner journey begins, when all we've carried has served its purpose and now we must burn it for warmth and to see what's next.


Mark Nepo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My father used to quip that old is always 10 years out from wherever you are. I'm 62 and to think of how old I once thought this was! What I'm learning is that age is not the distance from the beginning of our lives but the distance at any moment from the heart of our aliveness.

LOOK: Stunning Spiritual Labyrinths Around The World

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Sometimes getting lost is the best way to be found. Labyrinths have been part of human civilization since antiquity, often serving a spiritual or ...

Open Secrets: Are We Ready for More?

Maura Sweeney | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Maura Sweeney

We love secrets when we can call the shots on who and what is being revealed. But are we ready for disclosure of all secrets, including those of our own?


Mark Nepo | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter what we're going through, the opposite is happening somewhere else at the same time. This awareness doesn't minimize our own experience but adds context and medicine to the truth of any given moment, the way a rip in the curtains we have drawn seems like a violation of the privacy we so wanted though it is only letting the light of the world in. This poem tries to understand this paradox.

Our Hopes & Dreams for a New Year

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

I hope to learn about new places by traveling. I hope to get better at cooking new recipes. I am good at listening. My family, friends and husband will help me. Now it's your turn. Go!

Next to a Gull

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When in the crucible of a difficult life change, I went to be by the sea, to clear my head, to open my heart, to imagine next steps. What I found was the beauty and resilience of life waiting under my trouble and all trouble. It helped me look beneath my pain and confusion to remember that while what happens when we're alive can be alarming and disappointing, the fact that we're alive is all that matters.

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 10

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Reflection: Remembering Our memories of the previous year are like reflections in a window: layered, evocative, imagined, and unsteady. But it's go...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

With Christmas in the rear view mirror, and New Year's just up ahead, it's the perfect time to reflect on the year gone by, and thank everyone in the HuffPost community for helping make 2013 such a record-shattering year for us. Last month, HuffPost attracted 94 million unique visitors, with nearly 45 percent of that traffic coming from our eight international editions (with Brazil and Korea joining the fold in the next two months). HuffPost Live continues to make news and attract views -- nearly 110 million in November, and over 750 million since it launched. And our Third Metric initiative -- devoted to redefining success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving -- has taken off across the globe in a remarkable way. Clearly 2013 was a year in which many of us felt the need to bring more mindfulness into our lives and reconnect with what really matters -- a perfect New Year's resolution for 2014.

Where the Snow Begins

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

During his last year, my father suffered four strokes and a heart attack. We watched him be yanked back and forth between life and death. This piece was written during this time.

The Protagonist

Christine Hoh | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Hoh

When you are a supporting character of your own life and you let others be the protagonist, you'll look back and see that there is nothing left. But when you take ownership and be grateful in your own skin and lead with the giving heart, then you are THE protagonist of your own life. Your feet will be grounded.

Deevra Norling: Rewind, Reflect and Refocus for the New Year

Deevra Norling | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Deevra Norling

Turning down the volume on the daily buzz and bringing serenity to your mind suddenly brings things sharply into focus. It's like a dirty glass that you couldn't see through; the dirt is cleared and the view through the window is immediately bright and sharp.