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Reflections

How Self Love Gave Me The Strength To Overcome Life's Challenges

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Randy Kamen

The truth is you can endure any feeling. You can make decisions about who elevates your spirits and energy levels and who depletes you. You can hand select and piece together the community that will love and support you. You can create your best possible life and although it will not ever be perfect -- it can be wonderful and even surpass your greatest expectations.

Be Grateful: An Open Letter To Myself

Matt Richardson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Matt Richardson

Tomorrow is going to be lonely if I don't do something differently today. If I don't do something soon.

DIY Burnout, Roller Skating And The Old New You

Tanya Vlach | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Tanya Vlach

The betterment of humankind should be as simple as gliding around on wheels augmenting your feet. No head down obsessive gaze into a tiny screen. Out in the real world and smiling.

The Wisdom I've Gleaned From Another Passing Year

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

This year has zoomed by, and it's tough to sit with the fact that 2015 feels and sounds like it's way in the future, rather than moments away. Time, which becomes such a precious commodity with each passing year, has a way of surprising me with its swiftness. Wasn't it just July? Didn't I just turn 50?

1998

Karen Cordano | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

I think a lot of us are unkind to the young women we used to be. Why do we do it? What does it achieve?

Admitting Who We Are

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.21.2015 | 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...

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.16.2015 | 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.

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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

Learning to Let Go

Stephanie Harper | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

Letting go is never easy. It can be painful and complicated and an ongoing process. But, if I can let go of some of the things that hold me back and weigh me down, I might just find that I can float out here in this big world all on my own.

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 ...

Stuff I Didn't Know About Adulthood Until I Got Here

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Beveridge

Grownups get mad at kids for making messes, but nobody makes bigger messes than grownups.

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 ...

Reflections on Building a Resilient Self

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

I share this letter because as part of the resiliency building process, I have built a network of support. That support has led me to find peace within and to realize all the good that came from the relationship I built and rebuilt with my mother.

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.

The Courage Not to Waste Our Gifts

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on and heart-on will reveal. And we can't fully know our gift alone. We need each other to discover the gift, to believe in the gift.

Jupiter and the Bee

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter how often we fall, the gift of wakeful effort allows us to find our way back to what is heartening and affirming, without denying the suffer...

Gentleness

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The sweet blind boy tells everyone who asks that the heart wakes slowly, and only our gentleness -- our willingness to sink into the depth of things and wait -- will let us see and make our way.

Aslan and the White Witch

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage speaks to the turning points of resilience that are always near. Aslan and the White Witch We always have the choice to be one who affi...

A Dream We're Close to Living

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage explores a different sense of destiny. A Dream We're Close to Living I was given an insight when young, which arrived one day in...

Fox Reflections: What Does The Fox See?

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
Roeselien Raimond

Foxes don't seem to swim an awful lot. Suspiciously often I see them standing along the waterfront, though. So the question is....what are they doing ...

The Practice of Courage

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

From the outside, being courageous seems a monumental canyon to cross, but inside the opened depth of any situation, it begins with a single step. Th...

Being the Part, Feeling the Whole

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since we're each a living part in a living Whole, one challenging art in being human is to live out our particular life while comprehending the Whole....

Saying Yes to Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the face of this gritty, mysterious, and ever-changing dynamic we call being alive, it's nothing short of heroic that we are asked to choose life a...

Polishing the Heart

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We all film the heart and we all polish the heart. We all move between these points of wakefulness and weariness. All the while, the resources of life wait like a great sea to cleanse us. This is why we polish the heart into a mirror -- to open and touch the place within us where all life lives, where all hearts feel, where all things resound through the inlet of our soul.

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Patience B. Peabody

I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?