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An End to Taking Others for Granted

Susie Wolbe | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

The holiday season is upon us. For the holidays, and for every day, let us all try a little bit harder to show gratitude to the people with whom we are blessed to have in our lives.

Standing up to My Fears (and Finding My Voice Along the Way)

Bryan Behar | Posted 11.03.2015 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

There are a lot of reasons that I'm a writer and not a performer. My nose has more turns than Google Maps. I have a comically oversized head that would only really work in a Munsters reboot. But I decided to try stand-up comedy for the first time since 1988.

Pillow Talk and Listening to Who We Are Matters Most Definitely

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

It was on sale for $9.99 and the perfect inspiration of color for her new home. My friend, Amanda, shared with me this am on our hike through the Enc...

Does Your Kid Behave Much Better When You're NOT Around?

Juliet Linley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Why oh why, when we leave our kid with friends, grandparents or other relatives, do they often tell us what deep down we'd rather not hear? I mean, sure on the one hand we're relieved to hear that those who were doing us the favour of watching our kids, didn't end up having to deal with a gigantic tantrum.

Gender Liberation: Leaving Men Behind

Brett Gleason | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Gleason

Even with my chin length hair kids mock me for having 'girl hair' -- as if there's something inherently offensive about being a girl. So much has evolved with gender identity since I was a kid but I fear men and boys are being left behind in our liberation of behavior from gender.

The One Soul-Crushing Habit You Should Quit Right Now

Ashley Navarro | Posted 09.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ashley Navarro

Hey Friend, Do you ever get caught up caring about what other people think about you? I know I can. It can be hard detecting our approval seeking be...

Human or Robot?

Danielle Posa | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

At the end of the day, when you lay your head down on your pillow... ask yourself "Was I a robot or a human today." The world needs the human in you.

Follow the Music... Only You Can Hear

Mel Sellick | Posted 09.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mel Sellick

I'd just finished a walk along the Mendocino Headlands, feeling grateful and refreshed. As my hand hits the door handle, something says I need jus...

Why We All Need a Creative Outlet

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

That's why expressive arts therapy can be so effective. The process of confronting and overcoming the inner blocks in our minds allows a great healing to take place. We can heal old wounds and release old blocks, so that we can express what our souls truly want us to express.

Defending My Son Who Wears Skirts While Fighting Victim Blaming And Sexism

Lee Lee | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

My son isn't hurting anyone. For whatever reason, he is choosing to wear frills and frocks on occasion. Yet the assumption is that he will be teased for dressing "like a girl," and that action should be taken to prevent this from happening.

The Selfie Craze: Self-Expression? Or Self-Absorption?

John Tsilimparis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Humans are social creatures of habit and to feel happy, whole and loved by others, there is no substitute for live human interaction -- the kind of human interaction that is not established by detached, online affiliations and carefully chosen representations of ourselves.

Not Your Typical Artist

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 04.22.2015 | Good News
Harriet Heydemann

"She may look like a little kid, but she'll hate you if you treat her like one. She's trapped in a body that doesn't work. Inside, she's just like you." I said this to the millennials who applied. We rarely hired anyone who wasn't a millennial. Ariela wanted to be with her peers.

Daily Meditation: Find Your Voice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.21.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I must admit that it took a while to get over my fear. When I slowed down or met an obstacle while writing, I wondered whether or not the disruption was due to the new process and the difficulties of having to remember the new strokes on a computer keyboard.

How to Break Through Writer's Block... by Sitting Around Doing Nothing (Except Meditating!)

Amy Spies | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts
Amy Spies

Mindfulness helps me acknowledge my self-critical distractions, embrace the present of momentary sensations, scents, feelings, inhales, and then exhale it into my writing.

When My 9-Year-Old Daughter Told Me I Was A Terrible Mom

Diana Whitney | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

How many angry letters and emails have I written in my lifetime? Volatile letters that brought powerful release for me, the writer, but perhaps churned up pain for their recipients?

Translating Tattoos: Lessons From the ER

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

It's easy to condemn what we don't understand or would never do ourselves. But maybe we should pause to consider the messages that tattoos are sending. In the process, we might love and understand our neighbors just a little better than before.

Why I Wear All Black, All the Time

Christina Grasso | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Christina Grasso

lack is a subconscious means for me to put people off, in a way, to stay somewhat hidden, to hold on to secrets, to preserve the unknown.

Expressing Yourself: The power of Letting Go

Susie Wolbe | Posted 01.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

It is important to me to let others know how I feel. Not about every little thing. But if a situation makes me feel a certain way, if I think I'm going to look back and regret not having spoken up, if I think I will walk away feeling minimized, those words concerning my thoughts and feeling will come out of my mouth.

The Motivating and Scary Allure of Expressing Yourself in Your Work

Paul Jarvis | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

As someone who "makes stuff" for a living, I know that I'm responsible for what I put out into the world. So why not let it be a true reflection of me? I'm flawed, sometimes crass, opinionated as all get out, and I don't back down (to a fault).

The 7-Letter Word

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.29.2014 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Like all great games, works of genius, love affairs, and near death experiences, there is a defining moment, in Scrabble, that reigns supreme -- one existential, moon howling, Job-in-the-belly-of-the-whale moment that, metaphorically speaking, I imagine was at least partially responsible for Van Gogh cutting off his ear.

13 Life Lessons From 13 Years At Burning Man

Maya Zuckerman | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts
Maya Zuckerman

If you can imagine standing in a crowd of hundreds and peering up at art installations/sculptures up to 100 feet high as they burst into flames in symbolic offerings, you would come away with feelings of awe, veneration, wonder and even dread.

Life Lessons From Burning Man

Francesca Hogi | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Hogi

I don't plan to start burning my possessions or deconstructing my very home anytime soon. However, I do plan to practice the art of releasing my attachments when the time has come to move on.

The Power of Doing It: A Case for Living Out Our Dreams

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 10.26.2014 | Good News
Mario Tenaglia

One of the most interesting results I have found with living out and following my dream has been the quiet and peace and rest I've experienced inside myself upon returning. I am more quiet and calm and peaceful inside. My body is relaxed.

Are You the Artist...or the Masterpiece?

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 10.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

The metaphysical equation and question: Where does the essence of the artist (the creator) end and the form called the creation begin? This question gives new meaning to the age old adage, "As within, so without."