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Transitions: Transforming Dirt Into Gold

Elliott Dacher | Posted 07.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Elliott Dacher

hat re-training is called meditation. The initial goal of meditation is to quiet the mind, the intermediate goal is to stabilize moment-to-moment awareness, and the final goal is to gain stable access to the wisdom and truth of unity consciousness. There we find the pinnacle of human flourishing.

What Holds Us Back From Achieving a Better Society?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Barry Jason Mauer UCF Forum columnist Until the mid-20th century, toil and scarcity were unavoidable facts of life for most people. By contrast, ...

The Poem "The World Be Always Bleeding"

Peter Reynosa | Posted 07.12.2016 | Arts
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, Opisthotonus (Tetanus), oil on canvas, 1809, by Charles Bell. This is a poem I penned in 2012. It first appea...

Why Ultrarunners Run Such Grueling Distances

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

A Badass Who Is Just Plain Crazy Social anthropologist Peter N. Jones describes ultrarunners as "a semi-obscure and incomprehensible group of athlete...

Feeling Secure Vs. Being Secure

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Two old meanings of the word secure are free from apprehension and free from danger. It may be helpful to identify some of the common experiences of feeling secure:

The Power To Feel More Deeply

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

As Norman Vincent Peale said: "When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor."

How To Pray When You Don't Know How To Pray

Gary Jansen | Posted 06.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gary Jansen

Like many people, I have shed a lot of tears in the wake of the three tragedies that have fallen upon Orlando in recent days. And like many people, an...

The Joy Ride

Leona deVinne | Posted 06.17.2016 | Good News
Leona deVinne

Joy is different than happiness although they are closely related. Joy contains an aspect of happiness, but it is deeper rooted, rooted in the good earthy, visceral goodness that is available to all of us despite tragedy and pain.

Love, Justice, And Suffering: An Interview with Nicholas Wolterstorff

Keith Hess | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Keith Hess

The English word 'love' and counterpart words in other languages cover a number of different phenomena.

Did God Give Me Cancer?

Zack Hunt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Sadly, there are many self-professed Christians who are convinced in their utmost being that the God does indeed give people cancer (while also intentionally inflicting every other imaginable form of evil on creation).

You Can Still Squat!

Leona deVinne | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Leona deVinne

How can this be happening to me? As I roll over to turn off my alarm to get up for boot camp I feel this excruciating pain tear through my upper back...

What Are 'Words' to a Chronic Pain Sufferer

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

Millions of people live with chronic pain, yet I often feel as if I'm the only person suffering in the world. Pain sometimes makes me feel isolated from everyone, and everything.

'This Too Is Sacred' -- Finding the Crack That Opens the Way for Gratitude

Jesua | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jesua

Many years ago my teacher Gangaji said to me, very simply: "It is impossible to suffer when we are feeling gratitude." What a life-changing teaching t...

How Fibromyalgia Can Be Eased With Mindfulness

Vidyamala Burch | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Vidyamala Burch

When I first began my journey with mindfulness for health, my personal knowledge was limited to spinal and leg pain. I wasn't really aware that there are pain conditions that can affect the whole body -- such as fibromyalgia.

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

Are You Addicted to Suffering and Struggle?

Anna Anderson | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Anna Anderson

The most profound "aha" moment in my research and work in the personal development space over the past decades was when my intuitive suspicion and a v...

Leaning Into Our Pain

Pratibha | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Pratibha

Trying to avoid the inevitable pain, messiness, and unpredictability that comes with life only serves to prevent learning. Indeed, suffering is the result of trying to avoid life. Life cannot be avoided because you are life and no matter how much you try to perform, perfect, please, or prove, you cannot escape yourself.

Passover Abridged

Amy Kurzweil | Posted 04.22.2016 | Comedy
Amy Kurzweil

Bitter herbs.

From PTSD to Peace: An Inspirational Story

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

My role as a psychotherapist is not to advocate particular responses or causes. My point is that in order to recover from the large and small wars we all experience, we would all do well to follow Eric's example of using trauma as an opening for change.

What to Do When a Blizzard Hits Your Life

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 04.25.2016 | Women
Caroline Garnet McGraw

One minute you were looking at clear skies; the next, you were surrounded by a blinding fury. It wasn't your fault and it certainly isn't within your control.

The Awakened Heart: A Conversation With Tara Brach

Mark Matousek | Posted 04.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

The groundbreaking author of "Radical Acceptance" teaches us how to live Tara Brach, Ph.D. is one of my very favorite teachers. A leading western te...

How to Dissolve Your Big, Dark Blob of Emotional Pain

Leda Asmar | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Leda Asmar

Here's what worked for me: Four steps for how to get yourself out from under the big dark blob of emotional pain.

I Suffer From Erythromelalgia, And It Feels Like I'm Burning Alive

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

The pain feels and looks like a scorching fire inside the limbs. I'd jump up and down on one leg in a blazing desert while eating live crickets if a doctor said it would cure me.

The Politics of Easter

Lee C. Camp | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

So, after Easter, if we would speak of making our community "great again," we must come to terms with the politics of Easter: to be great requires a deep and liberating humility, a mercy and quiet persistence in meeting others in their distress, an allowance for others to speak and to be heard, a universal proclamation of the goodness of all human beings.

Adept at Aging

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 03.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Getting adept at aging is hard work. There are numerous seductive illusions, all aimed at bringing temporary comfort to an ego struggling to live life on its own terms.