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Visual Blog: What Did You Put Forward Today?

Camilla Tuominen | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Camilla Tuominen

Instead of pointing your finger on others and complaining what they are doing wrong, turn your finger towards yourself and ask: What am I doing to ...

A Dharma Punk's Thanksgiving Reflections

Josh Korda | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

One of the most clever tricks of capitalism, in its current state of unchecked growth and influence, is how even the most wholesome and sturdy ideals can be subverted, turned into rituals that naturalize mindless, hedonistic consumerism.

Finding Zen in a Catskills Bonfire

Joseph Satto | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joseph Satto

Flashback to the early 80's. I'm eleven years old, living in a non-descript Long Island suburb with a simple chore; rake and bag a half acres' worth...

The Profound And Ancient Wisdom Of Zen Buddhist Koans

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion

A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen ma...

The Disappearance of Self in Japan

Pico Iyer | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Pico Iyer

After living in Japan for decades -- but still very much an outsider -- I reflect on Buddhism, Zen, the concept of self and what it all doesn't mean.

Know Place Like Home: Minding Your Mind

Greg Archer | Posted 10.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

When the life you have been living no longer is the life you are designed to keep living, in essence, the jig is up. For me, it went down like this: "Greg, get out of your mind or go out of your mind."

5 Keys to Living Life Like a Zen Master

Howard Falco | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Howard Falco

Who doesn't want to learn to handle life with the grace of a saint and the creative power of a Zen Master? Who doesn't want to deal with all the ups and downs each day with an inner calm and sense of peace that can be maintained no matter what one is facing?

Contentment Is Your Choice

Doyeon Park | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Doyeon Park

I do not consider myself a type of person who is always looking for more to do, more to possess, more to achieve and more to desire; not believing tha...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 6.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you are up to your wrists in a messy diaper change, trying to wipe poo off the lad's apricot when without warning he pees on you and himself, in a glorious arc that splashes into his own eyes, there is no discursive thought to escape into.

Buddhism Meets Freud and LSD

Jonah Raskin | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

White, middle class Americans -- whether they're raised Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or in some other religion --almost always seem a bit absurd when they turn to Buddhism, as the African American author James Baldwin recognized years ago when he called the Beat Generation writers, "Suzuki rhythm boys."

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

PureWow | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.

Slather Me Up: The Zen of Massage

Inga | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty

Everybody has a fantasy about what they'd do if they won the lottery. I've always been clear about mine: hire a live-in masseuse. I'd get a minimum of two massages a day of about four hours each. In fact, some days I wouldn't even get off the table, especially if I could figure out a way to simultaneously get a straw into a glass of chardonnay.

Don't Panic: The Art of Staying Still in 3 Tips

Mark W. Guay | Posted 08.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark W. Guay

I still suck at being still, but I'm getting better. As the rain continues to fall today, I watch its tiny droplets splash to the ground one after another. I'm appreciating the beauty of this moment and grateful that, at least for a brief moment, I haven't moved yet.

Expectations -- Part 3: Don't Attach and You Won't React

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 08.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

Continued from "Expectations -- Part 2: The Boogyman in Relationships." Consider the idea that nothing is personal. That every word, every complime...

My Way or the Highway

Joseph Grant | Posted 06.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Joseph Grant

One can get anywhere in Los Angeles in 20 minutes. This is as true a statement as any that can be said about the City of Angels. Any amendment to this rule will dramatically hinder one's progress. The 20-minute rule comes with a caveat or two.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: A Dazzling Conversation

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

Okay. There's Fred & Ginger. Sonny & Cher. Beyonce & Jay-Z. And then there's Bennett & Gaga. A match made in jazz heaven. Let's face it. We're dragging and sagging under heavy headlines. We all need a quick escape from global gloom, and I don't mean Soul Cycle.

Are You in Your Right Mind?

Beverley Golden | Posted 08.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Beverley Golden

Up until recently our world has been a left brain dominant one, yet I see that things are rapidly changing. More and more thought leaders talk about how right brain creatives will rule the world.

Michael Jordan's Mindfulness Meditation Coach: The Secret Weapon of Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and You

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee

Woo-woo or not, compassion is needed today more than ever, and perhaps mindfulness can help bring us there. Through Mumford's book, we can all learn to be Mindful Athletes in our day-to-day lives.

The Foundational Tension at the Base of Democratic Capitalism

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

If you want to understand a tree, you must look at the roots. If the roots are healthy, the tree is healthy. But no matter how healthy the tree branches or leaves may look now, if there is a problem with the roots of the tree, the tree has a problem. The same is true of a building.

The Zen of Mad Men

K. Ford K. | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
K. Ford K.

The finale of Mad Men was not what I expected. The day before the finale aired I was hoping Don Draper would change his name to Dick Whitman and turn his back on the advertising world.

A Rhyming Farewell Ode to Letterman

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

He's the toast of the talk show scene: Guests from Clooney to Joaquin; From Regis to Drew And Jack Hanna's zoo; Dave's better than shots of caffeine!

Fit Tip: How to Workout in Style

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 05.11.2015 | Style
Zoey Gulmi

If you're one of the many who have vowed to hit the gym and get bikini-ready by Memorial Day, I've got the perfect motivation for you to uphold your resolution: investing in stylish workout clothes you'll actually want to work up a sweat in. After all, the outfit is half the battle.

33 Self-Improvement Thingees To Read And Then Quickly Forget

M. Blazoned | Posted 05.03.2015 | Women
M. Blazoned

Maybe that's what being middle-aged is all about... reaching the tipping point of self-actualization where you are like, "Oh, screw it. This will have to do."

Meditation Myth Number 3: 'I Need a Mantra'

Dean Sluyter | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Sluyter

Mantras are one such vehicle -- but only one. They're soothing sounds that are psycho-acoustically suited to this settling process.

On Beyonce, Putin and Breaking Through Our Growing Illusion of Powerlessness

Lisa Bennett | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Bennett

Afraid and powerless is an awful combination, especially when it seems other people, mainly the rich and famous, have all the power. But there is another deep, perhaps less often spoken truth these days: And that is, we still want and need to make a difference.