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Being Present

Being Present

Alissa Stern | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Alissa Stern

In some cultures, wearing local dress and participating in local ceremonies is not appreciated. And even in Bali, there are some ceremonies that are off-limits to outsiders. But in many Balinese communities, as in many communities elsewhere, the opposite is true.

Adventures in Our Own Backyard

Ari Andersen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Travel
Ari Andersen

We don't need to be in transit to be able to approach our days this way. It is possible for me to be living my normal life and be excited for the unknowns of the day. I meet new people and do new things every day.

5 Effective Remedies for the Post-Summer Blues

Karena Virginia | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Karena Virginia

Are you ready for the transition to a new season? A melancholy sadness can creep into our spirit as summer closes.

Our Curated Lives: The Insanity of Living Monotonously Happy, Perfect and Successful Lives

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Ritu_Sharma

At the end of the day, when you step away from your computer and phone, which posts from the day's romp across the social media landscape stick with you?

How Burn-Out Saved My Life

Giuliana Cortese | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Giuliana Cortese

Every action, whether it be writing an article, applying for a job or snacking on an apple, is worthy of being embraced, enjoyed and savored for what it is. When we choose to live life this way, each moment becomes saturated with meaning.

Learning to Enjoy the Moment

Ronda Lee | Posted 08.14.2014 | Women
Ronda Lee

I know it is better to give than receive, but why do we feel guilt on the occasions we receive? This is particularly common among women. In today's two parent households, usually both parents work. Yet the role of caretaker and homemaker still tends to fall on the mother.

5 Tips That Will Change the Way You Parent Your Children

Kathie Holmes | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Kathie Holmes

When you rush from place to place, you tend to forget that you are actually raising children, not just keeping them busy and meeting deadlines.

The Best Time of Your Life Is... Now

Matt Richardson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Richardson

We look forward toward possibility and freedom and then backwards towards opportunities mishandled. Only in those rare blissful instances where we are totally present and grateful, when everything comes perfectly together, do we acknowledge that now is the best time of our lives.

The Relaxing Practice You Should Make Sure You're Doing On Vacation

Christiane Wolf | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Christiane Wolf

Travel-proofing your meditation is easier that you think. The motto is, "Do something at least every couple of days." This is enough to keep you going through travel time and to pick up your daily routine once back home.

Savor the Season: Why Appreciating What's Around Us Ignites What's Within Us

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Decorative pumpkins in July. Avalanches of fall fashion in mid-summer. Hearty harvest recipes during high heat. Societal conditioning magnified by...

Number One Way to Not Forget Your Child in the Car? Be More Present

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

I am definitely not a perfect parent. Sometimes things slip my mind, but I can assure you I never forget my kids in the car. So, my solution and challenge for all parents: Be more present. Be better. Thrive. Hold yourself accountable to be more aware so things like this do not happen.

Let Your Kids Live in the Present

Michaela Fox | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Children have the extraordinary capacity to disappear into the moment.As parents, we are the gatekeepers of time. And we are preoccupied with it. We are constantly clock watching to see when we need to race out the door to the next activity.

Build Your Village

Paola Pearce | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Paola Pearce

I live in a city of over eight million. Now, I invite you to think for a moment to your mornings on the crowded sidewalks or in the queues for a coffee to-go. Think of your lunch time at a café tables and, again, of lifts, of subway and train stations.

Past, Present or Future...

Tami Shaikh | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tami Shaikh

So if the past is what has made me the person I am, and the future is what I am working for -- what does the present or "the now" mean to me? How could I just believe and make today my friend? I was lost.

Reflections of a Life Not Lived

Natalie Thomas | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Natalie Thomas

What is it in life that leads us to one decision over another? And why is it often the "wrong" one?

How to Live Life to the Fullest

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

Too often we save things in life for the wrong reasons. Besides material goods, we save our emotions because we don't want to be hurt, our appearance because we don't want to look old, or our flaws because we don't want to be anything less than perfect.

A Mother Spends 3 Days in a Cemetery

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

I stopped there on the hillside and marveled at humans, at who we are: capable of war and love, memories and longing, life and loss. Over a hundred years ago, someone died and someone cried, and there I was standing on a hillside witnessing the pain and the beauty of love.

5 Keys to Unlock Your Inner Happy

Cindy Griffith-Bennett | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Griffith-Bennett

Emotions are fleeting. Express your emotions when they come, be willing to let them go, and add a dose of gratitude. You will feel much happier.

Does Conscious Living Lead to Conscious Dying?

Michael J. Formica | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Formica

Maintaining an acute awareness of our own impermanence as material beings allows us to live every moment as if it were our last and, in doing so, we get to squeeze the juice out of each and every one.

Learning to Love in the Present Moment

John McElhenney | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

"Love your time and be aware how you spend it. Love your body and be aware how you use it. Love your thoughts and be aware how you focus them. L...

17,000 Sober Hours

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Not one of those hours was spent wasted drinking at a bar, being drunk, or hung over. I didn't make any trips to the emergency room. I didn't spend any nights in jail. I didn't waste one hour in court. I haven't wasted an entire day sleeping it off and feeling miserable because of drinking the night before.

Putting Down the Phone to Face Life

Wendy Bradford | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

Sitting with my children at a local restaurant for dinner last night, a time I would have been checking my phone, or posting cute pictures to Instagram, I felt the intensity of our family -- the sharing of French fries, the coloring of underwater scenes on the white paper covering the table, the exhaustive giggling over making bubbles in water. That too is life's terms

This Will Help You Take A Moment To Meditate On Happiness

Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

How Do You Define Success?

Andy Shefsky | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Shefsky

Defining success is ever-evolving, but as I embark on the journey, I equate success with happiness. When others around me are happy, then I am happy. If I let up for just one minute, I will find my balance out of whack.

What a New House Has Shown Me About Being Human

Dr. Amy Johnson | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Johnson

Knowing that experiences come and go in a meaningless, impersonal fashion makes me far less likely to attach much to them. I can be in the middle of a "this is so frustrating" story and see that the frustration I'm feeling is thought-created, not a new-house creation.