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12 Reasons Why God Is Nice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

I decided to consider the existence of a loving, omnipotent deity of my understanding Who was different than the Great Intimidator of Catholic upbringing. I listened carefully for the voice within me, which I believe is the God voice that is in all of us, for divine direction.

Who Cares?

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet | Posted 02.03.2013 | Good News
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

Officer Lawrence DePrimo has become a household name. There is so much about this story that tells a story of its own.

A Neural Namaste in Nearly Real Time

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

There is a long history here that primes this moment -- a history of learning to identify and relate with life's essence regardless of its form. I haven't always been this sentimentally attuned.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 5: Coping Through Crises by Connecting With Others

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

The good news is that you can create a psychological turnaround and increase your ability to cope effectively during a crisis if you work through your challenges with the help of others. One of the most important things you can do is to communicate your feelings to someone.

On Rediscovering The Art Of Offering Blessings

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

The more we offer such blessings to ourselves and to others, the more contagious it becomes to water these seeds of kindness and generosity in our own minds and hearts, and in the world around us.

11 Ways Silence Can Strengthen Your Soul

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As soon as we enter into silence, there are gifts that renew and strengthen our essential selves. These gifts are qualities that enlighten and bring real joy. I call these qualities "muscles of the heart."

On Love As Your Guiding Principle

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Cindy Wigglesworth

Love became my "true north" -- my guiding principle for acting from my highest and best self. When I am confused and upset, I need something simple and easy to remember. So my "guiding question" in a tough moment is: "What would love do?"

There Is More To Life Than Politics

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to hold onto the notion of allowing compassion to rule us instead of politics. Though the election is over, many have found it difficult to let it go and to move on to the work before us.

Are You Kind to Yourself?

Helene Lerner | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

I've heard it said that when we are going through something challenging, it's best to put ourselves in intensive care, that is, our own good care. And here's how you do that.

Obama and Social Change

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Are timeless principles guiding the change, or are we going into the forests of the future without a compass? Each of us can only answer for ourselves, but much will depend on this.

A Buddhist Perspective on Nuclear Energy, Weapons and Taking Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion
Vivian Norris

This plain-speaking young man in his deep red and gold robes, praying with such intent for all of us, a living Buddha in his own right, expressed a deep compassion for the suffering of the entire planet and all of the living beings on it as he spoke of the nuclear threat.

The Risks Of Loving Fully: Do You Hold Back Out Of Fear?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

The point C.S. Lewis makes in The Four Loves is that closing our heart to the risk of heartbreak creates a living hell. The truth is that while heartbreak is extremely painful, it is not nearly as painful as the hell we create for ourselves when we hold back loving out of our fear of getting hurt.

Love and Competitiveness

Garret Kramer | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

To me, if you want to perform your best, love, compassion, spirit, and concern for others are absolutely essential, and here's why: They don't require deliberate thought. They are the byproduct of consciousness.

Compassion And Marriage Equality

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

While full marriage equality now exists in nine states in the U.S., you can be legally fired for your gender identity/expression in 35 states. Policy change in these areas, as well as housing and education, would help create a more compassionate and just society.

Eating For Fullness

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Some of us get all the food we could stuff into Tupperware, and others are grabbing a nibble. This truth is a spiritual crisis. The goal must be shifted away from survival and excess and to a discipline of eating for fullness.

60 Seconds To Stress-Less Holiday Travel

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Travel
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The holidays are stressful enough for many of us, but tack on travel and it amps it up that much more. One of the things that can help us shift out of our stress and anxiety is to become present, get outside of our heads and widen our perspective.

Compassion Games -- Survival of the Kindest

Duane Elgin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Duane Elgin

Where The Hunger Games are the imagined price of a failed transition to sustainable prosperity, Compassion Games are the authentic reward for successful transition. May kindness be with you in the game of life!

Buddha Doodle -- 'Message'

Molly Hahn | Posted 01.19.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Unlock the Power of Self-Compassion

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Every day it seems to become more apparent to me how deeply healing a practice of self-compassion is. During the difficult moments in life at times it seems as if we're wired to have a neural reaction of kicking ourselves while we're down.

What Hurricane Sandy Can Teach Us About the Principle of Thought

Garret Kramer | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

In the wake of Sandy, I've been reflecting on the relatively upbeat and supportive mood around here and what it can teach us: Specifically, these questions: How come we can't pull together like this all the time?

The Empathy Formula

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act? Would communities be increasingly populated with people who were neither narcissistic nor emotionally empty?

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

As an exploding body of clinical research confirms that mindfulness helps reduce stress and promote healing, learning and neuroplasticity, a parallel line of study on the practice of loving-kindness has begun to converge with exciting new research on positive emotions and the brain.

De-stress From Distress Through a Little Soul Searching

Sharon Frey | Posted 01.07.2013 | Books
Sharon Frey

I yearned to find a peaceful frame of mind from which to address the situation. It was time for some soul searching. One way I approach this is through stories told by the world's great spiritual teachers.

Sorry, But I Don't Hate Mitt Romney

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Hate is a powerful driving force and when repeatedly called upon, it strips us all of our humanity. As a parent, I do not forbid saying the word, but its use never goes unchallenged by a conversation with my children about what they are feeling. 

Only Us: Beyond Republican and Democrat

Susan Piver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

When one side wins the election on November 6, the other side will lose. That's just the way it is, and I have no problem with that. But it is our reaction to each other at the point of winning or losing that spells out our future more so than any policies of the winning side.