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Plague Plots: Dispatches From Geraldine Brooks

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

To escape present-day harsh realities, one might do well to turn to literary portrayals in which lives are elevated. In Year of Wonders, the lives of those who care for the afflicted, and comfort the dying, are elevated.

Mindfulness: Using the Holidays as a Healing Moment

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Welcome to the holiday season, with all of its joys and pleasures! If ever there were a moment when memories and feelings are heightened, this is one....

When Givers and Receivers Blur Into Lovers

Becca Stevens | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Becca Stevens

Jennifer was home for Thanksgiving and celebrating more than four years clean when her brother, in gratitude for her remarkable recovery and in prayer for the hundreds of women on the waiting list to enter the community, gave her the gift.

The Taliban in the Self

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

How many children has our greed killed? How many children grow up without proper education? How many children are subjected to the slow deaths of racism, homophobia and sexism? How many children are dead because of our thirst for guns and violence? The questions can go on and on.

How to Tap Into Inner Clarity for Your 2015 Vision

Kerry Vollherbst | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry Vollherbst

Once you see where you're shape-shifting to satisfy your ideas about other peoples' desires, you get the awareness that your reality is made up of choices that you are making, not someone else. The beautiful, liberating news is that you are free to choose again.

Heal and Release What No Longer Serves You

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

I'm a huge fan of healing and release. As we peel away past layers of ourselves, hurts, limiting beliefs that no longer serve us, and anything else that needs to be cleared, we step more fully into the person we're here to be in this life.

The Beauty of Saying 'F*ck it!'

Wendy Reese | Posted 12.18.2014 | Small Business
Wendy Reese

I needed to let go of the excuses. Immediately my mind went into overtime trying to bring me back to the right route to the pain-free zone. This internal tug of war was mentally and physically exhausting. All I could do was throw my hands in the air and say, 'F*ck it! I surrender.'

Ambiguous Loss

Tara Hedman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

Ambiguous losses are complicated when it comes to acknowledging grief. All forms of grief can be dizzyingly painful. However, the emotions associated with ambiguous loss are often tricky to name.

Being Depressed Did Not Make Me an Innocent in Hell

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

Yes, maybe it was never my fault that I was depressed, but I am in many ways flawed, just as you are. I am not innocent, just as you're not. The only difference is that the depressed feel the weight of their flaws far more intensely than those who are not depressed.

Holidays, Grief and Healing

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Don't assume something is going to be hard or easy for yourself or someone else who is grieving. Triggers may not be what you think. There is no specific formula for finding just the right combination of maintaining some traditions and creating new ones.

Morality and Relationships

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Sriya Chakravarti

Aristotle said, "Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." Good relationships are key to living through an excell...

3 Things To Do When You're Scared To Date Again

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

I didn't trust myself. I didn't believe in my own abilities. Most of all, I didn't believe that I deserved happy, fulfilling and loving relationships.

Can We Change Our Genes?

Jess Ly | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jess Ly

What if someone was to tell you that you can change your genes? What would you say? The long-standing nature vs. nurture debate has fueled many fir...

You Say You Want a Revolution

Jenine Durland | Posted 12.10.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Jenine Durland

Driving down Martin Luther King Way towards downtown Oakland today I passed a mile of fresh graffiti under the highway. One pillar had been tagged wit...

Getting to Rome

Roger Friedland | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Roger Friedland

I needed to live here. It was neither moral, nor powerful, nor particularly brilliant. There is no question: I suffered from a madness. Rome is a city that is hopeless and yet alive, the perfect place for somebody who thought he might be dying.

5 Steps to Make Yourself Miserable for the Holidays

Matthew B. James, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Matthew B. James, Ph.D.

If you find yourself down or depressed during the holidays, you very well may be doing one or more of these steps, consciously or unconsciously

We Are All Wounded

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The idea that that we might live in a post-racial society -- a concept that became a topic of national discussion among the pundits after the election of President Barak Obama -- has slinked into a dark corner in recent weeks.

How I Came to Enjoy the Most Uncomfortable Part of the Creative Process

Suzanne Clores | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Clores

If I could tell every person one thing about presenting her work to peers, I would say this: prepare a lot, and when you feel like you're about to die, find a way to laugh and congratulate yourself because you're doing it right.

Start Living Life to the Fullest: Powerful Phrases to Inspire you to Spiritual Greatness

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jesica L. Santos

I have selected 75 phrases that have had a profound impact in my life throughout the years. It is my sincere hope that they will deeply inspire you to reach a higher level of awareness and lasting fulfillment in your life in all the realms.

When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

Gregg McBride | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

After surviving breast cancer about seven years ago, my mother-in-law (Becky, an amazing individual) found out that her cancer is back and has spread throughout her body and even into her bones. Needless to say, when those of us close to her got the news, we were stunned.

Neurofeedback on Your Bookshelf: Two Great New Books

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 11.20.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is currently at number 12 on the New York Times list of bestselling science books. It discuss...

Too Early for Flowers, Just in Time for Kurt Sipolski

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Post-Polio Syndrome affects most survivors, in which the muscles become much weaker from overuse and I certainly am no exception. I gym daily, but use a cane often."

13 (Non-Pharmaceutical) Ways to Deal With PTSD

Sezin Koehler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Yes, my emotional apothecary for treating PTSD requires varying levels of self-work, self-care, and self-awareness, which starts off daunting (and painful) but eventually becomes indispensable.

Every Step You Take, Every Toe You Break

Roz Warren | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

What to do? Stay off my feet. Catch up on my reading. And, to hasten the healing process, try some "positive affirmations," or, as I have always thought of them, "bullsh*t."

The Healing Power Of Kindness

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

Kindness should be viewed as an indispensable part of the healing process. After all, it's been in the Hippocratic Oath for over a century: "I will remember that... warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."