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A Summer of 'Just Because'

Liana Gergely | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Liana Gergely

Why am I writing this article? Just because I love to write, and I want to. Although I hope you like it, I can remind myself that at the end of the day my real friends are my own sense of happiness and inner peace, not your opinion or your Facebook like. And that's what I call a life of freedom.

The Big Juicy Secret Nobody Ever Tells You About Aging

Virginia Bell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Virginia Bell

It actually gets better as you get older. You get better. Life gets better. The merry-go-round slows down and you can finally enjoy the ride. I'm not going to tell you it's easy; especially in this economy or that it happens automatically like your invitation to join AARP. But it is possible as long as you're willing to do the work.

Daily Meditation: Your Inner Life

Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

10 Ways To Cultivate Inner Strength

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

Since part of survival is accepting that you cannot change outside circumstances or people, it is imperative to accept and feel empowered by the realization that you can transform yourself. It's a super power.

WATCH: Oprah: Lying About Your Age Is 'Denying Your Very Existence'

OWN | Posted 09.14.2013 | OWN

When you lie about your age, Oprah believes you are "denying your very existence." That's the central message in this clip from an episode of "Oprah's...

7 Ways To Find Inner (And Real) Happiness

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Every time we see a giggling baby or young child we're reminded that we are all born with this natural and innate sense of happiness, that it is actually our birthright. We learn about suffering or unhappiness as we grow older, more externalized, and as circumstances change.

Why Our Thoughts Are Not Real

Nancy Colier | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Let's say that at this moment you are having a thought about a friend, something specific that she did, and what you want to say to her in response. That friend who you are thinking about is not experiencing your thought. If you don't engage with that thought, it will literally not exist.

How To Get Exactly What You Want Out Of Life

Erika Nicole Finn | Posted 09.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Erika Nicole Finn

It's a self-fulfilling prophecy as the more you focus on what you don't have, the more you feel like you don't measure up. Listen, we are all human and it's natural to notice what someone else has, but if you can catch yourself once you make that observation then you will be able to keep it all in perspective.

Mining for Meaning

Donna Henes | Posted 07.31.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

It always comes down to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard. -May Sarton The shamanic assumption from...

You Are Good Enough

Marilyn Tam | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

Find your life purpose. Keep it in your consciousness and use it to guide your decisions. Know that you are good enough right now. Treat outside input as just that, another source of data. Know that you are capable and worthy of your goals.

Deep Listening: Ear Of The Heart

Tara Brach | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

As we ignore our painful feelings or push them away, they impede our flowing aliveness and obscure the pure awareness that is our source. By not listening to our inner life, we cut ourselves off from reality. What remains is a diminished self, an unreal other.

Silencing The Inner Perfectionist: Try These Affirmations

Michael_Eisen | Posted 02.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael_Eisen

I believe that perfection is actually an illusion that we created and is based on the fear that we would no longer evolve as humans if something wasn't pushing us to be better. But what if evolution were to come from our desire to learn and grow instead of to get ahead?

Cap and Trade? Or the Law of Human Decency?

Megan McFeely | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan McFeely

She was going to comply with the law, simply because it was the law, but what about the law that comes by way of our birth? Something that drives us to preserve life?

Do You Avoid Confrontation?

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 12.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

I'm not advocating emotional anarchy where everyone feels free to express their emotions as soon as they experience them without any sort of filter -- there's a time and place for everything -- but presenting a false front that all is fine and dandy doesn't serve anyone.

The New Monastic Individuals

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The future is going to be about the people on the ground. It will be about the changes each of us makes in our lives to be more aligned with moving forward. It will be about how to cultivate a focused and positive state of mind and being.

Changing the Game Play: Time to Feel Empowered

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Any society or civilization that makes the material world its sole pursuit and object of concern cannot but devolve in the long run. Such misappropriation of perspective is partly responsible in creating the present chaotic situation of our world.

Wake Up And Live

Abdi Assadi | Posted 07.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Abdi Assadi

Only we can awaken our selves. That takes hard, hard work. Any one who tells us otherwise is lying.

The Way Ahead: Changing Our Internal Narratives

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Part of our mythological clash is about how we choose to exercise human consciousness. There are myriad ways in which modern societies limit consciousness and keep humanity distracted from their inner lives.

Live With Impermanence -- And Discover Your True Self

Douglas LaBier | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Learning to embrace impermanence is the portal to discovering your true self and letting it emerge from beneath all you've learned to believe about who you are.

How to Have a Healthy Dose of Faith

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Faith in a balanced form could be a positive, and in some ways essential, trait for humanity. However, it could also have the potential for becoming counterproductive if it is used as blind faith or ignorance.

Can Consciousness Save Humanity?

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Without the material playground, the spirit becomes ephemeral to us; unable to manifest tangibly within our everyday lives. So the life of the spirit needs to become very real for us, and well-lived.

The Only Way Out Is Within

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation is just about stopping and being with whatever arises, whether good or not so good. It is about freedom in this very moment!

Meditation: Not What You Think

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

This is not a mental process but an experiential one as meditation is an opening, a release of ego identity when all attempts to meditate, all striving, all doing stops

If Nothing Ever Changed There Would Be No Full Moon

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Change happens in the flash of a moment but the ego mind -- our self-obsessiveness -- needs to make everything appear solid and permanent.

Have Your Own Personal Rebirth This Spring

Hale Dwoskin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hale Dwoskin

Both of these exercises can be used any time you feel the need to shine more light into your life and dispel the darkness -- or when you would simply like a quick energetic lift.