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What Prison Taught Me About Mindfulness

Frank Niles, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Niles, Ph.D.

They aren't the uni-dimensional individuals their online mug shots might suggest, but rather living, breathing, thinking and feeling human beings with aspirations, abilities and of course, regrets. It was a powerful reminder that we need not be defined by our circumstances.

The 50s: Flourishing or Floundering?

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

What strikes me most about this time of life is how easy it is to turn your back on life-giving energy. Without even knowing it we can divest ourselves of a vital future where we can continue to grow and create.

The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

ISIS And The Crisis Of Meaning

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Long term, ISIS and the lure of other violent extremism in Islam and other religions will only be stopped if we are all invested in reaching out to young people. We have to be available to listen to their concerns, empathize with their sense of alienation, and help them find constructive ways to engage societal injustice. It is all of our responsibility to empower this generation with the knowledge and support they need to find a meaningful life and a positive identity that they can embrace and be proud of. ISIS and other radical groups are deadly serious about reaching out to young people with their skewed version of meaning that leads to death and destruction. Are we just as serious in reaching out to offer meaning that results in affirming life and creating a better world?

5 Tips To Finding Purpose And Meaning Later In Life

Next Avenue | Ed Merck | Posted 08.24.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Ed Merck Throughout my middle years, I never questioned what held meaning in my life. The scaffolding of my identity...

What We Might Learn From Robin Williams' Death

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams' suicide begin to settle, we might ...

Is Your Innovation Stuck? 5 Ways to Rethink Your Approach

Jodi Detjen | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Jodi Detjen

Everywhere I go, I hear people talk about disruption and innovation. They desperately want to upend their business and be the champion! But instead, they talk, they make changes and ideas get lost.

7 Things Drill Sergeants Taught Me About Life

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Part of my training included learning how to speak Army, figuring out the rank structure, and understanding a vast alphabet of acronyms. It was all worth it because I learned so much from the soldiers with whom I worked. Here are just a few of the biggest lessons I learned...

What's the Point

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

When I start asking myself, "What do I want people to take away from this?" That's when everything falls apart. Frustration takes over because I could drive myself nuts thinking of how to phrase my words perfectly so that the majority of people will walk away with the information I want them to.

Own Your Purpose

Joanne Heyman | Posted 08.07.2014 | Business
Joanne Heyman

To engage successfully in a single project or your role overall at an organization is to know your purpose and to own it. Identifying and embodying your unique set of values is necessary for sustainable happiness and success -- both on an individual and organizational level.

How to Pinpoint Your Purpose

Polly Campbell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

Purpose is not finite. It is not contained by a single duty or job description or activity. It is not limited by a single expression. While your purpose will probably remain the same throughout your lifetime, how you express it will shift and change dozens of times. Make room for that expansion.

End the War on Disease

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Through my work with thousands of patients over the years, I have discovered that illness can serve as a catalyst for a new and improved life, if the situation is approached mindfully. Someone with heart disease, for example, can use the illness as an opportunity to get into and enjoy moving her body.

A Light in the Abyss

KidSpirit | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

Life is about searching for truth; to make sense of this strange and confusing planet we live on, to know why everything is the way it is, to uncover the labyrinth behind the saying, "Everything happens for a reason."

The Piano Man and Nostalgia: On Listening to the Words We Sing

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Alan Krinsky

After about three and a half decades of listening to his music, I saw and heard Billy Joel perform live recently at Fenway Park. Even though it was a stadium show, the sound proved stunningly sharp. His voice was strong and the lyrics quite clear. The audience, however, puzzled me.

Life Narratives: Doris's Apartment

A.J. Condeelis | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
A.J. Condeelis

Over the weekend, I was helping a friend sort through decades -- actually almost half a century -- belongings of a woman named Doris. I never met Doris. But I learned a lot about her life and personality by spending hours in her $130 a month rent controlled fourth floor walk-up.

Most Adventurous Moment

Dave Gill | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Dave Gill

If you want to go and have an adventure, go and do it. Don't be put off by titles, or inexperience, or lack of 'the gear', or anxiety. Don't be put off by anything.

The Power of Meaning (and Applying It to What Really Matters)

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

The act of detaching myself and the curiosity of why people gave meaning to things gave me some incredible perspective about the world around me. And simply put, nothing is really meaningful unless we make it so. Unless we decide to give it meaning and prioritize it accordingly.

Why People With Meaningful Lives Paint Their Faces Blue

Derek Snook | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Derek Snook

Every muscle longs for comfort and security, except one: the heart. While the rest of us looks for the easy way out, the heart beats for meaning and p...

Are You Afraid to Be Still?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

What would you expect the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? to look like? Before I met him, I imagined Dick Bolles tall (he's 6 foot 5 inches)...

Why 'It's Not You, It's Me' Isn't the Worst Breakup Excuse

Christina Scribner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sometimes a person will sacrifice their happiness to make a better future for the both of you. This is called bravery.

You Know You're Getting Older When...

Marcia Liss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Marcia Liss

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The Art of Pausing in Conversation: Your Weekly Wake-Up Call to Build Meaningful Relationships

Anthony Silard | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Silard

The ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras said, "Silence is better than unmeaning words." Do you sometimes say things you later regret when you 'fill the gap' during a lull in the conversation with words that are long on syllables but short on meaning?

The Two Most Important Days of Your Life

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

The day I found my purpose really was like being born again. It was more than just figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, it was feeling like I finally belonged here in the world; I finally stopped feeling like a mistake.

Give More to Get More: What Fundraisers Know About Meaning and Work

meQuilibrium | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
meQuilibrium

Few of us are nonprofit fundraisers, but we can apply the lessons of the fundraiser to our toughest jobs.

Do You Set Intentions?

Maria Portas | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Portas

Setting an intention is all about creating the outcome that you desire to be experienced right here, right now. You don't have to know the exact details, but you still need to know the outcome that you would like to create.