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Healing the Past While Staying in the Present Moment

Cindy Griffith-Bennett | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Cindy Griffith-Bennett

Keeping your energy positive in the present moment is a powerful tool to shift your life. When you stay in the present moment, while combining action with positive intention, you plant seeds for a positive tomorrow.

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman: 10 Ways to Truly Embody Success

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 08.19.2013 | Women
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

What if our definition of success included not only achievement, but also happiness, well-being and our contribution to society?

Why Things Are Never Good Enough for You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Life is really just a whole bunch of "right now" moments strung together. If this moment is not what we want, and we constantly find ourselves waiting for a better future -- minutes or years from now -- then we're really just accepting our own unhappiness all the time.

In Vienna, Meditating on Lemon Meringue

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

After the final bite, I was aware of having fully enjoyed the experience of that lemon meringue pie. And then I realized that being fully in an experience facilitates letting the experience pass into the realm of memory without nostalgia or regret, or planning for "just one more."

The First Step to Sexual Enlightenment: Conscious Breathing

Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver

We use the breath as a guide to come to the present moment. This allows us to become the inner observer, watcher or witness of one's feeling states, emotions, physical sensations and conversations to arise.

8 Reasons Why 'Being Present' Is A Good Idea

Pragito Dove | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

The key here is that we approach this practice with gentleness and kindness. Each time we recognize thinking and come back into the present moment, we are planting a seed of awareness. We are creating a new habit -- a new way of being in the world.

Enjoy Now

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The present moment is continually passing away, so if you try to hold onto it in any way -- such as by remembering it or forming ideas about it -- you are no longer in the present. Therefore, relax. Open to this moment. Not planning, not worrying, not lost in thought.

How to 'Be' in the Moment

Ora Nadrich | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

When we meditate, we try to connect to that inner peace and serenity that transcends thought. For me, it's a type of stillness that feels like I am completely connected to timelessness, and that there is no beginning or end, it just "is." But why does that feeling have to be so temporary or elusive?

How Forward Folds Taught Me To Be A Better Listener

Leigh Weingus | Posted 06.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

My yoga guides had always told me not to push or force anything, but I always tuned their words out. Even worse, I had been tuning myself out. Deep down I knew the pain I was experiencing wasn't a good thing, but I was letting what I thought to be right override what I felt to be true.

3 Ways To Make The Little Moments Count

Polly Campbell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

Often we are so focused on achieving a particular goal that we don't even see the greater possibilities that come into our life. We sidestep them thinking them to be unrelated or trivial to our mission, when in reality, they offer the very insight or opportunity we need to succeed on our primary path.

This One Thing Is Getting In The Way Of Your Happiness

David Wygant | Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wygant

It's time to become more present. Love your life, love who you are, accept yourself for what you are. And you'll be there right now. You won't be looking at the perpetual treadmill of "eventually"s.

Are You Alive?

Marilyn Tam | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

Are you alive? It might seem to be a silly question, as you are obviously technically alive since you are reading this. But are you truly alive and living the life you were born to live -- a life of purpose, vitality and meaning?

Still

Suzanne Guillette | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Guillette

Last week, I went to see a one-man show at a private arts club. In the midst of his monologue, the performer stopped himself and said, "What would you do if you woke up in the morning and knew you were going to die?" I sat up. Now that's a question.

How To Find Joy: On The Job And In Life

Frank Niles, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Frank Niles, Ph.D.

When we choose to say yes to what we are given by living in the present, making meaning of each day, our experiences go from dread and "I can't wait until today is over" to appreciation and purpose.

Finding Enchantment In Everyday Life

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 05.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

Maybe, along with wanting to show up fully in life and see the beauty around us, we also want to be knocked over and swept away from time to time -- to fall in love with life and feel enchanted by what it has to offer.

No String Attached

Maggie Lyon | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

What if we were joyful simply just because? We all know the feeling of our hearts spilling over with joy. Can you imagine feeling this way all the time, or at least believing you could feel this way at any given time?

How To Find Your Sweet Spot

Jon Wortmann | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

Your sweet spot, the best moments of your life, follow a simple pattern. They begin when you center yourself. Before you can stretch to your limits and choose what you want to do that's difficult and worthwhile, you have to be present.

What Are You Doing for This Universe?

Ora Nadrich | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

When we are doing something mindfully, our senses are more heightened, causing our experiences to become that much more satisfying.

On Discovering Your Versions Of Happy

Maggie Lyon | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Given how much time I spend wandering around consumed by how stellar life will be once I lose the last five pregnancy pounds, get my book written, get the baby to sleep through the night, that to realize quite suddenly that I am happy right now is miraculous. It stops me in my tracks.

The True Meaning Of Success

Nicole Glassman | Posted 03.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Nicole Glassman

"Where has the time gone?" "There aren't enough hours in the day." These are statements that we struggle with daily. We are so caught up in achieving that we forget to savor, breathe and recognize the present moment.

Meeting My Selves

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We blossom and outgrow selves the way butterflies emerge from cocoons. Except that being human, we have the chance to emerge from many cocoons. This poem tries to look back at the many selves I've lived in.

What CrossFit Is Really Like

Erin Joy Henry | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Joy Henry

I focused straight ahead at the white wall, and dropped fully into the present. My mind quieted and my body took over.The seconds between deep gasps for air were filled with thoughts of nothing beyond my next breath.

The Butterfly That Lands on Her Feet

Amanda Slavin | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

If you continue to ask everyone else who you are, without having any understanding of who you want to be, you will be swept away by the wind with no direction.

Tendencies

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Up to that point in my life, I had thought of hardships as inexplicable events happening to me and others and viewed strength as the ability to endure these unwanted circumstances. Such endurance is certainly a strength.

An Unexpected Place To Find Inspiration

Rob White | Posted 03.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

I was in the mood to try something entirely new and different, something that would shake up my routine and give me a fresh perspective on life. Zipping around a racecourse at more than 100 miles an hour seemed like just the thing, provided I didn't kill myself.