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Reflection

Think, Then Act!

Michael Møller | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Michael Møller

we need to create space and time for this type of reflection if we want truly long-term, creative solutions that actually respond to the challenges before us in a meaningful way.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

The good news is that the holiday season doesn't have to be so stressful and draining. With a few little changes, it is possible to turn your exhausting holiday experience into one filled with joy and cheer -- it just all boils down to how you take care of you. Here are five ways to do that...

Finding Little Moments of Joy This Holiday Season

Rachel Verlik | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

So when it all gets real crazy in December, find those moments in the season that bring you joy. It helps you slow down, even momentarily, to remember what this time of year is about and how to enjoy the wild ride of December.

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life waits irrepressibly under all the clouds that come and go. This happens within us as well as in the world. This poem speaks to our need to be where we are.

Make a Decision... Make It Count!

Amy Oraefo | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

Remember, the past is the past and it should stay there. Leave the disappointments behind. Resolve to learn from failure, but never let it define you. Evolve and challenge others around you to do the same.

14 Ways To Successfully Wrap Up 2014

Lauren Jessen | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Lauren Jessen

The holiday season may present a packed calendar with parties, trips, and work to finish up, but don't wait until 2015 to make resolutions, start something new, or to make self-improvements.

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's humbling how fear can rearrange our eyes. This piece describes a personal example of this.

Nectar

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life tries to lure us into the open, the way sunlight opens a flower after a storm. This poem explores the life-force that calls to us. Nectar Like ...

My Father's Spirit Left His Body

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria published my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the ...

5 Ways to Find Gratitude in Trying Times

Stephanie Harper | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

What I've found to be most helpful in the times where all I can think about is how miserable I am is took look for beauty outside of myself. And, I'm not just talking about distraction. It's easy to put on a movie or try and get some task done to avoid the larger issues.

Joy Out of Sorrow

Stephanie Harper | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

But if we're constantly keeping ourselves safe, exercising this concept of self-preservation, then we are also closing ourselves off. We are not letting ourselves fully experience life in community with others. This is a tragedy.

The Fifth Element

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I admit I've known the lift of the beatific ocean of Spirit and the crash of the world's great wave. And no matter what is taken away, I try to accept everything as a blessing. I try to put down my mask and sword and keep entering life.

The Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

Jay Lickus | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Do you feel that because of modern technology, your life is getting more crowded with relationships? Or, do you feel, because of technology, that your life is becoming more lonely because these relationships are less personal, fulfilling and more distant?

Making Love

Stephanie Harper | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

if you say you love someone, and you really mean it, you better be prepared to back it up. That kind of love, the cosmic uprooting of every negative thought and preconceived notion, the ultimate gift, is unconditional, unrelenting and all-encompassing.

What Some Old Photos Revealed About Depression, Addiction And Recovery

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

As the older pictures finished floating up to their new safe haven in the cloud, the more recent photos -- the ones from after my son got clean and sober -- queued up and got ready to follow. Let me tell you, the difference between the "before" and "after" photos is stunning.

The Courage Not to Waste Our Gifts

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on and heart-on will reveal. And we can't fully know our gift alone. We need each other to discover the gift, to believe in the gift.

When Kids Say the Honest Thing

Stephanie Harper | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Stephanie Harper

Kids don't think about why they're saying or thinking a certain thing because it's what mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, teacher, friend or society tells them. They just say whatever pops into their pretty little heads, and that's it.

Harvest Time: 5 Lessons From Nature

Rachel Verlik | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

Nature gives us lessons all year long, through each season. It totally amazes me. So as you huddle around the bonfire, kick around the leaves, and enjoy the crisp fall air, reflect on the lessons from the harvest and embrace the necessary renewal of winter.

Jupiter and the Bee

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter how often we fall, the gift of wakeful effort allows us to find our way back to what is heartening and affirming, without denying the suffer...

Reinventing Your Midlife Relationship -- With Yourself

Nancy Michaels | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Michaels

Unconditional love only happens between parent and child -- not spouses. Ok, I know this hurts. We want to believe in soul mates, true partners and the belief that regardless of what either of you do, love will prevail.

Here's How Study Breaks Boost Learning

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Science

Students in school are rarely given opportunities to rest and reflect on the knowledge they've acquired, but a new study suggests that giving the mind...

Pause

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

There was an extreme presence in everything that surrounded me, except it had only imperceptible movement, the invisible growth of trees, of bamboos growing under the earth, the quiet trace of a dragonfly in the air.

Gentleness

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The sweet blind boy tells everyone who asks that the heart wakes slowly, and only our gentleness -- our willingness to sink into the depth of things and wait -- will let us see and make our way.

Ask, Memory: Interrogation and the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Interrogation differs from reflection. Reflection has a dreamy quality to it, where memories drift in as if harnessed to clouds. Reflection relies on chance. Interrogation is forceful. It's deliberate. It exposes every fact, feeling, and idea that it can.

Aslan and the White Witch

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage speaks to the turning points of resilience that are always near. Aslan and the White Witch We always have the choice to be one who affi...