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Reflection

Turn Around

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It was in a dream in my sixtieth year that I realized that for all my efforts to protect my inwardness from a brutal world, my inwardness is the sourc...

Daily Meditation: Reflection

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion

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

Who Are You

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

As soon as someone says, "So, tell me more about you," I find myself giving a long dissertation about my job. But, it's time to honor who we really are in this world. Be brave and bold and honest about the person you are deep down inside.

In the Interior

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This poem speaks to a lifelong journey with my oldest friend Robert. We have known each other for close to thirty years. In the Interior When you le...

What Grounds You?

Kimlai Yingling | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimlai Yingling

In the last decade, there has been a huge push for the use of meditation and how "connecting with oneself" can bring a sense of calm to a person's life. It can help to stabilize the mind and "leave oneself" for a place of serenity and gratitude.

Re-Awaken Love in Your Life

davidji | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
davidji

The theme of letting love into your heart seems to have hit a powerful chord with so many people I encounter. Opening our heart is never easy, especially when there's been a heartbreak that has shut us down and allowed us to build walls to protect the tenderness of our heart.

For My Brother

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

During my father's slow avalanche to death, my brother was a tireless advocate on his behalf, a bodhisattva in the way he cleared debris and made things easier for everyone around him. I was in a plane over the Pacific Ocean when I finally wrote this poem for him.

What I Want My Obituary To Say

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Live your life's story by writing it through the actions by which you want to be remembered.

The Murmur of Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

That our heart can receive and hold anything and that we feel that the intensity of living is too much to bear is a paradox we can only live into. Under what is both unbearable and endlessly uplifting is the murmur of life.

30 Things I've Learned Before My 30th Birthday

J. Kate Franklin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
J. Kate Franklin

Being gentle and kind are the ultimate virtues. To everyone I've encountered in these 30 years, because I knew you, I have been changed for good and humbled by it all.

3 Steps to Turning Pain Into Purpose

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

You might think that August 20, 2013 -- the day an armed gunman came into the school where I worked and trapped me in an office with him -- was the darkest, most difficult day of my life. But the truth is, it wasn't.

Out of the Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Kindness and suffering are wordless teachers, ready to bend us and soften us until we accept that we are here; that, try as we will, we can't build our way out of existence or dream our way out of being human. Once opened in this way, we come to realize that the only way out is to love being here.

Fear Is Your Sweet Companion

davidji | Posted 03.14.2014 | Healthy Living
davidji

The many stages of life, jobs, careers or relationships can create vulnerability, fear and anxiety. These transitional times bring on levels of uncertainty. We're not the person we once were, nor are we the one we're about to become. So we need to establish a life of living in a grounded state.

Teach It by Living It

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

We know that our students learn by doing. With that knowledge, we give them tangible experiences to learn actively and become engaged. Our students look up to us, literally and figuratively.

8 Days to Living With Purpose

davidji | Posted 03.06.2014 | Healthy Living
davidji

We all get to choose what we do with that time and how we feel about what we did with that time at the end of each day. Meditation can help you enjoy the moments a bit more, but only living life to its fullest can bring you the true joy we all crave.

The Dilation of What Seems Ordinary

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The normal way we meet the world is full of bumps and bruises and noise that scratches up the heart. And yet, if we can endure and lean in, we are widened and opened to a depth that weaves the tissue of the Universe together.

Meditation Will Enlighten Your Path

davidji | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
davidji

If you love the direction in which your life is moving, apply more pressure to the accelerator and keep going! If you don't like the direction, you have the ability to stop and shift. Meditation and reflection will help you move from where you are to where you want to be.

Why Are the Little Moments So Big?

Diana Grycan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

While I was reading all of the clever posts that my friends had put on Facebook the other night, I came across one that somehow amused me and at the same time, caused me to reflect. It said, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big ones."

Heartwood

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

An old friend died several years ago. At the time, I wrote this poem. I still can't delete his phone number from my contact list. To do so would seem so final, but I also still feel in contact with him.

To Cultivate Wonder

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We have only a few seconds to love the wonder out in the open or those we meet will swallow it. Seconds to let this timeless resource come into our knowing so it can save us from the brutality of surface living.

Catching Up With The Ticket Agent At The Delta Counter

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Even though Ron lives more than 700 miles away from me, and we had never interacted with one another before, our mutual trajectories on that snowy February afternoon crossed at an airport gate while under duress, and in that intersection of paths, our lives were changed forever.

Legacy

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the days after my father died, there were many quiet moments and many stories told. It was a small thing my mother said while crying over tea that allowed me to connect these small stories of my great-grandfather, my grandfather and my father. I never realized that they form a legacy I'm a part of.

The Moon Hears My Confession

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When I remember that I'm one small part in a very complex and numinous Whole, I may feel frustrated but I feel engaged in an ongoing process of aliveness that keeps demanding my cooperation.

Midway in Our Journey

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Part of everyone's journey in life is to arrive at precipice or fork in the road or at the end of a path and to realize we no longer know our way. Hard as this is, this is where the inner journey begins, when all we've carried has served its purpose and now we must burn it for warmth and to see what's next.

Aging

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My father used to quip that old is always 10 years out from wherever you are. I'm 62 and to think of how old I once thought this was! What I'm learning is that age is not the distance from the beginning of our lives but the distance at any moment from the heart of our aliveness.