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Self Awareness

30 Years of Solitude: Spending My Summer at Home

Lianna Serko | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

When my parents left for a short jaunt to the shore in the middle of the summer, I exulted in the freedom their absence would lend me. But what ensued stunned me.

Knowing What You Don't Want

Laura Stepp | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Laura Stepp

What if a romantic partner treats you badly? Depending on your alternatives, it may be time to abandon the relationship, and "tuck away" for the future what you've learned about the traits you seek and the characteristics you know you can't accept.

On Stripping Away The 'Fat' Label And Dancing Naked

Amanda Trusty | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Amanda Trusty

See, although we've grown up being told otherwise, I've learned that it's OK to find happiness in our journey along the way, instead of waiting until we are perfect to finally be happy.

12 Lessons Life Will Teach You (Sometimes the Hard Way)

Alexandra Harra | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

These lessons aren't part of any class curriculum. They are taught between the lines -- picked up through pain and need and faulty action. They are unwavering truths of life we often forget but more often dismiss.

The Power of Coming Back to Joy and How it Can Help You at Work

Marina Illich, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Marina Illich, Ph.D.

Let's remind ourselves of a simple fact: Joy is our birthright. Joy is not an externality. It's not something we can afford to dip into when time or bandwidth permit. It is a cornerstone of our power as influencers, visionaries and creative agents of change.

Attention: The Most Basic Form of Love

Tara Brach | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Attention is the most basic form of love. By paying attention, we let ourselves be touched by life, and our hearts naturally become more open and engaged.

Essential Steps to Success in Life

Anush Kostanyan | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Anush Kostanyan

We only have to seize them and be open for accepting the amazing gifts of life. The steps below will help you go forward to your greatest dreams and feel the glory of true success.

How I Overcame Acute Anxiety and Crippling Depression

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria X. Liu

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to really know what your body and mind are trying to tell you. We're all here for our own individual purpose, and if you don't listen to it and only treat these signs as symptoms of a disease that you treat purely through external remedies, you'll have lost yourself in the process.

U-Lab: Prototyping the 21st-Century University

Otto Scharmer | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Otto Scharmer

Summing up the problem: higher education is overpriced, out of touch, and outdated in both curriculum and purpose. The solution? The solution is beginning to emerge in many places today.

You Get What You Pay For and Other Life Lessons of Rarely Putting Yourself First

Amanda Magee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Amanda Magee

Every time I buy something that doesn't make our lives easier or make one of us experience a lasting sense of pleasure or contentment, I'm wasting and socking away fuel for future resentment. I am ready to end the cycle.

5 Lessons on Sharing

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

If kindness is a trait we want our children to embrace, we have to model it. We have to be conscious of how we treat others, what we say about them and how we respond when we're hurt.

8 Things You Can Do to Practice Self-Acceptance

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Remember, what you practice, you get better at. When you chose to practice self-acceptance, compassion, and kindness toward yourself and others, you'll cultivate peace, courage, and joy. That's a habit worth getting good at!

Leading From Within Requires Knowing Who You're Not

Ratanjit S. Sondhe | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ratanjit S. Sondhe

I often say that before you can lead others, you have to be able to lead yourself. To do that, you need to know yourself. We think we are leading ourselves when, in fact, we are not. This mistake occurs because of a fundamental misunderstanding of who we are.

Healing Vigilante: Do Something Other Than Nothing

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

"I can't," said Rosa. "You can't, or you won't?" I asked. "Uh both." I looked carefully at Rosa, who seemed irritated. She was pretty but with ...

50 Tangible Ways to Practice Self-Love

Alexis Meads | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Alexis Meads

If you don't work on yourself, if you don't take time for rest and relaxation, if you don't feed your soul, then you'll be so burnt out and depleted you won't be any help to anyone else -- least of all yourself.

How to Pinpoint Your Purpose

Polly Campbell | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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.

Yes, Actually, You Are in Control

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

We can't control other people and we can't control our environment (we can create it, just not completely control it). The one thing over which we can exert, and maintain control of, is our self and the way we respond to any, and every, situation.

The Power of a Present Mind in Sports and in Life

Howard Falco | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports
Howard Falco

A present mind is the doorway to the most powerful state of personal creation. However, to get there, each person going after their dream must be willing to self-reflect and make the necessary changes to become this new version of themselves.

When Your Heart Says, 'Hell No!' -- How to Step Out of a Bad Situation

Kristi Ling | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristi Ling

Let go of what's not working. Be brave enough to move on. Make bold choices. It's okay if they're last minute, split second, or otherwise -- as long as you're following your inner-voice. Be audacious enough to ask the driver to stop the bus so you can jump off and see what adventures are waiting for you.

How to Ditch Fear and Get What You Need

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

Finding the courage to ask for what I needed reminded me that most people, and certainly my husband, respond generously. And here's the kicker -- at the moment the openness it takes to ask for what you need comes together with that generosity, a beautiful bubble of abundance and gratitude is created.

How Mindfulness Makes You Powerful

Marina Illich, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Marina Illich, Ph.D.

If you find yourself seeking power so you can have more influence or a better advantage, or feel more in control, consider this: Power doesn't come from doing more, better or faster. Power comes from a state of presence. And mindfulness brings you there.

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.

Hacking the Mind Through Meditation

Craig Hunter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Craig Hunter

One way to promote healthy change is by engaging in regular brain-healthy habits. Using meditative processes to correct negative beliefs, bringing a sense of presence to your body and mind, and practicing mindfulness are all great examples of brain-healthy exercise.

Bethenny Frankel, You Are Not Being Funny

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

When your professional title is "Skinny Girl," of course wearing your 4-year-old's pajama set is going to spark controversy. Bethenny Frankel's fortune gets bigger as she "helps" women get physically smaller.

Get the Skinny on Skinny Girl Myths

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Fiona Finn

The truth is that skinny or fat equals an increased chance of cancer if you're not exercising. So, note to self, living a healthy lifestyle is really the new skinny. And you are beautiful, no matter what your size!