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Self Realization

The Year Long Gifts of Summer

Sara Goldstein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

Oh, August. It's nice to see you again. I guess. The thing is, I want to like you, but you stress me out.

The Power of a Present Mind in Sports and in Life

Howard Falco | Posted 07.25.2014 | 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.

A Firefly Patch

Megan Staggs | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Staggs

It never ceases to amaze me how when we push ourselves just a skosh, the gifts that reveal themselves to us. For instance, tonight... I had already...

Power in Chaos

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.16.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Sister Jenna

We are all living and existing on the same field of actions. The stage we use is called the world. But there are subtle influences which we can't se...

What Am I Learning Here?

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

Much of life is constantly allowing feedback to emerge so we can either confirm that we are on the right track or shift tracks to align a perfect balance of existence.

A Luminary Leaves a Legacy of Song

Sister Jenna | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

Maya Angelou offered us a portal to see our lives in the form of real-time poetry. She gave birth to breaking through the cage and having the courage to talk about it. She reminds us that every day is a good day, because we never know what truths will emerge when faced with challenges.

What's Your Story?

Mark Matousek | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

We're determined in the time we have left to edit out the dishonest plots, tired characters, obsolete themes, and destructive story lines, the creaky set pieces that block us from feeling real. We want to know ourselves in the end and not be deceived by bad fiction.

The Ugly Truth About Our Obsession With Selfies

Donna Highfill | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I have run into at least 10 people recently who have stopped on fast-moving, heavily-populated sidewalks to take a #selfie. There is no historical building behind them, no beautiful landscape, no real reason to take a picture of themselves other than the fact that they can reverse the camera on the phone, gaze at their own visage, and then share it on social media so the rest of the world can gaze upon it as well.

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 13

Carol Simone | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

"What does freedom mean to me?" is one of the most important question you will ever ask yourself. And, of course, as with any important question, you have to journey deep inside in order to find out what holds the truth for you.

9 Times When Life Cracks Open

Posted 02.28.2014 | OWN

By Leigh Newman There are those perfectly ordinary yet exquisite times, when we hit that eureka moment that suddenly makes life happier -- and a lo...

Does Being Hurt Ignite a Desire in Us to Hurt Others?

Sister Jenna | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

After meeting a Syrian man who defected from Syria at the airport, I wrote these thoughts from 30,000 feet above on my way to Washington, D.C. fr...

How to Be Your Own Superhero!

Tracy Crossley | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

Do what you want, period. You don't need permission, approval or validation from others. You're capable of figuring out what you want to do, so bust through that wall of cement and do it!

Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Both Martin Luther King and Gandhi were people who gained tremendous inspiration from their faith traditions and were able to perform tremendous feats of courage through the implementation of non-violence.

How I Went From Knot to Noose

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Andra Brosh

My ex and I made a pact that neither of us would remarry. I know you're probably thinking that this is ridiculously juvenile and delusional, but it worked for us... until last week when he told me he had proposed to his girlfriend.

Lights Go On -- Part XII -- The Golden Core

Thomas Bähler | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Now, standing alone in the middle of this empty floor, I noticed that all of the interesting life seemed to be going on outside of me, outside the windows. It did not begin as a feeling of loneliness, but rather a feeling of solitude.

The Detritus of Death

Jana Novak | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Jana Novak

A friend died of cancer a few weeks ago. That, of course, in itself is unsettling, heartbreaking, emotional. But I knew almost immediately that it wa...

Three Zen Stories for Peace of Heart

William Horden | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Zen stories serve as intriguing reminders we can use to keep our feet on the path of a calm heart and an untroubled mind in the hustle of everyday life. It is always easier to remember a story than an idea!

10 Foolproof Tips To Be A Better Flirt

Ariel Kiley | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Ariel Kiley

Glorious summer is finally upon us. At last hot sultry days and long buggy nights when the sun doesn't go down until well past Happy Hour. You know what's especially fun to do with all those extra hours of daylight? Flirt.

Life Lessons From Tears and Tantrums

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

As adults, we become aware of how our emotional fluctuations impact others, but my toddler doesn't give a care that her moods might stress me out. Her main concern is making it known that she wants her sparkly shoes and not her red ones

Is Mindfulness Enough?

Anthony Strano | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

Mindfulness and heartfulness catalyze a partnership of opposites. They integrate together meaningfully to effect a more functional quality to daily living.

It's The Place I Expected To Be At 30 -- And I Love It

Jillian Sanders | Posted 07.06.2013 | Women
Jillian Sanders

The night of my 30th birthday, I fell asleep in my mother's childhood bedroom. The next morning, my grandparents served me Entenmann's crumb cake. It was the first birthday I celebrated without a date in 10 years. I felt whole and at peace.

Pole Vaulting and Spiritual Knowing

Anthony Strano | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

One aim of meditation is to develop inner strength through attention to practice. Practice is to observe and to take the opportunity to transform knowledge into an experience that helps us in our daily life.

Losing Your Mind And Finding Your Self

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We usually take offense when someone says to us, "Are you out of your mind?" But what if it is actually the coolest thing to say? What if being out of our mind means we aren't disturbed or annoyed by the madness of our mind and are more in touch with our heart and our freedom?

Shut Up for One Tiny Second

Mark Morford | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

She didn't really know a thing about vipassana (or any form of meditation, for that matter), except the little I'd told her. She had no spiritual practice or exposure of any kind, no idea what she was in for. But it felt right, she said, something she had to do.

Walking Away From Fear

Dr. Richard Palmquist | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Richard Palmquist

There obviously are legitimate reasons to experience fear in this world, but being overly fearful lead me to do destructive and harmful things in my life out of a false sense of self-protection.