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Self Realization

The Ugly Truth About Our Obsession With Selfies

Donna Highfill | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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.

A New Paradigm: Self Realization Boosts Bottom Lines

Lisa Arie | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Lisa Arie

Work has taken up residence in our home lives, while there is still a very firm objection to bringing our personal life into work. With work taking such a toll on personal lives, personal problems can't help but show up in the workplace. People are checked out, stressed out and freaked out.

Compare and Despair

Liana Gergely | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Liana Gergely

How do you take off the "lack glasses" that are keeping you from the abundance of your own life? Keep the focus on you and practice gratitude. It's not about going into a comparison and being grateful because what you have is better than what the other person has.

Realize The Endless Source Of Real Life Within You

Guy Finley | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Guy Finley

The path to the inwardly enriched life is not hidden from the man or woman who longs to walk upon it. The path itself is not so much a series of steps, but rather a growing set of discoveries within those individuals who, as Christ said, "have eyes to see."

My Biggest Fear: The Fear Of Failure

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Tarun Sakhrani

For me, the fear of nonperformance, the fear of failure, the fear of not living up to expectations (my own, more than anyone else's) is what I consider to be my biggest in life. I can attribute a lot of my personality traits and obsessive behaviors to this fear.

14 Spiritual Truths To Open Your Mind

Sister Jenna | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

Try to take a "self-cation" before the end of the season. It's a great way to reduce stress and boost energy and it all starts with a little self realization.

An Ironic Route to Relaxation

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Shruti Eva Saini

We always seem to be rushing. Rushing to the office, the store, the train, the post office, the restaurant, the gym, even yoga class... those pockets of time when we're not in an active state of rush seem to be fewer and far between.

This Is Not Where I Thought I Would Be

Laura Campbell | Posted 04.07.2012 | Divorce
Laura Campbell

When I got divorced, I remember saying to my mother, "This is not where I thought I would be at this stage of my life." I was sad when I said it, and stuck in the disappointment of my failed marriage. Divorce had definitely not been part of my life plan.