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Dandelion Wine: Summer Memories

“It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window and know that his indeed was the first real time of freedom and living, this was the first morning of

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In My Grandmother’s Kitchen

She was up at dawn preparing bacon and eggs, fresh fruit: the smell of fresh bread baking, like the bright sun shining in the early morning, was indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight. We spent summers there, my sisters and I, in my grandmother’s kitchen, deep in the heart of Connecticut. Life was good, the days rich with the bounty of summer and

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Changing Your Story

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford

April Fools’ Day, recognized worldwide and sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, is widely celebrated as a day that tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness. In fact, the earliest recorded association between April 1st and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392), so the celebration has been with

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Understanding Poverty Through the Lens of Compassion

“Compassion is a skill that we get better at with practice. It just takes a little imagination.”

—Karen Armstrong, theologian

There are many prescriptions for combating poverty, but we can’t even get started unless we first examine our assumptions, and take the time to envision what the world feels like for families living in poverty every day. It’s time to change the conversation about poverty

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Beginner's Mind

It happens every time I teach mindfulness meditation: someone thinks they’ve done it “wrong”. I don’t mean “wrong” in my opinion, but in theirs. Somewhere, somehow, people have gotten the idea that meditation is some magical state, achieved by the most perfect of meditators, where the mind is blank and absolutely everything is tranquil and calm. Have you ever had this thought or experienced what

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: It’s Time to Talk About It!

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26th through March 4th, 2017. The goal of this week is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and put life-saving resources in the hands of those in need. The theme this year is: It’s Time to Talk About It. In honor of this important week, I would like to share my own story with you.

Allow me

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A Daily Practice of Gratitude

“Mimi, look! These thorns have a rose on the end!!” —Lauren Smith, age 4

While similar words were stated quite eloquently in the 19th century by French poet Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, “Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses,” my granddaughter, Lauren, had never heard the words of the poet when she uttered her discovery and delight.

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One Word: Courage

“Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else

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TED Talk: Follow Your Road, Find Your Flower

My life didn’t go exactly as I planned it – but does anyone’s? That’s a Detour.

“A Detourist travels along detours – simple enough. But in addition, a Detourist embraces those unexpected routes as opportunities for growth, change and self-fulfillment. I hope to serve as living proof that a detour can lead to unexpected blessings. Because of my Detour, I’ve learned so much about myself,

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Soaking in the Wonder of the Emerging Moment

Guest post by Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

Lately I’ve been using the image of an empty cup to find a more peaceful state of mind.

One of the most peaceful, meditative states is when you’re just open to noticing what’s around you and happening in the present moment. You’re just receiving the world around you (yourself included), soaking in the light, colors, shapes, sounds, touch

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Advent At Midlife

Art by Helena Nelson Reed

I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.

I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that even dust is sacred.

I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me; It’s just not their

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The Way to Finding Powerful Human Connection

Guest post by Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

As I write this, I’m sitting in cloud-filled rainforest at a retreat in Ecuador, surrounded by the calls of thousands of tropical birds and creatures, dense lush greenery, and some of the most open-hearted human beings I’ve ever met.

Before I came here, I had some anxiety about meeting everyone, worried what they might think of me, worried

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Navigating the Holidays Mindfully

The holiday season is fast approaching, and while I love many parts of this special time of year, I also feel anxiety as my to-do list begins to grow.

While my experience might be an anxious one, I know for others the holiday season triggers stress, depression, and sadness – making this time of year anything but merry. Whether you find yourself alone this holiday

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One Simple Phrase that Will Change Your Thoughts

[EXCERPT] As human beings, the stories we subconsciously tell ourselves about our circumstances, about others, and about life in general drastically changes how we feel. If the stories are positive, we tend to feel good. If the stories are negative, we tend to lose hope.

Of course, there’s more to feeling good than just being positive. The details of your present reality matter and make

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Five Yoga Poses for Confidence and Inner Strength

Have you ever noticed how confident people give off a warm, magnetic energy that makes everyone around them feel really comfortable in their presence?

Did you know that practicing yoga* on a regular basis can empower you, cultivate your confidence, and dramatically improve your self-esteem when you need it most?

Why Yoga?

Immediate Effects

  • Releases tension and reduces stress
  • Improves over-all mood and feelings

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  • My Wish For The World

    As mother of the groom, I was asked to say a few words in honor of this grand occasion, on a lovely afternoon in May:

    I started by wishing that the day would be the most beautiful day for them – with many more to follow. I extended the wish to everyone: may this be our opportunity to cherish the same sacred memory –and to

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    Attachment To Your Story

    You are free to be responsible for your life right now, but do you want to be?

    Are you ready to give up your attachment to your story?

    The problems you perceive in your life are projections of the internal conflict: “I want but I cannot have.”

    If you would allow yourself to have what you want, or if you would stop wanting it, this

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    Growing And Changing The World One Thank You At A Time

    “Behind every successful person there is a lot of help from a lot of people. You are no exception.” –Rajesh Setty

    A gratitude practice is one of the single most empowering things you can bring in to your life yet almost everybody will admit to simply forgetting some of the most significant people in our lives.

    Ask yourself – are there people that perhaps changed

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    Emotional Intelligence with Dan Goleman

    Oprah sits down with psychologist, journalist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Goleman to discuss his groundbreaking research on emotional intelligence and how we can enhance and manage our emotions to expand our brain capacity. Watch the full episode now.

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    How to Release the Stress Stored in our Bodies

    Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your mobility, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. An article by Jacob Devaney, How to Release Stress Stored in Our Bodies, does an excellent job explaining this concept as well as

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