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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

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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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    The Biggest Disease Affecting Humanity: “I’m Not Enough”

    This talk by celebrity therapist, speaker and best-selling author Marisa Peer was filmed at Awesomeness Fest, Mindvalley’s transformational event for entrepreneurs and game-changers interested in personal growth.

    Marisa Peer is a bestselling author, celebrity hypnotist and was voted Best Speaker at Awesomeness Fest Croatia, 2015.

    Through touching stories of helping burnt-out Hollywood celebrities, regular clients, and even

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    A Roadmap to Overcoming Insecurities

    Guest post by Leo Babuta, Zen Habits

    There isn’t a person amongst us who doesn’t have insecurities — some are just better at dealing with them, or perhaps hiding them.

    We worry what other people think about us, we worry if we’re good-looking enough, we worry that we’re not doing all that we should be, we worry that we’ll fail, we worry that people will

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    New Beginnings

    With the arrival of March, you may be thinking about spring…about emergence and new beginnings…perhaps about bright yellow daffodils breaking through the ground to delight the eye and dispel winter’s gloom. I wonder if you, like me, feel a sense of wonderment at the knowingness of nature. How these brilliant flowers, after surviving a season of cold, deep in the ground, bloom and flourish and

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    A Still Quiet Place by Amy Saltzman

    While performing research for a mindful parenting guidebook I am in the midst of writing, I have had the opportunity to come across many well-written, educational, and helpful books on introducing and teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents. A Still Quiet Place, by Amy Saltzman M.D., is a book I would like every parent, caregiver, grandparent and teacher to read. This book offers, research proven,

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    Loving Ourselves

    “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” —Buddha

    The month of February focuses our attention on loving others. Cards are bought, candy is given, kisses abound.

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    TED Talk: Want to be Happy? Be Grateful!

    The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

    This is a TED Talk that everyone

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    Connoisseur of Gratitude

    “… the more you become a connoisseur of gratitude, the less you are a victim of resentment, depression, and despair. Gratitude will act as an elixir that will gradually dissolve the hard shell of your ego–your need to possess and control—and transform you into a generous being. The sense of gratitude produces true spiritual alchemy, makes us magnanimous—large souled.” —Sam Keen, philosopher

    In a world

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    One Word: Gratitude

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn

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    Mindful Movements – Ten Exercises for Well-Being by Thich Nhat Hanh

    This delightful book – Mindful Movements – Ten Exercises for Well-Being – was originally designed as a stretching break between periods of long sitting meditation. Written by Thich Nhat Hanh, Mindful Movements became so popular, the ten exercises are now an integral part of his retreats. The exercises are based on both yoga and tai chi movements, creating simple yet effective exercises that can reduce

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    Silver Lining: Reflections on a Life-Changing Event

    This month marks the 6-year anniversary of an event that changed my life forever. I am sharing my story as a statement of gratitude and hope. May the words remind you of the power of faith, of finding the silver lining, and of healing. And may you experience joy and peace in the New Year.

    December 17th, 2009, started out as an ordinary day. I

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