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Daring Greatly by Dr. Brené Brown

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; … who at the best knows in the end the triumph

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary

Beautiful You author Rosie Molinary passionately encourages women—whatever their size, shape, or color—to work toward feeling wonderful about themselves despite today’s media-saturated culture. Drawing on self-awareness, creativity, and mind-body connections, Molinary incorporates practical techniques into a 365-day action plan that empowers women to regain a healthy self-image, shore up self-confidence, reframe and break undermining habits of self-criticism, and champion their own emotional and physical well-being.

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Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell, is a beautifully written book addressing the importance of attuned and loving parent-child relationships as well as the importance of understanding how our own experiences as a child impact and influence how we parent.

Illuminating ground-breaking research in the field of “interpersonal neurobiology”, Dr. Siegel and Ms. Hartzell explain how the parent-child relationship directly

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The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary

For any of you who are parents – or may become parents – you may be wondering: How do I raise a loving, resilient and responsible child? If you are like me (I’ve raised three blessed children), you may wonder: did I do a “good job”? And if there are grandchildren in the picture, what about our role with these young people? How can we

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Are You Happy? Consider These Five Points

Every tradition and many guidebooks have teachings about how to be happy. Yet that question remains one of life’s great mysteries. As a beginning to understanding happiness, start by asking your self the following questions and then journaling what comes up for you.

1. Write your definition of happiness. Are you living it? If not, are there habits or attitudes you might consider changing?


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Unconditional Love by Hāfez

Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī – known by his pen name Hāfez – is considered one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time, renowned for his lyrical, mystical, healing poetry.

For me, the poem quoted above is deep and beautiful and may be an invitation to let go of our expectations of others – of our sense of being owed something by someone

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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Have you ever wondered how it might be possible to personally and easily change your mood – or internal state? From feelings of mild sadness to deep depression and loneliness, our emotions and body state can, at times, severely impact our enjoyment of daily living. Living life to the fullest is, often, only a dream for some people who suffer from a distressed internal state.

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A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg

Forever Relevant

I have recently read, once again, A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg. This book touched me deeply – as it did years ago when I first read it. With grace and clarity, Anne Morrow Lindberg touches on and explores problems that trouble the human heart – giving the reader form and shape to possible lessons and learning on simplicity, solitude

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You Are Not Your Pain

More than a self-help book, You Are Not Your Pain provides insight into the very nature of the mind and its relationship with the body. This book and audio offering, co-authored by Danny Penman, is an 8-week program that guides you through daily meditations to assist you in learning how to alter your mind’s response to pain.

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Procrastination… the Art of Hesitation

Procrastination enables us to understand the true measure of our reluctance. It helps us to become friends with our own waiting …to learn from our hesitation…and to allow what is truly worthwhile to simmer and become rich and ripe within us (no matter how long it takes).

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Daily Habits = Lifetime of Wellness

Daily habits are the best way to make change happen and by doing something every day for three weeks, it becomes a habit. Read 21 Days to Eating Mindfully: Your Guide to a Healthy Relationship with Yourself and Food and ease your way into a lifetime of healthy choices and habits.

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The Great Work of Your Life

In “The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling” author Stephen Cope takes us on a step-by-step tour of the story of Krishna and Arjuna in the spiritual classic, the Bhagavad Gita. He makes the story relevant to contemporary readers by weaving in stories of well-known Western lives that illuminate its central principles – including Jane Goodall, Walt Whitman, Susan B. Anthony and others. Each of these characters is an example of a principle regarding one’s calling and living it – and in doing so, keeps the reader spell-bound while becoming more knowledgeable and clear about this whole business of a calling in life. This essential guide also includes everyday stories about following the path of truth, illustrating the relevance and usefulness of this classic yogic tale.

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