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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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TED Talk: Bill and Melinda Gates Giving Away Their Wealth

“When anyone gives anything with good heart, he or she becomes a philanthropist — a conduit and a catalyst for love” —Corinne Updegraff Wells

In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In this TED Talk interview with Chris Anderson, the couple discusses their work at the Bill

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Approaching the Holidays Mindfully

“Picture yourself in a state of perfect health, energized from head to toe: calm, focused mind; strong, healthy body; and a joyful and inspired heart. Let this be your healing gift to yourself.” —Jeni Martinez, Owner, Three Trees Yoga

The above quote is perfect for reflecting on this December, as we in the United States and other countries move closer toward the holiday season. How

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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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I Can Only Walk: One Woman’s Story of Triumph

She stepped onto the treadmill next to mine at the gym in a town I was visiting. I had slowed down, being nearly finished with my workout. “Hello” she said with a warm smile. I returned her greeting and we began to chat. She was a cancer survivor, she told me, having spent years enduring radiation and chemotherapy. I noticed the absence of regret or

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TED Talk Tuesday: Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling with Emilie Wapnick

Do you remember being asked, as a child, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you remember how you felt when you were asked that question? Emillie Wapnick, in her TEDxBend Talk called “ Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling”, suggests this question is limiting and confining to a child…and is often thought of as more of a

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