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Help Yourself: Our Expert Interview With Marianne Power

There’s a reason why self-help is a multibillion-dollar industry. It offers a magical commodity – the shot at a better life. Read this, attend that, and before you know it, look! You’re poised, confident and successful. It’s a beguiling promise. But does it work? The British journalist Marianne Power decided…

Successful Woman

Success Magazine

I think SUCCESS magazine has some amazing articles that really bring clarity around living a better life.  Awareness is always the key. “In every issue of SUCCESS magazine we will strive to bring you the thought leaders and success experts, both past and present, and reveal their key ideas and…

Clouds in the Sky

Overcoming doubt, understanding how it comes about

But when the universe becomes yourself, when you love the world as yourself, all reality becomes your heaven, reinventing you as your own heaven.” Lao Tzu A dear friend of mine, who teaches mindfulness, recently confided in me that he attended a silent retreat and could not experience a meditative…

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News Literacy: The 7 News Habits You Need to Develop

We’re a generation drowning in news. Everybody reports, rehashes, comments, shares, recommends, likes, aggregates and spins it. Articles written by artificial intelligence, content farms, satirical sites, fake news sites, PR campaigns, or for native advertising compete for our attention and blur the distinctions between news and, well, everything else. Yet…

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Seek First to Understand

Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right? “If I…

Clenched Fist of Fire

Outrageous Times

Outrage …well you aughta be outraged You oughtta be outrageously outraged. For outrage is the fierce wild unequivocal love That burns in a wolf-mother’s eyes. It is the feral opposite of shame Devouring deception in its crackling flames. It is the stone that sharpens swords to pierce illusion, it’s the…

Prosperity Blooms Manifesto

Crochet Artist Leaves Flowers Around Town to Make People Smile

“A woman who crochets flowers and leaves them in public places with positive messages attached said she does it to make the world a more positive and happy place. Olivia Fletcher, 22, who has suffered from depression and has previously self-harmed, said her colourful creations are “soothing” and help to…

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What Makes an Activist

What leads someone to become an activist? Research shows parental beliefs, individual personality and a sense of community can all prime someone for a role as an activist. We all recognize the protestors among us: neighbors who circulate petitions for clean-air bills, animal-rights groups in the subway harassing elderly women…

Ocean Wave Great Heart and Strength

Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connections with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet

This book is a great resource for creating compassionate awareness in all relationships – self, one another, the planet. I’ve thought for years that self-help, self-awareness, etc. lacked a key component for ultimate success…the lack of “we” language.  I’ve dedicated years to doing my best to unpack my personal baggage…

Speak Up

Politics vs. Governance

“It’s just politics.” No one ever says, “it’s just governance.” Politics is organized sparring about power, without much regard for efficacy or right or wrong. Governance is the serious business of taking responsibility for leadership. Over the last twenty years, the mass media has shifted, from “here’s the news,” to,…

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Master Difficult Conversations

This post was originally published on this site Written by Mindy Haas on March 30, 2018. Recently, I’ve had to give not-so-positive feedback to a person close to me. I dreaded it. I could feel my heart palpitating, the knots twisting in my stomach, and my palms sweating.   Do I…

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Survival Strategies for the Activist

When I started being more vocal about how I felt on different issues, I quickly became aware of how tiring it could be.  Even just a conversation with someone regardless of the direction it was going, was exhausting.  Sometimes I found myself getting angrier and angrier.  Sometimes I found myself…