― Jackson Brown Jr.
― Jackson Brown Jr.
A beautiful film that I felt compelled to share with you… Enjoy!
by Maya Mathias
We’re well and truly into the new year.
Many of us will have designed resolutions, visions and goals.
And some of us will already have “slipped up” on them by now.
What makes some new intentions stick, while others seem to fall by the wayside?
Is it a question of will, of habit formation, or something else?
And how can we make the best use of the time we have each day to fulfill our most important commitments and our most heartfelt desires?
Here are some guiding principles that I have grown into over the years — they help me see time in healthier and more holistic ways, and turn the idea of time management into something far more effective for myself and the people I lead. Continue reading
Proper body language can quiet self-doubt and help ace life’s challenges, says Amy Cuddy
By Christina Pazzanese
It’s that make-or-break moment. You head into a room for a job interview, to give a presentation, or to take an exam. In theory, you should ace what’s coming: You’ve got the credentials, rehearsed what to say, and mastered the material.
But when it’s time to put your best foot forward, your body and mind go into meltdown as you sink into a dark spiral of panic, anxiety, and self-doubt that leaves others unimpressed. You walk out full of regret, knowing that you didn’t rise to the challenge and wondering what you can do to prevent the next pivotal opportunity from slipping away.
Meaningful “Life Quotes” from philosopher / prolific writer Alan Watts!
Alan Watts (Jan 6, 1915 – Nov 16, 1973) was a philosopher known for opening Western minds to Eastern wisdom. He called himself an entertainer, rather than a guru or teacher, and encouraged a dialogue that is increasingly relevant in the spectrum of current events. Intertwined with stunning scholarship, his buoyant humor resounds, linking many of us to the collective unconscious. Today, 101 years after his birth, I’m sharing 101 quotes that have deeply impacted my understanding of the human experience. Enjoy!
*Alan Watts was a prolific writer and speaker. I source the specific work for every quote that I can, and include “(audio)” to reference material sourced from audio lectures found on alanwatts.org and alanwatts.com. Hearing his voice and cadence drives his message to a deeper level; I recommend Alan Watts 101 for short animated videos coupled with some of my favorite talks.
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In recent months my husband retired and has taken up blogging here on WordPress. The following is one of my favorites that he’s written so far and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!
Like many Americans, we have a dog! His name is Duke. Over the years we have spent a great deal of money on Duke for food, vet visits, toys, and boarding fees. The last item has been a key issue for my family since we travel a great deal. I have been a long time customer of Petsmart. The store closest to my home is a one-stop shop with the usual pet products, a Banfield pet hospital, and a dog & cat hotel. Duke visits the vet at this location and has been boarded there several times. Duke seems to like it there and the staff seems to truly enjoy having the pets around. The cost is not cheap and I have been concerned that the amount of individual attention can get low, especially during the busy holiday season.
With a long trip coming up, I wanted to look at…
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by Amy Maclin from the January 2015 edition of Oprah Magazine
For 17 years, I spent most of my waking hours in school, doodling. I learned the types of clouds, what happens to a banana when you put it in liquid nitrogen. But there were never any classes on how to live. What do we need to be happy? How can we make love last? Why should we keep washing the dishes when we’re all going to die someday? Continue reading
Four Steps to Stop Being So Hard On Ourselves.
When I was in college, I went off to the mountains for a weekend of hiking with an older, wiser friend of twenty-two. After setting up our tent, we sat by a stream, watching the water swirl around rocks, talking about our lives. At one point she described how she was learning to be “her own best friend.” A wave of sadness came over me, and I broke down sobbing. I was the furthest thing from my own best friend. I was continually harassed by an inner judge who was merciless, nit-picking, demanding, always on the job. My guiding assumption was, “Something is fundamentally wrong with me,” as I struggled to control and fix what felt like a basically flawed self.
It’s like we’re in a trance that causes us to see ourselves as unworthy. Yet, I have seen in my own life, and with countless others, that we can awaken from this trance through practicing mindfulness and self-compassion. We can come to trust the goodness and purity of our hearts. Continue reading
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