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  • Carl Sagan’s Ultimate Mix Tape – A Love Story

    In the summer of 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft as part of the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Their primary mission was to study and send back information on Jupiter and Saturn. They succeeded in this task, to gather priceless knowledge of the outer planets of our solar system, but the spaceships were concieved as martyrs.  No return route was possible.

    It was known that eventually, the two crafts would escape our solar system, passing the point where communication was possible, and would continue hurtling through the universe into interstellar space.  With their fate in mind, the spacecraft were outfitted with time capsules to transmit

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  • Honoring Winter Solstice – Dec 21

    The Winter Solstice means “Re-Birth of the Sun” or “New Beginnings” and in the U.S., occurs on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The winter solstice is celebrated not only as the year’s shortest day, but today’s start of winter also launches the sun’s steady climb towards the long, warm days of summer.

    As the longest night or darkest day of the year, Winter Solstice is a powerful moment in the solar cycle where we are reminded that in the darkness we must connect to the light within us. This is more difficult to do when we don’t see light reflected back to

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  • A Life Well Lived

    Fifty years ago, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mt. Everest.  Today he’s still an adventurer and and avid environmentalist.  He was the first full-time employee of REI, and retired as President and CEO after 25 years with the company.

    He has a couple of things to say. And we’re all ears.

     

    “Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn and grow the most.” – Jim Whittaker

     

     

     

     

     

    Above Video:  A Life Well Lived | Jim Whittaker & 50 Years of Everest from Eric Becker on

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  • Pale Blue Dot

    “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast, cosmic arena,”  said Carl Sagan in his now famous speech to Cornell University Graduates in 1994, “Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, our delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe are challenged by this point of pale light – our planet is but a drop of light in our universe….It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly to one another, and to preserve and cherish the Pale Blue Dot.  The only home we’ve ever known.”

    An art student at Sheridan College took an excerpt from that speech and

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  • Even Buddha Had Bad Days

    Bad days happen to everyone, even the spiritually enlightened person. Yes, even Buddha had bad days.

    Neither a spiritual practice, meditation nor prayer can exempt us from a full-range of emotions.  What they can provide is the awareness and the ability to help us develop our thoughts in such a way that they can manage the emotional scale.

    You have not failed if you have a bad day.  Buddha had bad days.  Jesus had bad days.  Muhammad had bad days.  You will not meet a single physically manifested being (whether they are an ascended master or not) that is exempt from contrast and

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  • Yoni Power to Birth Your Mission

    The word yoni is the Sanskrit word for vagina – but it also has a much deeper meaning.  Yoni is source or creation – it is the divine passage, womb or sacred temple.

    Hindus believe the yoni is an abstract representation of the creative force that moves through the entire universe.  Yoni is celebrated as the sacred, creative power of nature and represents the goddess Shakti - divine feminine creative power, or ‘The Great Divine Mother.’  And on the earthly plane, Shakti (energy) actively manifests through female creativity and fertility.

    Of course, Hindu culture has long celebrated the goddess and holds great admiration for the powerful and

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  • Plant a Healing Garden

    Have you got a few extra feet of unused real estate at your home?   We transformed the unused boulevard in front of our home into a fun project for the neighborhood kids, planting a healing garden and installing a sitting bench in front of our home.   Creating the healing garden was a fun bonding experience that helped the children understand the beauty and power of nature to help us to heal.  Plants are after all, the the oldest medicine that exists.

    Here’s how we did it:

    Here’s all you need:  

    One Flower box, approximately 5 feet x

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  • The Coffinmaker and The Final Resting Place

    The idea that one’s life work should be fulfilling and meaningful is part of many people’s modern-day deliberations.  This beautiful short film speaks to that internal struggle and translates it to something deeper, more experiential and yet transcendent. Meet the coffin maker; Marcus Daly.

    He is a maker of wood coffins, a craftsman who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled boxes. The first coffin he made was for his own child.

    Every year, Americans bury enough metal in the ground to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge, says Marcus. His simple, handcrafted wooden coffins are an economical and environmentally

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  • Open Your Heart Chakra – A Music Meditation from Peter Kater

    This morning we bring you a simple heart chakra meditation from Peter Kater’s “Heart Chakra” CD. Start the busy weekend of holiday festivities with your loving intention.

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  • “Thanks – Giving” – 5 Best Quotes on Gratitude from the Ancient Philosophers

    “Giving thanks” is the expression of gratitude, and having gratitude has long been acknowledged to be the cornerstone happiness.

    When you allow your heart to open to the universe’s flow of love, gratitude comes with that flow. Gratitude for being alive, for just existing, for just being in the flow of the adventure of life.  Gratitude for the Sun that gives us life. Gratitude for the Earth that gives us our home in the universe. Gratitude for the people that you love, and for those who share your journey through life.

    Gratitude flows unimpeded from an open heart. When you allow it,

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  • Rumi: 15 Favorite Quotes Wrapped in Art

    Loved by all, Rumi was a mystic and Persian poet, theologian and a master of the spiritual world.   He was born in Tajikistan (present day Turkey) on 30th September 1207.

    He died on December 17, 1273.  It is said that the leaders of all the religious groups of the time attended and participated in Rumi’s funeral. The Christians of the time compared Rumi to Jesus. The Jews, to Moses. And to the followers of Islam, Rumi was revered almost as was Mohammed.

    His nondenominational teachings and revelations on love, and love’s connection to soul and body are highly celebrated and

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  • 10 Ways Science Proves Mindfulness Can Change Your Life

    Mindfulness Meditation is a simple yet powerful practice that has been practiced for thousands of years, and despite it’s solid reputation to improve quality of life, most still allow its possibilities to slip under our radar.  It’s a classic case of thinking a simple answer can’t possibly be the remedy to a complex problem.  But it is.

    The concept of mindfulness is defined as: “The nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.” Mindfulness invites us to pay attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. And the scientific community’s interest in mindfulness

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  • Time to Wake Up – Alan Watts

    “We have been bamboozled by religions, politicians, fathers and mothers…all sorts of people who tell you “you’re not it.”  And we believe it.  They tell you can’t do anything to change yourselves to become better, happier, mystics or more serene.

    But if you see yourselves in the correct way – in the way that you truly are, you will see that you are all extraordinary phenomena of nature – just as are the trees, the shape of fire, the formation of a galaxy.  You are just like that. There is nothing wrong with you at all.   But we all

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  • The Beauty of Nothingness – Alan Watts

    Imagine for a moment, that all your worldly belongings, all your achievements and attainments, (along with the importance of them)… Imagine all of them completely vanishing. What would it feel like?

    In this sensorially stunning video, Alan Watts shares with us his profound and powerfully undeniable musings about the fundamental reality of the state of “nothingness”, and how beautiful it really is.

     

     

     

     

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  • “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” 10 Great Quotes on Life from John Lennon

    Lessons from a Rock and Roll Spiritual Seeker

    John Lennon may have had more in common with the great thinkers of any age than with other songwriters who were his contemporaries. Certainty he was first in a cadre of rock stars who used their celebrity as a force for good, paving the way for Bono and Bob Geldof by decades.

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  • Summer, At the Crossing of Slow Down Lane and Happy With What You Have Street

    In celebration of the mid-point of summer, we’re re-posting one of our most popular articles. Here’s to summer and slowing down!

    I just returned from taking my twin 7-year old girls to experience the lake culture of Minnesota. I wanted them to see the way that I grew up, and I also wanted to see if the magic was still there. I wanted to know if the land still spoke to me the way it did 25 years ago. I wanted to see how much things had changed since I left that quiet way of life for big cities, corporate

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  • The Story Behind The Beatles “Let it Be”

    “Let it Be” was released by the Beatles in 1970. It was the Beatles’ most popular, instant hit, coming in at number 6 in the BillBoard Hot 100.  The song is the title track of the album of the same name, and the timing of the release of the song, written and recorded by Paul McCartney, also coincided with Paul’s announcement that he was leaving the Beatles. His announcement meant the break-up of one of the worlds most loved bands.

    The inspiration for “Let it Be” in Paul McCartney’s own words:

    “I was going through a really difficult time around the

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  • Can We Bring Mindfulness to Schools?

    With eyes closed and deep breaths, students are learning a new method to reduce anxiety, conflict, and attention disorders. But don’t call it meditation. Rather, its term is mindfulness -meditation’s sidekick.

    Studies show that children who practice mindfulness in the classroom were less aggressive, less oppositional toward teachers, and more attentive in class. Those who received the mindfulness training also reported feeling more positive emotion and optimism, and seemed more introspective than children who were on a waitlist for the training.

    Many schools are starting to catch on to the benefits of stress-reduction training like mindfulness: Toluca Lake Elementary

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  • Become A Lake – A Zen Parable

    An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

    “How does it taste?” the master asked.
    “Bitter,” said the apprentice.
    The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said,

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  • Celebrating the Path of Spiritual Freedom

    Today as we celebrate our political freedom, let us also pay homage to our spiritual liberties.

    We have the freedom to empower ourselves and let go of energies that do not serve us. How about the freedom to feel well and to be happy?  And there is the freedom to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.  We are gifted spiritual independence to create all of these things.

     The most important question in spiritual life is not: ‘Are you happy?’ but ‘Are you free?’ – Thomas Merton

    Spiritual freedom is seeking God on your own terms and releasing any bonds that cause

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  • Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

    The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on the growth of the season. Seeds are planted in the Earth as well as the seeds of our souls. It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, a time of Love and growth. This is the moment of our year when there is the most LIGHT available to us. In terms of consciousness, it is when we are the most present to ourselves and who we know ourselves to be (the Sun represents the “I am” consciousness).

    And just as the Solstice signifies the

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  • 7 Best Bits of Wisdom from Jeff Foster

    Jeff Foster is a refreshing new luminary and author we recommend to our readers. He studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University and after years of depression and illness, and had a spiritual awakening in his mid-twenties. Candid, thoughtful, and humorous, he is deeply compassionate toward those searching for a way out of suffering. He inspires people to stop trying to “do” acceptance, and start falling in love with “what has already been allowed.”

    I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Foster speak at last year’s Wake Up Festival, and his talks were like an orchestra of sensations for the

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  • The Changing Role of Dads and an Ode to Father’s Day

    Father’s Day has long stood in the shadow of Mother’s Day. Not only because its date falls later on the calendar, but let’s face it, also because we tend to cling to all of the things that dad didn’t do instead of celebrating what he did do.

    Not only does Mother’s Day fuel 75 percent more spending than Father’s Day, but “dad” and “manhood” just aren’t topics that get a lot of airplay. Compare a Google search on any phrases or words around masculinity or fatherhood to the “power of the feminine,” or the “rise of Mother” and you’ll quickly

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  • Be human. Be seen. Be real. Be truth.

    “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
    ~C.G. Jung

    What does it mean to live one’s life authentically?

    When we drop our pretense and stop hiding behind our self-created illusionary masks, for protection from being truly seen, we can then embrace who we really hare—beautiful, powerful, creative, unique and yes… flawed.

    The experience of life allows for us to evolve—grow and change and choose our path—not only over our lifetime, but in every moment. We can behave anyway we want, and be anything we want, on any given day. Why then, not do so authentically? Our humanness,

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  • What Humans Can Learn From the Spiritual Life of Elephants

    Throughout history elephants have been revered. They are most intelligent creatures, and honoured by many cultures for their strength, intelligence and nobility. As well as being the largest land animals, they are also have some of the longest lives in the animal kingdom, with life spans of 60+ years. They are fiercely loyal to their families and tribes, and in Buddhist tradition, the elephant symbolizes wisdom, patience, and longevity.  Buddha picked the form of a white elephant as one of his many incarnations, thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of the

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  • Summer Solstice – A Global Celebration of Light

    Summer Solstice 2014 falls on June 21. The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol+systere, meaning “Sun”+ “standing still.”  The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Following this Solstice, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

    Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices — Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. And western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer often called Midsummer (see Shakespeare), or St. John’s Day.   The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of

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  • What an 85-Year-Old Model and Yogini Can Teach Us About Going Grey Gracefully

    The color grey gets a bad wrap.  We are unenthusiastic about grey skies, grey hair, and being in a grey area in life.  But Daphne Selfe, 85, is a living testament to the luster grey can add to your life.

    She is the world’s oldest, successful supermodel who’s impressive portfolio includes names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Vogue, Marie Claire, Gap, Nivea, Harpers Bazaar, Italian Vanity Fair, and The Times. While she has 60 years of modeling under her belt, it wasn’t until her older age that her modeling career blossomed as she promoted the benefits of turning grey and embracing

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  • “Mothering” and The Moral Strength of Women

    Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there Mothering - a way of being in the world, of nurturing and cultivating the highest within you, so that you can bring that to your family, your friends, and the planet.

     

    In 1908 a woman named Anna Jarvis started a campaign in West Virgina to create a nationally recognized holiday to recognize mothers. People loved the idea, and it spread quickly. Hallmark and florists promoted it heavily to become what it is today.  (And Anna herself was reportedly already disappointed by it’s commercialization by 1920.)

    While

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  • Honor Mother Earth with a Spirit Bowl Ceremony

    If you are looking for a special way to honor Mother Earth this Earth Day, we have the perfect ritual to incorporate into your family traditions: a Spirit Bowl Ceremony.

    Honoring Mother Earth with Spiritual Awareness

    The purpose of this ritual is to recognize that work needs to be done to bring human life into harmony with the rest of life of life on earth and to pledge ourselves as Earth Stewards.

    Realize and take full advantage of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth. Set the stage for an Earth honoring day going outside in your garden, window box, or nearby park

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  • Round The Clock Happiness With Pharrell Williams

    Editor’s update to this story: (By now you’ve all heard the song, which is still below, in case you were under a rock or something.) After watching a montage of fan-made videos to his No. 1 hit “Happy” during his interview on Oprah Prime, Pharrell wept happy tears. And when he finally pulled himself together, he explained, “It’s overwhelming, because it’s like I love what I do, and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point to feel that.”

    A super star with humility today. Could he

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  • The Big Shift: How to Parent from Your Abundance instead of Your Lack

    It’s time for a paradigm shift. We must occupy the role of the parent in a whole new way.

    According to a 2007 UNICEF study, American kids rank the second unhappiest of all nations. In the UK, 1 in 10 children under 8 say they are unhappy.

    As parents, we naturally and intuitively have dire concerns about how happy our kids are, and worry about the world that they grow up in, but we mostly place our focus on external factors such as other children, media, school and social norms. Very seldom do we look within ourselves, not as parents – but as individuals,

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  • Are You Paying Attention? Mind Full vs. Mindful.

    Have you noticed how you can only really hear one person talking to you? Give it a try to see if you’re able to listen to two different conversations  - give it your full focus and try to reply sensibly to both. You’ll likely find that we have “selective hearing.”  We will focus on what we prefer to get engaged in, or what ‘seems’ more urgent.  That is being human.  We chose what we want to focus on in life.  Deepak Chopra explains why our attention to something is so powerful:

    Attention is important, because whatever you pay attention to

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  • Find the Helpers: 5 of The Best Spiritual Teachers for Hard Times

    Change and chaos seem to be in the air. It’s certainly a part of my immediate experience, and I hear stories of it all around me, including from many people in this community, judging by the emails I receive and the comments I see on articles.

    If my last few months has taught me anything, it’s that it is critical to be constantly building your spiritual practice, especially when things are going great.  It’s a path that you need to devote time to constantly because there is no such thing as a life free of obstacles. Practice now, so that when the glorious

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  • Spring Clean Your Life

    This time of year many of us find ourselves automatically engaging in some sort of spring ritual. We’ve got spring break, spring fever, and of course, spring cleaning.

    Spring is a celebration of renewal and change.  Nature wakes up and in the process brings us out of our own winter hibernation. Everything is fresh and new. And spring is deeply ingrained in our collective conscious not only because we come out of the darkness of winter and into the crisp light of spring, but also because the traditional religious holidays of spring lend themselves to spiritual cleaning as well.

    Lent, Passover

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  • How To Find Your Soul in a Soul-less Place

    By Lorraine Pursell

    I have been crying since Saturday.  It’s been a long week, but a transformational one. I openly share my journey with you because I do not want you to feel alone or that something is wrong with you when you struggle. We think that there is something wrong with us if we find ourselves in a valley.  Be reminded that there are valleys there, and we all have them!

    We must work hard to stay soulful. Tears and struggle remind us that we have a soul. Distractions abound. Finding our still small voice is a challenge and certainly

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  • Raising The Human and The Being

    In our lives, we focus almost entirely on human life and almost never our our Being.

    It is our human life that earns us titles. We are first a fetus. Then a life. A son or daughter. A toddler. A friend. A teenager. A BFF. A boyfriend, a girlfriend. A student. A trouble-maker. A lover. A worker. An MBA. A fiancé. A husband, a wife. A runner, a hiker, a surfer, a yogi. Unemployed, candidate, new-hire. An entrepreneur, a CEO. A divorcee. A health buff, a sick person. A cured person. A grandmother or grandfather. A retiree. A dearly departed.

    The

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  • Beyond the Plate: Mindful “Eating” of All We Consume

    As we strive to balance our lives, so many of us have made significant adjustments to what we take in. The litany of possible diets can seem exhausting for people looking to find a healthy relationship with food: low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, raw, Paleolithic, food combining, blood type, etc.  More and more, people feel the call to align what we eat to who we are. We understand that on some level the integrity and accuracy of the building blocks we give our bodies will help our resilience and vitality. As Hippocrates famously offered,  ”Let food be thy medicine and

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  • Who You Are You?

    If that question has relevance to you in this moment, that’s a piece of information you have toward answering it. It might be a significant piece of information. It might reflect a quality of mind, a quality of ego. It may suggest something of your character. Or it may not.

    Figure out who you are.

    If that question has no meaning to you and in fact maybe makes you snicker a bit, that’s a piece of information you obviously have. That genuine reaction might suggest that you are the kind of person who feels firmly planted in the world and firmly

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  • The Profound Interconnection of Life – An Astronaut’s Perspective

    In 1968, we went to the moon for the first time.  Mankind was eager to explore the surface of the moon, the stars and space.  But as it turns out, seeing the moon and stars up close was only half the reason to go.

    For everyone watching – from the astronauts to the TV audience – seeing the Earth from a distance, dangling in space was perhaps the most important, monumental collective event that humanity had experienced.

    This short film by Planetary Collective documents astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the

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  • 10 Things to Do if You Are Alone on Valentine’s Day:

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

    –Buddha

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you are unmarried, you are part of 50% of the American public that is likely to feel left out at this time of the year.  If you have no significant other, you join millions of Americans whose numbers continue to grow.  Despite this fact, advertisers

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  • 5 Great Places to Meditate Outdoors in LA

    Most people who live in L.A. will quickly tell you that we are here for one reason: to be outdoors all year.   “72 and sunny” says a lot about our city, as well as it’s inhabitants healthy outlook.  We already know that nature’s healing powers are undeniable;  and according to the journal Environmental Science & Technology, as little as five minutes per day in nature will benefit your mental health.

    Whether it’s walking at sunset on a sandy beach, listening to birds from your porch, hiking up a mountain ridge or hearing the wind blow through the trees during

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  • The Year of the Horse – Saddle Up For a Wild Ride

    by Karen Carrasco, Western School of Feng Shui

     

    There might not be a bigger shift of energies in the entire 60 year wheel of Chinese astrology than this one coming up–the shift from two Water years of deep introspection to the fast-paced spurt of extroverted forward propulsion that the Wood Horse brings.

    Hold on to your hats, folks, and realize that you won’t be able to, nor will you want to, slow your horses in the New Year ahead!

    This will be a promethean year, the Beginning of all beginnings, arriving around January 31st to February 4th, 2014.  Full of uplift, optimism

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  • Soulful Space: Revitalize Your Home With These Simple Traditions

    The New Year is a great time to give the subtle energies and spiritual vibes of your home some attention. It’s important to clear your physical clutter, and also to clear any bad memories, negative emotions and even sadness that can settle into any room.

    “Home” is both an extension of who you are and a physical representation of  where you have been. In fact, your space can hold emotional baggage and unfinished business. Intentionally creating a space that inspires and creates comfort for you and your family, roommates and visitors, is a great reflection of one’s own spirit and experience

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  • Grandmother Wisdom: Lessons on Life from Gladys on her 99th Birthday

    You may or may not know that this website is not only dedicated to delivering ‘gladness’ but it’s also named after an amazing woman, my grandmother Gladys, who is celebrating her 98th birthday today. I can tell you, for certain, that this woman knows how to live, and today is a tribute to her, and her strength and wisdom.

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  • 10 Things Science (and Buddhism) Say Will Make You Happy

     

    By Guest Writer Bodhipaksa

    I’m a science geek as well as a Buddhist geek, and recently when I was leading a retreat on how to bring more joy into our lives I found myself making a lot of references to an article published in Yes magazine, which touched on ten things that have been shown by science to make us happier. It seemed natural to draw upon the article because so much of the research that was described resonated with Buddhist teachings.

    So I thought it would be interesting to take the main points of the article and flesh them

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  • Your New Personal Theme Song; “My Day” by Tarrus Riley

    Here’s a video that’s guaranteed to brighten your day with positive vibes, happy faces, and groovy dancehall reggae with a mindful message.

    “You can say what you want and do what you want, it’s no concern to me.  Because I have my own vision, my own mission to rule my destiny. Put away your worries, help me sing along….”

    Enough said, just click!

     

     

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  • Two Amazing and Unique Mandala Artists, Two Very Different Mediums

    We’ve gone mad for Mandalas this week, and in the process of writing our articles on the meaning, history and use of mandalas, we came across two extraordinary artists whose work we had to share. They have much in common – they are both very talented, unique mandala artists – and yet they’re also so very different. Both use nature as their main media, but one’s work is the size of football fields, and the other’s is small and intricate. One works with mother nature in her darkest slumber of winter, the other

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  • Mandalas Explained

    Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning circle, a mandala is a timeless masterpiece, rich in both tradition and symbolism, and has long been considered a sacred object. Found in cultures and religions as far reaching as Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, all the way to Native American, mandalas have been regarded as a symbol of harmony and unity. And have often served as tools to discovering ones spiritual truth.

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  • Kids Mandala Coloring Pages

    We compiled this group of kids mandala coloring pages for you to download and print. Making mandalas, or coloring mandalas is a wonderful ancient practice to help one relax and calm the mind.   We find that using a colored pencil works best for these mandala coloring sheets.   What is a mandala, you ask?  Read our article on the meaning of mandalas.

    As for the relationship between children and mandalas, it’s an important one.  We humans have always had a fascination with the circle and we experience it throughout nature– from a tree’s rings,

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  • New Years Wishes

    Dear Readers of Glad.is,

    We’d like to take these last moments of 2013 to thank you for being a part of our community.

    We appreciate you coming here, sharing your thoughts and anecdotes of your spiritual journey, and we are grateful for your support and kind words.  It’s wonderful to be amongst you, this tribe of people who are creating what some call a great ‘shift’ or a greater awareness of our connection and unique and mysterious humanness.

    Our New Years Wishes:

    May the newness of this year be present each morning when the sun rises.  May the sun bring you lightness in

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  • 2013 Man Of The Year, Russell Brand

    As another global trip around the sun comes to an end, the media is full of 2013 end of year recaps, the best of this and the worst of that.

    But to us there is only one trailblazer; one man made social media headlines time and time again with his insightful perspectives on spirituality and consciousness, love, God, fame and celebrity, culture, the media, politics, “dead religions,” feminism, the ego, quantum physics, global warming, and world economics…all without abandoning his passion and humor – and that man is Russell Brand.

    For the spiritual and mindful community, if there were to be

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  • 12 Things Forgiveness IS (And Is Not)

    “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” -Jean Paul Sartre

    It’s been said that there is no more difficult task for us humans than to forgive. Whether it’s yourself you are holding something against, your parents, neighbor, or even circumstance. But it’s also the most liberating thing we can do for ourselves.

    Forgiveness frees us from the tangles of anger and retribution, and from preoccupations with the past or with the running case in your mind about the person you’re mad at. It shifts your sense of self from a passive one in which bad things happen

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  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.

    Virginia,

    Your little friends are wrong.

    They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

    He exists as certainly as love and generosity and

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  • 7 Simple Strategies to Turn Family Holiday Stress Around from Dr. Charlotte Reznick, PhD

    “The Holidays” is a perplexing statement in the US – on any given day, it can conjure up either warm feelings of family, gratitude, and tradition — or it can cause stress, headache and sleepless nights. And it’s no wonder – the average American spends 42 hours a year on holiday activities. That’s one standard work week spent shopping, wrapping, and returning presents, attending holiday parties, and traveling from place to place, and often these extra activities are squeezed into already busy schedules.

    Before holiday stress and depression ruins your holiday, take a mindful minute to consider these great strategies

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  • On Children, By Kahlil Gibran

    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them,
    but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward

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  • She Let Go

    she let go poemShe let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

    She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
    She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
    She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
    She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
    without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
    She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a
    book on how to let go… She didn’t search

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  • RIP, Nelson Mandela. Take Your Place At the Resting Place of the Greats.

    Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa has died.

    Like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, Mandela is one of those very rare individuals who succeeded in greatly expanding the freedom of the people that he set out to free from brutal oppression.

    He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his life work in ending apartheid in 1993, and while there are countless examples of his deep embodiment of living and being love, becoming friends his one time jail guard/oppressor is perhaps the most notable.

    Mandela was a model of fearlessness and peaceful dissidence during his fight against apartheid. For decades, the regime that

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  • Getting Free From Your Yuck: Bless Your Mess

    There is a powerful tool I want to share with you.  When we find ourselves perplexed and in painful circumstances say, “I bless this situation.” Then let that sit. Repeat this phrase several times, over and over, until you begin to feel the relief- the power of letting go of what was not ours to hold onto in the first place.

    Ahhh. Sometimes we need to repeat “Bless this situation” all day long every day, for it is the only way to gain relief, but keep doing it. The harder it is to distance ourselves from those smothering feelings of

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  • ‘Tis the Season To Get…Trampled? Make Space for a Conscious Holiday Season

    The Friday after Thanksgiving, most Americans will embark on craze-filled shopping sprees that the rest of the world watches, completely flabbergasted. The day after our major holiday called giving thanks (being grateful for what we have) we go apeshit crazy and wait in department store lines at 3:00 am, we push and shove each other, and race around to buy a whole bunch more stuff.

    And most Americans don’t even know the irony, that Friday, November 28 was actually dedicated as Native American Heritage Day by President George W. Bush in 2008.   The Native American Heritage Day Bill designates November

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  • Gratitude in HD: Moving Art

    You think this is just another day in your life.

    It’s not just another day.

    Its the one day that’s given to you. It’s a gift, and the only gift you have right now.  And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.

    If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response, to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it was the first day in your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.

    Begin by opening your eyes and being surprised that you have eyes that can open.

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  • Re-Visiting the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success

    There are few books as simple and clear as Deepak Chopra’s “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.”  More than twenty years have passed since it was first published, and it’s sold millions of copies and inspired countless new books.

    And if you don’t yet have it in your library, don’t underestimate the power of this little book which can be read in a day. It’s a practical, philosophical ‘how-to’ for a happy life. Chopra explains that “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As

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  • Dear Limiting Beliefs,

    Wow, you and I have been together a long time.

    More than 40 years, that’s longer than most marriages. It’s been quite a run we’ve had together. Sure there were struggles, there were fights, but I also remember all the times I cozied up with you, wrapping myself in your arms when disappointed or hurt, letting you soothe me by reminding me that whatever it was that I didn’t get, it was never meant to be.

    I am so appreciative. Like remember the time when I was eight and I wanted to start ballet again and you told me that it was

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  • Embracing Uncertainty: Spiritual Lessons from Anxiety Disorders

    In the field of mental health, there is a concept relating to tolerance for uncertainty, most specifically relating to treatment of anxiety disorders; People with high anxiety have a low tolerance for uncertainty, whereas people with low anxiety have a high tolerance for uncertainty.

    An extreme example is someone who suffers with agoraphobia, an anxiety-based panic disorder whereby they may remain “shut-ins,” refusing to leave their homes. They do not want to leave their homes because of the uncertainty that something bad, no matter how slight the chance, might happen to them should they venture outside.

    A recovering agoraphobic once described

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  • Haunted
    ….is a word that denotes an unresolved parallel, a presence that is not quite a presence; a visitation by the as yet unspeakable – it is also emblematic of the longing for incarnation, of an unbearable substrate of wanting, of not finding a home in this world or in the next, someone or something that walks the halls of our house or our mind looking for what will help to lay its own self to rest.

    What haunts us is something that seeks its own disappearance, it wants to become fully itself and so depart. If we feel

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  • Your Aura Colors: Signs of Stress and Tips to Be Happier This Holiday Season

    We all know that the holiday season can be the most stressful and that, ironically, many of us find ourselves strung out and unhappy at a time when we are expected to be our happiest.

    How we handle the stress of the season has a lot to do with the kind of person we are. Knowing that, we can use specific strategies to deal with holiday demands and make the season what is was meant to be- joyous.

    How can we know what kind of person we are? The answer is in the colors of our aura. Everyone has an aura-

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  • When You’re Running Like Hell From the Pain…Turn, Face It

    I know sometimes things can feel really hopeless. Like you’ve screwed everything up, or you can’t get any traction going, or no matter what you do, you always end up feeling isolated. Sometimes there are really ingrained coping mechanisms that keep a person at a “safe distance” from everyone else. Maybe that’s how you got through your childhood. By detaching or dissociating. If you cut yourself off from what you were feeling as a kid, if you took yourself somewhere else, somewhere safer, that can be a difficult switch to flip.

    I know lots of people who moved into adolescence

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  • The Man Who Lives Without Money

    Irishman Mark Boyle gave up his job, yacht, fancy dinners and tried to live life with no income, no bank balance and no spending. And here’s how he does it.

    If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal. The plan back then was to get a ‘good’ job, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society I was successful.

    For a while I did it – I had a fantastic job

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  • One Thing We All Learn (Eventually), The Hard Way:

    Never try to help someone unless they are ready to be helped.

    Until help is asked for, until there is that readiness to listen and receive and let go of old patterns, your attempt to help will be felt as manipulation and control – your issue, your need, not theirs. Defences will go up, positions will become hardened, you will end up feeling frustrated or superior or powerless, and the mirrored roles of ‘victim’ and ‘saviour’ will make you feel more disconnected from each other than ever.

    How to truly help? Meet them where they are right now. Let go of

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  • Sacred Albino Moose Killed by Hunters, Honored in Mi-kmaq Ceremony

    October is Mi’kmaq history month in Nova Scotia, and in an ironic twist, an unfortunate hunting trip has further illustrated the knowledge gap between the aboriginal and mainstream culture.

    One of three known Albino ‘spirit moose’ was shot and killed by hunters in Nova Scotia in early October.  The hunter’s error became known when they brought it in to a local taxidermy shop to have its’ head mounted.  Photos of the deceased animal and it’s hunters were then discovered on Facebook and the local Mi-kmaq natives were notified, and outraged.

    “This is what we call a spirit animal,” said Clifford

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  • Self Diagnosis: 10 Signs You May Have Mentally Healthy Happy Person Syndrome (HAPs)

    There are hundreds of terms and criteria used in mental health professions to define and diagnose mentally unhealthy persons. Yet even today, despite the explosion in self-help, there are very few standards or guides to formally categorize happy people. The media magnifies the problem by focusing on diagnosing our unhealthy habits and behaviors, and even our :30 commercial breaks are littered with messages of terrible conditions you may be suffering from, and pills you can take to cure them.

    So why not change the paradigm and use the same clinical standards to diagnose happy people?  Barry John Johnson, a mental

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  • You Are Not In Need of Fixing

    When your emotional world is on fire,
    when you become lost in the story of the suffering one,
    touch your heart, feel the aliveness in your body,
    practice kindness, and ignite a revolution.

    As a little one it was wildly creative
    to turn from your embodied experience,
    to protect yourself from overwhelming feelings.
    But love is calling you home now:
    Come closer.

    Will you see how much intelligence is here,
    even in your confusion and in your pain?
    Your sadness is a doorway into the infinite,
    if you will hold it near.
    Your despair is a gateway into wholeness,
    if you

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  • Please Put Down That Diet Soda. Yes, You.

    Here’s The Bitter Truth Behind a Toxic Sweetener:

    Aspartame is a popular sugar substitute that can be found in diet soda drinks, chewing gum, fruit spreads and sugar-free products to name a few. It is also known by the brand names, Sweet One, NutraSweet and Spoonful.

    • Aspartame is known to cause migraines, and is proved to pose an increased risk for, and/or accelerate: Cancer, Asthma, Parkinsons, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and MS.
    • It’s closely linked to depression.
    • There are more than 900 studies on the dangers of Aspartame - included a 22 year study at Harvard (mentioned in this

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  • When You Really Want to Blow Your Mind. Remember, We Are Stars.

    Where are you stuck today?  What comment from a friend, partner, relative or co-worker brought up old wounds?  What circumstance is keeping you small and preventing you from being present?

    (photo, left:  deep space nebula and supernova with human eye)

    Who you are is so much deeper, and far more vast and connected than any separation the ego can create. And this is so not only because deep inside you know it to be true, but also because science does prove it:

    Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the

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  • Quit Being So Cautious

    This holding back, its very heavy, isn’t it?

    This not saying what you wanted to. This tip-toeing, this walking the line, this being so damn ‘agreeable.’  Each yes that is not truly in line with who you are is a slight shrinking of your soul, felt only a little each day, but over time, turns to a heavy slouch.

    What if for just today, you practiced being light. Speaking your truth, standing tall with your feet growing roots into the earth, what if just for today you didn’t do or say anything out of alignment with your deepest inner knowing.

    What if

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  • Could You Be An Empath? 12 Signs You Are:

    All of my life I have felt different and struggled with things that didn’t seem to bother other people. Over the years I have learned that I am more sensitive than most. Things affect me on a cellular level, and since I was a child, I have been absorbing other people’s emotions.  

    As a child, I often preferred to be alone in my room because it was the only time I felt at peace and in control.  Learning to protect myself from people and environments that did not suit me was a hard lesson to learn.  There have been unexplained

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  • “It’s Your Turn to Fly, Baby, and If Not, Then I’ll be There To Catch You”

    …Said 13 year old Rion Page’s mother to her before she got on stage on the “X Factor” to sing her heart out.

    Rion has a rare disease that has left her wrist joints deformed and she’s almost completely blind in her right eye. But you’d never know it from her attitude.

    The crowd and judges loved her rendition of a Carrie Underwood song:

    “Rion, I’m just so impressed with you right now and I cannot believe the struggles you have had and how positive you are,” judge Demi Lovato said after her, her counterparts, and the audience

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  • A Sikh Woman Gets Bullied Online, Then Something Beautiful Happens

    A person on the social media platform Reddit posted a surreptitious photo of a Sikh woman with the caption “i’m not sure what to lessons in online bullyingconclude from this” and tagged it under “funny.” (links to the original post.)  The title of his post, and the reason for his apparent confusion of ‘what to do with her’ stems from the fact that the woman was not not dressed to his taste, and has an abundance of dark, untrimmed facial hair.  So apparently, he posted the picture he had

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  • One Thing You Should Know About Meditation: It’s No Big Thing

    I was having dinner with a friend who recently restarted meditation. I was thrilled that she was practicing regularly again and was looking forward to sharing our perspectives and profound experiences.  But when she began describing her observations and declared, “Meditation isn’t special,”  my heart skipped a beat. I caught myself wondering how she could say such a thing.

    But as she continued, and told me more, I loved her take on the matter. “Meditation is no big thing. It’s like eating or bathing or brushing your teeth,” she went on. “It just works on a different level. I can

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  • What Makes You Itch?

    American studies have revealed that 80% of us do not enjoy our work.  That is a staggering number of unhappy people in the workplace.  Warren Buffett once said, “Doing work you don’t love just to build a resume is like saving sex for old age.”  His bluntness has quite the eye-opening effect.  Why do we toil away doing work we don’t enjoy – thinking that, we will “pay our dues” and one day be allowed to do work we love? The below video is a must-watch 3 minutes of inspiration and motivation from Alan Watts regarding pursuing your passions.  Enjoy

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  • “Abused Goddesses” Campaign Shocks India Using Religious Images To Condemn Domestic Violence

    India is home to one of today’s biggest contradictions. A Hindu country, it has a rich history of revering women in religion and mythology – yet it is one of the most unsafe nations in the world for it’s female citizens (4th most dangerous, according to the U.N.)

    Last year alone, 244,270 crimes against women were reported in India. More than 68% of women in India are victims of domestic violence. It’s believed that 100 million Indians, largely women and girls, are victims of human trafficking.  Up to 50 million girls are “missing” over the past century due to

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  • Daft Punk vs. Rosh Hashanah (The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah)

    What better way to learn about Rosh Hashanah than from a group of handsome boys doing Parkour to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”?

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  • Alanis Morissette on Fame, Spirituality, And Loving Without Expectation

    Singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette has evolved since her 1995 debut Jagged Little Pill, and a lot has happened to her since then. In addition to being a new mother, she also hosts her own webisodes on “Well Being and Spirituality” at www.Alanis.com, and speaks openly about being a reformed Catholic, finding lots to love about Buddhism, and shares her philosophies on everything from the importance of ritual to letting go of ego.

    “I think that a big turning point for my spiritual growth was after Jagged Little Pill, when I had reached and grabbed the brass

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  • 10 Quotes on Dreams & An Amazing Re-Mix of “I Have a Dream” On It’s 50th Anniversary

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Martin Luther Kings epic speech “I have a Dream.”  Historians site this speech as the most important speech of the 20th century, and it brought Martin Luther King and his message of non-violence to a worldwide audience. So in honor of this remarkable day (and my own birthday!) we’re sharing the 10 best quotes about believing in your dreams – and a really great re-mix of MLK’s speech called “Spiritual High.”

    250,000 civil rights supporters heard the speech live from the Lincoln Memorial, and the speech was carried on radio

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  • I Hope We Wake Up Together Next Year – 3 Reasons Why We Should

    At this time last week, I was sitting in my chair in Estes Park Colorado, at The Wake Up Festival, listening to Jeff Foster, day three of my journey there. At least I think I was sitting in my chair – I may have been floating in the air, or laying on the floor dying into Who I am.

    It was an incredible experience and I’m about to give an unabashedly impassioned retrospective of this festival. Not because I’m paid to do so by any means, but because, as I sat there in my chair,

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  • Cookie Monster Teaches Mindfulness

    The fun, incredibly smart writers at Sesame Street have done it again with this adorably funny Cookie Monster video about self-regulation  -”Me Want it (But Me Wait!”)

    Cookie Monster, the poster-child for someone needing to master self-regulation skills, attempts to explain these concepts while devising personal strategies on waiting to eat a cookie. A great one, for big and little kids alike!

    Me Can Take Deep Breaths

    When me lose control

    When me have no doubt

    Me have strategies

    That can calm me down

    Me can talk to self

    Me can stand up straight

    Me can take deep breaths

    Me can self-regulate

     

     

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  • The #1 Thing You’re Going to Regret: A Failure of Kindness

    It’s post-graduation season, and the amazing commencements of 2013 are still making their rounds on the web.  And this one, from George Saunders, who delivered the convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013, is our pick for best of the year.

    The speech touches on great themes like the need for kindness and all the things working against our actually achieving it, the risk in focusing too much on “success,” and the trouble with swimming in a river full of monkey feces.

    Here’s the entire speech:

    Down through the ages, a traditional form has evolved for this type of speech, which

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  • See It Again For the First Time

    I have a question for you:

    What if you were seeing everything — and everyone — for the first time today?

    What if nothing was familiar and nothing was already labeled as “good” or “bad” or this or that — if nothing carried any “baggage”?

    If that were the case, then what would you see? What would you feel or feel compelled to do?

    This came to me as I was walking down the hallway in our house this morning. That’s about as boring and mundane as it gets in life, isn’t it? The hallway. Is the hallway ever a destination? No, when

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  • How to Keep the Flow When Lethargy Hits

    Inspiration rises up in us all the time. Strong waves come up we can easily hear. Other flames are quieter, more serpentine. And other musings have been running in us throughout our lives like deep rivers, giving form to our innate selves.

    But what happens when we don’t act on, and get into a habit of “shelving”, our inspired ideas?

    It may be a bold statement at first glance, but I think the voice of the critic and the voice of the muse are the same voice. The Kali and Venus of inspiration, if you will. I got this idea from

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  • Oprah Talks to Dave About Meditation

    Oprah continues on her mission to spread the word about meditation to the mainstream, in a great, albeit subtle moment during her interview on Letterman’s Late Show last week.

    “Do you meditate?” Oprah asked Dave, saying immediately, “I can tell you don’t! Never mind! I’m just being polite.”

    “I do,” said Dave.

    “I don’t believe you!” she replied.

    “Why would I lie about that?” he asked.

    “Yeah, why would you lie about that?”

    “I’m meditating right now,” he cracked.

    And when Dave asked her mantra, Oprah would only whisper it in his ear.

    “That’s mine!” he said.

    Enjoy:

     

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  • Take a Beauty Break!

    Phoebe Baker Hyde is the average woman. She wants to look nice, feel nice and feel admired. Surprisingly, in order to actually feel all of those things, she spent a year away from makeup and fashion and came away with a book — and a better soul sense of self.

    Before she took the ultimate beauty plunge, she admits she’s done some ridiculous things in the name of beauty. As a cultural anthropology major at an Ivy League college she was actually trained to recognize self-destructive and ritualistic behavior in other cultures. But when it came to what she calls

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  • What’s the Difference Between Prayer and Meditation?

    In meditation, breathing is meant to clear the mind, to bring a person to a place of clarity, letting go of everything but the present moment. Prayer is different. In prayer, we are turning our scattered thoughts over to our Source.  When we pray, we are asking for something, and when we meditate, we are listening to the answer.  Prayer is when you speak to God.  Meditation is when you allow spirit to come through you and manifest as intuition or ‘being inspired.’  (Inspired = In Spirit). 

    Contrary to many beliefs, meditation has nothing to do with specific religion or a particular

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  • The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Pep Talk

    Motivation can change the result of your day, by simply changing your attitude.  Coaches rely on pre-game pep talks to ignite drive in their players, and cheerleaders hold pep-rallys to get the crowd amped for the show.  Pre-battle speeches from movies such as Braveheart are ingrained in our minds because of their ambitious power.

    Even our spiritual lives can use a good pep-rally here and there and Holstee is up for the challenge. They are a community inspired mindful living project and their manifesto has reached the far corners of the globe, for good reason, it will rock your

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  • No Limbs, No Limits: The Incredible Love Story of Nick V and his new wife

    Nick Vujicic was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. As a child, he struggled mentally and emotionally, in addition to his physical impairments.  He remembers wanting to commit suicide as early as the age of 8, and he would cry every night, complaining to God about his limitations.

    But one day, everything changed. He realized that he could look at life totally differently, and started being grateful for what he did have and could use.  By the time he was seventeen, he had started his own non-profit organization, Life Without

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  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gandhi

    Revered the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance, Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi is considered the father of the Indian independence movement.

    He dedicated his life to peacefully protesting injustices. He spread this concept, called satyagraha, to people around the world.  Many civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, have used Gandhi’s concept of non-violent protest as a model for their own struggles.

    Still highly regarded today, 65 years after his passing, Gandhi’s legacy is closely followed.   And amidst all the material revolving around Gandhi’s life, we are willing to bet some of these fascinating facts

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  • A Blessingway: Shower the Mother-To-Be with Actual Blessings

    The world is buzzing with the excitement of Kate Middleton’s royal arrival.  Countless businesses await baby details as fashion lines, books, baby products and toys all plan to launch goods inspired by the royal romper.

    Now, more than ever, pregnancy is viewed in a glamorous and glorified light (as it should be).  However, much of the baby mania revolves around fashion, the latest baby products and nursery design.  We gather for baby showers and open gift after gift, often letting the tradition blind us to the very reason we have gathered…to shower the mother and baby with enough love and

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  • Daily Discoveries: A Reflection Challenge

    If you are a fan of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, you have most likely been introduced to Soul Pancake.  This movement is the project of Rainn Wilson, better known as Dwight Schrute from “The Office”, who happens to be a spiritual innovator in real life.

    A portion of the Soul Pancake website is dedicated to activities that are used to stimulate spiritual conversations, infuse gratitude and promote clarity.

    One such activity is “Daily Discoveries”  and we would like to pass along this challenge to our readers:

    Life is filled with daily discoveries. Take a photo of

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  • The Mindful Meat Movement

    By: Elizabeth Millard

    When Upton Sinclair wrote “The Jungle” in 1906, readers were exposed to the horrible abuse of those who worked in the meat-packing industry. The book changed how the country thought about food safety and sparked considerable shifts in inspections and labor practices, shaping laws for the last century. Now, it seems that we’re increasingly turning our attention to the other major component of the industry: the animals themselves. Despite the shock-and-awe campaigns of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (which occasionally uses naked women to encourage vegetarianism), ours is a country rife with

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  • Psychedelics as “Sacred Medicine”

    By:  Don Latt

    Inside the mind-tripping, soul-changing, ground-shifting, 21st century therapy.   Ric Godfrey had the shakes. At night, his body temperature would drop and he’d start to tremble. During the day, he was jumpy. He was always looking around, always on edge. His vibe scared the people around him. He couldn’t hang on to a job.  He started drinking and drugging, anything to numb out.

    Years passed before a Department of Veterans Affairs  counselor told him he had severe posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The former Marine had spent the early 1990s interrogating prisoners in Kuwait. Years later, he was

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  • Sandplay: The Therapy of the East & West

    We are fortunate in today’s society that we are offered an excess of therapeutic avenues.  Whether you prefer a yoga retreat, counselor’s office or quiet temple time, there are more ways than ever to reconnect with your spiritual side.

    One such therapy that has slipped under the mainstream radar is sandplay therapy.  While it may sound like child’s play, it is actually utilized for all ages.

    Sandplay is a practice that does not fit the usual categories. It is a spiritual practice that integrates the seemingly opposite traditions of east-west, mind-body.  Dora Kalff, Jungian therapist, developed sandplay therapy in Switzerland in

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  • The Wheat Belly Phenomenon

    By:  Matt Sutherland

    At his wit’s end because of his severe reactions to eating wheat, William Davis, MD decided to become the guinea pig in a simple experiment. The question was whether his body would react differently to bread baked from modern organic whole wheat or to bread baked from einkorn, the first cultivated wheat and an original source of our current crop of 100,000 modern wheat varieties.

    From wheat kernels found in tombs near the Sea of Galilee, we know that humans have been eating the hard-hulled einkorn unchanged for nearly 20,000 years. We have also been crossbreeding wheat and

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  • Your Time Bank Account
    Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it

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  • Wake Up to a Green Mourning

    According to Hindu mythology, Krishna was once asked what was the most miraculous thing in all creation.  He replied, “That a man should wake each morning and believe deep in his heart that he will live forever, even though he knows that he is doomed.”

    As we progress on our spiritual path, we will eventually find that death actually connects us to life.  Though the subject of death is often swept under the rug in our culture, it is a sacred part of life which, unfortunately, many people avoid planning for.

    Choosing a green burial now relieves your loved ones of

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  • Are You in a Relationship with Yourself?

    Relationships: They are a significant part of our Earth curriculum and they consist of friendships, romances, colleagues and family.  But how do relationships come about and why do we attract the people we do?

    As you go in and out of your day-to-day, you are emitting energy.  Sometimes this energy is high vibrational, other times it is on the lower end of the spectrum.  Essentially when you attract someone, they are attracted to this energy force.  You will therefore attract people who mirror the level of consciousness you are at.  So, on some level, you are constantly in relationships with

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  • The Beauty of the Darkness: Doing the Shadow Work

    buddha shadow workWhat to do when you’re not the happiest person you know? What about when you’re depressed, fearful, anxious, jealous, greedy or angry?

    Yesterday, I was working with a client who appears to be a huge success in the outer world. She’s a coach and inspirational speaker. She jaunts around the country inspiring hundreds of people, has a strong, supportive, sexy relationship with a gorgeous man and frequently gets paid to travel to exotic locations to lead corporate retreats. Her family is loving and close. She has an enviable

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  • Fashion Photographer Redefines Beauty By Turning the Lens on Genetic Conditions

    Fashion photographer, Rick Guidotti, knows beauty.  He was a fashion photographer in New York, Paris, London, and Milan for 15 years.

    But what makes Rick special is he is changing the “beholders” of the world.

    “We often hear ourselves saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Too often people say that to make someone feel better. Our society has some pretty set ideas as to beauty and knowing it when we see it.” he says.

    His goal: to challenge the stigmas associated with having a physical difference. In founding Positive Exposure, he has beautifully captured up to 70 different

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  • The Young Deer Whisperer

    This is the latest in viral inspiration (and adorableness) brought to you by a little girl named Maya and her friend, a cute and curious fawn.

    Maya was playing in her family’s yard when suddenly a baby deer appeared. He immediately approached Maya with trust and affection.  She made the little fawn feel safe and eventually led him back to the woods where his mom was waiting… an incredibly touching moment where two innocents connect.

    The Deer Whisperer:

    If you enjoyed this video, you will also like: “10 Reasons Kids are the Best Teachers“. 

    (If you

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  • What’s All This About Shamanism?

    When Harpers Bazaar, a fashion and beauty magazine, ran an article last January about women forgoing psychologists for shamans to help them find the key to happiness, we took note. And with turkey feathers, sage smudges and talking sticks currently sold alongside the Venice Beach Boardwalk vaporizers, temporary tattoos and Jim Morrison t-shirts, it’s clear that shamanism is more than just an emerging trend.

    According to Sandra Ingerman, an internationally known Shaman teacher, it is “the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind.” Archaeological evidence dates the practice dates back at least 40,000 years, with some anthropologists believing its more

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  • In the Jungles of Peru: Connecting to God & Gaian Consciousness

    The keys to the Universe are inside and all around us in the living creatures we share this planet with. Heaven is Earth. Take hikes, swim and walk the beach. Love yourself. Listen to the songs of the plants. Feel the wind on your face. Get yourself to Peru. Illuminate. Breathe in God’s Breath of Life!

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  • How to Transform Anger and Pessimism Into Positive Energy

    When you feel anger rising up from the pit of your stomach in a response to a situation, not reacting to this explosive energy can be challenging for even the most Zen of us. However, suppressing and ignoring it will only put a lid on this powerful emotion and lay the foundations for a bigger eruption later on.

    So how can we deal with anger and pessimism in a healthy way so it transforms into positive energy?

    In this insightful 13-minute video, the legendary Eckhart Tolle answers this question by revealing how we can become aware of what’s fueling our anger,

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  • Via The Good Men Project: To the Father I Never Knew

    As we’ve already noted, times are changing (fast) for today’s men. Case in point: the Good Men Project.    From their website:  “The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century,” the press raved when we launched. Finally, “a cerebral, new media alternative” to glossy men’s magazines. In fact, The Good Men Project is not so much a magazine as a social movement. We are fostering a national discussion centered around modern manhood and the question, “What does it

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  • Five Steps to Reclaiming Your Intuition – By Cyndi Dale

    Intuition is often called the “small voice within,” but even a tiny voice must be heard or it will disappear. And there are plenty of reasons our intuition may have gone silent.

    Think about how LOUD life is. There is work shouting, “do me;” bills whispering, “you forgot me,” and if your house is anything like my mine, kids and dogs constantly begging, “feed me.” We’re so busy we often can’t even hear ourselves thinking—much less pause in-between Emails to attend to incoming intuitive messages.

    It wasn’t always this way, was it? Remember the precious moments when you were “in the flow?”

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  • Madly Chasing Peace: How I Went from Hell to Happy in 9 Minutes a Day

    September 2008 found me in the darkest place of my life. Everything looked great on the outside – living in my own apartment in the perpetual summer of Santa Monica, making good money in a stable job – but not even my closest friends knew I was profoundly depressed that I planned my own suicide and was hopelessly addicted to alcohol. I felt like I’d tried everything – moving from job to job, place to place, boyfriend to boyfriend – and nothing worked. Depression groups, individual therapy and medications helped for a short while but I always ended up

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  • We Have a Responsibility to Awe

    Jason Silva is a “Performance Philosopher” who brings us along on his journey of chasing his “inspiration addiction.”  He explores topics like the miracle of life, the evolution of intelligence and much more.  Every week on his YouTube Channel, Jason freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence.  He also discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. Don’t miss today’s inspiration injection:

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  • Take Me To Your EarthShip: Mother Earth’s Favorite Neighborhood

    If you’re on this site, chances are you are a conscious individual.  We’re conscious about a lot of things: health, spirituality, the planet and our prosperity just to name a few conscious factors.  You probably shop at stores that support local farmers, recycle and conserve your resources.  We all want to do what we can, not just because it makes us feel good, but because it’s a big THANK YOU to our dear Mother Earth.

    Well, what if I told you there is something out there that satisfies your higher-consciousness efforts on all levels- and you can live in it?

    Let me

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  • The Little Monk and the Samurai
    A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.

    “Monk!”

    He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.

    “Teach me about heaven and hell!”

    The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,

    “Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything.  You’re dumb.  You’re dirty.  You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class.  Get out of my sight.  I can’t stand you.”

    The samurai got furious.  He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage.  He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.

    Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk

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  • The Sad Realities for Today’s Soldiers – How Memorial Day Will Change

    This Memorial Day, we must find the collective conscious to confront the uncomfortable truths of why we go to war, and what happens to our young men who go to war.

    Today we remember those who have fallen for our country in the most recent wars, because they live in the memories of those alive today.  I have fond memories of Memorial Day parades in my small town, where my grandpa played in the band and marched with his comrades who survived WWII and even the Korean War.  This generation showed us the ultimate national pride, expanding on the Memorial

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  • Strange Brew – The Mysterious Intelligence of Ayahuasca


    Guest writer/blogger Nicole Doherty is a certified yoga instructor and wellness coach.


    Ayahuasca, the mysterious Amazonian healing vine, inspires Nicole’s holistic approach to helping
    her clients experience the
    healing wisdom of their body/mind/spirit…

    Amazonian shamans use plant medicines like Ayahuasca to clear the mind and body on a physical and energetic level. Given that we all have distinct pasts, experiences, ancestry and karma to handle, plant medicine healing is an experiential journey that is unique to each individual. What each experience has in common is a movement toward higher consciousness that

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  • Patti Smith: Advice To the Young

    Patti Smith is a living legend. A modern day renaissance woman, she is a punk-rock singer-songwriter, mother, poet, artist, activist, and best-selling author.

    She’s widely considered one of the most influential female rock and rollers of all times and was an major figure in the underground/punk movement in New York. Now nick-named the “Grandmother of Punk,” Patti’s first album, Horses, was released in 1978.

    But to many, her rugged individualism in a world of conformists is what is most inspiring about her. So we took notice when we saw this video of Patti’s life advice to young people. (Young people of all ages.)

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  • 5 Ways to “Be in the Flow”

    During a recent family road trip, my family and I discovered the heartfelt beauty of “being in the Flow.”  We drove over 2000 miles in five days as a family which would normally be stressful, at best.  But instead we managed to enjoy many different activities such as stunning hikes, and touring interesting architectural highlights in new and exciting cities.  The experience being of the Flow was continuous for us in cities like Palm Springs,  Scottsdale, Tucson, and a few points in between.

    During our trip, we found ourselves experiencing being at the right place at the right time all

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  • “Two Prayers Answered” in Oklahoma – A Woman Who Finds Her Dog on Live TV

    Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone in Oklahoma.   May you all have the strength of this woman, and your prayers also answered.  A beautiful reminder of what really matters:  Life and love.

     

     

     

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  • Connecting Mind, Body And Spirit: Our Natural Way of Being

    The attainment of “Body, Mind, Spirit” is not some far-out ideal only attained by eight hours of meditation a day, hours of intense daily yoga, or shaving your head and donning a monk’s robe.  It is our innate way of being.

    Sometime in the early 1900’s, societies moved away from this natural state by creating an inner “split” or division of who we are as humans. The responsibility of the mind went to the government in the form of state education, our bodies offered up to the scientific and medical communities and the spirit to organized religion and  churches.

    Let’s address the effects

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  • Meditate with Metallica

    So I’m standing at a cocktail party in Hollywood the other night, and someone asks me what I do. I tell him I train people to meditate with music. Then the inevitable follow up question: “Any music? Because if I can listen to any music, I choose Metallica.” He chuckles. “Yep.” I say, “You can meditate listening to Metallica.” He tilts his head like a confused puppy. A thought bubble appears above it: “HUH??!” I’ve got him just where I want him.

    Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Beginner’s Mind,” which has its origins in Zen. Beginner’s Mind involves letting go

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  • Evolve: 5 Ways To Be More Intentional With Your Life

    How is your week?  Your year? What are you learning? What happened that you weren’t expecting? Where are you being inspired to become more refined, more skilled, more savvy at living your life?

    IT’S ABOUT BEING HONEST WITH YOURSELF

    You have goals you want to realize, dreams you want to make reality. And in different ways you’re cracking away at it every day. Awesome.

    But to get there, you have to become a version of you who is a match for those goals and dreams manifesting. It takes some work, some experimenting with doing things in a new way, some rearranging how you think

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  • Abandoned Homes, Ghost Towns and Impermanence: Buddha and The Salton Sea

    salton sea photosThey say dreams die fast and hard in the desert, and the Salton Riviera is no exception. The Salton Sea is California’s largest body of water, and it lies south of Palm Springs, North of the Mexican border, in one of the least populated desert regions of California. It’s a true no-mans land inhabited by a few people looking for isolation and a cheap place to live, and hardy individualists who come here to ride their off-road vehicles.

    The Salton Sea was once called the “Riviera of the

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  • Ode to Mothers. (The Furry and Cuddly)

    The 10 best Mother’s Day Quotes and mother/baby animal photos.  If there’s one day a year to do cute and sappy, this is it, and we’re doing it!  Enjoy.

    The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.  - Elaine Heffner

     

    My mother handed down respect for possibilities – and the will to grasp them. – Alice Walker

    All mothers are working mothers, – unknown author.

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  • This Is Water

    There are things that we post on Glad.is that we know will speak to some people (but not all…) and then there are pieces like this, that we wish would be required watching for every adult.   (Note: this video is not really about water.) This is a beautiful piece of art with an awesome message!

    From the creators of the video:  In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It

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  • Are You Your Mother?

    Yesterday, when I was standing in the aisle of my local card store, I flashed back to all the years when buying Mother’s Day cards felt like an arduous task. How could I possibly buy a card that said, “Thank You Mom for your soft and caring ways” or “Your words of encouragement and praise gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams”? Having had a love/hate relationship with my mother for as long as I could remember and resenting her for being mean, self-centered, negative and judgmental, there was no way I could be in integrity and give her cards

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  • Top Astrology Reports and Tips for Thursday’s New Moon and The Triple Solar Eclipse

    The New Moon and Solar Eclipse is Thursday, May 9 at 6:29 PM Mountain Daylight Time. This is the second eclipse out of three and makes for an intense and potent time under the stars.  Glad.is has pulled together not only the BEST of the best astrologists predictions, but we also recommend the below tips and a beautiful Halo Sound Healing call (see bottom) to bring it in. Enjoy!

    Astrologists and ancient sages repeatedly tell us that A New Moon is always a good time to come to a still point and reset anything that is not working.  So take some

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  • Raising Creative Kids: A Mandate for our Future Generations

    By Kimberly Nichols

    As an artist who is also a mother, I was heartily depressed when my daughter was going to elementary, junior high and then high school, and found not a single art class in her standard public school curriculum. I will never forget the high school teacher I had early on who taught me how to articulate the ideas I had in my mind through unheard of mediums or the solid hour devoted to arts and crafts that sustained my otherwise boring junior high school period. For someone like me, who didn’t find the nurturing of my inherent

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  • Scarcity: What you Fear, You Have Already Lost

    The Scarcity Complex:

    The scarcity complex is the definition and belief that there is a finite amount of energy, money, health, relationship, love etc. to go around and if you have an abundance of it, it means someone else goes without. Or if someone else has what you believe to be more than their share, then you go without.  We must stop and ask ourselves where this thought came from. Wherever it came from, it needs to go the way of all old patterns that no longer serve. We must shift to a mindset of faith and abundance.

    The truth is

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  • Help Wanted: Stonehenge Seeks New Chief Pagan

    Looking for a new career that will allow you to ponder one of the great mysteries of the world while you host thousands of pagans at annual solstice ceremonies?

    Stonehenge, the mysterious, prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, is in need of a general manager to lead it “into a new era.”  From druids to day-trippers, Stonehenge welcomes over 1 million visitors a year.

    “Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world, a monument of the same iconic status as the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower,” said Tim Reeve, English Heritage’s Historic Properties Director. “We are looking for

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  • What’s More Toxic, Botox or Your Thoughts?

    A couple of weeks ago the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign started circulating their latest advertisement, a video with a Forensic Artist which went incredibly viral, it now has over 37 million views.  By now most of you may have seen it – the Forensic artist draws a woman twice – once when she describes herself, and once when a stranger describes her to the artist.

    The study that this video reveals is clear and important: We are terribly critical of ourselves.  Yet even though the message is great, I still struggled with whether to put it up on Glad.is…and it

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  • Put This on Your Bucket List: A Sound Bath at the Integratron

    It’s hard to even begin to explain all the reasons why a visit to the Integratron near Joshua Tree is an absolute must-have on anyone’s bucket list, but balance these facts; What makes it such an unusual and unique experience is not only it’s long history of UFO visits, but it’s also so acoustically perfect that musicians from Robert Plant to the Smashing Pumpkins come here to record.

    The Integratron is a 38-foot high, 50-foot diameter, non-metallic structure (not one nail!) designed by the engineer George Van Tassel as a “rejuvenation machine”. Van Tassel was a legendary figure, a former

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  • Instruction From a Psychic on How to Call Up Your Intuition

    When one is intuitive about something, they are in a state of rapport with it. In this receptive state, your intuition can tell you intimate and important things nobody else will. It might tell you things your own mind argues with. Whatever the missive from within is, people choose to follow its challenging path because it also feels right–their intuition is speaking for their heart. And intuition is absolutely the superior tool of choice, when it comes to making important life decisions.

    Why? Because listening to one’s heart is being in tune with a fundamental human wish to feel purpose

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  • A Letter from Your Soul for Your Last Day on Earth

    If you are in a state in life where you are desperately wanting to be moved, have we got a post for you.  If you forever ignore anyone else’s advice and urgent pressing, do it after you make a permanent mental note of this soul grasping essay.  

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    When you swim with the stream, it is not difficult to maneuver, yes? But it is when you swim against the stream that you can grow stronger, brave new paths, and abolish apathetic acceptance of a muted life lived at half-steam.

    I want you to know, and not just intellectually understand, but truly

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  • Top 25 Inspirational Quotes from Pema Chödrön

    When I was a boy and I would see scary things….my mother would say to me; Look for the Helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

    This not only great advice for children, but for adults as well. If you feel yourself stuck or in need of a lift, look for the people who are out there helping – you can spiritually and energetically shift yourself to a different vibration when you align with the beauty and good that is yours to embrace. And Pema Chödrön is a helper if we’ve ever seen one.

    Help yourself to a

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  • This Is No Easy Full Moon. Sincerely, Scorpio

    It may seem like every astrology report starts with how “potent” the Full Moon will be this month, but trust us – this one is going to be a feisty one.

    Not only will April 25th embody the Full Moon in Scorpio, but it is also intensified by the first lunar eclipse of the spring season.  Here are some astral insights for you to bring forward prior to the Full Moon:

    Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs on Thursday, April 25th, 2013, at 3:57 PM EDT, 5 degrees Scorpio.

    This Full Moon is a balancing act between content Taurus and ravenous Scorpio. Taurus’

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  • The Earth Does Not Belong To Man, Man Belongs to the Earth.

    Despite the fact that historians have been conflicted with whether Chief Seattle said these exact words, or whether they were improved by others along the way during the ’70′s environmental movement, this profound speech perfectly captures the Native American spiritual connection to Mother Earth that lies completely dormant in most of modern society.

    As a young warrior, Chief Seattle was known for his courage, daring and leadership. He gained control of six of the local tribes and continued the friendly relations with the local whites that had been established by his father. His now famous speech was believed to have

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  • I Didn’t F it Up

    Earth Day is Monday April 22 and we’ve done our best to pull together some of the best inspirational and informational content on the web, and just couldn’t leave out this video from the beautiful Katie Goodman of Broad Comedy.

    Yes, the seriousness of our global predicament can get us down, so here’s a little humor (note: language might not be appropriate for some offices).

    This might just be the theme song for all the younger generations.  Enjoy, and happy Earth Day!

    Will you help un-F it up? 

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  • She’s Alive. She Breathes. She Feels. She’s Worth Dying for.

    Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and this video just might be the most emotionally connective works of art we’ve come across in our search for the best content to celebrate this awesome planet we inhabit.

    This piece manages to capture the infinite beauty and strength of Mother Earth while presenting us with the powerful reminder of just how sensitive and delicate she is.

    It also celebrates some of the heroes who have given their own lives to protect her.   And we also are celebrating those people on Earth Day – If you know an eco-warrior, an activist or volunteer

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  • Smile At Your Fear: How to be Fearless

    Fear can go in the direction of chaos, violence, aggression, or in the direction of sanity.

    The only way to experience fearlessness is to know the nature of fear. It’s not something we get rid of or cast out, but something we become so intimate with that the journey of knowing fear is actually the journey towards bravery.

    Examples of how we unknowingly connect with fear is blaming others, gossiping and slandering. Sometimes it gets to the point where people go looking for security through stealing, lying and acts of violence. Generally speaking, no one does any of these things because

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  • Soulfully Ignite Your Love Life- 5 Spiritual Dates

    Tired of the same old date night ideas? Here are five ways to soulfully ignite your love life and bring you and your partner closer together by expanding your romantic and spiritual horizons.  Some ideas to try:

    1.  Take a class. Learning something new together can lead to spiritual growth. Get started by making a list with your partner of new things you would like to learn- a new language, self-defense, cooking or a landscaping class perhaps. Many community centers and YMCAs offer affordable classes or one-day workshops. Here are some upcoming events to scope.

    2.  Go Outside.

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  • Never Adopt a Homeless Family

    A week ago I was in the Whole Foods market parking lot with my two young kids.  Two spots away from us, there was an LAPD officer instructing a woman and her three kids to, “just get everything you need out of the car because it is being towed.”

    “Please,” the mom begged, “Don’t take the car. We’re living in it right now and we don’t have anywhere to go.”

    This could be a story about the amazing lack of compassion that I have (many times) witnessed from the LAPD.   It could be a story about about the plight of

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  • When is It Time to End a Relationship?

    Most people we get to know in our lives aren’t meant to travel the whole road with us. We forget that sometimes, especially when there’s been a good connection, yet endings and new beginnings are the natural flow of life.

    Impermanence is one of the toughest concepts to get a handle on, as if we ever can. The prospect of having to let go and move on from a friend, a lover, a spouse, maybe a close colleague, is tough stuff and we all go through it. I love this quote from Buddhist nun Pema Chodron:

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  • 10 Reasons Kids Are the Best Teachers

    Their bold ideas, wild creativity and unlimited optimism are just some of the characteristics our little ones freely display to us on a daily basis.  Here are 10 additional reasons to consider life with a child a continued learning experience:

    1) Children embody “lightness”. They are not heavy with seriousness and rarely intense.  Life is a carefree breeze to be thoroughly enjoyed.

    2) Children are present.  Like animals, children are not aware of the past, the future or consequences. Their attention, focus, and action is only in the “now.”

    3) They BELIEVE.  And not just in the Tooth Fairy or Santa, but

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  • Three Ways to Tell if Your Path is…Yours

    We love quick bits of inspiration just as much as you, and this three minute clip of Oprah and author, Caroline Myss, just could be the most important three minutes of your day.

    Caroline reminds us:

    1) When your life path starts to harm you, it’s time to sit back and realize you’ve taken a detour.  Your intuition has been speaking to you because it wants to get you back on track.

    2) If you constantly feel drained and depleted on you path, you have most likely betrayed what you knew was right for yourself somewhere along the way. To betray yourself

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  • Shakti Fest or Bust: 10 Reasons to Be There

    Ever wish you could combine world-class yoga, life-changing speakers, top-notch musical performances, holistic food bliss and a serene camping experience all in one trip?  If so, Shakti Fest is your retreat euphoria.

    Taking place in Joshua Tree, CA May 17-May 19 2013, its anticipation is already mounting.  If you haven’t already heard from a participant first-hand, we will let you in on what makes Shakti Fest a soul-shifting, not-to-be-missed event.

    10 Reasons Be at Shakti Fest:

    1. It relieves you of your daily responsibilities.  Your to-do list is at home.  Your phone and computer are off, and you will be so lost within

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  • When Anger Makes a House Call

    Something happens that seems unjust, or cruel, or unreasonable, and whatever it is has impacted us or someone we care about. The thing makes us mad, no question about it. The question is, what do we do with that feeling? Is it possible to accept it in without causing damage? It’s possible. Actually, it’s more than possible: it’s smart.

    Just like all the other visitors that stop by our home to say hello, anger is a temporary caller. Most of us have no problem accepting visitors as they are; manners and affection have taught us to pay kind attention to

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  • 5 Ways to Access Your Higher Self

    When we think of ourselves, we normally identify with the fabricated version of ourselves known as the ego. By design, this mask totally conceals our true, Higher Self. Although we may get caught up in the dramas of self-centered existence and even totally identify with them, we eventually come to a place on our spiritual journey where we are motivated to recognize and communicate with our Higher Self.

    The Higher Self is that part of you that connects you directly to your spiritual realms. It is eternal, infinitely wise and transcends your everyday consciousness. It is in touch with the

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  • How to Form a Spiritual Mastermind Group

    We’ve all heard the saying, “You’re only as good as the company you keep”.  With that thought in mind, think of the 5 people you most frequently surround yourself with.   If we’re honest, they are usually people that are readily or conveniently available, like co-workers, roommates, or classmates.  As our culture progresses in the digital world, personal interaction fades further into the background and it is important to reclaim time with loved ones and those we look up to, or who inspire us to be our best selves.

    Trending in the socially conscious realm is the Mastermind Group. It

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  • What Your Intuition Wants To Tell You

    Your intuition will tell you intimate and important things nobody else will – and it will also tell you things your own mind will argue with.  As a culture, we have learned to believe that being rational is what should prevail when making decisions.  But what about our “inner voice,” our gut feeling – that “little something” instinctual from within, which tells us how we feel beneath those layers of logic?

    Intuition can be either a moment where you instinctively know if something IS right – or isn’t right. It’s our inner voice that “that just knows,” and

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  • 5 Best Places for Indoor Group Meditation in Los Angeles

    Have you ever attended a large gathering where you were asked to observe a moment of silence? There’s something incredibly powerful about a large group of people turning their attention to a singular focus in silence.  That same experience can be felt through group meditation. Los Angeles is home to some of the best teachers and meditation centers in the world.  These teachers even travel the world, and they’re here on our doorstep.

    Here are 5 Indoor Group Meditation Centers in Los Angeles to sync your synergies at:

    1.  La Shambhala - Free guided instruction and dharma talks are available

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  • Snatam Kaur: You Know You’ve Made it When Oprah Gives You Her Nod

    If there’s one thing we know about Oprah, it’s when she likes something…she shares it.  Be it her favorite causes, books, movies or music, she always shines a light on quality, praise-worthy endeavors.

    In the latest edition of “O The Oprah Magazine”, Oprah wrote about loving Snatam Kaur (she plays her music everyday before meditation) and having a surprise Snatam concert for her birthday.  Her dear friend Maria Shriver, who also listens to Snatam everyday, had arranged for Snatam to come in and sing for her, including her favorite “Ong Namo”.

    Oprah wrote on hearing Snatam sing, “It’s a moment I’ll

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  • Happy Birthday, Mr Rogers! 10 Best Quotes and Coolest Remix Ever: The Garden of Your Mind

    mr rogersMy generation was blessed to have grown up with a true hero and icon of everything right and good with the world:  Mr Rogers.  Just thinking about ceremoniously tuning in to watch him after a hard day at kindergarten brings back a wave of warmth and peace. From the opening song to watching him walk through his front door and change his cardigan, he is as familiar and real today as it was 20 years ago.

    In fact, his ‘realness’ was part of the charm of the show. Rogers was often

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  • Mother Medicine, A Manifesto and World Music Project

    Mother Medicine World Music Project is a collaboration of the illustrious and dynamic vocal and musical talent of a group of L.A.-based musicians, yoga teachers, healers and performance artists on a mission. If you haven’t listened to their CD and allowed yourself to sing along and be lifted to bliss, we encourage you to download it now, not only to embolden your own healing, but to support the CD’s greater goal of cultivating and reclaiming the sacred feminine energy the world is sorely lacking.

    Mother Medicine fuses traditional chanting of the sacred names of the Divine Feminine Goddesses and mantras with

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  • Bedtime Will Never Be the Same: 5 Great Spiritual Books for Kids

    Bedtime is a great time to open the hearts and minds of our kids to the many ways they can encounter the world around them.

    We’ve put together this short list of great kids books that open children to general spiritual concepts like compassion, gratitude, contemplation, and mindfulness.  These are our picks of modern/spiritual books to help the little ones to experience gratitude, embrace their uniqueness, become aware of the diversity of world religions, and foster both multicultural understanding and religious tolerance.  All of that while drifting to dreamland!    These are more books are available in

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  • Infertility and Loss: Two Great Spiritual Teachers

    I met Sara and her husband a few years ago at a yoga retreat and I just knew right away she was someone I wanted to befriend.   She’s one of those people that radiates inner beauty and has a peace about her that puts you right at ease.  A dedicated yogi, healthy lifestyle junkie and graduate of the University of Santa Monica Spiritual Studies program, Sara was already well on her spiritual way when we met.

    At the retreat she mentioned trying to get pregnant and I remember giving her the sort of standard encouraging words without prying too much.

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  • 20 Ways Meditating Connects You to Your Higher Self

    Just as we look to food and exercise for physical nourishment, we should look to mediation and prayer to nourish our spiritual selves.  In fact, meditation is spiritual exercise. It’s a daily workout that develops attitudinal muscles and keeps them strong. If left unattended, weak spiritual muscles bring up thoughts like anger, judgement and fear.

    As “A Course in Miracles” says, “We are much too tolerant of mind-wandering. Miracles and miraculous shifts happen in meditation. It ignites our spirit. Deep inner peace, forgiveness and love all arise in a meditative mind. The busy mind can not create these circumstances.”

    While it offers many physical health benefits, the spiritual health returns

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  • New Moon in Aries: The Most Important 12 days of the Year

    Today, Tuesday March 12 is the New Moon of Aries, the beginning of a new lunar calendar, according to the ancient practice of Kabbalah.  It is believed that in these next twelve days, we create and control our experience or destiny for the next twelve months.  Rav Berg, Kabbalah teacher and author of “Days of Power” says Aries “is the battleground which will determine the outcome of all battles that will arise during the next year.”

    The 16th century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari) taught that each of 
THE FIRST 12 DAYS OF ARIES 
corresponds to and directly influences each

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  • Chop Wood Carry Water: Cultivating Love in Our Labor

    Growing up in an ever-progressing millennium, I deeply absorbed the sentiment that I could be somebody.

    As the previous few generations had slaved away for our stability and security, I now had the opportunity, nay the duty, to forge ahead to embody my ultimate self. For the vast majority of my life, I misconstrued this gift as an obligation to attain success in my professional field.

    This obligation consequently plagued my life with the tension of adhering to an ideal that continuously evaded my reach.

    Transitioning out of a scholastic experience into the ‘real world’, I felt disconcerted to land in an

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  • Are You Wearing a Spiritual Disguise?

    As we journey along on our spiritual path, it is sometimes easy to think of our old self and new self as two different individuals. Our “new” self is so much more enlightened, right? However, sometimes even the spiritually enhanced version of ourselves still hides behind a mask – a spiritual disguise.

    Aalif Surti lends us a humorous take on how even therapists, healers, and seekers put on a spiritual display:

    The Buddha Mask: You’ve seen the statue, now meet the person. Unaffected by others, far removed from worldly emotions, this mask says: You can’t touch me… I am beyond it

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  • A Woman’s Worth – In Honor of International Women’s Day

     

    This is bound to be one of the most powerful silent (short) films you’ve ever seen.   It’s an excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s Book “A Woman’s Worth.”

    Deep spiritual wisdom for all of our sisters out there.  Let’s turn down the noise and conduct the symphony of miracles together. Happy International Women’s Day!

    You can grab this highly recommended book (and please pass it on to the daughters!) and more of Marianne’s books in our Glad.is Book Shop. (following this link helps, even if in a small way, to support this site.)

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  • How to Hack Life: Lessons from a 13-Year-Old

    Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a child, or in this case, a teenager to really wake us up and show us what matters.

     

    In this amazing TedTalk, 13 year old Logan LaPlante points out that Sir Kenneth Robinson made the most watched TedTalk of all time called “Schools Kill Creativity” . With over 15 million views, it brought up a key problem in modern society:  Education.  Schools not only kill creativity but they don’t encourage kids to learn life values like being happy – or to be themselves. Schools encourage kids to conform, which leads to depression. Everyone

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  • 10 Steps to Uncovering Your Dharma

    Dharma is an essential theme and universal truth of both Hinduism and Buddhism, yet is often misinterpreted in the west.  We often translate dharma as embodying some type of morality or “religious duty” or even “righteousness.”  Yet it’s Eastern or ancient meaning is much more dense and more personal: dharma is an individual’s place in the cosmic order – it is following one’s purpose and mission in life, which leads to happiness and fulfillment and the end of suffering.

    Buddha taught that direct realization of one’s Dharma on an individual level was superior to relying on speculation or traditional beliefs.

    Glad.is

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  • 33 Unusual Ways to Deal with Depression

    Wayne Dyer told me to “get up and go help someone”. I was calling his radio show seeking advice on how to deal with low moods in the early days of 2004, I was depressed. He was right. But walking away from my desk to see if someone needed help got me out of my own head (the trouble-maker) and resulted in a little love for me since I did do something useful that day.

    Giving a hand is such a good suggestion when it comes to depression that it makes it to number 1, then there are

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  • The House Whisperer

    Every home tells a story and your front door may be the entrance to healing your life.

    Houses are telling stories all the time.

    As soon as enter a building we get a feeling state of whether we like it or not, without always knowing why.

    In earlier times, and in most indigenous cultures, dwellings were built in a respectful and conscious way, facing a particular direction or in a certain, carefully chosen spot on the land, and all materials used were gathered with care and attention. The spirit of the land as

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  • 3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Live Their Life Purpose

    We want the best for our child and we toil endlessly to make sure they get it. But what is their best? The gadgets and education we provide and save for are good, but is there more? Now that we are adults, what do we truly value? Our family and those we love are certainly at the top. Surprisingly, though, studies reveal that the #1 regret at death is not the desire to have shared more love, but this: Not having followed an inner calling; postponing a deep passion; and the loss of not courageously declaring and living one’s

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  • Happy 70th birthday, George Harrison – Spiritual Rock and Roller

    George Harrison, lead guitarist of the Beatles died of lung cancer in 2001, but his legacy as a member of music’s most popular band lives on. A longtime advocate for spiritual mysticism and a prominent member of the Hare Krishna movement, Harrison wrote a handful of popular Beatles tracks, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something.”

    A reporter once asked him if he thought it was possible to be spiritual in the material world?  ”Our consciousness has been so polluted with material energy,” George said, “that it is hard to see our way towards anything

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  • Full Moon In Virgo – Potent Insights from 3 Top Astrologists:

    This month offers a potent Full Moon rising in Virgo on February 25th, 2013 (3:26 PM Eastern Time, 12:26 Pacific Time). A full Moon appears when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth. Emotions tend to be at a high. Social time is at a high. A full moon represents a time of increased creativity and intuition is heightened as well.    Each sign manifests different energies in different ways, and this full  Moon in Virgo affects how we’re attuned to the world, how we take in nourishment and what we hunger for.   This Virgo Moon

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  • Video of The Day: Blind Dog Living in Trash Gets a Beautiful Rescue

    animal rescueIf there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die want to go where they went.
    ~Will Rogers

    Get our your tissue boxes. And maybe your wallet too. Here’s to all the beautiful people out there making the world a kinder place for all creatures, big and small.

    If you can, consider a donation to this wonderful organization: http://www.hopeforpaws.org

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  • The Key to Surviving a Spiritual Wasteland

     

    By Ben Riggs

    I have been in a dry spell for well over six months now. It is painful. I cannot write, meditation seems misplaced or emaciated, prayer is mechanical. I feel disconnected.

    There is no solution. The solution—meditation, writing, and prayer—seems as trite as drinking a soda or watching a funny movie. There is no where to turn. It seems hopeless and hopelessness is terrifying. At times I tremble because there are no words, and words are the great anesthetic. They have the capacity to distance me from the piercing immediacy Reality.

    Interestingly enough it is this terror that lets me

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  • Reincarnation: Is There Life Before Life?

    It might be a natural assumption that only Buddhists and Hindu’s believe in reincarnation, but 1 out of every 4 Americans, Christians and Jews alike, believe our souls do come back in different bodies.

    Karen Berg is the author of To Be Continued: Reincarnation and the Purpose of Our Lives, and has been traveling the world sharing her afterlife message.  Through her experience she has encountered amazing people with amazing stories and today shares with us a short excerpt that will awaken a new perspective of life for you:

    “When we leave this world, the door closes. When we reincarnate, the door reopens.

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  • Miracles: Happening Now In Your Presence

    You live Now. You live in the present, You always do. There is no other way to live.be in the now

    Those who are not Alive are asleep – numbed to the infinite unfolding experience, vast and fecund and rife with vibration. Life happens upon them. They cry out as victims to circumstance, bemoaning the happening, pushing it away. Resistance creates atrophy. Atrophy begets death.

    Anyone who is suffering does so by attempting to push themselves to exist somewhere other than fully present in Now, fixating on a Then

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  • 5 Ways to Treat Your Valentine That Don’t Cost a Dime

    The season of love has arrived, whether or not you have recovered from your holiday spending or not.  While society may tell us jewelry, flowers and the wine and dine effect are the way to go, we have 5 easy ways you can treat your partner that will make a meaningful impact- and not impact your pocket.

    1.  Pull out old photos and stick them all over your fridge.  What better surprise than to be getting your coffee and see Memory Lane right before you?  It will spark reminiscent conversations, laughs and leave you with a glow of gratitude as you

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  • Before the Ten Commandments: The 42 Commandments of the Goddess Ma’at

    Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Commandments of Ancient Egypt, the “ Ideals of Ma’at,” were one of Africa’s – and the world’s – oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. In fact, 8 of the 10 Commandments originate from the Ideals of Ma’at. And although they were somewhat buried in 2000 years of history, and the splitting of religions, The 42 Ideals of Ma’at are so simple, and so beautiful – they cover every basic tenant of higher awareness and consciousness – they are as relevant today as if they came

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  • One Billion Rising: A Feminist Tsunami of Love and Action this V-Day

    February is upon us and we’re up to our ears in the barrage of radio and TV commercials here to remind us that there’s only a couple of weeks left to buy diamonds and chocolates to prove your love is real. (ugh, right?)

    So, here’s an awesome alternative. Let’s make sure that this Valentines Day isn’t just about cupid, chocolates or bouquets, but about something more meaningful.  Let’s make it about LOVE, but in a much bigger, more active and compassionate way;  join Glad.is in participating in ONE BILLION RISING.   Valentines Day

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  • How to Create Vision Boards (or Dream Boards) With Kids

    When Glad.is posted our “How to Create a Vision Board that Works” series, many readers wrote in and asked us if we thought parents could help kids create vision boards as a tool for setting goals for kids.

    Our response:  Absolutely, maybe even better than adults! It’s a magical process that helps kids begin to learn and understand that indeed, we are responsible for our own happiness and creating the life we want.

    Kids are so good at being present and tuning into things that matter, their ability to create a vision board that is full of images of their greater dreams

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  • The Charles Schulz Philosophy

    When we want to go deep within ourselves, we often confuse “going deep” with getting serious. But humor and child-like wisdom are powerful conscious tools in their own light.

    And one can never be too old or wise to love the Peanuts gang – you can’t be finished with the Sunday paper until you know what Snoopy is up to.  The true brilliance of the Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, was that he used his Peanuts crew to share his philosophy on life, which is exactly why they make us smile.  Read slowly and carefully so you receive the whole effect.

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  • An Intro to Mindful Leadership

    Each year when USA Today or Newsweek posts an article about “The 10 Most Stressful Jobs Today,” ‘Account Executive’ or ‘Creative Director’ at an advertising agency is sure to appear at the top of the list. As with many jobs in creative fields, the demands are high and the days are long in these positions. Egos run wild in ad agencies, and sometimes it seems the worst behaved people are the ones getting promoted.

    While the popular TV series ‘Mad Men’ is cast and set in the ‘50’s, there is still much truth in the script – agencies do often

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  • Best Proposal Ever

    60 plus friends and family conspired with the groom-to-be to create one of the most amazing flash mob/ lip-sync proposals ever.  The proposee’s emotions are priceless. If this doesn’t make you cry tears of joy, we don’t know what will.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we all had this kind of joy, creativity and play in our lives regularly?

    And please tell us  - we need to know – are we the only ones that were moved to tears by this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_v7QrIW0zY&feature=share&list=PLCD4EAA8250DD7131

    More of our favorite Flash-Mobs:  http://glad.is/article/why-do-flashmobs-move-us/

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  • Forget the Resolutions, Create a Vision Board that Works

    With the holiday buzz quietly behind us, are you still forging ahead with the new goals you wanted to implement into 2013, or, like most people, are you already noticing a backslide?  It’s the middle of January, and studies show that 80% of our resolutions are now as out of our thoughts as the boxed up Christmas decorations.

    One of the reasons that resolutions are often sidetracked is that they cause us to focus on what we need to give up, instead of asking for more of what we want.  

    We say toss out those resolutions, and join us in creating

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  • We’re All Running From Crazy

    My usual sign-off with my brothers is something like, “If you go wackadoo on me, I’m getting on a plane to kick your butt.”  After watching many members of our family check out from daily life through different kinds of substance addictions, nervous breakdowns or mental disorders, and even escaping into religious obsession, we feel we need to check each other’s stuff, make sure we’re still all here. You never know, in my family, you could wake up crazy (or at least numb.)  My own journey to the mindful life sprang from observing those around me check out.

    Of course,

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  • It’s MLK Day, But How Well Do You Know This Great Spiritual Leader of Our Time?

    According to the teachings from “A Course in Miracles”  once your spiritual work is done on this Earth, so is your time on this Earth.  With that thinking reference in mind, it is much easier to celebrate the teachings of our sacred leaders than mourn their departure.  Jesus Christ, Buddha, Gandi, and Mohammad are some of our spiritual leaders who we still celebrate to this day by reading their words, gathering to study their teachings, and integrating their message into our own daily living.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. is a special spiritual teacher in his own light.  Though raised in

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  • Kabbalistic Wisdom of Aquarius – Month of Light

    One of the beautiful things about living in the internet age is that we have so much exposure to different spiritual schools of thought.  And if you live in L.A. there is a all-you-can-eat buffet of centers and religions that welcome you with open arms and open minds.  The Kabbalah Center on Robertson Blvd (yes, the one Madonna made famous) is no exception.

    The word Kabbalah means many different things to many different people. In a nutshell, it is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. It is a set of esoteric teachings, which explains,  ”that

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  • Animal Spirit Guides in Your Life

    We are all familiar with the phrase “One love”.  If you simmer on the phrase long enough and apply it to enough circumstances, you will come to a place where all the different relationships in your life that embody love come to a common intersection.  All love, regardless of the point of affection is rooted in the recognition of yourself in another.  The love for your best friend and their unwavering devotion also celebrates your own dedication.  The love you have for your partner embodies the esteem you share when you, too, become compassionate and vulnerable in a mental,

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  • A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6 year-old)

    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

    As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though

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  • 600 Guitarists Gather to Play “Imagine” and Pay Tribute to Rape Victim

    On December 16th, a group of men sexually violently assaulted a 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi. The attack, which later killed the woman, has caused outrage across India and re-ignited conversations about violence against women around the world.

    This week something extraordinary happened. In an unprecedented tribute to the victim, whose name was Jyoti Singh Pandey, 600 guitarists came together to play John Lennon’s Imagine, in a bid to spread “hope, peace and promise” in a country still coming to terms with the violence.

    The group assembled at a music festival in the eastern hilltown of Darjeeling

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  • “What am I?”

    “Who am I?” or “What am I?” are questions that have perplexed humanity since the beginning of modern times. From the great philosophers, to the ancient sages and the common person, mankind has invested limitless time pondering these questions.   And yet, one challenge to finding the answers this is the mind itself – it’s our human nature to be inquisitive, and the mind can often override our ability to “let it be”.  While we are hesitant to put the brakes on our spinning wheels and relinquish mental control, the very answer to this age-old contemplation may lie in allowing

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  • Create Magic, Reveal Your Inner Priestess

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about “feminism rising,”  but there may be an even more sacred link to our feminine or Goddess self, another path to the divine feminine, to uncovering the spiritual power of women:  Within each of us lies a spiritual goddess known as an Urban Priestess.

    The Priestess is an essential role of women, one in which we help create and maintain the psychic, energetic, and emotional landscape of society.   The Priestess was much revered in ancient times, and even still today in the spiritually dominated world of the East.  But her presence, this magical part of

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  • Introduction to Psi and Its Link to Spirituality

    Have you ever had an experience that could be classified as “paranormal”?  Maybe you had a dream that later came true or perhaps you were dealing with a dilemma in your life and found that you later had a dream that provided clarity? Experiences of “knowing” things, such as a friend being pregnant, sensing who’s calling before you see the ID or knowing what song is coming on the radio next are known as psi.

    The term ”Psi” was derived from the greek words for ‘mind and soul’ and was first coined by Robert Thouless and  B.P. Wiesner, who introduced the term Psi

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  • Mindful Parenting

    For many generations, parents and educational institutions have taught that children shouldn’t have their own opinions or voice. But now, as adults, many of us are going through our own un-schooling of these ways that we were raised, and learning compassion for ourselves in our parenting journey along the way. For any of you raised where to show pride or brag is to sin, this is especially enlightening.

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  • How to Create A Vision Board

    This article is a companion piece to our Featured Article “Forget the Resolutions, Create a Vision Board that works”.

    The creative mechanics of creating a vision board couldn’t be easier, and the materials are very basic:   Find a piece of poster board, glue, scissors, and a variety of different kinds of magazines – or print images from the web.  Print or cut out both images and quotes or words that inspire you. Then, cut and paste to your heart’s content.  There is no minimum or maximum number of images you should use. It’s a personal process that is different

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  • What Started the New Year’s Kiss?

    Confetti, glitter, horns, and countdowns are all standard customs and props that help us to usher in the New Year with great energetic spirit.  But where did the tradition of the midnight kiss begin?  Sure it’s romantic – but not always - often friends and family give each other an affectionate peck on the cheek without much thought.

    According to Wikipedia, historians believe that the tradition of the New Year’s kiss started with the Ancient Romans. To commemorate the festival of Saturnalia and Winter Solstice (both celebrated at the end of December) Romans exchanged kisses. According to English and German

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  • Why Do Flash Mobs Move Us?

    The word “mob” provokes mixed emotions.  Traditionally, “mobs” were a group of angry individuals gathered together in protest, often manifesting into riots. But the term “flash mob” is a gathering of people who unite for the purpose of creating happiness and joy. It is, according to Wiki-pedia, a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.

    The first documented flash mob was organized in Manhattan in 2003, and was said to be coordinated as

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  • 15 Ways to Raise Your Vibrations in the New Year

    Bring in the End of the Mayan Calendar and our New Year

     

    It’s finally upon us – not only is 2012 coming to a close, but it’s also the end of the Mayan calendar. The news and noise about it has almost downed out Christmas this year!  Of course by now we know it’s not “the end” – it’s the beginning of a transformation, the start of the New Mayan calendar, a move from what the Mayans called the “World of the 4th Sun” into “World of the 5th Sun.”

    The reason many are taking the date

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  • David Lynch on Creativity and Meditation

    What’s the best way to clear a creative block?  Meditation!

    Just 20 minutes of meditative practice a day can greatly improve one’s creativity and general mood.  It may seem counter-intuitive, when you’re under a deadline and stressed about time, to sit still and do absolutely nothing for 15-20 minutes – but it’s guaranteed to propel your thinking and productivity forward.

    But how, exactly, does meditation foster creativity?

    First, it stills your mind.  A mind cluttered with any thoughts, and especially the negative ones that arise from stress, lacks spaciousness or

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  • Best of Astrology: How the Final Full Moon of 2012 is Especially Significant

    There is no denying 2012 has been packed full of spiritual energy. As we approach the exit of this powerful year, the Dec. 28th full moon intends to usher us from one powerful plane to another.  Glad.is has compiled the best advice and predictions from our favorite Astrologers to help you understand how the alignment of 12/21 will affect our last full moon of 2012.

    This full moon is the first since Winter Solstice where light is dawning again after the longest night. Spirituality is the primary

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  • Give Presence

    This holiday season, we are celebrating the happiness that friends are always giving. Let’s make every day a holiday and celebrate living.

    Let’s cherish this quiet, cozy, cold, warm time of year, which is bigger and older than Christmas. It’s a a time of the year to return to the basics of a life well-lived, and feeling gratitude for always having enough.

    We’re powering down for a few days. We hope you are able to as well, and we wish you a peaceful, joyful holiday.

     

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  • Love Mob

    We just caught wind of this Flash Love Mob that assembled in downtown L.A. to sing “All You Need is Love” the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy to “sing out the hate, and prove that love’s voice is louder than hate.”

     

     

     

    A quote from the video;  ”When two or more are gathered and connected in the name of Love, miracles happen.”

     

    From their Facebook page:

    We are about organized ACTS of LOVE~ modern day Robin Hoods who DON’T steal from the rich but rather include everyone as we return to our true nature~LOVE

    If you’re in LA and

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  • Bring in The Dawn of a New Era on December 21, 2012

    By Kellyrose Zuvuya

     
    The night has been long and deep your slumber. Your dreams have been active, the subconscious mind has ruled your reality creating both your greatest fears and your biggest fantasies. Humanity’s collective unconscious thoughts and agreements have significantly influenced the direction of your energy and the course your life has taken. But now, with darkest part of the night giving way to the very first sign of light, you begin to awaken, perhaps a bit disoriented or groggy. It is early, in the wee hours of the morning, with only a kiss of illumination on the

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  • The World Grieves and Loves Together

    10 Heart-ful images from the Internet that bring us comfort after this tragedy.

    (Left: Hundreds gather at the State Capitol in Connecticut.)

    As we continue to grieve and try to make sense of what happened on Friday, as more sad details of how the tragedy unfolded are being released, there is some comfort in seeing the outpouring of love and prayer from all over the world. From Connecticut to South Africa, to Pakistan, and beyond, the bigger message that is clear is that we are all connected.  It’s been said that the most important thing the Internet does is to connect

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  • A Prayer from Marianne Williamson for Sandy Hook

    We spotted this beautiful prayer on Marianne Williamson’s Facebook update today.

    Dear God,
    We come to You with broken hearts, surrendering the catastrophe that has occurred today in Connecticut.
    We cannot comprehend the darkness that led to this, or the suffering of those who have loved and lost.
    They are both too big.
    But in You, dear God, there are Answers we cannot surmise and Light we cannot summon by ourselves.
    We present to you our brokenness, and the horror and pain of those who grieve.

    May those who died find joy in the immortal realms.
    May those who mourn them be comforted in

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  • How do we Approach the Sandy Hook Tragedy Spiritually?

    Praying is not enough.

    When I picked up my twin first-graders from elementary school of Friday, the energy of the children was beautiful – they had spent the last hours before the holiday break having a “Winter Celebration.”  The noise level at dismissal time was twice what is usually is – a playground full of kids couldn’t contain their joy from having had a day of celebration, hugging their classmates goodbye and gleefully yelling “see you next year!”

    I thought to myself how beautiful it was that they had no idea about the day’s headlines.  That they didn’t have the images

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  • 12.12.12 – The Spiritual Significance of Three Twelves

    Here’s more on the spiritual significance of 12-12-12 by one of our favorite author/practitioners, KellyRose Zuvuya.

    In numerology 12 signifies completion, the Divine Mother/Feminine, creative capacity, cosmic harmony and spiritual order. On December 12th groups and individuals all over the world will be intentionally meditating to focus on the divine light of illumination. As we look closer at what these 12′s mean we can become even clearer about how the light we are drawing in is working on us. Three 12′s give us three aspects of an initiation into the evolutionary leap we are making as we

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  • What is the Significance of 12.12.12 in Numerology?

    numerology meaning of 12.12.12To say that much has been written about the upcoming calendar dates 12.12.12 and 12.21.12 would the understatement of 2012!

    The year 2012 began with a lot of doomsday hysteria about the predicted end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. As we reach the end of the year, we’ve heard much more from academics and Mayan scholars who have convinced even the darkest pessimists, that while December 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, there is no pending end to our world.

    In

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  • Living Your Life Purpose

    Glad.is featured practitioner, Kelly Rose Zuvuya describes how she started out on her spiritual path and discovered her life purpose and offers some some great advice for uncovering your own soul’s purpose.

    What nourishes you? I mean, really nourishes, deep down to the core of you. It isn’t the things we attain that feed us so completely, but instead the state of being we reach when our life resonates with what makes our hearts sing. Beyond the busyness of schedules and routines, family and social norms that tell you what you can or should do, your heart has its

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  • Video of the Week – The Power of Believing in Yourself

    Is there something in your life that someone has told you you can not accomplish?  Or worse yet, is there something you are telling yourself you can not do?   Here’s our video of the week – an inspiring 4 1/2 of minutes of overcoming obstacles, and the power of believing in yourself.  Watch to the end, it’s worth it!

     

     

     

    Now, time to get to yoga!

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  • Best of Astrology for This Week’s Lunar Eclipse and Mercury’s Direct Motion

    With Mercury going direct today, and full lunar eclipse happening on Wednesday, there is a lot going on, astrologically, to say the least.  Glad.is has compiled the best of advice and predictions from our favorite Astrologers to help guide you through this bumpy ride.

    All of Astrology agrees that this is a very potent moon and the eclipse is a marker for deep change. It calls for us to celebrate, and to engage in physical life fully and appreciate every moment. This is a good moon to pray for what you want as it creates a window to manifest something

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  • Stuff That Makes Us Glad

    Security Cameras Capture People Doing Good Too

    How many investigative news shows have we seen where security cameras lurk in a corner and capture humans behaving at their worst?   Here’s a wonderful shift in perspective.  They also catch us at our best.

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  • Sister Giant – We Were There

    Right after the election, we wrote about how women are bringing in a new period of political enlightment.  On November 10, Glad.is and friends Jaquelyn Richey (ChakWave) and Elizabeth Yochim (Participlay) attended Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant in Los Angeles. We were so inspired by the movement that Marianne calls “Soul Force,” and by the women and men taking part in the day (at the live event, through streaming, or in social media) that we felt moved to put together this recap. Whether you call it New Feminism, Soul Force, or the

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  • Astrology This Week: Entering Sagittarius, Themes of Freedom and Growth

    Each month Glad.is scours the web for the best of Astrologers insights to what this month holds.  Here’s two of our favorites, for mid-Novemeber:  by Dr. Michael Lennox and Dr. Karen Berg from the Los Angeles Kabbalah Center.

     

    From Dr Michael Lennox:

    The first eclipse of the season is a total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio that occurs this Tuesday, November 13th.  The Lunar Eclipse follows two weeks later on the 28th, putting Thanksgiving right in the middle of this wormhole.  When we emerge next month, we may not even recognize the territory we are in.

    With the domain of Scorpio fully upon

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  • Happiness Flow Chart

    We love this design collaboration by Alex Koplin and David Meiklejohn. Its a great little piece of art — as well as some clarity and motivation—for your office wall.

     

    You can get a 16×24-inch print at:

    http://www.merchline.com/moodgadget/

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  • What Does Spirituality Mean To You?

    Dr. Larry Culliford author of the U.K.’s Happiness Website asks, “Why not think of the spiritual dimension as a kind of adventure playground, a place to learn in and have fun, a place in which to extend yourself, to grow?” Sounds like fun to us!

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  • Elvis Has Re-Surfaced

    2 year old elvis

    In a 2 year old’s body.  Here’s to letting your little light shine!

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  • Operation Gratitude – Send Your Extra Halloween Candy to the Troops!

    It’s offically one week after Halloween. Most houses have both left over candy that didn’t get picked up….and the kids all have half a bucket of candy stashed in their rooms and they’re eating it all just because it’s there, right?

    Here’s a great solution:   Before the kids teeth rot, or the candy spoils, we can get that candy over to our U.S. Troops overseas.   “Operation Gratitude” sends care packages to our troops overseas, and are preparing care packages of leftover Halloween Candy.  We’d like to help get a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or two over to someone

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  • A New Age of Political Enlightenment

    How women helped bring in a new consciousness in politics

    Tuesday night was a huge win for democracy itself and for women in general.  Political victories all over the country brought forth an undeniable energy and feeling that something GOOD in all of us  - and in America  - is alive and well. The people’s voices were stronger than all of the money and special interests in this election, and women – a group whose real voice has been missing in politics for far too long – are at last being heard.

    Fifty-Five percent of women voted for Obama last night.

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  • After Hurricane Sandy

    Rainbows, Ice Halos and Inter-Connectedness

    Each time it rains, it stops raining. After a storm, there is a rainbow. Every time you hurt, you heal. After darkness, there is always light. We are reminded of this every morning but still we sometimes choose to believe that the night will last forever.

    When a massive storm or disaster like the recent Hurricane Sandy strikes, it serves to clearly remind us all how connected and vulnerable we are, and at the same time, how strong and resilient we are as humans.  Sandy forces us to put aside all that is trivial in life

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  • What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

    Scott Belsky, founder and CEO of Behance and author of the book “Making Ideas Happen,” presents another argument for meditation (not that we needed one) but it’s great to see more and more business leaders and expert bloggers like Scott Belsky putting downtime in the spotlight.   We love his five tips for unplugging that don’t require a day off.  Enjoy! 

    Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a

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  • What He’s Done

    Top 10 Accomplishments of President Obama

    Just a few days out from a really important election, we thought it important to share this amazing video (one in a series of three) that highlight Obama’s accomplishments over the last four years.  One of Glad.is’s friends, Gita O’Neil appears in this video with two of her sons.

    Because President Obama’s accomplishments have been drowned out by special interests and the opposing party, it’s time to remind everyone of all the good, human rights accomplishments he has made to move this country forward

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  • As Long As It Talks, I Will Listen

    On Listening to the Rain, by Thomas Merton

    -And a prayer for Mother Earth, and those in the path of Hurricane Sandy

     

    “The rain fills the wood with an immense and confused sound. It covers the flat roof of the cabin and its porch with insistent and controlled rhythms. And I listen, because it reminds me again and again that the whole world runs by rhythms I have not yet learned to recognize, rhythms that are not those of the engineer.
    The rain surrounded the whole cabin with its enormous virginal myth, a whole world of meaning, of secrecy, of silence, of rumor.

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  • Are You Addicted to Suffering? Here’s 7 Sure Ways to Create More

    More suffering?? Not really. Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s actually talk about 7 ways to create LESS suffering – we love this blog post from the younger generations’ answer to Wayne Dyer –  Meet Kute Blackson, if you haven’t already!

    Part of walking the spiritual path is opening up to the idea that anything you’re experiencing can be transformed with just a small shift in thought. Blackson takes this approach with the very idea of ‘suffering.’   Causing one’s own suffering can be so obvious if it’s your spouse’s suffering, your brother’s suffering or your mother’s suffering. So

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  • Jai MAA! Last day of Navaratri! (Goddess Energy!)

    Today marks the ninth day of Durga puja!   This is a day to put all your tools, creative instruments, computer, anything related to your work and creativity on your altar to ask for blessings from Maha Saraswati (goddess of knowledge, music, art and science) also ask her to bless your “vehicle”– your bike, car, legs, tiger, any way you move around in the world.  This is also a day to celebrate and honor young girls (Kumaris!) as embodiments of Goddess. Give them red gifts, flowers, cook them special foods and remind them of their power,

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  • Do You Have a Spiritually Sensitive Child?

    Nurturing the Mind, Heart, and Body of the Gifted or Sensitive Child

    By Dr. Paula Wilkes

    Does your child have profound empathy to the point that he cries when he senses the pain of another person or other living things?

    Does your child talk about feeling uncomfortable around people who make her feel “creepy?”  On the other hand, does your child sense that some people have a nurturing and inviting energy?

    Does your child have insights that make him seem like an “old soul?”

    Does your child sometimes feel like an “odd duckling” who doesn’t fit with her peers because of the depth of

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  • On “Columbus Day,” Examining North America’s Oldest Spiritual Laws

    California’s Chumash natives were amoung the first people (or the first) to inhabit North America – they even called themselves “the first people,” and they pointed to the shores of the Pacific Ocean as their first home.

    Evidence was found showing that they had settlements on the Channel Islands and Santa Monica Mountains as far back as thousands of years ago.The Chumash Indians of California numbered over 20,000 people who lived along the coast of California. At one time, their territory encompassed 7,000 square miles that spanned from the beaches of Malibu to Paso Robles. The tribe also inhabited inland

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  • In Honor of Native Peoples Day – a Tribute to The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

    “The most important journey the world can make today is the 14 inches from the head to the heart.”

    - Grandmother Agnes

    The importance of Grandmothers and is near and dear to my heart. (This website is named after my own 97 year old Grandmother – an amazing woman of wisdom and joy.)  And Glad.is is calling all sisters, brothers and friends to help support the 13 Grandmothers Gathering and Prayer for Peace in Nepal this November.

    13 Grandmothers

     

    The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (pictured) come from

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  • How to “Smudge” or Hold a Space Clearing Ceremony in Your Home

    Sage smudging is the an ancient cleansing ritual used by Native American and Shamanic cultures to remove negative energy from a space.   Whether you’re moving and want to release the stress, and signal a new beginning, or if you feel that your current home has stagnant energy that needs to be cleared, this is a simple ceremony of gratitude for your shelter.

    10 Simple Steps to Perform a Sage Cleansing Ceremony

    1.  Buy a sage smudge stick from a natural foods store, or make

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  • Happy Birthday Neil deGrasse Tyson

    And The Most Astounding Fact about The Universe (Video)

    You know the game where you get to pick any four people (alive) in the world to have dinner with?  Along with the Dalai Lama, Bono, and Bob Dylan, Neil deGrasse Tyson would have to be on my list.

    According to Wikipedia, Neil deGrasse Tyson - born October 5, 1958- is an American astrophysicist (even winning People Magazine’s Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive Honor in 2000!) and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate

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  • The Unraveling – Part 1

    The Journey of The Healing Process

     

    As I felt the way through the depths of my soul, I dove into a rabbit hole of resistance, desire and the unknown, only to land in a soup of emotion and feelings from the past untold. What is this and where did it come from? Suddenly memories of hurt and pain surfaced from an ancient time when I must have decided how life was going to Be. Unknowingly, I was also deciding how I was going to live my life, that is until I decided to Unravel.

    Unraveling is the process in which we

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  • Cut the Cords – Freedom is Waiting

    sunset on water, freedom, www.glad.is Cut the Cords – Freedom is Waiting

    Have you ever wondered why as a child your mom knew exactly what you were doing almost all the time, how she knew if something was wrong with you or if you were getting into trouble?  And often you were some place else, far from home.  Maybe she still has these instincts today?

    Have you ever experienced being in a breakup and no matter how hard you tried it was nearly impossible

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  • Staying the Course on the Spiritual Path – A Teaching in Kabbalah

    One of the beautiful things about living in the internet age is that we have so much exposure to different spiritual schools of thought.  And if you live in L.A. there is a all-you-can-eat buffet of centers and religions that welcome you with open arms and open minds.  The Kabbalah Center on Robertson Blvd (yes, the one Madonna made famous) is no exception.  But Kabbalah is not a religion – it’s described as a non-denominational school of thought.  Kabbalah is a set of esoteric teachings which explains  ”that all of the branches of our lives – health, relationships, business

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  • Our True Way Forward from 9/11
    The web is full of beautiful commemorations for 9/11 today, but this post from one of our Glad.is practitioners, Reena Desai, really hits a beautiful chord.  It provides great clarity on the true nature and power within all of us to love, despite our mind’s confusion over that day’s events.  The images that play back in our mind are the ones stuck there from the media – the images of the ‘terror attack’ (you’re playing back the video in your head right now, right?) and all of  the politics and separations – ‘us vs. them’ that have ensued.  But if

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  • Go Ahead and Say it… “Blessings”

    Most of us are probably not quite at that deep-purple enlightened space where we can sign off our emails with “Blessings.”  Perhaps it sounds a little strange to you when others use it.  Here’s a great video by Elena Brower, via The Daily Love on why you should offer private, silent blessing on as many things and people in your life as possible,  and how you’ll notice the difference in the ways in which your life becomes richer as a result.

     

    Mindful Smack: Blessings – Elena Brower for

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  • The Re-Education of Me: Mind Body Spirit Connection

    “Body, Mind, Spirit” is not some far-out thing only attained by eight hours of meditation a day, hours of intense Yoga, or starting to dress like your Guru.   It is our innate way of being.    Sometime in the early 1900’s, societies moved us away from this natural state of being by making a creating a “split” or division of who we are as humans. The mind went to the government in the form of state education, body to scientific/medical realm (Doctors etc.,) and the spirit to organized religion – our churches.

    And so

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  • Why it’s Okay to be Fully, Properly and Awesomely Sad

    by Susan Piver 

     

    All my life, I have struggled with depression.  Ever since I was a child, I’ve had to meet and figure out how to work with the heaviness and darkness of depression. Perhaps you can relate.

    One thing that makes depression so difficult is that you feel trapped by it. Everything is colored by a dark lens and you feel that you have no options. The world becomes very, very small and dank. It is truly awful.

    What to do? Well, of course if you’re clinically depressed you should continue with your medications, therapy and, if you’re

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  • Friday’s Blue Moon, Astrology Forecast
    Be ready to catch the beauty and vibrations of August 31′s Blue Moon, because there won’t be another one until 2015.  ”Blue Moon” doesn’t refer to color, but to rarity – it occurs when there are two full moons in one month, and August is a special month, opening with a full moon on August 1, and closing with another on August 31.   Hence the phrase “Once in a blue moon.”
    Here’s what Astrologers are saying about this Blue Moon in Pisces:

    It’s

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  • Magic is Believing In Yourself…And More Quotes from Goethe on His Birthday

    Happy Birthday to Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. He was born in Frankfurt on August 28, 1749.  We love ancient wisdom at Glad.is, and Goethe, who is known as the German Shakespeare, is no exception.   He is regarded as one of the greatest intellectuals of his time and some consider him to be one of the greatest literary figures of the modern era.

    Some Cliff Notes on Goethe:

    He was a true polymath – a philosopher, poet, playwright, novelist, scientist and statesman. In addition to writing a number of brilliant plays, poems, novels and autobiographical works, he also painted and drew. Goethe

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  • On Overcoming Guilt

    By Diane Clement

    I have been schlepping around a suitcase, a couple of bags and a bike for a few weeks now; it’s a pain, but I manage.  It doesn’t break my spirit, but it is annoying.  I live out of a bag these days – it’s been many days in reality, months if you will.   But like I said, it doesn’t break my spirit.

    I have met my spirit-breaker however.  And her name is Guilt.

    I have latched on, claws in.  Attached on to a big, fat bag of guilt.  It’s messy and disorganized, heavy and spirit-sucking.  I have embraced it actually, because

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  • Can You Trust Your Intuition?

    Knowing how to cultivate your intuition can help in every aspect of our lives. In his article, “Leap And The Net Will Appear,” Mastin Kipp asks us to listen to “the small and still voice within.”

    You are extremely intuitive. Yup, you are.

    You are so intuitive you scare yourself at how intuitive you are. So many times in my mentoring sessions my clients tell me they don’t know what their goals are or they don’t know what they should do. But that isn’t really true.

    Almost 100% of the time my clients know what their goals are and what they should do,

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  • Life Doesn’t Get Better by Chance: It Gets Better by Change

    Accepting change requires letting go of how we think things should be, embracing what we have, and trusting that we will understand why change happens. Start by learning to accept the things we cannot change, changing the things we can, and having the wisdom to know the difference. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

    We can all use more serenity in our lives, whether we pray for it or seek ways to create it from the inside out. Acceptance lightens us up by shifting those all too familiar and pesky heart-heavy feelings of resistance, and transmuting them into clarity and direction, time

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  • A Hip Guide to the Chakra System

    by Jacquelyn Richey

    Chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit, an ancient language of India, and there are seven major interdependent chakras located along our spine making up the system where the mind and body connect.  Chakras represent archetypal levels of consciousness, meaning each energy center is like a blue print or map for understanding how we integrate information from the world around us, creating responses to it and how we navigate our place in the world.

    Through ancient teachings, the seven main chakras are known to link the proverbial heavens to earth. Meaning, the universe we live in is actually within our

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  • On Being Peace: Buddhist Wisdom For the Divorced Parent

    By Kimberly Nichols

    It was a glorious Southern California day in the beachside Balboa Park in San Diego as I sat in a flowering position on a yoga mat with 1,000 other people in the grass to hear renowned Buddhist Thich Nat Han deliver a talk on peace. After his discussion, he invited members of the audience to the stage to discuss difficult issues in their lives. One man walked up with trepidation and proceeded to tell us, with pain in his voice, about his current struggles with his ex-wife.

    “I only see my son once every two weeks,” he described.

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  • We Are All Made of Stars

    Check out this mind-blowing, heart-bursting, video of the beauty of the Earth and our Universe as you’ve never seen it.

    Every image in this video comes from picture frames taken by the International Space Station, courtesy of NASA.  It shows the immensity of the universe, and the utter magic of connectedness in everything. It would be easy to look at this and feel that we are but a speck lost in space . After all, our sun is just one of 50 billion stars in the galaxy and there are billions of galaxies.  Still,  rather than feeling separation, the video

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  • Top Ten Rules for Being Human

    by Cherie Carter-Scott @ The Daily Love

    Rule One - You will receive a body. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s yours for life, so accept it. What counts is what’s inside.

    Rule Two - You will be presented with lessons. Life is a constant learning experience, which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more. These lessons are specific to you, and learning them ‘is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life’.

    Rule Three - There are no mistakes, only lessons. Your development towards wisdom is a

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  • In Honor of Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday – Be Yourself, and Define Your Own Success

    “…be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” 
    ― Henry David Thoreau

    Today would be the 195th birthday of legendary philosopher, poet, political pundit, abolitionist, and transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who remains, to this day, one of the world’s most important voices for environmentalism, protest (his work against slavery) and the true nature of the self vs. consumer culture.

    We know, it’s been awhile since you were tested on history, but here’s your Cliff Notes / abbreviated Wiki:

    Henry David Thoreau (July

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  • Energy Forecast: Loving the Feminine Road Less Travelled
    While the month of June has flown by, this astrological forecast by Lee Harris of Lee Harris Energy caught our eye.   It’s a relevant message (predicted by many, for the year of 2012) that we wanted share.
    Harris notes that for so long feminine energy, which represents nuture, creativity, heart-centered living and loving has been feared and suppressed. But increasingly, these qualities are being demonstrated more and more by both men and women, and he predicted that this energy would experience a surge in June.
    Harris states that the shift

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  • When Did You Break Up With Normal?

    (or what’s holding you back?)

    This photo and quote has made it’s way around the internet a few times, and a friend of Glad.is reminded us of just how profound this moment is, in one’s happiness journey, when you decide to make yourself happy first, to be free to be who you are, and not reduce yourself to who you THINK others may want you to be.

    Here are a few of our favorite philosophical quotes on this subject, but please, tell us below- When did that moment strike

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  • From the Depths of My Soul, Dad

    As part of our Ode to Father’s Day selection, we share with you this video from Jason Frahm. It’s a beautiful and honest reminder that unconditional love works both ways.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULh6LxIfNKA&list=UU0oasGjF2x1IjlPo_TQvGDA&index=7&feature=plcp

    (If the link above doesn’t work, click here to watch the video:    Glad.is, Jason Frahm Fathers Day Video )

     

    And be sure to check out more of Jason’s videos on his YouTube Channel.

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  • Clean up the Body, Clear up the Mind

    Written by Nicole Doherty

    It’s common knowledge that becoming a great athlete takes a lot of work. It takes time, dedication, practice and commitment. One of the first orders of business for a professional athlete is conditioning—cleaning up the body and priming it for optimal performance – and the same is true about the practice of Yoga.

    Our physical form, which is our body, is very much like a machine. Much like a car, we need to clean the outside, vacuum the inside and perform regular maintenance, like changing the oil, on schedule. We need to do the same with our

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  • Let’s Get Planetary. Sunday’s Super New Moon and Solar Eclipse!

    All the science and astrology you need to know – from how to view it and what they cosmic mystics say.
    An annular eclipse will dazzle the Pacific Ocean on Sunday (Monday in Asia); beginning at dawn for China and Japan, ending at sunset for western U.S. states — marching from the Oregon and Northern California coast to Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

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  • SuperMoon on the Rise – The Significance of the Wesak Full Moon, May 5

    If you had trouble sleeping last night, astrologers would say that it’s a normal effect of the growing full moon.

    For most of the month, the moon stands between the light of the sun, stars and constellations, and us, shielding the earth from their light. But during a full moon, when the moon is completely out of the way of the Sun, we can receive energy directly from the Spiritual Sun, and from the stars and constellations that radiate very high spiritual energy. The full moon is the mark of the time of highest spiritual energies available, and many around

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  • 15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently

    Editors note:   We think The Purpose Fairy (one of our favorite blogs) has hit a home run with this article on happiness. Our namesake, Gladys has lived everyone of these 15 principles in all of her 97 years. 

    What is the difference between happy people and unhappy people? Of course, it may be very obvious, happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right? Well, that is correct, but we want to know what are the things that these people do differently and that is why, I have put together a list of things that HAPPY people do differently than UNHAPPY

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  • 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

    We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready?

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  • They Teach It at Stanford (supposedly)

    You know those mass emails that your aunt sends you? The ones that warn you of parking lot abductions and cell phone radiation, that ‘enlighten you’ on how to show your friends how much you appreciate them by sending the letter to all of them and asking that they pass it along to all their friends?   The emails that promise you good fortune or a windfall, again, IF you send it on to ALL your friends?!

    Well, when I receive a ‘mass email’ from a friend who knows me and knows I don’t

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  • 7 Surprising Ways to De-Stress, Naturally. April is National Stress-Awareness Month.

    In case you haven’t heard (you know, because of all the stress in your life) — April is National Stress Awareness Month.

    A little bit of stress is good for us, in that it provides energy and keeps us aware of everything going on in our lives. But even though stress is a daily occurrence for all of us, it’s important to keep it in check. When left to its own devices, it can lead to or exacerbate a number of health problems, from heart disease, to acne, to

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  • Just Sit Still

    By Guest Blogger Julianna Raye

    Meditation’s New Image

    Last year, I got an email about a unique study being conducted at UCLA. Researchers were looking for volunteers with extensive meditation experience. They were conducting MRIs to compare meditators’ brains to non-meditators. This intrigued me. Would they find something significant about my brain? How significant? I’m competitive by nature, so I found the notion that my brain could somehow reflect the extent of my practice both satisfying and unnerving. Satisfying, because it might hold evidence validating my inner experience to the outside world. Unnerving, because compared to other meditators of equal experience,

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  • Good Vibrations

    Sound and music have been used since ancient times for healing and transformation in various cultures. Today, there is a growing re-emergence of interest in this field of sound healing in the western world with many different paradigms and philosophies about the effects of sonics and their use as a transformative and healing energy. Though many of the major questions about sound healing are still unanswered, we uncovered some very interesting facts and philosophy around the healing art of sound therapy.

    Glad.is did some research on sound healers in Los Angeles and interviewed Chris Seitz from Axis Evolving

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  • The Meaning of the Spring Equinox and 5 Great Ways to Bring It In

    Historical Meaning:

    The Spring Equinox brings us a balance of day and night because the Sun is sitting on the Earth’s equator.   (“Equinox” means “equal night”.)

    The spring equinox is celebrated in many traditions as a time of fertility, regeneration and rebirth. For thousands of years our ancestors have celebrated Spring Equinox, as a time of fertility, rebirth of life and energy – which is why today we find many traditional religious celebrations at this time, such as Easter and Passover.   The Mayans were very aware of the power of this day, and left us a phenomenal display of

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  • Mindfulness for Brainiacs

    UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)

     

    This new institute at UCLA is one of our staff favorites.  We love their many courses and seminars on mindfulness and meditation which are not just interesting, but also backed up with solid scientific research.  Bring even your most skeptical friend to a day-long intensive with PhDs and world-renown Scientists and they’ll be converted to the benefits of being present with no turning back.

     

    MARC offers a variety of courses – from weekly free mediation sessions, to on-going courses, day long retreats and Workshops hosted by a variety of best in class Professors, Authors and

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  • Why Are We Here?

    We created this site to address a misconception among many of our friends who thought a burgeoning interest in spirituality was only for bamboo-wearing, crystal-toting, hippie types or that it alternatively required renouncing our homes, jobs, busy lives, friends and families.

     

    But as we looked up from our downward dog we noticed the cool creative director from the ad agency. When we opened our eyes in meditation class we recognized the DJ who lives next door. We wondered what had brought them and if, like us, they’d been turned

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  • One For The Kids

    “Inspire children. Change the world” is the tagline for Children Inspire Design, the appealing online shop whose mission is to “make a positive impact for children around the world.” They partner with grassroots organizations to create products such as this eco-friendly poster available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew and Chinese. Serving as a nice reminder for you and your child to have compassion for the earth and all who inhabit it. Proceeds from sales of their art & design wares for children raise funds for various children’s programs all over the world.

    Poster size: 11×14

     

     

     

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  • Sound Healing And Meditation At Fred Segal Santa Monica


    Every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., author, inspirational speaker & sound healing specialist, Taylor Adayara Rivera, hosts a self-healing sound meditation utilizing the original first-spoken language in our universe, Anuhazi. Whether you want to release your karma, energetically protect yourself, reclaim your manifestation abilities or simply reach a level of personal peace, everyone will benefit from this unique form of meditation.  The Fred Segal Yoga Studio is located on Broadway and 5th, near the Fred Segal Salon. Check Taylor’s website (link above) for exact schedule and location details.

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