The Art of Blessing

Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones Most blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of ... Read More »

Change Makers

Inspired to Act by Linda Sechrist “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which ... Read More »

Real News that Matters

Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist In virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read ... Read More »

Happy is The New Sexy

by Deepa Karthik (Menon) Darwin’s theory did not bring with it just evolution; it also changed the way men and women across the world looked at the laws of attraction forever. Suddenly, we realized that we were subconsciously picking out partners who were the “healthiest”, or the Darwinian “survivors”. Without doubt, healthy is in. But, in the pursuit of physical ... Read More »

Happy All Day

Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig Throughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning ... Read More »

Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife

Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better by S. Alison Chabonais Gay Hendricks and his wife, Kathlyn, have discovered through working on their own relationship and counseling hundreds of other couples that the time from midlife onward offers the greatest opportunity of any other period to grow love. At a mutual low point, they made the life-changing decision to rebirth ... Read More »

From Election Year Angst to Opioid Epidemic:

Here-and-Now Habit Can Make a Difference by Diane Minor Combining cutting edge neuroscience with ancient wisdom to address unhealthy habits, ranging from the opioid epidemic to the anxiety that can overtake people in an election year, is the theme of a top-selling new book by prominent local mindfulness meditation teacher, activist and author Hugh Byrne. Byrne’s new book, The Here and Now ... Read More »

The Power of Friendship

It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up among unlikely confidants. Childhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good ... Read More »

Deep Listening

Our Whole-Hearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift  by Kay Lindahl Perhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. ... Read More »

Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment

by Dennis Merritt Jones Our authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on ... Read More »