Monday, October 12, 2015

How A Shark Bite Ended Up Saving This Man’s Life

Eugene Finney is probably the only person you’ll ever meet who will tell you, “A shark attack saved my life.”

Finney and his daughter were swimming off Huntington Beach, California when they were hit by a rough wave. As he clutched his daughter and slipped under water, he felt something large slam into him and cut across his back.

Ex-Prisoner Learns Law, Wins Release, Now Works in Court of Appeals

An inmate who spent nine years in prison for a crime he never committed is now clerking at the federal court that overturned his conviction – after a fellow inmate told him to “stop playing basketball” and start learning law.

When he was 17 years old, Jarrett Adams was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He always maintained his innocence but his public defender never offered a defense at his trial in Wisconsin.

After a fellow prisoner suggested he learn the system, Adams plowed through the books in the prison library, teaching himself case law. He wrote to the Wisconsin Innocence Project which took up his case and uncovered new evidence.

Guy Who Bought ‘’ For $12 Is Giving Entire Reward To Charity

In case you haven’t heard by now, a Babson College student from Massachusetts—and ex-Google employee—recently managed to buy the domain name for $12.

On September 29, Sanmay Ved simply ran a search for available domain names online when he came across as being available—he had been keeping an eye on the company’s internal domains. He clicked the ”add to cart” option, and poof, there it was. He was the proud owner of

Dogs Stand Guard, Hold Vigil for Fawn Overcome by Wildfire

While hiking up a hillside and looking at the aftermath of a 300-acre wildfire, an Idaho man came upon a stunning memorial service — three dogs guarding a fallen fawn.

“This one got me in the feels,” Louis Armstrong wrote on his Facebook page.

“Lots of destruction and sadness in the Kamiah area— I found this dead fawn this morning. An hour later this sheep dog and her 2 pups are here protecting it. They have been here for hours and won’t leave – barking at people that come near (although they are very nice).”

The Story of How This Young Man Gave A Stranger A Hand Will Melt Your Heart

A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but it’ll only take about 150 to explain what makes this one from Hamilton, Ontario so beautiful.

Godfrey Cuotto, a student, was riding the bus home last week when a man with special needs leaned over and held out his hand.

The man, whose name was Robert, continued to hold on long after the handshake was over, which was fine with Cuotto, who also let Robert continue to hug him and kiss his hands throughout the ride.

A Doctor Who Practices “Street Medicine” Named Top Hero of 2015 (WATCH)

For more than 20 years, Dr. Jim Withers has walked the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, going where the homeless go, to bring them free, quality medical care. He calls it “street medicine.”

When he first started, he’d camouflage himself to blend in with the people he sought to help. By wearing worn-out clothes and rubbing dirt in his hair, he hoped to win the trust of homeless people on the streets and under bridges of the city.

An Insomniac’s Guide to Meditation

By Diana Lang, author of Opening to Meditation

There are times in life where we just cannot sleep. We roll over and toss and turn, coming wide awake hoping to fall back to sleep again. Whether it be for short intermittent periods during stressed and challenging times, or long years of sleeplessness caused by chronic tension, insomnia can be like the quiet beast in the dead of night that slowly drains our energy making us vulnerable and weary, tired and depressed.

If insomnia becomes chronic, we may find ourselves taking natural remedies like melatonin or magnesium, but if those don’t work we could end up reaching for alcohol, or other kinds of drugs, including stronger pharmaceutical medications, in our basic biological need to fall asleep.

Most of what keeps us awake is stress. And meditation can be just the thing to relax your mind to let yourself deeply rest and sleep.

When we worry, we create stress hormones and chemistry that tell the body that something is wrong. It can trigger the sympathetic nervous system which is the part of the ...

Right Where You Are – Opening to Meditation

An Excerpt from Opening to Meditation by Diane Lang

Meditation is a state of consciousness. It is a growing thing that, when nurtured and cared for, grows strong and constant, like a big old oak tree. You can count on it.

Every time you meditate, it is as if you are building a mountain, one layer at a time. Meditation is like strata; once a layer is set down, it becomes a permanent part of your landscape. It is cumulative. When you meditate again, you add another layer to your mountain. You keep getting stronger and stronger. Even if there’s a gap of many years in your meditation practice, this stratification doesn’t go away. It’s right where you left it. You just pick up where you left off. Usually, it will have grown on its own some, too.

Meditation is a discipline of mind blended with spirit that teaches concentration and focus. It brings clarity to every area of your life. It broadens your perspective, opens your mind to new ideas, and helps you feel free.

The answers you are looking for can be found right where you are. Your point of power is in this present moment. It is so simple, yet it is true. All you need to do is know where you are in this moment in order to gain your orientation and sureness of footing. If you don’t know where you actually are, all the good or even profound direction in the world could lead you far from your intended destination. If you don’t know where you’re standing, your aim will be far from the mark.

Meditation helps you know where you are in time and space. It grounds you in the world so that you can move forward with fluidity and grace. Like a big red arrow on a map at the mall, it lets you know that you are here. When you understand where you actually are, the universe opens up with a thousand choices, each one unique and perfect in its own right, making it easy to know what your next step is.

All you have to do is open your heart to the light and energy that flows through us in every moment. That flow is always present; it is constant and perfect, always available to you. Imagine a stream of pure love pouring from the universe straight into you. Imagine that same pure love flowing and dancing around and through every single thing on this planet and beyond this planet, every rock, every blade of grass, every deer in the forest, every star in the sky. Everything is connected to this flow.

And you are too.

The only reason we don’t feel it is because we think that somehow we are separate from it. But we are it, and it is us. Feel it right now, in this very moment — let yourself open to the flow of love that is coursing through every single thing on this planet, through every single atom of every single one of us.

Meditation gives us an experience of this, so we feel it and know it deeply, beyond words. Meditation opens your mind and heart.

The opening of your heart is the most precious gift you can give the world. It affects everyone, and in this way meditation is also service: it supports the whole of humanity and all of life. As you become more aware, more conscious, you blaze the trail for the rest of us to follow, and our paths become much easier because of the steps you have taken. Know this, in your unfolding, in your deepening: that your inner journey creates an easier way for all of us.

By meditating we open into love. We enter a place that is sacred. By knowing where we are, we create an opening, a window to expanded consciousness. In that opening, we can feel and merge with the creative force of the universe. This cosmic creativity is simply love. We may call it God, or nature, or luck, or spirit, or universal energy, or a higher power, or something else. Whatever you call it, it is still love. Pure love. Love that intends, love that makes, love that builds — not in an emotional way, but in a laserlike, conscious, and precise way.

When we meditate, we begin to recognize our connection with this creative force, and we begin to know that we are part of this love, that we are the same as this love. We are infinite and eternal.

When we meditate, we become one with our infinite self. In our growing awareness of this higher self, we become much more than our personal self. We begin to recognize the magnitude, the beauty, and the infinity of who we really are.

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 12, 2015

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it’s letting go.”

Occasionally, in life, things, situations or people are only meant to be with us for a certain length of time. However, if we’re not ready to let them go then we’ve got a problem. Holding on with all you’ve got may cause them to reconsider and stay but, if their heart isn’t in it, or it’s just not meant to be, then it’s time to take a step back and consider your options. Perhaps you’re not being strong by hanging on if it’s not meant to be, just deluding yourself. Letting go isn’t being weak it’s being realistic and therefore taking the best course of action for them or it and, ultimately, you.


Where Good Ideas Come From

Where do ideas come from? Do they come to us in a "eureka moment" like Isaac Newton's proverbial apple falling on his head? Steven Johnson's research shows that it takes a long time (the slow hunch), and a space of sharing (the liquid network) for us to come up with our best ideas. In this TED talk, Johnson focuses on spaces of creativity and shared patterns of innovation that encourage us to connect ideas rather than protect them. "Chance favors the connected mind."

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 11, 2015

“When a friend does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”

Of course you won’t! Lovely person that you are. When a friend does something we consider wrong, that’s when we remember all the things they’ve done for us in the past. The times they’ve given us a shoulder to cry on, hugged us when we’ve needed a hug, been patient when it’s obvious we’re driving them loopy, loaned us money when we’re hard up. The list goes on and on doesn’t it? Also, this is the perfect time to think about the boot being on the other foot so to speak! If, positions were reversed, wouldn’t we expect our friends to take the time to think about all the good things we’ve done for them….. Of course we would, so there’s your answer…simple!


Ten Words Technology Borrowed from Nature

What do words like ecosystem, tree, spider, virus, swarm and others have in common with technology? Sue Thomas points out how they have been hijacked from nature and applied to the digital world.