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Daily Inspirational Quote - April 23, 2016

“Only you can fill in what’s missing. It’s not something another person can do for you.”

Have you ever had the feeling that something is “missing” in your life? I’m not talking about someone, but a feeling, a belief, something that resonates with your very spirit or soul. I believe we each seek out what we feel drawn to and that this enriches and enables us to feel comfortable, happy and content with who and where we are in life. Those of us who have achieved this are very fortunate indeed to have realized that nobody but ourselves could “fill in what was missing” and acted accordingly. I hope you have found or find the same.


Living Reverence: There is a Spark in Everything

In a world that has been relentlessly primed to favor the myths of independence and certainty over the truths of interconnection and mystery, the practice of reverence can seem foolish and unfashionable. But no one exists independent of all others. And the vast complex of our knowledge, though impressive, is erected on the shores of an ocean of unknowns. Reverence is a glad acknowledgement of these realities. It does not require you to be religious, or part of an organized faith. If there are any prerequisites for reverence they are only this: the capacity for wonder and love. And an awareness in the heart, of the dignity and worthiness inherent in this earth, this life, this moment. In many ways Maki Kawamura, a mother, global peace leader and former doctor, embodies what it means to live reverently. She shares her story and quietly powerful convictions in this piece.

Cast of Broadway’s The Color Purple Sing Electrifying Prince Tribute Onstage (WATCH)

Jennifer Hudson and the cast of the Broadway musical The Color Purple, gathered for their usual curtain call at the end of Thursday’s evening performance–but with a heavy heart this time.

The legendary musician Prince had died at the age of 57, and the actors stepped to the edge of the stage to sing a glorious tribute.

Hudson, a friend of Prince’s, took center stage alongside Cynthia Erivo, and they belted out the words to—what else?— Purple Rain.

Tribute to Pop Icon Prince (1958-2016)

Josh Rottenberg

Prince, one of the bestselling pop artists of all time, died Thursday morning in his home recording studio in Chanhassen, Minn., the Associated Press reported.

The singer had been hospitalized in Illinois last week for what his representative said at the time was the flu, which he had been battling for weeks, leading to the cancellation of two shows on his "Piano and a Microphone" tour. He was released after three hours and returned to his home in Minnesota.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, the trailblazing performer sold more than 100 million records over the course of his career, fusing rock, pop, funk and R&B and demonstrating an audacious, idiosyncratic sense of style and a willingness to court controversy. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, he won seven Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for best original song score for the 1984 film "Purple Rain."

A highly prolific and restless artist who blended androgynous sexua…

Are Boundaries Overrated?

ByDiana Divecha

A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.

“Be independent.”
“Learn to manage on your own.”
“Have a strong sense of self.” These are values strongly held by Americans and promoted by most mental health professionals. I first got a tickle of an idea that this might not be the only way to live when I married into an Indian family and spent time in Mumbai. Their consideration of the group could border on the absurd, yet when someone made a major life screw-up, they rallied around and held him close. Kindness in Indian culture can veer toward the sacrificial; one time, when my daughters were splayed out with fever, a stranger bicycled 30 kilometers from the airport into town for medicine. And my husband, children, and I could travel anywhere in India staying only at the homes of friends of friends of friends. Through my trained psychological lens, I sometimes wondered if these close connections were …

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 22, 2016

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

I think we can all relate to this. We tend to form an opinion or judge people very quickly, occasionally unfavorably, without knowing all the facts or spending time getting to know them. This judgment is then firmly planted in our minds and filed away for future reference. However, if we can just take steps to actually get to know people better before forming an opinion, then we may find ourselves having a totally different perception of them and this, in turn, may change them into somebody you find yourself valuing as a friend, colleague or lover. Snap judgments aren’t a good idea.


The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

"Why is the world so beautiful?" This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, "Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language." An expert in moss - a bryologist - she describes mosses as the 'coral reefs of the forest.' She opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as inanimate. She says, "I can't think of a single scientific study in the last few decades that has demonstrated that plants or animals are dumber than we think. It's always the opposite, right? What we're revealing is the fact that they have a capacity to learn, to have memory, and we're at the edge of a wonderful revolution in really understanding the sentience of other beings."

Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them

ByTchiki Davis
A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.

Work-life balance is one of the aspects of well-being that I have the hardest time implementing in my own life. As a happiness researcher and consultant, I really do try to practice what I preach. But work-life balance is something I often work at for short bursts before I end up backsliding into workaholism. I know that I am not the only one with this difficulty; work-life balance is really tough for many people. I think it’s time we start a conversation about balance, precisely because it is so hard for so many of us to find, and it is so integral to enhancing well-being. Below, based on my experiences, I illuminate four risk factors for poor work-life balance and eventual burnout. 1. Personality I began to see people struggle a lot more with work-life balance when I entered graduate school, and I’ll tell you why. Universities select grad students who can persevere year after year to compl…

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 21, 2016

“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing.”

I love this! I know that, with my creaky and achy joints, I’m not as supple or as pain free as I was when I was a lot younger but, what am I going to do, never dance again when I hear music I want to boogie to? I don’t think so! If that day ever comes, and it never will if I can help it, then I will feel a great sense of loss and know I have indeed got old. Until then, much to the amusement of those unfortunate enough to witness me boogieing, I will continue to let the music “take me!”


House Calls for the Homeless

In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers camouflaged himself as a homeless man to make medical visits to people living on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was shocked to find out how ill people were. In 24 years, Withers' "street medicine" has reached over 10,000 people, and his comprehensive program, Operation Safety Net, provides mobile medical vans, drop-in centers and helps advocate for insurance and housing for the homeless. Withers' philosophy is simple: treat people the way we want to be treated.

How Mindfulness Can Help Us Forgive Betrayal

ByKirra Dickinson

According to a new study, mindful people are more likely to overcome the emotional turmoil and pain of infidelity.

Is it possible to forgive infidelity and to overcome the emotional pain of betrayal?

It is, suggests a new study published in the journalMindfulness—if you can feel some compassionfor yourself. The study—the first to examine the relationship betweenmindfulnessandforgivenessof infidelity—surveyed 94 adults who had been cheated on by a partner. They reported on their levels of forgiveness, which involves feeling in control of their emotions, having a balanced view of the relationship (rather than vilifying their partner as wholly evil), and being ready to let go of anger and put the affair behind them. They also reported on their levels ofunforgiveness—a separate measure that involves withdrawing from their partner, experiencing emotional upheaval, and desiring revenge.
By this definition, forgiveness is something we do for ourselves, to reduceoursuffering; it …

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 20, 2016

“If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”

No, this doesn’t mean, taking off overcoats or heavy shoes etc! This is all about letting go of all the restrictions or self-doubts we tend to take on board in life and freeing ourselves. We tend to add “weights” to ourselves in the form of low self-belief, self-esteem or self-confidence. Perhaps even allowing other people to burden us with their unhelpful perceptions of us. Now, how are we going to spread our wings and “fly” with all that weighing us down? We’re not, are we so, like the sand bags in the basket of our hot air balloon, hoist them over the side and watch them disappear, hopefully missing the people below! Now our spirits have the freedom to find and bring us what we wish for most.


Prison Gardens: Food for Body and Soul

"Prison vegetable gardens, where inmates plant and harvest fresh produce to feed the larger prison population, are on the rise in correctional facilities from New York to Oregon. In addition to being a cost-effective food source, the gardens are seen as a way to save money on healthcare for prisoners struggling with diabetes, hypertension, and other ailments. But the gardening itself provides opportunities for personal growth, as inmates learn how to plant, raise, and harvest crops."

7 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

by Anthony Rivas

People who want to lose weight often focus on boosting their metabolism. After all, a faster metabolism will burn more calories, even when you’re sitting. But it turns out there are a number of ways to gain a faster metabolism; some of them can even help you lose weight in their own right. Because metabolism generally slows after you turn 40 years old, try implementing these practices to put those effects on hold.

Build muscles
Strength training builds muscle both during your workout and after. It also takes more calories to grow and maintain muscle than fat, which will help you boost your metabolism by up to 15 percent . Engage in strength training at least two days a week, making sure to take a day off in between to allow your muscles time to rest and recover. 

Do Intense cardio
Cardio exercises like running and aerobics won’t build muscle, and upon finishing you’ll likely stop burning the calories too. Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves puttin…