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Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self?

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ByKira M. Newman

Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.

We all experience moments of self-doubt. Maybe we’re faced with a choice that leaves us confused about what we want; a conversation where we feel inauthentic and disconnected; or a mistake that makes us question who we are deep down. The antidote to this internal conflict is a strong sense of self, what researchers call “self-concept clarity.” When we know who we are, we experience greaterself-esteemandindependence. That helps us cultivatebetter relationshipsand asense of purposein life. But where does this inner confidence come from? In the past, that’s largely been a mystery to psychologists. But arecent studyprovides a clue: It may partly stem from the non-judgmental awareness that ismindfulness. Researchers at the University of Utah recruited over 1,000 undergraduate students, ranging in age from 18 to 53, to complete questionnaires about three traits: Mindfulness:Thei…

How to Sustain Your Activism

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ByStephen Murphy-Shigematsu

These three principles can help activists avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.

Thanks to recent events, many people have felt motivated to march in the streets, call their Congressional representatives, or even make protest art. People who have never seen themselves as activists are now feeling the need to do something. Veteran activists are facing the challenge of a renewed effort without suffering burnout. Many of us are feeling a sense of fatigue, after months and months of threats to civil liberties, human rights, and the integrity of our institutions. At such a time, we all need to know how to sustain activism over the long run. The Women's March on Washington following President Donald Trump's inauguration Mindfulnessoffers a way. For many of us, mindfulness is more than an individualistic way of reducing stress. As Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, making peace begins within ourselves, but contemplation leads tocompassion, and compassi…

Inspirational Quote – March 14, 2017

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“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

What a wonderful saying! I totally agree and do my best to do what I am told (which doesn’t happen often believe me!). Not so easy though considering the trials and tribulations life has a habit of placing before us on our way is it? What’s the alternative though? Think, “poor wee me”, curl into a ball and hide away? Nope! I am reminded of the song “Always look on the bright side of life”, which I read recently is the favorite tune played at funerals. No more to be said really is there? Now off you go and decide what you want to do next to bring a smile to your face and a glow in your heart.

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Inspirational Quote – March 13, 2017

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One acorn can start a forest.
One smile can begin peace.
One hand can help another.
One touch can show care.
Be that ONE today!


This seems so very apt at the moment with all the terrible things going on in the world today. Most of us wish peace for our fellow human beings who are suffering terribly in the midst of horrendous wars, starvation, or disease. How very, very fortunate we are not to be suffering in the same way. However, the one thing we are capable of doing is showing our support in any way we can. This may involve donating food or clothing, a monetary contribution no matter how small the amount, or volunteering our time, etc. If each and every one of us could commit to doing at least one of these can you imagine the power and force that would be created from the first “acorn”, i.e. the first step in actually doing and not just talking. What a difference we could all make in the lives of those so much less fortunate than we are.

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Do Not Lose Heart: We Were Made For These Times

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There are times when living for today is exactly what we need to do, and there other times when we will only prevail if we take the long view of life on this Earth and stop measuring our success by the problems we solve each day. For this reason, Clarissa Pinkola Estes exhorts us to embrace the moment we are in with all of its fear, uncertainty, and turmoil. She says, "I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it...In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or in-mended in the world. Do not focus on that. Do not make yourself ill with overwhelm." Let us be a light for each other and not lose heart. Remember, we were made for these times.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1538/do-not-lose-heart-we-were-made-for-these-times-clarissa-pinkola-estes/

Brain Tumor Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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What Is It?

Like any other part of your body, your brain can have a tumor, which happens when cells grow out of control and form a solid mass. Because your brain has many types of cells, it can get many kinds of tumors. Some are cancer, and others aren’t. Some grow quickly, others slowly. But because your brain is your body’s control center, you have to take all of them seriously.

Brain Tumors

Your skull is hard, your brain is soft, and there’s really no room in your head for anything else. As a tumor grows, it presses on your brain because it has nowhere to go. That can affect how you think, see, act, and feel. So with brain tumors, whether it's cancer or not, what matters is where it’s located, how quickly and easily it can grow or spread, and if your doctor can take it out.

Secondary Brain Cancer

Most people who have brain cancer (about 100,000 each year) have this kind, which means cancer in some other part of your body has spread to your brain. About half of all brain cancers star…

Inspirational Quote – March 12, 2017

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“Remember anyone can love you when the sun is shining. In the storms is where you learn who truly cares for you.”

As most of us know through experience this is very true. We’ve all had people in our lives who are happy to make themselves available to party with us or join us in carefree pursuits etc. It’s when we reach out during the troubling, worrisome times, that we scrabble around in vain to find them. They don’t want to be involved in providing a sympathetic ear, monetary assistance, physical aid, etc. etc., so distance themselves until our own personal “storm” has passed. Then, and only then, do they take the time to seek us out in order to reconnect and get the party started up again. If we have any sense at all we’ll have noticed their absence and their retreat into the background and, you know what, wouldn’t it make sense and feel good just to leave them there?

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Should You Live for Your Eulogy or Your Resume?

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Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a resume; and the self who seeks connection, community, and love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. In this short talk, Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1537/should-you-live-for-your-resume-or-your-eulogy-david-brooks/