Showing posts from April 16, 2017

Inspirational Quote – April 22, 2017

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying I will try again tomorrow.”

Just a reminder I guess that having and showing courage doesn’t necessarily mean everybody knows about it, because we’re putting it out there. It’s more to do with having a really bad day but, before going to sleep, we silently reassure ourselves that, you know what, I’m not giving up. I’m going to give it another go tomorrow and, with that thought in our head, allowing sleep to claim us. Being courageous just means never ever giving up.

Inspirational Quote – April 21, 2017

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the ONLY option you have left.”

Interesting isn’t it? Stressful or upsetting situations we find ourselves in, not through choice, but because that’s life, things just happen. Most times, although there’s momentary panic and indecision, we do pull ourselves together and do what we have to as best we can, perhaps asking for help from those more qualified than us to find a solution or a remedy. We never really know how strong we are until, unfortunately, we are in the midst of a crisis and it’s then, and only then, that being strong is the one thing we can do to the best of our ability.

Yoga Shala West: Moving From Transaction to Trust

Pranidhi Varshney founded Yoga Shala West (YSW) "to create an environment for practice that was inclusive to all people, regardless of financial barriers." She aimed to move away from the transactional and image-driven nature of contemporary yoga, opting instead for an alternative fee structure and community-based social enterprise model. At YSW, "each student is not paying for his or her own practice. Rather, all students are contributing what they can to the community so that all of us may thrive in practice. The fee structure is set up in a flexible manner. In this way, we are moving from transaction to trust." In this interview, Pranidhi talks about her journey that led to the creation of YSW, and what it takes to build a social enterprise based on inclusiveness rather than just profit. Through all her work, she aims to inspire, provoke, build community, and ultimately touch the heart.…

How to Be a Lifelong Learner

ByKira M. Newman

The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.

People around the world are hungry to learn. Instructor Barbara Oakley discovered this when her online course “Learning How to Learn”—filmed in her basement in front of a green screen—attracted more than 1.5 million students. Part of the goal of her course—and her new book,Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential—is to debunk some of the myths that get in the way of learning, like the belief that we’re bad at math or too old to change careers. These are just artificial obstacles, she argues.  “People can often do more, change more, and learn more—often far more—than they’ve ever dreamed possible. Our potential is hidden in plain sight all around us,” Oakley writes. She should know: Throughout her early schooling, she flunked math and science classes and resisted family pressur…

Inspirational Quote – April 20, 2017

“Your life is a result of the choices you make….if you don’t like your life it is time to start making BETTER CHOICES.”

How many times has somebody around you caused you to grit your teeth or bite your tongue by continually bemoaning their life and how things always go wrong for them, that their life is worse than anybody else’s, cruel, cruel world etc? Giving them advice on how to sort things out or, indeed, count their blessings always falls on deaf ears. Personally, after a while I just give up because, more often than not, they’re happy to wallow in their misery odd though that sounds. We ALL have choices, so make sure you are allowing the choices YOU make to enhance and nurture your life in making it the best it can be.

Thu Nguyen: The Creative Act of Healing

Thu Nguyen's life trajectory has far from predictable. Her father left before she was born. As a child she relocated with her mother from Vietnam to Canada as a refugee. She won an engineering scholarship, landed a prestigious career in high tech. Then, not once, but twice, a sobering health diagnosis would force her to take stock and shift gears. The first time it was diabetes, and her quest for health took her back to Vietnam, turned her into a food writer, and published author before returning her to high tech. The second time it was a pre-cancer diagnosis. In search of healing she discovered meditation, and numerous alternative healing modalities -- modalities that allowed her to start an inside out transformative process that reconnected her within and without. Today she is a tech entrepreneur with a passion for service. Read more about her journey.

When Teens Need Their Friends More Than Their Parents

ByJenn Director Knudsen

A new study suggests that teens may cope with stress better when they're around peers, rather than adults.

For many parents, the truth is hard to admit: Adolescents begin to rely less and less upon the adults in their lives and more heavily on their peers. Starting to let go is difficult. But teens’ reliance on buddies isgood for their developmentand sense of belonging. Anew studyfound that this is especially true in the immediate aftermath of a stressful event, like failing a test. Researchers from Australia’s Murdoch and Griffith universities surveyed teens in real time throughout the day and found that, after something bad happens, they cope better emotionally when they’re with peers rather than with adults. “Being among peers during times of stress may offer adolescents an open, supportive and rewarding space which may help dampen the emotional turbulence that adolescence can bring,” the researchers write. They collected data from 108 boys and girls ages 13 …

How to Change the Story about Students of Color

ByDena Simmons

Dena Simmons explores how educators can inadvertently harm students of color—and what we can do to bring out their best.

As a teacher and teacher-educator for more than a decade, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of educators. Now, in my current capacity as the director of education at theYale Center for Emotional Intelligence, part of my job is supporting educators from all over the nation in learning, living, and teachingsocial and emotional learning(SEL), a set of life skills that support people in experiencing, managing, and expressing their emotions effectively and in fostering rewarding interpersonal relationships. Throughout all of these years working with educators in various capacities, I have been continually inspired by their dedication to supporting their students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. At the same time, I have been noticing an unfortunate trend among some of the educators—and other practitioners and scholars in the SEL field:…