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Inspirational Quote – March 03, 2018

“Do not shrink your beautiful light to make someone else feel more comfortable. BE WHO YOU ARE without hesitation and you will inspire others to shine too.”

I guess we’ve all been guilty of this at one time or another although it’s kind of human nature not to want to overshadow other people. None of us want to be thought of as a “show off” do we? However, there’s not being a show off and there’s not being true to ourselves. Not being true to ourselves can prevent us from being up front about our skills or gifts and, by concealing these, others in turn won’t learn or be inspired to reach their own goals. It’s not in any way showing off to be proud of what you have achieved and consequently inspire and encourage others to believe they can do the same.

Finding Right Livelihood

In this thoughtful piece, author E.F. Schumacher argues for a set of economic principles that aligns economic progress and growth with the Buddhist ideals of nonviolence and peace. He proposes intriguing perspectives on labor, leisure, consumption, and the use of natural resources that flips modern economics on its head. Read on for fascinating food for thought.

11 Morning Mood Boosters

1/11 Start SmallGood news for night owls, and anyone else who doesn’t bound out of bed when the sun comes up: You can learn to love your mornings. Even small changes to your routines can boost your mood and energy. Little tweaks can help you get the shut-eye you need, too. When you’re well-rested, it’s not a struggle to get up. Swipe to advance 2/11 Put Your Alarm Out of ReachLet’s face it: Unless you have another hour or 2 to sleep, hitting the snooze button won’t really help you feel less tired. But there’s another reason to get up when you first hear that annoying beep. When you get up and go to bed at the same time every day, you’ll keep your body’s internal clock in sync. That makes you more alert in the morning, and sleepy when it’s time to call it a night. Swipe to advance 3/11 Let in the LightAs soon as you wake, open the curtains or blinds. Or step outside. Natural light gets your brain going and keeps your body clock on track. If it’s gloomy out, turn on the lights. A light-up ala…

What Causes Chronic Hives?

1/15 Bug BitesMost insect stings and bites cause some kind of redness, swelling, or itching. Sometimes, they bring more than a small bump. Hives happen when your whole body has an allergic reaction. Swipe to advance 2/15 InfectionsWatch out for hives when you have bacterial or viral problems, such as: HepatitisHIVCytomegalovirusEpstein-Barr virusEven the common cold can sometimes set off a hive reaction. Swipe to advance 3/15 ScratchingTake your nail and firmly (but not too firmly) scratch a line into your skin. If the raised mark it makes sticks around for half an hour, you’ve got something your doctor may call dermatographism. It's hives that pop up from rubbing or scratching your skin. Swipe to advance 4/15 Working OutWhen you exercise, your temperature goes up. Warm, flushed skin is the perfect host for a hive party. Swipe to advance 5/15 StressWhen you’re under pressure, your hormones surge. That puts your body into something called fight-or-flight mode. It can set off a host of reactions,…

What Self-Compassion Feels Like in Your Body

At a recent GGSC workshop with Kristin Neff and Shauna Shapiro, our managing editor discovered the visceral power of compassion.BY KIRA M. NEWMAN

I am in an auditorium with 200 other people, staring into a stranger’s eyes, and I am crying. As part of our Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion workshop, clinical psychologist Shauna Shapiro had asked participants to turn to the person next to them and imagine all her pain—her struggles and losses, her sorrows and setbacks. I’d done mindfulness and compassion practices before, of course, but this was different. This was visceral.
And that’s exactly the point, explained Shapiro and her co-presenter, psychologist Kristin Neff. Self-compassion isn’t an intellectual exercise, where we fight the self-critical thoughts in our heads with logical arguments for self-acceptance. Rather, it’s a warm, loving, connected attitude and feeling—one that exists in our bodies as well as our minds. In imagining my partner’s pain, I was practicing compassion,…

Inspirational Quote – March 02, 2018

“When people walk away, let them. Your future is not about people who walk away….it’s about the people who stay in it for the ride.”

Sometimes when people want to walk out of our lives we try to prevent them. Perhaps we believe they still have a part to play therefore we’re reluctant to let them go. However, what if they have already played their part and it is time for them to go? Often it’s not as black and white as this for many of us at the time. Later, on looking back, we will probably only then be able to acknowledge that they actually did us a favor by leaving although we couldn’t see this at the time. Look around you and appreciate the people who are still walking through life with you because that’s where they’re meant to be and where you’re meant to be for them.

The Town that Fought Big Ag and Won

When the advancing threat of Big Apple, a monoculture heavily sprayed with pesticides, came to Mals, Italy the women took action. In a display of direct democracy, this tiny village in the south Tyrol province of northern Italy has inspired a movement now coursing its way through Europe, the United States, and beyond.

Diverticulitis Warning Signs

1/14 What Is Diverticulitis?Sometimes tiny, bulging pouches (called diverticula) form in the colon. This condition is called diverticulosis. If the pouches become inflamed or infected, this is diverticulitis. Swipe to advance 2/14 Symptoms of Diverticulosis and DiverticulitisPeople with diverticulosis usually don't have outward symptoms. Symptoms of diverticulitis are more noticeable. There may be abdominal bloating, pain, and tenderness, typically in the left lower abdomen, plus diarrhea, chills, and a low-grade fever. Swipe to advance 3/14 What Causes Diverticula to Form?The reason diverticula form in the colon is not completely understood. Doctors think diverticula form when high-pressure areas inside the colon push against weak spots in the colon wall. These diverticula are most common in the lower part of the large intestine (called the sigmoid colon). Swipe to advance 4/14 Diverticulosis vs. DiverticulitisHaving diverticulosis is very common and most people never know they have it. Ha…

Signs You Need More (or Less) Zinc

1/15 What Is Zinc?It’s a mineral your cells need to fight off bacteria and viruses and make the genetic material, called DNA, that tells your body how to work the way it should. It helps you heal wounds, aids your senses of smell and taste, and is important for infants and children as they grow. Swipe to advance 2/15 How Much Do You Need?An adult man needs 11 milligrams a day, and an adult woman, 8 milligrams. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you’ll need more -- around 12 milligrams. Children need 2 to 11 milligrams depending on their age and gender. Talk to your pediatrician about how much is right for your child. Swipe to advance 3/15 Do I Get Enough?Probably, yes -- most Americans do. But some things can make it hard for your body to use it, including surgery on your stomach or intestines, alcohol abuse, and digestive diseases like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. And people who don’t eat meat or animal products can have a harder time getting enough zinc from food. Swipe to adv…