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The Joy of Sharing! New Wisdom On an Age-Old Cycle

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Whether you’re just starting out on your journey or you’ve become a master of your craft, you can be a part of a cycle that goes back millennia. What is this ancient cycle and how can it apply to our lives today? Let’s head to the hills of Colorado and find out!

We invest years of our lives figuring out what we actually enjoy doing; dedicating countless hours to hone our skills and learn the ins and outs of our craft from our teachers in an effort to inch closer to mastery. But when we feel that we’ve gotten there… what’s next? Well, why not keep that teaching cycle going!

By Sam Burns


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The Woman Behind India's First Testing Kit

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"India has been criticized for its poor record of testing people in the battle against coronavirus. That, however, is set to change, thanks in large part to the efforts of one virologist, who delivered on a working test kit, just hours before delivering her baby .On Thursday, the first made-in-India coronavirus testing kits reached the market, raising hopes of an increase in screening of patients with flu symptoms to confirm or rule out the Covid-19 infection."


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How to Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News

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Researchers and media experts weigh in on how to stay informed about coronavirus while protecting your mental health.

My inbox is flooded with news about the coronavirus outbreak. Every hour, I’m hearing about how many people are infected and dying, how woefully unprepared we are for this pandemic, and how the economy is tanking. It’s enough to make my head explode with panic and dread.

By Jill Suttie


Of course, I want to stay informed, and it’s important to know what I can do to help prevent the spread of the infection. How can I do that without feeling overwhelmed? Is there a better way to consume the news?

It turns out that there is, according to media experts and researchers. Taking in a constant stream of alarming news increases your stress and anxiety—and has long-term consequences for your physical health, too. The key is to balance your media diet with news stories that are more inspiring or offer solutions, and then share them with friends and family. Taking those steps will help…

Erich Fromm: The Antidote to Helplessness and Disorientation

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"To be human is to be a miracle of evolution conscious of its own miraculousness -- a consciousness beautiful and bittersweet, for we have paid for it with a parallel awareness not only of our fundamental improbability but of our staggering fragility, of how physiologically precarious our survival is and how psychologically vulnerable our sanity. To make that awareness bearable, we have evolved a singular faculty that might just be the crowning miracle of our consciousness: hope."


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The Largest, Most Viewed Paintings in the World that No One Knows About

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What’s your favorite old movie? Chances are there’s one character that connects all of our beloved old films, they are always there, we just never noticed. Any guesses who it is?

Ahhh the magic of old Hollywood; the glamour, the stars, the classics. Ask your grandma about her favorite movie and she’ll probably give you a wistful answer about her favorite actor, and maybe a lovely anecdote about the time she saw it with a long-forgotten boyfriend. But in all of our nostalgia for the old cinema, one very important character often gets left behind. A character that truly transports movies to other worlds!

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber


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Krista Tippett on Hope

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"A couple of years ago I started sometimes asking, at the end of my conversations: What makes you despair, and where are you finding hope? It turns out that answers to the two parts of that question are more often conjoined than oppositional. The puzzle of us, the contradictions alive in each one of us and in this moment we inhabit --these are the crucible of my hope." Krista Tippett shares more.


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What an Insect Can Teach Us About Adapting to Stress

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In this short animated film, "The Locust Mystery," learn how the gentle harmless grasshopper and the devouring devastating locust are actually the same creature. And how we, also, have many differing "selves" that emerge under various circumstances.


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How to Deal with Sensory Overload as a Sensitive Person

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Sometimes it feels like the world wasn’t designed for sensitive people. Here are ways to take care of yourself.

Have you ever been told that you are “too sensitive?” If so, you’re not alone.

By Jenara Nerenberg


Sensitivity implies a certain heightened reaction to external stimuli: experiences, noise, chatter, others’ emotional expression, sound, light, or other environmental changes. Sensitivity and high empathy are common experiences for many people, but some people experience these qualities to more severe degrees—and don’t realize that they can be hallmarks of Asperger’s, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing sensitivity, and other traits.

This is especially true for women, whose sensitivity has historically been pathologized as “hysteria” and misdiagnosed as anxiety or depression. (Note: The experience of sensitivity and a woman’s experience generally is clearly genderless, nonbinary, and equally applicable to trans women and cis women.)

Elaine Aron’s us…

Asking This Question Can Help Us All Feel Less Lonely!

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With just one question and five words, we can change somebody’s day for the better! Here’s the quickest, easiest, least expensive, and most powerful way to be #HelpfulNow at a time when everyone is under so much stress. Let’s all give it a try and watch as the magic happens!

Can we help others (and ourselves) feel less lonely with just one question? The next time you’re checking out at the grocery store, bringing your car in for service, grabbing your dinner from a delivery driver, or on the phone with your grandma, pop out these five words and see the magic happen!

By Sam Burns


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Caring For Self and Others in Troubled Times

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"Warm greetings of peace, hope, and healing to you and yours. As we navigate these perilous waters of our common life -- with all the grace and gratefulness we can muster -- you might find support in exploring these thoughts on 'Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble: Some Spiritual Tools and Tips'. Please share these wherever you wish, taking what you need and leaving the rest."


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Four Things to Do Every Day for Your Mental Health

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Make time in your schedule for these core human needs.

It’s a crazy time. Here in the California, we are sheltering-in-place, leaving the house only for essentials like groceries and medical care. And while we’re all (appropriately) focused on caring for the physical health of ourselves, our families, our communities, and society at large, our mental, emotional, and social health needs are quickly emerging as profoundly important, as well.

By Elizabeth Markle


I’m executive director of Open Source Wellness, which brings people together to learn and practice the behaviors that generate human health and well-being. Our core idea is that community is a form of medicine. And while we aren’t physically gathering right now, I’m happy to share some of what we have learned for your reflection and personal practice during this time.

Structure in times of chaos

During my first day of graduate school to become a psychologist, a wise, mischievous, provocative professor said to us:
Human suffering is of…

How Does A Heart of Service Respond to These Times?

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"Coronavirus has uprooted the fabric of our lives. How does a heart of service respond to an unknown cause and how do we build resilience when we can't be physically together? Uncertain times raise significant questions that can architect a new story for our future. Carbon emissions have dropped dramatically, but xenophobia is rising. Nursing homes are being evacuated, only to bring elders home to their families. Shopping malls are empty but family meals are on the rise. Awakening of kindness is pervasive, but the inequality of human suffering is evident. Borders are still present, but the boundaries of our shared humanity are getting blurry. Yes, undercurrents of fear are everywhere, but so are prayers. Jack Kornfield recently shared, "The virus isn't happening to us; it's happening for us." Last week 90 individuals from across the ServiceSpace ecosystem circled online to explore the call of these times.


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How Teachers Can Navigate Difficult Emotions During School Closures

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Here are some tools for staying calm and centered amid the coronavirus crisis.

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing educational professionals across the globe to take a collective breath. What’s next? Whether we’re actively planning online lessons from our homes or bingeing more Netflix movies than we had ever anticipated, we’re faced with so many unknowns—and more time to sit with our emotions.

By Amy L. Eva


We may feel overwhelmed, fearful, and emotionally fragile. Perhaps also restless, bored, and helpless. With so much uncertainty, how can we navigate this range of emotions? After all, researchers remind us that our stress-management skills ultimately help our students (and those around us) stay calmer.

Here are a few simple and easy-to-implement practices that you can draw on to manage difficult emotions.

Soothe yourself

Begin by acknowledging the emotions you are experiencing right now and genuinely offer yourself some understanding. Researchers Kristin Neff and Chris Germer invite us to ta…

What if Art Was Meant to be Touched?

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Ever wanted to touch the art in a museum? Artists like these fellows are encouraging all of us to! Here’s a touching story about the power that tactile art can have across many communities.

Enter any museum or art gallery and you’re sure to be met with signs frustratingly telling you “NO TOUCHING.” Even though you’re itching to run our fingers over the smooth bronze statues, the ripples of paint, and cold glass, you begrudgingly back off and keep your hands off the artwork. But these artists are encouraging us not to!

By Sam Burns


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Humanity's Wake Up Call

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"The rapid spread of novel coronavirus has prompted government, business, and civil society to take dramatic action--canceling events large and small, restricting travel, and shutting down major segments of the economy on which nearly all of us depend. It is a demonstration of our ability, when the imperative is clear, for deep and rapid global cooperation and change at a previously unimaginable speed and scale.There is an obvious desire to protect ourselves and our loved ones. But we are also seeing something more as communities mobilize to address the crisis--a sense of mutual responsibility, born of a recognition that we are ultimately bound to a common fate." David Korten shares more.


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Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine

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If you’re sheltering in place, be sure to check in with yourself.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and efforts to “flatten the curve” through physical distancing intensify, many of us find ourselves quarantined at home. The physical isolation and sudden departure from familiar routines can be jarring and disorienting. Settling in for the possibility of an extended shelter-in-place order, I wrote these six “Daily Quarantine Questions” to help me structure my days—and check in with myself, to make sure I’m doing OK. After I shared them on social media, I heard from thousands of people who said that these resonated for them.

By Brooke Anderson


Before getting into the questions, I want to recognize that not everyone has the privilege to shelter in place, or to do so safely and with financial security. Health care, grocery, transit, and other essential workers are on the frontline of caring for us, often putting themselves and their families at great risk. Thank you. You deserve not just ou…