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“If you so choose, the challenges can make you stronger. If you so choose, the disappointments can make you more determined. If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration […]

I just stumbled upon this fantastic download from one of my new favorite blogs, Kind Over Matter.  It’s an easy, yummy way to make someone’s day.  Just print it out, get some Tootsie (or other lolly) pops, slip them through, […]

Oh, Meryl. Swoon. Sigh. Smart, funny, alive, shockingly talented, and inspiringly joyful. Here’s the funny, playful, insightful speech she gave last week at Barnard College on happiness, success, fame, pretending, and becoming authentic. It’s a little all over the place, but […]

Oh how I love this viral video of Jessica–a girl who’s now 12 and seems pretty grounded and cool in this video interview. They didn’t ask her if she’s still doing these or if affirmations were a regular thing in […]

Talk about a plot twist!  A verse from the 13th century Persian poet Rumi turned out to have a kind of major role in last night’s series finale for the Fox series ’24,’ a series more known for nuclear threats […]

I’ve always been struck by Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple description of mindfulness as a “safe island,” something always available to us, to which we can always return. Try a “safe island” meditation today by choosing a word or image that’s […]

This is guest post by Ansley Roan, Beliefnet’s Faiths Editor (Photo (c) ellen scordato/twi-ny.com) Meditation and the importance of going to bed early were just a few of the topics the Dalai Lama addressed during his Saturday afternoon teaching in […]

Today, Robert Zimmerman turns 69 years old.  (You know Robert Zimmerman is folk legend Bob Dylan’s real name, right?  Ok, good.)  Anyway, today is Bob Dylan’s birthday, and a good time to reflect on a man who could be called […]

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”  – R.H. Heinlein    “May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sunAnd find your shoulder to light on,To bring you luck, happiness and richesToday, tomorrow and beyond.”-Irish Blessing   [Image via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/323625842/] Need more morning […]

I just spent 15 minutes standing perfectly still in the middle of my backyard. I had gone outside to push past the mid-day doldrums, breathe some fresh air, and inspect my two teeming raised-beds that are lush with lettuce, radishes, […]