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When We Set Out

Let Spirit Steer Us MARK NEPO Teaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like ... Read More »

Reframing Your Life Story

Create Your Own Hero’s Journey KIM SCHNEIDERMAN Every life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little ... Read More »

Kissed By Kindness

EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH Psychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships ... Read More »

Sacred Passage

Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey LINDA SECHRIST When properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly ... Read More »

Sky High

A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite SANDY C. NEWBIGGING Imagine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view.Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement ... Read More »

The Art of Blessing

Sanctifying Everyday Life DENNIS MERRITT JONES Most blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, ... Read More »

The Secret of Sublime Living

Savoring Perfect Present Moments CARL GREER Life has many sublime pleasures: watching the sun rise over the horizon and observing the changing colors of the clouds; laughing with a best friend; or simply feeling the grass, dirt or sand under bare feet. The Japanese have a term, mono no aware, for that sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. ... Read More »

Real News That Matters

Independent Media Tell Us the Truth In virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers ... Read More »

Emotional Smarts

How to Raise Your Quotient HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF The role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits. Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on ... Read More »

Happy All Day

Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life JUDITH FERTIG   Throughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning ... Read More »