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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 »

Picture Your Future

Creating a Vision Board Makes Dreams Real Vision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create ... Read More »

Color Me Calm

Grownups De-Stress with Adult Coloring Books AVERY MACK   Coloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago, says that famed psychotherapist Carl Jung believed coloring helps patients release anxiety. “It ... Read More »

Deep Listening

Our Wholehearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift KAY LINDAHL Perhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such ... Read More »

The Power of Friendship

It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us JUDITH FERTIG Childhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot ... Read More »

Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment

DENNIS MERRITT JONES Our authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on our ... Read More »