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The Seinfeld Strategy To Stop Procrastination

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The Seinfeld Strategy To Stop Procrastination

But really, all we need is dedication to small, manageable tasks. Mastery follows consistency.

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The Seinfeld Strategy To Stop Procrastination

Jerry Seinfeld, co-creator of one of the longest running comedy series in television has a brilliant strategy for getting things done. And, it’s not what you might think. It involves taking your mind off the results, and focusing on the joy of the process instead. Read more to learn the importance of ‘not breaking the chain.’
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Anne Lamott On Grief, Grace & Gratitude

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Anne Lamott On Grief, Grace & Gratitude

With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.

– Rumi –

Anne Lamott On Grief, Grace & Gratitude

In this sharp yet poignant piece, writer Anne Lamott reflects on mortality and what it means to be truly alive. She writes of her experience taking a walk with a friend who is dying, “First of all, friends like this may not even think of themselves as dying, although they clearly are, according to recent scans and gentle doctors’ reports. But no, they see themselves as fully alive. They are living and doing as much as they can, as well as they can, for as long as they can.” Anne goes on to share a conversation she had with a friend processing a fatal diagnosis. “I have what everyone wants, but no one would be willing to pay.” said Anne’s friend. What are they? “The two most important things. I got forced into loving myself. And I’m not afraid of dying anymore.” Read on for more of Anne’s eloquent thoughts on the charged complexity of our human experience.” { read more }

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How do you keep yourself in touch with the beauty of life? Some people keep gratitude journals, meditate, create music, connect with family, etc. Choose and implement a daily practice that reminds you of life’s immense beauty.

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Awakin Weekly: Not Resisting Resistance

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Not Resisting Resistance
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1037.jpgThe building where I used to run a meditation group was on the same street as a fire station; one could almost guarantee that sometime during the meditation a fire engine would come rushing past, sirens wailing. Not surprisingly, people would afterwards complain: “How could I meditate with that going on?”

How often have we felt something similar? There’s an unspoken assumption that the mind can only become quiet if the world around is quiet. We imagine the ideal meditation setting to be somewhere far from the madding crowd—a retreat deep in a forest, a peaceful chapel, or the quiet of one’s own bedroom, perhaps. It is much harder for the mind to settle down in a noisy environment. Or is it?

I suggested to the group that the next time a fire engine came blasting by they look within and explore whether the sound really was that disturbing? After the following meditation, a participant reported how the noise no longer seemed a problem; it was there, but it didn’t disturb her. The disturbance, she realized, came not from the sound itself, but from wishing it weren’t there.

When we accept things as they are, “go with the flow,” there is ease. This is our natural state of mind — content and relaxed. Dis-content arises when we resist our experience. Our natural state of ease becomes veiled by a self-created discontent.
Thus, we can return to a more peaceful state of mind by letting go of our attachments as to how our experience ought to be and accept it as it is.

Upon hearing this, people often ask: Does this mean I should accept injustice and cruelty, the homeless sleeping on the streets, or the recalcitrant attitude of my partner? Of course not. There are numerous situations that we should not tolerate, and each, in our own way, will be called to do what we can to improve the world. “Accepting our experience as it is” means just that; accepting our experience in the moment. If we are feeling frustrated, angry, or indignant, accept that feeling. Don’t resist it, or wish it weren’t there; but let it in, become interested in how it feels.

Even more valuably, we can explore the resistance itself. It can be quite subtle, and not easily noticed at first. So I find it useful to simply pause and ask: “Is there any sense of resistance that I am not noticing?” And gently wait. I may then become aware of some resentment towards my experience, wishing it were different, or perhaps just a sense of tension or contraction in my being. Then rather than focusing on whatever I may have been resisting, I turn my attention to the resistance itself, opening to this aspect of “what is.”

Rather than dividing experience into two parts—the experience in the moment, and thoughts and judgments about that experience—any resistance is now included as part of the present moment. Not resisting the resistance, the veil of discontent dissolves, and I return to a more relaxed, easeful state of mind.

That is what is meant by a quiet mind. Not an empty mind. We are aware of the world just as before. Aware of sounds, sensations, thoughts and feelings. We are simply allowing our experience to be as it is. Not wishing for something different, not creating unnecessary discontent.

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The Hero At The Checkout Counter

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The Hero At The Checkout Counter

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

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The Hero At The Checkout Counter

When a musician encounters an extraordinary unsung hero at the checkout counter of his neighborhood grocery store, he is so moved that he cannot get the experience out of his mind for weeks. His thoughts and feelings eventually manifest into words on his blog: “When real heroism steps out of a movie, or off the pages of a book…it has the capacity to touch a part of you that has been sleeping. It reaches right into your soul, and reminds you what you could be…No matter what storms life may bring, when you meet real heroism, it reminds you what you sometimes forget: that you can rise to the occasion.” Read on for the full story of Amitabhan’s inspiring experience with a humble hero, and what he learned from it. { read more }

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How Does Grace Happen?

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How Does Grace Happen?

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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How Does Grace Happen?

Grace has the capacity to transcend even our darkest of spaces. It is a sudden miracle, basked in the light of loving-kindness. And, grace has the capacity to heal. “These moments of grace,” author Mary Traina writes, “teach us that there is always more to life than we can imagine.” But, how do we open our hearts to grace? By way of answer, this article offers up a series of simple, yet moving real-life stories. { read more }

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The Magic Of A Garden

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The Magic Of A Garden

I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.

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When the Cleveland Elementary School principal asked Mary Schriner, who was applying for a special education kindergarten teacher position, why she wanted to work there, Schriner responded, “Because your school looks like a prison yard, and I’d like to change that.” Over the next six years, Schriner established six school gardens that serve as real-world classrooms, started an ecoliteracy program for all students, and facilitated student research that is making tangible changes in the district’s food program. “This garden is not so much about plants as it is about working on relationships…it’s about community in every way” says Schriner. Read more here. { read more }

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Community and a connection with the earth are proven determinants of happiness. Consider looking up your nearest community garden to find out how you can get involved!

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Preserving The World’s Most Delicate Sites

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Preserving The World's Most Delicate Sites

Heritage is not a luxury but a basic human need: our need to be connected to a place…and to know that the world we inhabit is greater than the boundaries of our individual lives.

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Preserving The World’s Most Delicate Sites

California-based nonprofit, Global Heritage Fund, is taking a unique approach to preserving our world’s most endangered sites. They are bypassing the often tangled ties of bureaucracy, to invest directly into the community which surrounds it. By bringing together highly skilled engineers and archeologists, they are able to save some of our world’s most sacred sites. And, in doing so, they’re working to preserve an integral part of our cultural history. Take a look at some of these breathtaking sites, and learn more in this interview with the founder. { read more }

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Former Football Star Farms for Good

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Former Football Star Farms for Good

In 2012, Jason Brown, #60 for the St. Louis Rams, walked away from a 5-year, 37 million dollar contract to be a farmer. The former NFL center had never farmed before, but that didn’t stop him from purchasing a 1,000 acre farm in the outskirts of Louisburg, North Carolina. In keeping with the name of his farm, First Fruits Farm, Brown donates the entire 5-acre harvest – 100,000 pounds – of sweet potatoes to local food pantries. "When I think about a life of greatness, I think about a life of service… Love is the most wonderful currency that you can give anyone."
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Free Hugs With Arie Moyal

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Free Hugs With Arie Moyal

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

– William James –

Free Hugs With Arie Moyal

Holidays can be a lonely and stressful time, particularly for those with mental health issues. Arie Moyal spends two weeks each year around the Christmas holidays providing support to travelers through free hugs. Virginia Satir, a noted family therapist, claimed that we need 4 hugs a day for survival; 8 hugs a day for maintenance; and 12 hugs a day for growth. And scientists have determined that one of the reasons hugs makes you feel good is that they stimulate the production of oxcytocin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to our sense of connectedness, and as a result, happiness. “You have a better day when you get hugs.” { read more }

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Hugs are healing. Research indicates that 8 hugs a day allows you to reap the full benefits of oxytocin production. This holiday season get your hugs on!

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