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23 Ways To Make Life Better

Here are 23 of our favorite ways to make life better:

1. Be prepared for things to not go as planned. Have faith it will all work out in the end if you do the right thing.

2. When possible, have a Plan B, even a Plan C. But remember number 1.

3. Look for the good in others. Make this an active, not passive. process. Try it daily.

4. Look for the good in yourself. Make this an active process. Try it daily.

5. Give other's the benefit of the doubt, but if someone breaks your trust more than twice, be wary.

6. Explore Faith and Belief. Connect to the Creator.

7. Learn from mentors. What is an example of a good mentor? An experienced person who truly" walks the walk", someone who has good relationships with others and is kind and caring. Someone who almost never gets angry. Someone who is honest. Someone who is moral. Someone who behaves when alone as he/she does in front of others. Someone who values each person and is not swayed or lured by money, fame, or power. 
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Starting Over In The Dead Of Winter–New Year For The Trees

Tonight is Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for the Trees.* Each year, we serve an enormous variety of fruits (this year it will be a few more than 30, some years, we've served 72 types!), bless them, and eat them, sharing them with guests.

It's actually a lot of fun, adults and children love it, and there are many beautiful practices and customs associated with the day, including a deep and mystic "Seder" (containing elements of the Passover Seder), as well as many creative personal expressions of the holiday.

But Tu B'Shevat isn't just a fruit extravaganza nor is it only a mystical meditation. It actually has a very powerful practical message for those willing to listen.
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Girl Declared “Brain-Dead”, Jahi McMath, Is Alive And Responsive

Sam Schmid's is a college student who returned from a "brain-dead" coma.

Cases including that of Steven Thorpe, a teen who "came back" after being declared brain dead by four medical experts, as well as Terri Schiavo and Karen Quinlan who were both pulled off life support (and in Terri Schiavo's situation, that life support consisted of nutritional support) are hotly debated.

Now, 
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anxiety

Could A Walking Meditation In The Park Be The Way To Deal With Too Many Problems?

Ebola spreading.

Nukes increasing.

Isis lasting.

Families losing.

Couples splitting.

Children risking.

Depression targeting.

Self-hating.

Self-questioning.

Self.

Self.

Self.

Walking meditation, especially done in a natural setting, whether a city park or a wilderness trail, has the ability to help us gain new insights into problems both personal and global, as well as insights into ourselves.

There are various techniques that can get you started. Here are two:

Numbers Walk
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Three Universal Questions To Ask Ourselves During Rosh Hashana

This Wednesday night through Friday, Jewish people the world over will observe the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, literally translated as the Head of the Year.

The Jewish New Year is quite different from other New Years—though there are festive meals rich with tradition, Rosh Hashana is primarily spent in lengthy prayer, meditation, and self-reflection.

Many people take upon themselves a day or two of limiting or even refraining from trivial conversation, in order to better connect with the spiritual potential inherent in these days.

But whether we limit chatter or not, self-reflection is something every New Year observer is encouraged to engage in. But, self-reflection can feel static unless it involves the process of questioning and answering.
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Letter To A Former Guru, Circa 1986

Shared recently:


I've been reading a lot about depression and buddhism (especially zen) on Psychcentral and other places.

It prompted me to write a letter to my former buddhist meditation teacher (circa 1986).

Dear G,

I remember what you said:

That we must buckle down and accept that life has no intrinsic meaning.

That we should just experience and seek bliss because that's the only valid experience of enlightenment.

That the body is an illusion.

That the soul is an illusion.

That money and ownership were illusions, too.

You said you were above greed, but you weren't.
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Advice About Therapy, Religion, And You

"...higher levels of belief in God were associated with greater psychological well-being," reports PsychCentral professional blog on a study about belief in God and treatment outcomes.
"Religious affiliation (eg, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish) had no impact on treatment response, and neither belief in God nor religious affiliation were correlated with the level of symptoms prior to treatment; in other words, belief in God did not “protect” against more severe psychiatric symptoms."
It was belief in God in general that showed improved treatment outcomes.

I'm not surprised.
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