• Daily Grateful: Pranking it Forward :)

    April 2, 2014 Pretty inspiring story of people making one person’s life better. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. Enjoy. [grat-i-tood, -tyood] noun, the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. In an article entitled In Praise of Gratitude,according to the Harvard Medical School, Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as

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  • Daily Grateful: Man Saves Deer Trapped on Ice

     February 21, 2014 “A man in Minnesota saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck on the ice in the middle of a frozen lake. The exhausted animals had been sprawled out there for a couple days, so James pretty much became a hero when he and his dad used their hovercraft vehicles to stage a rescue.” (source)

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  • Daily Grateful: Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. was as spiritual man. His was a connection with brothers and sisters who were different–different beliefs, religions, skin color. He shared the goal of non-violence, acceptance, and love of one another. Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Sewing the Seeds of Love

    January 19, 2014 This quote reminds me of how compassion and giving makes the compassionate giver feel as least as good as the one on the receiving end. It also reminded me of the incredibly cool pop song by Tears for Fears–remember them? 😉 (below). Tears for Fears Sowing the Seeds of Love by Celtiemama Lyrics: High time we made a stand & shook up the views of the common man And the love train rides from coast to coast DJ’s the man we love the most Could you be, could you be squeaky clean And smash any hope of

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  • Why Do We Hate Ourselves So Much?

    I once had this pin, and put it up on a cubicle in my workplace back in the early ’90s. Not everyone thought it was funny or even understood the “joke,” but it seems appropriate today. Only in this case, I refer not to upper management, but to our own selves administering the beatings. Why is it that we beat ourselves up here in the West? Is it because so much is expected of us ? Is it because our culture is so focused on “winners” and “losers”? Enough already? I was reading a piece by Pema Chodron recently and

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  • West Meets East: Neuroscience and Buddhism

    I was watching this video from the wonderful “Greater Good Science Center” Web site the other day, and just today I was reading an interview in Shambhala Sun with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield about mindfulness and Buddhism in the Western world. It’s not news that the world of Western science and the world of Eastern philosophy are coming closer and closer together, but what’s interesting to me is that the Buddha was apparently quite aware of the plasticity of the brain long before anyone actually knew the true functions of the brain. “Letting your frontal lobe support…non-judgmental, present moment

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  • Daily Grateful: Alaskan Husky Pup Howls for the First Time

    December 22, 2013 Taking in the good is a key to rewiring your brain, and sometimes it’s just as simple as experiencing something pure and joyful. God, I love this. Creatures being creatures in the sweetest way possible. The universe can be harsh and unforgiving, but it can also be beautiful. And this is beautiful. Enjoy. Yours in mental hygiene, The ancient brain and modern mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Cuddling Shelter Dogs Adopted

    December 19, 2013 For me, this is one of the more touching things I’ve seen of all week. I have always felt for the most vulnerable, the forgotten, the unloved, and to see a story like this is pretty moving. One dog is blind, the other is the best friend a blind dog could have. What’s important in life? Easing the pain of other “creatures” in life. Try not to smile at this one. 🙂 (H/T to Jane for this!) From the Website: Over the past week, an adorable photo of two dogs cuddling with each other went viral online,

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  • Daily Grateful: Capturing Beautiful Moments of those who Experience too Few of Them

    December 16, 2013 What happens when you take 20 cancer patients whose thoughts are continuously consumed with their illness and give them a makeover? The results are very moving beautiful moments. This comes to us from the France-based mimi foundation (they accept donations, as well including PayPal). 🙂 Although I have no proof, per se, people who are chronically ill are probably being held hostage, at least in part, by the “freezing” component of the fight/flight/freeze response. The freezing part of this survival mechanism can turn ordinarily vibrant, engaged, and vibrant individuals into walking zombies when it constant stress causes

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