• Daily Grateful: John Lennon on Love

    July 9, 2014 John Lennon talks about experiencing real love. “I was writing about things I never experienced.” The song “Love” by John Lennon Love by John Lennon/John Lennon on Grooveshark Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Focus, Music, Longevity

    March 7, 2014 This holocaust survivor talks about the importance of living.  Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: We Are All Connected – E. Whitacre’s Amazing Virtual Chorus

    January 30, 2014 “185 voices. 243 tracks. 12 countries. A choir unlike any other. What started as a simple social media experiment, has become a poetic metaphor of our shared humanity and the power of connection. Acclaimed composer and conductor Eric Whitacre offered the sheet music of his original composition, “Lux Aurumque”, as a free download and invited singers to submit a video of themselves performing one part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). These rather ordinary videos of solo performances were then pieced together to form a choir of singers who have never met each other…but have unwittingly created music

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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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  • Practice does not Make Perfect…

    …but it certainly helps! Imperfection. It’s what enabled the universe as we know it to come to be in the first place. It’s a commonly held belief among astrophysicists and cosmologists that if the Big Bang’s energy had been completely uniform, we would not exist. The imperfections in the heat and dispersal of energy from the birth of our universe actually enabled gravity to take hold and enabled gasses to coalesce into denser and denser matter, enabling gravity to take hold and create stars and planets. All due to the slightest of imperfections. Imperfection, one could therefore say, is the

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  • Daily Grateful: A Visual and Aural Feast

    January 15, 2014 First, I just wanted to say that I’m a visual person: I love graphics, I love pictures, I love movies. I see art, literally, everywhere! The Buddha you see to the right was a bronze statue at my good friend’s house (thanks, Carol!) and I had to mess around with it. (Click here to see the original.) A Visual and Aural Feast, Indeed. So when I saw some amazing pictures from a Russian photographer earlier today (below), I had to share them. They’re absolutely brilliant. I also love music, and because I think the two senses go so

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  • Daily Grateful – Happy

    January 14, 2014 This will make you smile. It might even make you happy for a few moments! 🙂 Turn it up and make some room. (to my best friends: you make me happy…)

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  • A Thoughtful Argument for Mindfulness

    No Two Journeys are Alike, but We are all on the same Path When you stop and think about it, we have this moment, and then the next, and the next, but it’s inevitable that at some point, we will run out moments in this corporeal state. I remember reading Carlos Castaneda as a young man about the importance of living in the moment and the fact that death “is the only wise adviser that we have.” His was the argument for embracing all moments and that each day should be treated as one’s last, because it very well might

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  • Daily Grateful: I Am Malala

    December 24, 2013 About Malala. Many people know the story of Malala, but for those who do not, it goes like this: Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan on July 12, 1997 and lived in he Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This brave young girl wrote a blog advocating the rights of education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had banned girls from attending school. In  2009, when Yousafzai was just 11 years old, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC of her life under the Taliban and their attempts to take control of the

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  • Daily Grateful: Mandela Tribute – Flash Mob

    December 15, 2013 A final, moving goodbye to one of the greatest men of our century with the coolest flash mob tribute imaginable from the  Soweto Gospel Choir. About the Soweto Gospel Choir From www.sowetogospelchoir.com Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November, 2002 In December, 2002 their first album “Voices of Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US In 2003 the choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for “Best Contemporary Music Concert” Soweto Gospel Choir was

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  • Daily Grateful: December 6, 2013

    Relaxing music. That’s it. Just three hours of relaxing  music for meditation, contemplation, study, or just blissing out. It’s good for you. 🙂

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  • Daily Grateful: November 30, 2013

    This feel-good video, entitled Grateful, is from KarmaTube, a project of the very cool folks at “Daily Good.” The video, according to the site, was the brainchild of musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod, who: …brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero,

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  • Daily Grateful: November 22, 2013

    Very moving; very beautiful. Do sharks have oxytocin release systems, too? 😉

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  • Daily Grateful: November 19, 2013

    Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne. Don’t let your mind get weary And confused your will be still, don’t try Don’t let your heart get heavy Child, inside you there’s a strength that lies Don’t let your soul get lonely Child, it’s only time, it will go by Don’t look for love in faces, places It’s in you that’s where you’ll find kindness Be here now, be here now Be, be here now, be here now Don’t lose your faith in me And I will try not to lose faith in you Don’t put your trust in walls ‘Cause walls

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