• Daily Grateful: Maternal Instincts Trump All Others

    April 6, 2014 Beautiful story with a twist–thank you oxytocin. Enjoy. Tip ‘o the hat to me mum for this one. 🙂 Why Daily Grateful? [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

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  • Daily Grateful: Imperfection Made Everything Possible

    March 11, 2014 For those who meditate, it’s called “practice” for a reason–there is no perfect. There are always thoughts, doubts, and more thoughts and issues of self and dwelling in the past, rather than “re-starting” in the now. There is no perfection and, as it turns out, this is true on a cosmic level, as well. You see, after the Big Bang, all matter (then just gas) was being spread out evenly in all directions as space, time, matter, and gravity were being created. But were it not for the minutest of imperfections in the gas (some very small

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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: 100 cats. Big empty store. What’s not to like?

    January 28, 2014 The Daily Grateful is one way to “take in the good,” which is required to really rewire yourself. Helps to do this many times throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a lot, it just has to make you feel good. Take a moment to embrace the smiles that are available to you, and really dwell in those moments. 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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  • Daily Grateful: Jack Kornfield’s Helpful Re-Minders

    Jack Kornfield is a highly regarded teacher of Buddhism and mindfulness. He offered up these beautiful re-minders today. You can visit Jack’s Facebook page here.  

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  • Daily Grateful: Harlow and Indi

    January 3, 2014 I just can’t help it, I love me some critters. And these two are some of the cutest. 🙂

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  • Daily Grateful: What I Know

    December 28, 2013 There’s a true liberation in this “knowledge.” This is especially true considering what we do know: which is to say that based on the latest data, our very existence is, um, mathematically suspect…!

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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: 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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  • Physicists: The universe might be just a hologram

    Dude, what if…Back in college–well before college actually–my friends and I often wondered about the nature of the universe and how it might actually be just some experiment being conducted by a higher alien intelligence. Those were heady days. But like unfinished furniture, those philosophical discussions were eventually painted over with the “realities of existence” that so often coat our perceptions of modern life. Now, it seems, those crazy teenagers back then might not have been that far off the mark. That’s because string theory–an explanation of the universe that posits multiple dimensions of “vibrating strings” at the quantum level–is

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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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