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You Are Already Enlightened – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Photo Courtesy of British Museum. Guo Gu, a longtime student of the late Master Sheng Yen, presents an experiential look at the Chan practice of silent illumination. Silent illumination is a Buddhist practice that can be traced back not only to Huineng (638–713), the sixth patriarch of Chan, and other Chinese masters but also to the early teachings of the Buddha. In the Chan tradition, silent illumination is referred to as mozhao, from the Chinese characters mo (silent) and zhao…

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How Adults Can Support the Mental Health of Black… – Happiness Article

With his last breaths, George Floyd called out, “Momma!” before he was killed in Minneapolis. He was one of nearly 1,300 black people have been killed by police in the last five years. They are two times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans. Riana Elyse Anderson, University of Michigan Facing destructive policies and attitudes in the United States, mothers and fathers try to safeguard their black children from racism. This often takes the form of preparing…

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Coping with COVID-19: Join Our Daily Conversations on Instagram Live for Hacks, Encouragement, and Connection. – Happiness Article

These days, we’re all anxious, and we’re all at home. It’s a tough combination, because while social distancing is obviously the right thing to do, our instinct in tough times is to connect more deeply with other people. My sister Elizabeth and I were talking about this conundrum (these days, we talk several times each day). Together, we host the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, where we talk about solutions and tips for making our lives happier, healthier, more productive,…

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What Happens When We Lose Our Social Rituals? – Happiness Article

When the shelter-in-place orders came down in California, the first thing I thought of was my cousin’s wedding—the one I was supposed to officiate. I’d been working on creating a special ceremony since the fall. But once the pandemic kicked in, everything was cancelled. Perhaps my cousin is luckier than some—after all, a wedding can be rescheduled. Even so, he had to let go of a cherished dream of when and how his wedding would take place. He’s certainly not…

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When Coronavirus Anxiety Is Useful and When It… – Happiness Article

Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. Fears and questions about the future can keep us up at night, distract us during the day, and make it hard to find the motivation and energy to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. But anxiety can also be useful, explains UC Berkeley professor Sonia Bishop. Negative emotions like fear are a natural response to what’s going on in our environment. The key is to channel…

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Helpful Lessons from Forced Isolation – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

March 29, 2020 Randy Hain I hope all of you are healthy and well in this challenging time.  Like all of us, I hope we can get back to some sort of “normal” very soon.  I took a few minutes and reflected recently on the lessons I have learned over the last few weeks of being at home with my family and transitioning my coaching/consulting business into a virtual offering…

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Coping with COVID-19: How to Volunteer and Support Others During This Difficult Time. – Personal Development Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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Coronavirus – Care, Compassion and Community – Positivity Article

Remember Brexit? Ah, those were the days, hey? Coronavirus A few months ago we hadn’t even heard of Coronavirus. Now, seemingly overnight, life as we know it has been blown apart by it. Nobody could have predicted what the first few months of this year would bring, and nobody can predict what the next few months will bring. In times of uncertainty it’s natural to feel worried and anxious. We face huge challenges, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially. Challenges…

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10 ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak – Positive News – Positivity Article

10) Life on the margins: help homeless people better protect themselves People who are homeless face a particular risk from Covid-19, according to experts. They have poorer health in general, including pre-existing conditions that have weakened their immune systems. Jon Sparkes, chief executive of the charity Crisis, has urged the government to introduce testing and emergency housing for homeless people during the pandemic. “Let’s not forget that the average age of death of someone who is homeless is 45, substantially lower than…

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Take Care of Your Mental and Emotional Wellbeing during Isolation or Quarantine – Positivity Article

Coronavirus fear –  How do you manage it? And how can you take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing if you are in isolation or quarantine or have COVID-19? You may be worried about coronavirus or not (yet). You might be affected by it or not (yet). I say ‘yet’, because the story of the coronavirus seems to change and expand on a daily basis. And so may be the way we feel about it, and the way in which…

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How to Help Teens Shelter in Place – Happiness Article

Last weekend, my kids began arriving home from their various schools. We invited our oldest daughter’s longtime best friend, Lena, over for a homecoming dinner. She’s like a member of our family, and we were excited to see her, too, despite closing schools and social-distancing recommendations. The kids are all healthy, we reasoned. We had Lena wash her hands when she came in; we resisted hugging her. On Monday we got a government order to shelter in place, and having…

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11 Tips for Staying Calm During the Time of the Coronavirus. – Happiness Article

There’s so much fear and uncertainty around the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. People all around the world are grappling with it in different ways. So a question that we all face is: How can we be as calm and happy as we can be, under these circumstances? Sometimes people assume that a happiness project means being 100% happy, 100% of the time. No! That’s not possible, and even if it were possible, it wouldn’t be a good life. There are…

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How a smile can change lives – Spiritual Article

Ms. Tavares smiled at me today. As I was walking past her after picking up my kids from their class, I caught a glimpse of her talking to other parents. She noticed us passing by, looked up, and smiled as if to say hello.It was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen all day. And her gesture meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to a newcomer who’s new to the area, new to the city and basically new…

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How Compassion Helped One Woman Leave an Extremist Group – Happiness Article

I first became aware of the Westboro Baptist Church when it threatened to picket my son’s preschool, which was at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Megan Phelps-Roper I wondered: Why in the world would anyone do that? Some Googling revealed that Westboro was based in Topeka, Kansas, and for a quite a few years had been very active in picketing Jewish organizations and the funerals of people who died of AIDS/HIV or gay-bashings, with signs that famously said…

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Three good things: combatting loneliness – Positive News – Positivity Article

1. Intergenerational nurseries Research suggests that interactions with children can combat loneliness, lower blood pressure and delay mental decline in older people. But according to the Intergenerational Foundation, since 1991, the number of areas in which half the population is aged over 50 has increased seven-fold. Intergenerational nurseries aim to bridge this divide, uniting young and old in communities. One example is Apples and Honey, which sits in the grounds of Nightingale care home in Wandsworth, south London. The nursery…

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‘First-of-its-kind’ community restorative justice hub opens in California – Positive News – Positivity Article

A community hub in Oakland, California, has opened offering conflict resolution through restorative justice circles, alongside legal services, job training and business advice The Restore Oakland centre, which opened in July, is a partnership venture between the Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights, a non-profit organisation, and Restaurant Opportunities Centres United, a group working to improve wages and conditions in the restaurant industry. It will also serve as a base for local non-profit groups that work in restorative justice. “I…

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Knife crime project and LGBT+ football club among winners of new community initiative – Positive News – Positivity Article

Scotland’s first LGBT+ football club and an initiative that helps save the lives of victims of knife crime are among four community projects across the UK that will receive funding and mentoring Four “unsung heroes” creating positive change in their local communities have today been announced winners in The Community Projects initiative set up by giffgaff, and will receive funding and support to help boost their work. The diverse range of projects are from different corners of the UK and…

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‘It’s not enough to just make great coffee’: The roastery uplifting its local communities – Positive News – Positivity Article

Bristol-based Extract Coffee Roasters works with community groups in the UK to support vulnerable people, through training, mentoring and sports There are many people reading this who might claim coffee changed their lives, but for Katia Ferreira it really did. Not because she discovered the black stuff could rouse her from her slumber every morning – as it does millions of people daily – but because it provided the 53-year-old with a lifeline after arriving in Britain as a refugee…

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40 Ways to Exercise without Realizing It: Make Exercise FUN! – Personal Development Article

I know plenty of people who hate exercise but WANT to find a way to like it. And that’s what today’s post is all about: Exercising in a way where life doesn’t suck AND helps you reach your goals. Luckily, this is exactly what we do for a living! I know what it’s like to hate exercise, and ALSO want to lose weight and see results. Ugh. We’ve built an entire company and community around helping people overcome these obstacles…

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What Does It Mean to Be an Engaged Citizen? – Happiness Article

This year’s Independence Day marks the 243rd birthday of the United States—a country that today has a population of around 330 million people from all walks of life. Our growing diversity, combined with an increasingly polarized politics, challenges us to imagine what a modern American civic identity looks like. America is not the same country it was decades ago, so it makes sense that our view of what it means to be a citizen in today’s America would evolve, as…

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What Are the Solutions to Political Polarization? – Happiness Article

What drives political polarization? Is it simply disagreement over the great issues of the day? Not necessarily. Recent research by the More in Common Foundation found that more than three-fourths of Americans support both stricter gun laws and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Roughly the same number of Americans agree “that our differences are not so great that we cannot come together.” Are they right? Advertisement X Oct. 10-12, 2019: Greater Good Institute for…

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In a Divided World, We Need to Choose Empathy – Happiness Article

As I dialed the number, my palms began to sweat. The person on the other end wasn’t a loan officer or angry lawyer; he was an old friend and we were about to catch up. This should all be mildly pleasant but was instead nerve-wracking. You see, I had reached out to him because we had a problem.  Over the years, my friend’s politics and my own had taken incompatible turns. On social media, I saw him growing reactionary; he…

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A shared identity in a polarizing world – Spiritual Article

“Where are you from?” In a simple world, I would answer that I’m from Canada. If I gave that answer, I would look like a fool, though, because I know what the other person is really asking. They are asking for your ethnicity or culture. The expected answer from me would be, “I am Indian, but I was born in Canada.” I have had this conversation more than a thousand times, but recently, I realized how inherently isolating the underlying…

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