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Today’s Brilliance from Jean Adrienne

Many of us grow up with the concept that we need to prove something. The belief begins early in our lives. Baby Boomers adopted the notion upon starting school, but children today are indoctrinated as early as toddlerhood. The need to prove worth is implied even before the child can talk clearly, and it expands as the child grows older. Therefore, the pressure on the modern teenager is incredible. No wonder the suicide rate of adolescents is so high. The need to determine a person's value is all an illusion. It saps your energy and steals your power. In truth,…

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Today’s Brilliance from Michal Golan

Like pursuing a career in the arts, building a small business is both incredibly rewarding and utterly terrifying. There are no next paychecks, severance packages, or safety nets for those of us who choose to go at it in the world of art or entrepreneurship. Everything is uncertain. At the end of the day, I wouldn't trade this uncertainty for anything—the lessons I've picked up coping with it have helped me become a more peaceful and adaptable person in every sphere of my life. Whether you are working on an artist commune, on Wall Street, or anywhere in between, these…

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Today’s Brilliance from Morgana Rae

For that time in your life when you just can't seem to get a break—perhaps you've gotten stuck or have been struggling with issues around money, career, relationship, or health—and spiritual circles are telling you to think positive and raise your vibrations OR ELSE... I want to give you another, more holistic path to transformation: Alchemy. Alchemy is the transmutation of leaden human experience into spiritual gold. Even the worst stuff is USEFUL. In fact that thing that has hurt the most, that area of shame and fear and disappointment and despair... is your Key to the Kingdom. And even…

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Today’s Brilliance from Dr. Alex Lickerman

The key to happiness isn't material wealth, health, or even fulfilling relationships. The key to happiness is wisdom. Wisdom is so powerful that it can even put a halt to suffering without changing the circumstances that cause it. Most of us deem a problem solved when it no longer confronts us, but from a Buddhist perspective a problem is solved when it no longer makes us suffer, our escaping or overcoming oppressive circumstances representing only one particular means to that end. Certainly it may be the means we most prefer, and in many cases what we need to do to be…

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What The Dying Teach Me

One of my favorite adults to spend time with as a child was my grandfather. I followed him downhill to the barn, across the pasture, into the garden, inside the chicken house. He talked and I listened. One of the life lessons I learned from him is that even if you live to be 110, it's brief. This is becoming truer to me as I have recently reached my 60's and remember him. What kind of footprints do I want to leave here on this Earth? Those who are critically ill or terminally ill teach us so much about life…

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5 Concepts for Overcoming Challenges

When adversity strikes and overtakes many or all areas of our lives, it can be difficult to see the multiple hidden blessings that are obtained by moving through our challenges, one day at a time. Adversity provides us with the chance to remove things from our lives that are non-essential and have been weighing us down. Just as important, adversity makes the overcomer a better person, as the spoils of war are available to those who refuse to quit and succumb to their current tragic circumstances. We learn how to become resilient, how to step out in faith, and how…

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Why You Aren’t Keeping Yourself Healthy

Have you ever wondered what keeps you from doing what you know to do to keep healthy and happy? Why don't we exercise regularly when we say we will? Why don't we eat an abundance of vegetables and fruits, even though the evidence shows it helps us tremendously? Why don't we meditate, when we know it would reduce stress, strengthen our immune systems, increase our intelligence and efficiency, and even slow down aging? In fact, only 5% of those who study meditation actually continue to practice it regularly! One day I asked a doctor friend who works with heart patients,…

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Today’s Brilliance from Paul Dunn

My Mum is now just over 100 years old. And until four years ago, our relationship was, shall we say, "challenging." Like most Mums, mine believed I was still three years old! And she never seemed to get excited at the things I felt I was achieving. Communication did not flow easily. Then, it all changed. The simplest way to say it is Mum lost her head. Alzheimer's disease took its hold. And I realised that for all those years I'd been communicating with my Mum "head-to-head." Now, the ONLY way for us to communicate was heart-to-heart. And it changed…

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