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Spotlight on Restorative Justice
A crime or harm disrupts the balance -- in a community, among people, and within a family. Trying, convicting, and incarcerating the wrongdoer separates them from society but may do little to reclaim that lost balance and less still to improve the underlying conditions that led to the harm. Restorative justice takes a broader view with efforts that may include facilitating reconciliation between t... posted on Apr 26 2018, 1,043 reads


When Gratitude Holds Hands with Grief
Whether we acknowledge it or not, every day we stand at the door of death and life. They walk hand in hand. We can't have one without the other, and this is perhaps why Elaine Mansfield could feel both grief and gratitude on the day of her husband's crossing over. She was able to hold in one hand the mystery of loving another human being deeply and being full of gratitude for having shared all tha... posted on Apr 25 2018, 6,780 reads


How to Hardwire Resilience into the Brain
Mental resources like calm, grit, and courage help us cope with and push through obstacles in our own lives. But how do we cultivate them? The key is knowing how to turn passing experiences into lasting inner resources built into our brains. This skill, positive neuroplasticity, is not a quick fix, but you can change your brain for the better by working it the same way you would work a muscle. As ... posted on Apr 24 2018, 8,315 reads


The Third Self: Mary Oliver on the Artist's Task
In "Of Power and Time" found in "Upstream: Selected Essays," poet Mary Oliver delves deep into the psyche of the artist and explores the external and internal factors affecting creativity. In it she describes three parts of herself -- two ordinary ones, and one third self "where the wellspring of creative energy resides." This third self cannot be controlled, and is often its worst enemy. "What d... posted on Apr 23 2018, 7,222 reads


Why Your Brain Needs to Dream
Matthew Walker, neuroscientist and author of "Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams," maintains that dreaming is like overnight therapy and that it enhances creativity and problem-solving. He shares more in this article that also includes five tips for enhancing sleep. ... posted on Apr 22 2018, 8,755 reads


Trauma in the Body: An Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusettsis professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. His newest book, The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, offers a revolutionary new understanding of the causes and consequences of trauma a... posted on Apr 21 2018, 14,868 reads


Humans. Horses. Hope.
You have probably heard of a guide dog, but have you ever heard of a guide horse? This series of videos shows that, just like dogs, horses can help people with disabilities to live better lives. They help blind people move around in crowded places, help children to develop balance, and act as a companion for people in need. Enjoy these heart-warming videos!

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A World Where All the Gazi's Go to School
Gazi Jalaluddin has a clear vision: a world where no "Gazi" has to stop going to school. Poverty forced him to quit school as a child. He ultimately became a taxi driver in Kolcalata. By asking passengers to donate books, old clothes or medicine, he has helped many children return to their studies. By 2012, Gazi had also created two schools for 425 students and built an orphanage. Gazi's belief in... posted on Apr 19 2018, 3,641 reads


Re-inventing Work: An Interview with Matthew Fox
An early and influential proponent of "Creation Spirituality," which recognizes the Divine in all creation and all creation in the Divine, embracing Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality as well, Episcopalian priest Matthew Fox draws inspiration from the Catholic mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi, and especially Meister Eckhart. In t... posted on Apr 18 2018, 6,471 reads


Good Morning, Beautiful Business!
It is not just recycled packaging or open hiring practices or good benefits or green sourcing that make a sustainable business. It takes a deep commitment to a particular place and substantial effort to weave together all the threads of that place--people, land, and community--to create new economies that can counteract the devastating effects of the global economy. Judy Wicks, owner of White Dog... posted on Apr 17 2018, 3,639 reads


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