The Power of Blessing Others

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Gratitude, Happiness, Love, Motivation & Inspiration, Positive Thoughts, Relationships | 0 comments

The Power of Blessing Others

Our words have great influence in the lives of those around us, and spoken affirmations or “blessings” can bring hope, encouragement, and direction to our families, friends, and others. However, opportunities to genuinely affirm, or bless others pass us by every day! No doubt, all of us at some time have noticed someone who looked especially nice or who had done a great job on something and let it go unnoticed. And most of us know first-hand how deflating it can be to have accomplished something or gone out of our way for someone – only...

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The New Science of Thriving

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Health & Wellbeing, Love | 0 comments

The New Science of Thriving

Our well-being—individually and as a society—depends on mindfulness. In the early 1970s, my grandmother had a disagreement with the Beatles. When she heard “All You Need is Love” play on the radio, she would reply, “All you need is inside of you.” When I was a PhD student in the early 1990s, these messages bounced around in my mind along with my epidemiology and econometrics lessons. It was then that I began amassing evidence that led me to two conclusions: First, public health, medicine and public policy needed to...

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Practicing Radical Self Care

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Happiness, Health & Wellbeing, Leadership, Mana for Ministers | 0 comments

Practicing Radical Self Care

by Rev. Dr. Michele Whittington Practicing self care – radical self care! – is the path of exceptional leadership.  Why?  Because as you, a leader, practice self care – radical self care! – you build a solid internal reserve from which to draw. With this reserve: You make decision with greater clarity, Your relationships are smoother as you come from a more centered and anchored space, You are stronger physically, emotionally and mentally, You  serve and support others and lead from a place of overflow You become...

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Breaking Through the Winter of Adversity

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Happiness, Motivation & Inspiration, Positive Thoughts | 0 comments

Breaking Through the Winter of Adversity

We all run into adversity in life – and usually we move through it with minimal pain and suffering. But there are times in our lives when the adversity is so great that seems like a bitter, endless winter. We feel cold and disconnected from everything that we once knew. It’s at times like these when the opportunity to discover who we truly are and what we are capable of achieving is the strongest. But, unless we choose to see the hidden opportunity in that challenge, the gift goes unnoticed and untapped. Even if we have no idea how to end...

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Resistance

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Happiness, Motivation & Inspiration, Positive Thoughts | 0 comments

Resistance

Sometimes in life, it feels like we are going against the wind…and it’s easy to cringe when we feel the winds of challenge smacking us in the face or see what looks like an impossible circumstance we must overcome. Opportunity is always disguised as effort and, when we’ve been facing a challenge for a long time, that opportunity may feel more daunting than inviting. But, it is the resistance that creates the very opportunity we have been seeking. Most of us either want the resistance to stop or feel that we just need to push harder...

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The Secret to Making Your Resolutions “Stick” This Time…

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Dreams & Goals, Motivation & Inspiration, Positive Thoughts, Vision & Purpose | 0 comments

The Secret to Making Your Resolutions “Stick” This Time…

It’s a new year – and I’m sure like most of us, you have at least a few items on your life list that you are longing to change this year. When you look at that list, how many of those things have you already attempted to shift in the past – yet here you are this year in the same place after months or years of struggle and effort? Can we conclude then, that the change must initiate from a different place inside of us to be effective and lasting? Notice the butterfly. In its untransformed state, no matter how hard it tries, the...

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Happy New Ending

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Motivation & Inspiration, Positive Thoughts, Vision & Purpose | 0 comments

Happy New Ending

Happy New Year! 2016 is now officially behind us…and regardless of what has transpired this past year, we can decide NOW to create a great ending for 2017. But creating a great ending to 2017 is going to require some planning. It’s going to require a shift from simply “reacting” to life to instead proactively designing our life. And it’s going to require letting go of past failures, disappointments and resentments. Are we going to stay stuck ruminating on what might have been? Will we live the same year over and over again with the...

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It’s Not About the Presents, But About Presencing Love

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Love, Positive Thoughts, Spirituality | 0 comments

It’s Not About the Presents, But About Presencing Love

This Christmas day millions of people around the world celebrate the humble birth long ago that – regardless of your religious persuasion – undoubtedly changed the entire world. The love, compassion, forgiveness and acceptance that Jesus Christ presenced throughout His life exemplified a higher standard for all of us to follow. His birth had such deep meaning – not just because of the signs and wonders that accompanied it – but because of the transforming effect his unconditional love had on those then which continues even now. As you...

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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Health & Wellbeing, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse

This mousse is so light, so airy, so decadent, and so HEALTHY! The secret super-food ingredient is pumpkin! This guilt-free dessert helps to energize, combat stress and lower heart disease. Plus it’s extremely high in fiber, helping to curb cravings and balance blood sugar levels. And maybe the best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make! Ingredients: 2 c. cooked, pureed pumpkin 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 c. maple syrup 1/2 c. coconut butter (make sure it’s heated to the point of liquid) 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/2 t....

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Without the Darkness We Couldn’t See the Stars Shine

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Happiness, Motivation & Inspiration, Positive Thoughts, Spirituality | 0 comments

Without the Darkness We Couldn’t See the Stars Shine

In our media-dominated culture, it’s easy to focus on the darkness and the negativity and to feel doom and gloom over recent national or world events.The presence of darkness tends to snuff out hope when we allow ourselves to become trapped in its grasp. The irony is, the darker and bleaker things become, the more contrast is available to see the light and good that is also filling our world. And, isn’t it amazing that just one tiny glimmer of light is enough to light our way and to chase away complete darkness? We can feel victimized by...

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