Why do some people have long-standing marriages, strong family connections, meaningful friendships, and thriving careers? Qualities such as diligence, dependability, flexibility, and commitment surely help people craft successful lives, but one often overlooked quality that contributes to the health of relationships—personal or professional—is empathy. “When we exhibit empathy, we understand others from their point of […]
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If you’re looking to create lasting change in 2014, you might want to introduce a tool more powerful than willpower. Instead of making a resolution to let go of a bad habit, make more money, or meet Mr. Right, try performing a ritual around it. “Rituals are the spiritual technology of the 21st century,” says […]
About 18 years ago, I was living in Vermont and trying to decide what I was going to do with myself if I wasn’t going to be an actor—the only profession I had ever considered. So, I went to a career coach, where I answered a series of questionnaires, filled out personality profiles, and spent […]
I’m having lunch at an Indian buffet in New Jersey. A guy at the next table is eating gulab jamun. That’s the little Indian donut holes soaked in sugar syrup. He has two on his plate, a very sensible portion. But these things are all dairy and gluten and sugar, so I am disgusted and […]
by Reyna Eisenstark For the past several years, my New Year’s resolution has been the same: to pay attention. This sounds pretty straightforward, until you really think about what it means. To me, paying attention means trying to notice everything, and sometimes this means noticing things you don’t want to see. We tend to ignore […]
by Charles Eisenstein Charles Eisenstein’s writing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution have generated a vast following. In this excerpt from his new book, he explores the idea that our society is at a moment of transition—between a system that no longer works and a potential renaissance in which everything must […]
by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing […]