Creating A New Pattern: How Sewing Can Help Kids To Flourish

A recent report has found that nearly 1 in 7 American children has a mental health condition, and 50% are going untreated. 

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Creating Community

The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital. ~Mark Hyman

Over the five years I lived with my Mom’s cancer diagnosis, I became very skilled at “creating community.”  i.e., reaching out to people to tell the truth about how I was feeling and asking for support. It wasn’t easy at first, but it got easier and easier as time went on.

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

Feeling and Seeing Struggle, Witnessing Hope and Resilience

Having traveled throughout Latin America, people everywhere seem to embody a warm tenderness and kind spirit that many times is rare to experience in other major cities of the west. From Mexico to Brazil, you can feel and see in the eyes of most the daily struggle and sacrifice of surviving with limited resources and services. Despite entrenched and generational social, economic, and political challenges, the hope and resilience of the continent are more evident today than ever in the laughter and optimism of those with least.  

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

From the Sword of Discernment to the Famine of Time

Our time on Earth is limited.

It slips away, what a shame!

There is so much to celebrate. Wish it didn't have to end this way! But with enough alignment and centering in our personal development we can create a life by design with all the things and people that matter and feel most relevant to us. This is why the sword of personal discernment is key. Face it, no one wants to waste time on things and people that won't mean a thing as life slips away.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Before You Can Be With Others, First Learn to Be Alone

Going Solo

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an aging man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in a tumultuous throng of city-dwellers.

‘He refuses to be alone,’ Poe wrote. He ‘is the type and the genius of deep crime … He is the man of the crowd.’ 

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

What 5 Great Spiritual Leaders Have to Say About The Deadly Sickness of Loneliness

Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. ~Paulo Coelho

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Waking Times, Where Evolution and Revolution Collide, is an independently owned and operated online magazine that seizes on the transformational power of information to trigger personal revolution and influence humanity’s evolution.

Personal revolution begins with awakening from contemporary consciousness. We provide ideas to help you imagine a more sustainable, more free, and more loving world. We author and aggregate mind-opening articles, editorials, and videos that inspire our readers and liberate them from the status quo.

Can Helping Others Help You Find Meaning in Life?

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

The Brightness of a Greyhound Journey

by Maria Jain | Daily Good

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. --Isaac Asimov

"Only crack sellers, loonies and ex-convicts travel on the bus."

This summed up the main message I read on the internet while researching bus travel in the United States, in preparation for a road trip that I was embarking on with a friend.

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DailyGood was born in 1998, when one college student started sharing inspiration with a half a dozen of his friends by sending them an enriching quote every day.

Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.

Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it's hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple, and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it's purpose is served.

Our philosophy is quite simple: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." The entire project is fully run by dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours finding the right stories and quotes. All of our content is distributed and syndicated for free. We don't advertise or promote any products. We don't ask for anything with the trust that whatever is needed will come.

A God of Rock and Roll

It was a cool, spring night and I was sitting alone in a café when a man sat down beside me. At first I judged him; he seemed restless and I felt that my space had been a bit impinged upon, but soon I let those feelings pass and I introduced myself. We began to converse, and over the course of the evening, I came to find that I was sitting next to someone very famous: quietly famous as I had to pry his life story from him sentence by sentence. First, this man was a foreigner, a stranger, and yet, as we engaged, he became a friend.

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Tim Dukes, Ph.D. develops leaders and communications across fields ranging from executives and business owners to entrepreneurs and artists. His communications model and workshops, built on presence and mindfulness, foster open environments based on trust and candor. Tim’s clients emerge as socially conscious, culturally sustainable, and strategically focused innovators. www.DrTimothyDukes.com​

Clear Vision

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.

Who looks outside, dreams.

Who looks inside, awakens."  ~ Carl Jung

“ The willingness to “deal” with the inner transmutation process, the willingness to deal with one’s inauthenticities and one’s own inner egoic status quo … is the true work, and once undertaken, the Infinite Intelligence inherent [with]in … unfolds us. …

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting, and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings at White Bird Rising.

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04/05/2019
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A recent report has found that nearly 1 in 7 American children has a mental health condition, and 50% are going untreated.  As the current system tries to meet the demands placed... read more
A woman hiking in mountains reaches back to help another
04/01/2019
The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital. ~Mark Hyman Over the five years I lived with my Mom’s cancer diagnosis, I became very skilled at... read more
Golden dusk photo of fisherman on river tossing out nets
10/30/2018
Having traveled throughout Latin America, people everywhere seem to embody a warm tenderness and kind spirit that many times is rare to experience in other major cities of the west. From Mexico to... read more
Two men in India do outdoor demonstration of sword skills.
09/06/2018
Our time on Earth is limited. It slips away, what a shame! There is so much to celebrate. Wish it didn't have to end this way! But with enough alignment and centering in our personal... read more
View from behind of woman alone in snow cave looking toward bright opening.
08/30/2017
Going Solo In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an aging man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by... read more
Lonely man sitting alone on bench overlooking village
07/24/2017
Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. ~Paulo Coelho Loneliness is the illness of our time. Even medical research is warning us that it may... read more
man and woman helping each other across stream
07/20/2016
by Elizabeth Hopper | Greater Good Science Center The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for thousands of years. Aristotle wrote that finding happiness and... read more
exterior of Greyhound bus terminal
06/15/2016
by Maria Jain | Daily Good Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. --Isaac Asimov "Only crack sellers, loonies and... read more
coffee cup before two men talking
05/02/2016
It was a cool, spring night and I was sitting alone in a café when a man sat down beside me. At first I judged him; he seemed restless and I felt that my space had been a bit impinged upon, but soon... read more

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Close up of red button with needle and thread
04/05/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
A recent report has found that nearly 1 in 7 American children has a mental health condition, and 50% are going untreated.  As the current system tries to meet the demands placed... read more
A woman hiking in mountains reaches back to help another
04/01/2019
The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital. ~Mark Hyman Over the five years I lived with my Mom’s cancer diagnosis, I became very skilled at... read more
Golden dusk photo of fisherman on river tossing out nets
10/30/2018
Having traveled throughout Latin America, people everywhere seem to embody a warm tenderness and kind spirit that many times is rare to experience in other major cities of the west. From Mexico to... read more
Two men in India do outdoor demonstration of sword skills.
09/06/2018
Our time on Earth is limited. It slips away, what a shame! There is so much to celebrate. Wish it didn't have to end this way! But with enough alignment and centering in our personal... read more
View from behind of woman alone in snow cave looking toward bright opening.
08/30/2017
Going Solo In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an aging man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by... read more
Lonely man sitting alone on bench overlooking village
07/24/2017
Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. ~Paulo Coelho Loneliness is the illness of our time. Even medical research is warning us that it may... read more
man and woman helping each other across stream
07/20/2016
by Elizabeth Hopper | Greater Good Science Center The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for thousands of years. Aristotle wrote that finding happiness and... read more
exterior of Greyhound bus terminal
06/15/2016
by Maria Jain | Daily Good Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. --Isaac Asimov "Only crack sellers, loonies and... read more
coffee cup before two men talking
05/02/2016
It was a cool, spring night and I was sitting alone in a café when a man sat down beside me. At first I judged him; he seemed restless and I felt that my space had been a bit impinged upon, but soon... read more

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