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 here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

Winter Reflection

“Inner questioning from sincere desire to understand is one way to develop. The questions themselves are the precursors to the answers. It is the answer, the realization or insight that desires to be revealed to conscious cognitive awareness, that is the catalyst for the question, and so subsequently takes the form of the question. As this occurs, answers are unveiled, and understanding deepens.

When something desirable is no big deal, there isn’t much to resist...

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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 here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

5 Hugs a Day is the Recipe for Health

The experience of being touched has direct and crucial effects on the growth of the body as well as the mind.
Touch is a means of communication so critical that its absence retards growth in infants, according to researchers who are for the first time determining the neurochemical effects of skin-to-skin contact.
The new work focuses on the importance of touch itself, not merely as part of, say, a parent’s loving presence. The findings may help explain the long-noted syndrome in which infants deprived of direct human contact grow slowly and even die.

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Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

In Crisis, And Always, To Give Is To Receive

Oct EVOX Blog Sawyer and Nona 8_18_13

“The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.”
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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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 here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

evoxLiving - Touching All Parts of Our Lives

holdingearth

People from all walks of life are growing their own food, recycling every last bit of their unneeded electronics, striving to use more earth-friendly personal products, and building their homes with more energy-efficient materials.

Small and large businesses are developing entire corporate social responsibility plans not only to reduce energy output but to also engage with and “give back” to their communities.

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Nikki Pava was recently named by Renewable Energy News and Cleantechies as one of the Top 10 Women in Sustainability.  She is the founder of Alegria Partners, a strategic marketing and sustainability initiatives development consulting firm. In 2007, Nikki co-founded EcoTuesday, a nationally-recognized networking organization that takes place in cities across the country. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and is the National Editor of Going Organic Magazine. Nikki is an entrepreneur and a healthy living advocate who holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio School of Management. Find her on Twitter: @nikkipava.

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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
detail from painting by Laura Basha showing woman and plant tendrils
02/08/2016
"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... read more
blue sky over floor of white clouds
12/07/2015
“Inner questioning from sincere desire to understand is one way to develop. The questions themselves are the precursors to the answers. It is the answer, the realization or insight that desires to be... read more
couple embracing in silhouette in front of house
11/20/2015
The experience of being touched has direct and crucial effects on the growth of the body as well as the mind. Touch is a means of communication so critical that its absence retards growth in... read more
Oct EVOX Blog Sawyer and Nona 8_18_13
09/29/2013
“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama It was a winter night in late 1970, 3am. I was awakened by... read more

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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
detail from painting by Laura Basha showing woman and plant tendrils
02/08/2016
"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... read more
blue sky over floor of white clouds
12/07/2015
“Inner questioning from sincere desire to understand is one way to develop. The questions themselves are the precursors to the answers. It is the answer, the realization or insight that desires to be... read more
couple embracing in silhouette in front of house
11/20/2015
The experience of being touched has direct and crucial effects on the growth of the body as well as the mind. Touch is a means of communication so critical that its absence retards growth in... read more
Oct EVOX Blog Sawyer and Nona 8_18_13
09/29/2013
“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama It was a winter night in late 1970, 3am. I was awakened by... read more

Pages