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Never Forget Eleanor

Share The majority of people reading this review know someone with Alzheimer's or other forms of memory loss. According to Alzheimer's Disease International, more than 55 million people worldwide live with dementia. Even with doctors and scientists working steadily to find better treatments, the likelihood that Alzheimer's will affect a loved one in a child's life keeps increasing. New York Times bestselling author Jason June conceived Never Forget Eleanor to help children ages four to eight understand Alzheimer's in a personal way. His author'...

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Heart to Heart

Share This book is crafted in a unique partnership between the Dalai Lama, leader of the world’s Tibetan Buddhist, and Patrick McDonnell, one of our most talented illustrators, who created the comic series Mutts and has worked with Eckhart Tolle and Daniel Ladinsky. Heart to Heart begins poignantly, with cute illustrations showing scenes of not-cute realities: forests burning in Daintree Rainforest, Australia, where a koala bear runs for his life; and Sierra National Forest in the United States, a black bear hurrying away. A couple pages later,...

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Heart to Heart

Share “If I see, smell, or even think about wildflowers, I feel especially happy. I remember when I first arrived in Lhasa as a four-year-old boy, I felt as though I were in a dream … as if I were in a great park covered with beautiful flowers while soft breezes blew across it and peacocks elegantly danced before me. “There was an unforgettable scent of wildflowers and freedom and happiness in the air. “We all feel the need to be surrounded by life. We need life around us that grows, flourishes, and thrives.”

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Ash Wednesday

Share Over the years, Catholic priest and prolific devotional writer Edward Hays has given us books filled with creative practices to be used during the 40 days of Lent: A Lenten Hobo Honeymoon, The Lenten Pharmacy, and The Lenten Labyrinth. In the latter, he writes of Ash Wednesday and suggests a simple practice to keep its meaning with you through Lent: "Today your home should be decorated in Halloween fashion as you stand at the gateway to the great Lenten labyrinth. Before swinging open the iron gate of the labyrinth, ponder these lines of ...

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Birthday of George Washington


Share Many Americans have strong and positive feelings about George Washington (1732-1799) as the "Father of Our Country," the leader of the colonists in the war for independence, and the first president of the new nation. The term most often associated with George Washington is "character," referring to his moral strength and attributes — patience, generosity, candor, civic-mindedness, and sense of duty. In a four-volume biography of this multi-talented patriot, historian James Thomas Flexner stated, "George Washington became one of the nobles...

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Swimming, Walking, Running—Why Mindful Movement Can Boost Resilience 

I’ve loved swimming since I was four years old, when my dad taught  me to stick my face in the water, lift up my feet, and do the dead man’s float. A strong swimmer since then, though not competitive, I can swim for miles if I want. But one morning last summer, while doing my early morning laps in a sunlit outdoor pool near my home, I suddenly felt I was drowning. One minute I was confidently stroking out my favorite front crawl, yards from the end of the lap, and the next I couldn’t use my arms or breathe.   Gasping and flailing, I struggled t...

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Presidents' Day

Share Presidents’ Day is an American holiday that was originally celebrated on February 22 to coincide with the birthday of George Washington, the nation's first president. It falls close to the birthday of another popular president, Abraham Lincoln, on February 12. In 1971 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, designed to give workers more three-day weekends, led to the Presidents' Day being officially set as the third Monday in February. To Name This Day . . . This is a good day to reflect upon the meaning of the presidency. Just what is a presiden...

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All the Beating Hearts

Share Pause for a moment to be aware of your own beating heart. Then allow yourself to imagine other beating hearts nearby: those of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, companion and wild animals. What are they all saying? Julie Fogliano voices their message in her book's refrain: ... we are hereand alivetogether but apartthe same, but exactly different. With the help of Cátia Chien's spacious, vibrant illustrations, she shows this common space of shared heart in a variety of everyday ways. We all need something to wear, for instance, and C...

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Birthday of Nikos Kazantzakis


Share Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) was born on this day in Crete. After earning a law degree from the University of Athens, he studied philosophy in Paris and literature and art in Germany and Italy. He used this broad education to become an internationally acclaimed novelist, translator, poet, and travel writer. Perhaps his most controversial work was The Last Temptation of Christ. In the prologue to the 1955 book, he wrote: "Christ passed through all the stages which the man who struggles passes through. That is why his suffering is so famil...

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Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna


Share Sri Ramakrishna (d. 1886) was born on this day in 1836. He was a great spiritual adventurer who advocated the harmony of all religions and was a forerunner of all those who believe in giving proper honor and devotion to the Divine Mother. Sri Ramakrishna was a temple priest yearning for a direct vision of God, a spiritual man who was consumed with the presence of the Divine, and a prophet of God-consciousness. He practiced the disciplines of different schools of Hinduism and then went on to an in-depth exploration of Christianity and Isla...

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WhoWhatWhere are you?

Share You may or may not be aware of it, but you are the life force itself. I sense that the life force that is me is the same as the life force that is you. This same life force animates the trees, grasses, birds, and everything else that exists. This life force takes on different forms, but it is unified, it is one. I experience pure being as having its own intelligence, life, and wisdom. In this way, it is like a person. YHWH is a proper name. It answers the question, “Who are you?” Because the same life force animates the trees and the gras...

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Where Are You?

Share This is an intriguing book full of big questions at the heart of spiritual inquiry. Author Dan Ehrenkrantz has written a deeply personal and spiritual book without putting himself at the center. Most of all, he recounts his own challenges and shines a light toward possibilities he has discovered and continues to cultivate. Ehrenkrantz is a rabbi and discusses this aspect of his background, but he does not use the title as an author. Eschewing this as his essential identity was part of the journey, he explains, toward a new, more mindful, ...

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Set Your Intention

Share "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving." –Albert Einstein Tomorrow, when you wake up, ask to be of use as you go through your day. It needs to be in your own words, from your heart. Here are some examples: "May I make a difference in the world today.""May I be of service to one person.""May I notice myself and others.""May I give the gift that only I ca...

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Finding the Gift in the Mistake

Share Begin small. Remember a single, not too overwhelming occasion when things went wrong and you were still able to discover something right in the situation: in your response, in other people’s responses, in an outcome you never could have predicted. This may be something as simple as realizing, "If I hadn’t missed my flight, I wouldn’t have run into an old college friend at the airport." Or "If I hadn’t been looking for my lost wallet, I wouldn’t have discovered Timmy’s old teddy bear under the bed." The gift or the right doesn’t have to be...

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Feeling Empathy for Fellow Human Beings

Share We often have reactions or judgments about the ways others choose to behave. This exercise cultivates your capacity to empathize with the emotional experience of other people by attuning to and empathizing with the felt sense of your own experiences in similar situations. Take a moment to identify a behavior you’ve observed in someone that you don’t like very much, at least in the moment. Maybe the driver in the lane next to you on the freeway is yelling at another driver who just cut her off. Your daughter puts off paying the credit card...

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Greetings

Share Greet others before they greet you. The Talmud teaches that Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai made it a virtue to greet others in the marketplace before they greet him, even gentiles. You may want to crack a smile or roll your eyes that thousands of years ago, it was noteworthy that someone would honor people from outside his own community. Yet even today, when racism, tribalism, and unconscious bias are significant drivers of human behavior, someone who is blind to color and class is remarkable and praiseworthy; how much more so two thousand yea...

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Honor

Share Mantra The mantra for honor is "Find the good in anyone." Given our very human tendency to judge others, "find the good in anyone" offers an alternative. As you start to judge another, try to find the good in them. In fact, try to look for something good in every person you encounter during the day. What is the good in your annoying coworker? Maybe he dresses well. Maybe he speaks warmly about his children, even if he treats his admin poorly. Maybe she watches your favorite TV show. Finding the good in others is transformative because jud...

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Daily Good

Share Mantra Enthusiasm is a soul trait that lends itself to several alternative mantras. Which of these fits you best? "Make the most of every moment.""Look before you leap.""Run to do good." I particularly like "run to do good" because it follows directly from a teaching by Ben Azzai in the Talmud: "Run to pursue a minor mitzvah [commandment], and flee from a transgression. For a mitzvah brings another mitzvah, and a transgression brings another transgression." Choose a mantra, write it on an index card, and put it somewhere you’ll see it in ...

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Finding Your Proper Place

Share Mantra In the morning recite and meditate on…. The mantra for humility -- "Occupy a rightful space, neither too much nor too little."Write this phrase on an index card or sticky note and place it by your bedside, on the bathroom mirror, or somewhere else where you will see it at the start of your day. Think about humility and the phrase occupy a rightful space, neither too much nor too little to frame your day. You may even want to create a little chant that you can say for a minute or two to reinforce the message in the depths of your be...

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Isra and Mi’raj


Share Isra (night journey) and Mi’raj (ladder or ascension) is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. Isra and Mi’raj commemorate the physical and spiritual journey taken by the Prophet Muhammad on one night around 621 CE. Isra refers to the journey in which the angel Gabriel took the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he prayed with the preceding prophets, including Moses, Jesus, and Abraham. Mir’aj refers to the Prophet Muhammad’s ascension through the seven heavenly realms and entering the ...

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