Category: Empower Me

Right Effort: Keeping Us Focused on Our Purpose

By Peter Schaller It’s 5:30 p.m., the end of a long and exhausting work day. Working for a small nonprofit means wearing at least a dozen hats, on any given day. Today we have been moving our office to a new location. The new space is just four blocks away, but it has meant at least a dozen trips in our old Toyota pickup truck. In addition to moving, we fit in the usual casework that comes with operating education, health and economic development programs in under-resourced communities in Nicaragua. For all intents and purposes, we are a one...

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When You’re Buddhist & Angry

  By Alison Page I think anger gets a bad rep in Buddhism and other spiritual paths. As a practitioner, I feel a self-created pressure to always be kind to others, put the needs of others before my own, and always help out even when it is not reciprocated. This inevitably leads me to feel used and burnt out, and I end up losing touch with my own feelings and needs. Getting in touch with my anger has helped me realize when I need to assert myself and set a boundary; something has occurred that I do not feel...

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6 Things You Can Do to Become a Morning Person

By Crystal Caracciolo I was always a morning person. I used to get up two hours before I had to so that I could have more time to myself. It started when I was about eight years old. What can I say? I liked to have the time to enjoy my breakfast, shower, get dressed, make sure all my books were packed, homework was completed and then watch whatever early morning television shows that were on until I had to wake my mom up. Even then, I knew the power of the morning and I knew that I didn’t...

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There’s Something Happening Here

  By Deb Avery There is an undercurrent of violence running through the heart of our country. It isn’t new, but it is changing, mutating and growing. As the population continues to soar, so too will the violence, the horrors and the atrocities. Unless we do something to bring about a change. It’s so easy to look at the recent histories of shootings in this country and blame the gun laws and politicians. And a lot of that is simply the truth. But there are so many layers to the insidious nature of violence. When you begin to peel...

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Sometimes Right Action Means No Action {The Eightfold Path}

  By Lee Glazier I live by a pretty laid back philosophy when it comes to Right Action: Whenever possible, do nothing. That isn’t as simple seems, man. They did a study once, Dude. They did a study where people had the choice between sitting in a room for 15 minutes doing nothing and giving themselves an electric shock to get out of it early, and most participants chose the to shock themselves. 15 minutes. The principle is simple, though: Before doing something, ask yourself, “Do I need to do this?” If the answer’s, “No,” then, ya know, don’t...

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