Category: Empower Me

The Buddha, Meditation and the Brain: Mind Changing, Brain Changing Mind {Part 2}.

By Rick Hanson See Part 1 here. Brain and body benefits of meditation The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is a brain region that is ground zero for a lot of very important functions. For one, it’s the part of the brain that manages what’s called “effortful attention,” which is basically paying attention in a deliberate way. That sounds like meditation. The ACC is the part of the brain we use for mindfulness in all four postures, not just seated, but walking, lying, and standing. It’s also the main source of the focused attention we use for talking, and doing...

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Loneliness is a Gift.

  By Carolyn Riker Loneliness is so profoundly loud, I am left silent. Sometimes, life gets oddly quiet and my thoughts dissipate into ether. I am left holding the empty hands of loneliness. Loneliness is haunting. It is an ache to find a home, but I am unsure of where or what it is. I don’t believe it is a place, but a quest for integration and a seeking of self solidness. It is an opening into a profound cavern of seeing between the bones of our grave. The soliloquy of my stories are pushing to the surface and...

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What is Your Divine Beauty?

By Lisa Meade   Tell someone that they are beautiful and you may get one of many different responses. Depending on that person’s story and beliefs around beauty, it may be a positive reaction or a negative one, or it could be indifferent. The response may also be based on what you are referring to when you acknowledge their beauty. One indisputable fact is that we are all divinely beautiful. We have an essence of our soul that shines. Maybe not all the time, maybe not in a while—perhaps it is hiding or wounded—but underneath it all and somewhere...

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I am the Becoming: Reigniting My Soul.

    By Tanya Tiger   After my daughter’s death the Universe offered up an opportunity of a lifetime—a retreat which would help me re-center and regain some level of normalcy (whatever that is). I had never traveled anywhere alone before, but something inside me knew that I needed this retreat. I was a mixture of nervousness and excitement as I left for the airport. I had no idea what to expect and that kind of excited me. I knew that I would be joined by 30+ woman, all seeking something that we couldn’t quite name. Over the next week...

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I Found Myself Again & Something Good is Coming.

By Nina Rubin “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~ Marianne Williamson Since I started writing regularly, most of my blog posts have skewed toward a pensive, reflective, often sad bent. However, in the last few months, I’ve said yes more frequently and have made the decision to make more magic in my daily experiences. A couple of months ago, I participated in an online project to recognize all of the gifts that come my way. This program, “The Receiving Project,” reminded me of so many blessings I experience on...

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