Why Some Teachers Don't Understand The Depth Of Dyslexia

Why Some Teachers Don't Understand The Depth Of DyslexiaIt is generally accepted that underlying neurological aspects, such as slight differences in brain structure, can change the way that dyslexic people process information, and this affects the behaviour they might display.

Thou Shalt Not Kill! Violence Begets Violence, Love Begets Peace

Thou Shalt Not Kill! Violence Begets Violence, Love Begets PeaceAt some point we begin to realize that violence begets violence, and that the human race is in a vicious cycle of aggression, often unable to find a way out. Yet we must, if we are to achieve what every true human being yearns for: peace.

How Your Eyes Are A Window To Your Stress

How Your Eyes Are A Window To Your StressPrevious studies on workload and productivity include physical aspects, such as how much a person walks or carries, but they do not take into account a person’s state of mind.

Knowing Just One Gay Person Shifts Attitudes

Knowing Just One Gay Person Shifts AttitudesPeople who met and became acquainted with at least one gay person were more likely to later change their minds about marriage equality and become more accepting of gay and lesbian people in general, research shows.

Teaching Our Children About Love, Emotions, and Relationships

Teaching Our Children About Love, Emotions, and RelationshipsA great irony of human existence is that love, which is arguably the single most desired goal in life, is so poorly understood and so hard for us to master. Given its importance, we might expect that enormous resources would be spent on understanding how to attain love.

Are Your Thoughts Driving You Crazy?

Are Your Thoughts Driving You Crazy?Sometimes your thoughts can drive you crazy, blocking clear thinking and impeding response flexibility. Sometimes your thoughts trigger further thoughts, evaluations, judgments, and condemnations that reduce your resilience. These thought patterns are ways of filtering reality that can be counterproductive.

How Imagination Can Help Overcome Fear And Anxiety

How Imagination Can Help Overcome Fear And AnxietyAlmost everyone has something they fear – maybe it’s spiders, enclosed spaces, or heights. When we encounter these “threats,” our hearts might begin to race, or our hands may become sweaty.

The Greatest Christmas Present Ever

The Greatest Christmas Present EverIn a variety of teachings, unconditional love is the heart and soul of the spiritual life and the ultimate aim of the spiritual path – and by love is meant love in action of course (be it meditation or feeding the hungry), not discourses about love.

Horoscope Current Week: December 17 to 23, 2018

Horoscope Week: December 17 to 23, 2018This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.

The Mechanic Of Thoughts: Like Attracts Like

The Mechanic Of Thoughts: Like Attracts LikeThoughts don't exist just between our ears with total privacy. They are quite public. Our thoughts exist as tiny packets of energy called thought forms. Thought forms are real. And, they exist to carry out the intent of the thinker.

Looking For A High-Tech Gift For A Young Child?

Looking For A High-tech Gift For A Young Child? Shopping for a new high-tech gift for the child in your life this holiday season? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options. Bright boxes, colorful apps and cute plastic robots will promise that learning outcomes will improve if your child plays with x, y or z.

What Winter Solstice Rituals Tell Us About Indigenous People

What Winter Solstice Rituals Tell Us About Indigenous PeopleOn the day of winter solstice, many Native American communities will hold religious ceremonies or community events.The winter solstice is the day of the year when the Northern Hemisphere has the fewest hours of sunlight and the Southern Hemisphere has the most.

Why Older Adults May Need The Sex Talk Even More Than Teens

Why Older Adults May Need The Sex Talk Even More Than TeensHumans are sexual beings. This urge does not stop when the clock strikes 60. Or even 90.Young adults may deny older relatives are having sex, but sexual activity is a strong indicator of healthy aging and vitality.

Your Natural Power Of Imagination Is The Basic Creative Energy Of The Universe.

Your Natural Power Of Imagination Is The Basic Creative Energy Of The Universe.Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success. Today, we are going to talk about creative visualization, that is, the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. There is nothing new, strange, or unusual about creative visualization. You are already using it every day.

Here Are Some Tips For Truly Happy Holidays

Here Are Some Tips For Truly Happy HolidaysEach year it seems our travel gets more and more out of control. Between the multiple holidays, family we need to visit distributed all around the country and the rounds of parties for work and with friends

How To Make Reading Fun And Part Of Life

How To Make Reading Fun And Part Of LifeThe love of reading is one of the greatest gifts an adult can give to a child. Pragmatically, reading proficiently helps with school work. But it also widens children’s horizons. It can help readers to understand their own world better, and to explore other worlds.

Death and The Spirit World: What Happens At The Moment Of Death?

Death and The Spirit World: What Happens At The Moment Of Death?At the moment of death, our soul rises out of its host body. If the soul is older and has experience from many former lives, it knows immediately it has been set free and is going home. These advanced souls need no one to greet them. However, most souls I work with are met by guides...

A Dangerous Prayer: "Show Me TheTruth"

A Dangerous Prayer: "Show Me TheTruth"A woman told me that gratitude was her constant prayer, and I was impressed. But, I realized that her gratitude was actually a defense against life. 'I am so grateful for sunshine, health, my wonderful family'. 'Do you express gratitude for the storms, for the illness, for the down times too?'...

How To Design Cities To Counter Loneliness

How To Design Cities To Counter LonelinessDo you feel lonely? If you do, you are not alone. While you may think it’s a personal mental health issue, the collective social impact is an epidemic.

The Psychology Of Believing In Free Will

The Psychology Of Believing In Free WillFrom coffee table books and social media to popular science lectures, it seems it has has become increasing fashionable for neuroscientists, philosophers and other commentators to tell anyone that will listen that free will is a myth.

What Does Gaslighting Mean?

What Does Gaslighting Mean?Shortlisted for the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2018 word of the year, “gaslighting” has well and truly found its way into contemporary thought and vernacular.

Accepting Homosexuality: From Shame to Acceptance

Accepting Homosexuality: From Shame to AcceptanceI feel that now is the time to take a completely different look at Homosexuality! With modern science suspecting the causes of same-sex orientation to be genetic, it is time to dispel the myths of choice. When people are born a certain way through no choice of their own -- such as race, or looks, or handicaps -- should they be penalized by society? Is that fair?... I think not.

Horoscope Previous Week: December 10 to 16, 2018

Horoscope Week: December 10 to 16, 2018This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.

It’s Not Fear, It’s Sensation

It’s Not Fear, It’s SensationIf you’re anything like me, or at least who I used to be, my hunch is that when you are on the cusp of doing (and especially saying) something big, important, and paradigm shifting, you label what you are experiencing in your body as fear.

Presence Meditation: Awareness of Thought and Breath

Presence Meditation: Thought and BreathOver the years I have practiced a number of Buddhist meditation techniques, including Mindfulness of Breathing, Loving Kindness, and Anapanasati on a daily basis. Whilst learning about Eckhart Tolle’s teachings, I developed a meditation technique to directly cultivate Presence.

Be (the) Present: It's The Best Gift There Is

Be (the) Present: It's The Best Gift There IsI have been “cleaning out my karma” for a few decades now. When I first started paying attention to the feelings of the moment, there was a collage of easy to detect feelings.

Why The Vast Majority Of People Fib To The Doctor

Why The Vast Majority Of People Fib To The DoctorBetween 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study.

What Einstein Meant By God Does Not Play Dice

What Einstein Meant By God Does Not Play Dice‘The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secret of the Old One,’ wrote Albert Einstein in December 1926. ‘I am at all events convinced that He does not play dice.’

The Secret to the Love and Joy of our 50-Year Marriage

The Joy and Secret of a Long LoveDecember 21, 1968 was our wedding day. It was the happiest day for me. After four years of loving Barry and having people tell us that a Jewish/Christian marriage just cannot work, we were actually doing it. I was marrying the love of my life, the man foretold to me by an inner voice when I was nine years old...

The Nodes of the Moon Tell Our Story: Past, Present, and Potential Future

The Nodes of the Moon Tell Our Story: Past, Present, and Potential FutureWhen we follow our own Nodal path, there is a feeling of determination, strength, and rightness that goes beyond the everyday ups and downs of life. When going in that direction, there is a satisfaction that makes life feel worth living. We feel, 'That's what I want to be doing!' Even if we have difficulty with it, we still feel it is right for us.

Who's In The First House? You and Celebrities Seen Through Astrology

Who's In The First House? You and Celebrities Seen Through AstrologyHave you ever wondered why you seem drawn to certain individuals more than others? Do certain celebrities, politicians or public figures command your attention like no one else? You may have more in common with the celebrity you admire than you think.

What Is The Buddha? Who Is The Buddha?

What Is The Buddha?  Who Is The Buddha?The Buddha is a documentary by David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere that tells the story of the Buddha's life, and attempts to answer the questions Who is the Buddha. What is the Buddha. It also features the work of some of the world's greatest artists and sculptors

The Steps to Processing Loss: Disbelief, Grief, Acceptance, Joy

Processing Loss: Its Disbelief, Grief, Acceptance, JoyHealing can come after loss -- that I now know. And I also discovered that more than healing comes -- joy resurfaces, again. I feel an intimate connection with my beloved once again. And I know now, for sure, that time, place, dimension, and space do not have an effect on the presence of love...

Why Hanukkah's True Meaning Is About Survival

Why Hanukkah's True Meaning Is About Jewish SurvivalBeginning on the evening of Dec. 2, 2018, Jews are celebrating the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, perhaps the best-known and certainly the most visible Jewish holiday.

How Where You're Born Influences The Person You Become

How Where You're Born Influences The Person You BecomeAs early as the fifth century, the Greek philosopher Thucydides contrasted the self-control and stoicism of Spartans with the more indulgent and free-thinking citizens of Athens.

Why Violence and Mental Illness Are A Harsh Reality

Why Violence And Mental Illness Is A Harsh RealityThe violent and senseless death of 11-year-old Luke Batty in Victoria has not only drawn attention to the serious problem of family violence but has also raised questions about the role that undiagnosed or untreated mental illness may have played in his father’s behaviour.

How Pregnancy Hormones Affect The Body

How Pregnancy Hormones Affect The BodyMultiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the fetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, fetal growth and birth.

Astrology and the Chakras: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Astrology and the Chakras: Two Sides of the Same CoinIn this article I would like to explore the exciting possibility of bridging two of history's greatest psychological systems -- astrology and the chakras. Conventionally, these two systems have been seen as having little or nothing to do with each other. In fact...

Can Physics Explain The Motions Of The Panicked Crowd?

Can Physics Explain The Motions Of The Panicked Crowd?When people come together in a crowd, physical and emotional connections define their movement, state of mind and will to act. Understanding crowds can help us manage the panic caused by a terrorist attack

Meet Your Heart: The Myth of The Fragile Heart

Meet Your Heart: The Myth of The Fragile HeartWhen we look within ourselves for sources of power and qualities such as fearlessness and resilience, our heart is not the first or most immediate place that comes to mind. Indeed, the mind--the seat of our mental and logical reasoning--tells us that relying on the heart’s energies might make us weaker...

Why NBA Players Perform Worse After Late Night Tweets

Why NBA Players Perform Worse After Late Night TweetsNBA players who use Twitter or other forms of social media late at night don’t perform as well on the court the next day, a new study shows. A player’s shooting percentage was 1.7 percentage points lower following a night during which he tweeted during typical sleeping hours. Late-night tweeting was also associated with approximately 1.1 fewer points scored and 0.5 fewer rebounds in the next day’s game.

Using Your Light to Hold the Darkness at Bay

Using Your Light to Hold the Darkness at Bay
As Bear sang his song the darkness began to shrink down into nothing and very soon it was gone as quickly as it arrived. Creator stood in front of Bear and said, “I am happy you have found the answer to the darkness. I have always been with you. My energy flows through the top of your head down to your heart and meets the Earth’s energy fusing together to create light. This light, combined with your voice, is like a tapestry woven together as a protection from all evil.”

Why Forcing Kids To Say I’m Sorry Doesn’t Fool Anybody

Why Forcing Kids To Say I’m Sorry Doesn’t Fool AnybodyDon’t force an unremorseful kid to apologize until they’re truly sorry, new research suggests. The point of an apology—to express remorse and repair relationships—is lost because children may dislike the apologizer even more after the insincere apology than before.

Genes Do Shape Our Behavior But It’s Complicated

Genes Do Shape Our Behavior But It’s ComplicatedMany of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality traits, as well as things such as intelligence, sexuality and risk of psychiatric disorders, are highly heritable

Sacred Messengers Meditation: Bighearted Love and Compassion with Giraffe

Sacred Messengers Meditation: Bighearted Love and Compassion with Giraffe
The animals and the natural world are relaying messages to guide and support humanity during this time of great change on the planet. The four-leggeds, winged ones, creepy crawlers, and more are coming to assist in this evolution of consciousness. As we release the self-imposed barriers between us and them, we are able to transcend the illusionary veil between us and hear their language. We are given the gift of their wisdom when we connect in love and respect and cross through the barriers that separate us.

Do You Want A Better Sex Life?

Do You Want A Better Sex Life?

One in 3 American adults do not get enough sleep. Sexual issues are also common, with as many as 45 percent of women and 31 percent of men having a concern about their sex life.

Love In A Time Of Migrants: On Rethinking Arranged Marriages

Love In A Time Of Migrants: On Rethinking Arranged Marriages
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of ‘risk-free love’, which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers ‘love, without falling in love’.

Horoscope Week: December 3 to 9, 2018

Horoscope Current Week: December 3 to 9, 2018This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.

How To Tell If You Are Dating A Psychopath

How To Tell If You Are Dating A Psychopath
It may sound like a scene straight out of a horror movie, but statistically you are not that unlikely to end up on a date with a psychopath. It is estimated that about 1 in 100 people are psychopaths. The majority of psychopaths aren’t actually criminals, but live fairly ordinary lives in our midst. So how do you know if you happen to be dating a psychopath and what should you expect? Luckily, there’s research on the topic.

Transforming Grief And Despair Into Acceptance, Contentment, And Love

Transforming Grief And Despair Into Acceptance, Contentment, And LoveThere are certain critical turning points when grief and despair begin to transform into acceptance, contentment, and Love. I have seen three common ingredients that seem to signal the moment when the weight of depression and disappointment starts to lift...

A Path to Oneness and Spiritual Realization: Gazing at the Beloved

A Path to Oneness and Spiritual Realization: Gazing at the Beloved
Most of our spiritual traditions tell us that, as humans, we are miniature reflections of God and that we have been created in God's image. If this is so, then it would follow that a more direct way to look upon the face of God would be to sit and gaze at an actual person, a real flesh-and-blood human...

Control Your Attention and Empower Your Mind

Control Your Attention and Empower Your MindIt is possible for the mind to become disempowered. It feels then as if reality is just a given, and all we can do is try to deal with it. The disempowered mind feels it has no choice about what it attends to. Training the attention is definitely one way to begin empowering the mind.

Lessons, Lessons, Lessons! Not All Lessons Have To Be Painful

Lessons, Lessons, Lessons! Not All Lessons Have To Be Painful
I know some of you, myself included, feel that lessons must be painful to be appreciated or remembered. Contrary to popular belief, not all lessons have to be painful. Some can even be fun. It's all in the 'moral to the story'. Life gives us wonderful examples to follow ... allow me to illustrate.

How Long Should I Wait Between Pregnancies?

How Long Should I Wait Between Pregnancies?

Women often wonder what the “right” length of time is after giving birth before getting pregnant again. A recent Canadian study suggests 12-18 months between pregnancies is ideal for most women.

Why Vegans Inspire Fear And Loathing Among Meat Eaters

Why Vegans Inspire Fear And Loathing Among Meat Eaters

Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism.

It Is Imperative We Return To Wu-Wei’s Natural Flow of Tao

It Is Imperative We Return To Wu-Wei’s Natural Flow of TaoIn the world that we live in now, with ecological destruction for the sake of material possessions and with the divisions among humanity, a return to our wu-wei nature is imperative, or we will face the dire consequences of our ignorant actions.

Listening to Ourselves Speak... Are We Being Mindful?

Listening to Ourselves Speak... Are We Being Mindful?If we could listen to ourselves as we converse, we would probably be astounded at how often we speak mindlessly. We are so taken up with being the speaker that, quite innocently perhaps, we make insensitive comments, speak inaccurately, or talk too much, hardly aware...

When You're Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

When You're Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

‘Tis the season when the conversation shifts to what you’re thankful for. Gathered with family and friends around a holiday feast, for instance, people may recount some of the biggies – like their health or their children – or smaller things that enhance everyday life – like happening upon a great movie while channel-surfing or enjoying a favorite seasonal food.

Exercising Soul Muscles: Our Best Medicine for Tough Times

Exercising Soul Muscles: Our Best Medicine for Tough TimesThe World Health Organization calls stress "a global epidemic". Stress may be as American as apple pie, but it is also as worldwide as bread pudding. It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, how much money you make, or how dysfunctional your parents were...

Why The History Of Messianic Judaism Is So Fraught And Complicated

Why The History Of Messianic Judaism Is So Fraught And Complicated

When Loren Jacobs, member of the Shma Yisrael Congregation, offered a prayer for the victims of the Tree of Life congregation at a campaign rally attended by Mike Pence, it left many Jews feeling very upset. The vice president’s office later denied inviting Jacobs to the event.

Horoscope Week: November 26 to December 2, 2018

2018 tree reflectionThis weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.

How to Make a Miracle

How to make a miracleI have spent nearly twenty-five years of my adult life searching through the spiritual culture -- during which time I have worked as a body-mind-spirit publisher, a historian of alternative spirituality, and an individual seeker, sampling and struggling with many of the ideas of self liberation and self-development on the current spiritual scene (and working with the originators of some of these ideas). 

Every Wish Is Like A Prayer: Is Anyone Listening?

Every Wish Is Like A Prayer: Is Anyone Listening?Prayer can be a most difficult and trying task. The experiences of our century with its massive blind destruction, suffering, and carnage cast doubt on the concept of a God involved in the welfare of the created universe.

A Quick Fix - Advice from an Unstuck You

A Quick Fix - Advice from an Unstuck YouThis advice is for you if you resonate with one of the following sayings and want a different perspective on a problem you’re facing NOW. I obtained the advice by imagining myself in the future when I was no longer setback in the way described by each of the sayings. I then asked myself what advice I would give that younger and stuck me.

Focusing on the Good in People: The Power of Praise and Blessing

Focusing on the Good in People: The Power of Praise and BlessingIn every interaction with other people, we are always making choices consciously or unconsciously as to what we dwell upon. We can make a conscious choice to focus on the positive in people or situations, no matter what. In other words, we can choose to concentrate on the exciting potential of the moment and of the people involved.

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