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Everyone has slumps or dry periods -- even natural 'creative types'. What many don't know, however, is how dependably nature re-invigorates creativity...

Feeling Stuck? 4 Ways To Awaken Your Creativity Among Natural Surroundings

Technology has been a boon for writers. We can research any topic we want without having to travel to libraries, publish our books without a publishing deal, and write from anywhere we like. But technology has a downside. It can affect our sleep and concentration, play havoc with our creative thinking abilities, and continually woo …

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A moving excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s exemplary and timeless 1957 Christmas speech on why we should love our enemies.

Why We Should Love Our Enemies: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Importance of Losing Enmity

“Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and …

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Witness the incredible spectacle of art fighting back against censorship in Marta Minujín's 'The Parthenon of Books', a colossal replica of the Greek...

Artist Creates a Full-Size Parthenon Out of 100,000 Banned Books at Historic Nazi Book Burning Site

The practice of book-banning (not to mention book-burning) is one of the ugliest forms of censorship known to us, and, as history has repeatedly shown, serves often as an augury of much darker things. That’s why it’s always nice to see art fighting back. Enter Marta Minujín, a 74-year-old Argentinian artist and her colossal piece The …

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Most people understand self control on an intuitive level, but what does science have to say about this aspect of higher-consciousness? Here are 8 facts.

The Science of Self Control: 8 Things We Now Know About This Aspect of Higher Consciousness

Self control is delaying short-term gratification in favour of long-term outcomes. It is the investment of cognitive, emotional and behavioural resources to achieve a desired outcome. Self control often involves resisting temptations and impulses, and habits often undermine self-control. Humans are relatively successful at exerting self-control to achieve long-term outcomes (Hagger et al., 2009). However, people …

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"There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha's name..." An anecdote from Thich Nhat Hanh

The Drum, the Bell and the Buddha: A Short Story From Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one …

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While often attributed to the Dalai Lama, these '18 Essential Rules of Living' are actually an excerpt from 'Life's Little Instruction Book', by...

18 Essential Rules of Living (NOT by the Dalai Lama)

This list, which has long circulated the internet under such titles as “18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama” or “The Dalai Lama’s Instructions for Life”, is actually a long misattributed excerpt from Life’s Little Instruction Book, by H. Jackson Brown Junior. It has nothing to do with the Dalai Lama.   1. Take into account that great …

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A tribe of 20 artists in St. Louis have turned the 10-story International Shoe Company into (quite possibly) the world's coolest urban playground.

This 10-Story Factory Used To Manufacture Shoes. Now It May Just Be The World’s Coolest Urban Playground.

Who says kids are the only ones who know how to play? With a lot of our work being shipped overseas, a large number of empty factories are being left in their wake. So, what better solution than to take these dangerous eyesores and turn them into giant places to play? That’s exactly what a …

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Every human life is an exercise in personal transformation. What we transform into, however, is rarely a conscious choice. Stan Goldberg explains.

An Expert on Personal Transformation Provides the “10 Rules of Change”

“The process of changing from what you are to what you would like to become can be either arduous and frustrating or easy and rewarding. The effort required for both paths is the same. Choose the first and you’ll probably recycle yourself endlessly. Apply my 10 principles, and change, once only a slight possibility, becomes …

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Yes, we know Oprah does transcendental meditation. And Russell Brand. But what about one of the silver screen's biggest badboys? Or one of the most foul-mouthed radio DJs in history? Here are...

5 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Practiced Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is said to be one of the easiest forms of meditation. Unlike many of the others, it doesn’t involve concentration, control of the mind or specific postures, but is instead an enjoyable form of ‘regenerating while resting’ as one simply sits comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, repeating a specific …

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Legend has it the sleep schedules of humanity's most creative are totally out of whack. But is it true? This infographic shows the sleep schedules of...

Sleep Schedules of 27 of History’s Most Creative Minds

Well, it turns out that some of history’s most creative geniuses actually weren’t as eccentric as previously thought. At least when it comes to their sleeping schedules, anyway. The popular idea of the tortured creative genius slaving away all night and basically giving no thought to their sleep hygiene in general could be somewhat of …

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6 Quotes From Astronauts Describing Their Experiences as They Gazed Upon the Earth From the Moon

We reached the moon, and it was barren. The bleak moonscape of rocks and dust is a fitting metaphor for the landscape of separation, whether the emotional desolation of the man of reason, or the ugly homogeneity of suburbia. Yet our sojourn—the entire course of separation—is not without purpose. To convey a hint of what …

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