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Sweet Dreams: 15 Tips For Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies/Which busy care draws in the brains of men;/Therefore thou sleep’st so sound. —William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar Some of us are convinced that we can train our bodies to function just fine on four or five hours of sleep. I’ve even known people who think it’s a sign of [...]

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Peaceful isn’t passive: 7 tips for speaking up

Sometimes, keeping our mouths shut only serves ourselves and our own fears. Silently watching someone jump off a cliff—or putting up with someone’s poor treatment of us or watching another get hurt without doing anything just isn’t useful much less compassionate. Whether we speak up or not and how is a choice. We might not [...]

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The surprising truth about hot fudge sundaes

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha When I was 19, I worked as a short order cook and sandwich maker in a kosher-style deli in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Back in the early 80s, the Catskills—or the “Borscht Belt,” as the area was known—were at the tail end of [...]

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Got voices in your head? Me too

This morning, I didn’t have a clear-cut plan for my workday. I had three or four must-do tasks, three or four probably-should-do tasks, and three or four in-an-ideal-world tasks, but none of them had deadlines. There were a few other options—like go back to bed—that were infinitely more appealing. “No. You just have to do [...]

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Reduce violence in your life with one simple choice

It’s not enough to simply fight violence with violence. We must do more than that; we must proactively create a world in which violence has no room to breathe….We won’t eradicate war until we more deeply embrace peace, and that takes more than just a wish or even a prayer; it takes spine. —Marianne Williamson [...]

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