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Happy Birthday Your Holiness!!!!

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The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness and contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.

Contemplative practices, including prayer, meditation, yoga, and many contemplative arts, help individuals regain balance and calm in the midst of challenging circumstances. This state of calm centeredness provides effective stress reduction and can also help address issues of meaning, values, and spirit. Contemplative practices can help people develop greater empathy and communication skills, improve focus and concentration, reduce stress and enhance creativity. In time, with sustained commitment, they cultivate insight, wise discernment, and a loving and compassionate approach to life.

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Check out Lori’s blog post. . . and please pass on to anyone you know that might be interested. happily passed this on as I know first hand how hard it is to drum up research participants

Alzheimer's Speaks Blog

New Study For Adults

Who’s Parents have Alzheimer’s


  • Volunteers aged 60 and over needed for research study.
  • Investigators are seeking healthy, right handed, native English speaking adults for a new study investigating recognition of famous names and English words.
  • Researchers are looking for adults with or without biological parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.


  • Study Requires:
  • Completing questionnaires about your own health & your family’s medical history.
  • A brief evaluation of memory and thinking skills.
  • A short mood assessment
  • Participants will be compensated for their participation.

For more information, or to volunteer please contact

Erin Holcomb M.A.: 313.577.8369


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The Better Man Project ™

I believe that there are no mistakes…only lessons learned. In fact, I like life a lot more this way. I get the chance to look at everything I did that day and either go wow! or oooohhhh ooops. Doesn’t sound like much, but, there was a time when that type of taking notes on life mentality wasn’t there. It has helped a lot. There is no doubt in my mind that I have gained a lot more experience through doing this.

I wanted to put this picture up here because it embodies about everything I believe in. There are many times when I forget to say this to myself….”Here, now, this moment.” It really makes the world of a difference because I know what to do when I say that. I know I am happiest when I am living in this moment…because the past or future doesn’t actually exist. You…

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This is awesome! This is living your dash. . . what an honor.
Thanks for sharing this story!


By Pamela Sitt

Moms and dads all over the world are serving banana splits for dinner in the sweetest of tributes to a dying child and the mother who’s determined to find the joy in his last days.

Two weeks ago, doctors told Erik and Diane Roberts that nothing more could be done to save their 21-month-old son, Ryan, who was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect. Ryan had the first of four surgeries at four days old, and has since suffered a series of setbacks that made him a frequent patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

His hospital room “looks like a damn toy store,” Diane says. “We have a Jeep in here!”

The gifts, balloons and well wishes have been pouring in. But after Diane posted an update to her Facebook page sharing that she and her husband made the decision to issue a DNR — Do Not Resuscitate —…

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This is one of my all time favorite quotes.
IF we could all learn to live it!


Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine, as children do.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

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Thank you. . .there is nothing else to say!

It's a New Day...

Day 158 Question 158:

As a society, how do we reduce the amount of bullying the seems to be occurring more and more often?

A recent news story caught my attention and in mere moments I had a wide array of emotions rushing through my body.  I am going to attach the 2 videos that have streamed across the Internet for those of you that have not heard about this story or seen the videos.  The first video (in my opinion) is hard to watch.  This video shows a 68 year old woman being verbally abused on a school bus by middle school aged kids.  I was absolutely appalled and all that kept flashing through my mind was my mother.  What if that was my mother sitting there having young kids call her atrocious names and bully her while she sat there doing her job as a bus monitor.  This…

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The Calm Monkey

One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that it’s for people who are troubled, or are seeking something in their lives.  Although this may be true, I want to ensure people know that meditation can be for anyone, and opens a door to more fully experience life. It brings us above the day-to-day stresses and worries when one might say ‘I just feel kind of numb in my life. Every day I face the same stresses.’

Here is a conversation I had with one of my students yesterday. She is a lovely person who people might say has a typical western society lifestyle.  Married, 2 kids, an office job, and runs around constantly driving, cooking and just keeping up with her daily life. This shows how meditation can change our experience of life:

Student: “I didn’t know anything about meditation but felt I was open to it and curious…

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Thanks for sharing the Rumi quote and I love what you did with it!

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When we live in a world where we play video games where you get extra points for killing hookers and pedestrians, you will have this basest form of behavior and conduct.
If we don’t start learning to practice deep listening, compassionate speech, and interconnectedness, we will continue to have child abuse, war, addiction, etc.
I would like to send these children to workshops on nonviolent communication, give them community service, and group work to do. I think that would be more beneficial than being arrested.
My heart aches for this woman. And it aches for this group of children who are misguided and have not been well parented.
How much longer are we going to keep making excuses?

Anderson Cooper 360

The father of a boy who harassed Karen Klein says his son is receiving death threats. He calls the incident “life-changing” for his family and doesn’t believe his son will behave like that again.

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