Obsession sounds like a bad thing–and often it can be–but it can also be a driving force that gets us decidedly from Point A to Point B. Let’s take a look at the wide range of meanings:
This heartwarming story shows how one long-locked girl decides that giving to others matters in need leads to the happiest of all endings:
Six-year-old Charlie Tilloston did away with 2 feet of her golden locks so it can be used to make wigs for children suffering with cancer. After watching a television documentary on cancer, she told her father she wanted to give her hair to those who really needed it. Her father told the Sidmouth Herald: “She came up to me a couple of weeks later and said, ‘Daddy, would you mind if I had all my hair cut off for children with cancer?’ I welled up.”
As its been said many times before, a picture is worth a thousand words. This image is particularly poignant when you understand the back story:
An 11-year-old’s wish to give the gift of life to others came true on the last day of his life. The photograph below shows doctors bowing to Liang Yaoyi, a gifted student from Shenzhen, China, who died from a brain tumor in June. His mother can be seen crying in the background.
“There are many people doing great things in the world,” he said according to China Daily. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid too.”
Source: Huffington Post
Do you believe in the power of crystals? Well, I’m not sure if I do either. But I do know essential elements that the earth gives us all possess a certain energy. Let’s allow for an open mind where the planet’s gifts can offer health, hope and healing.
All the means of action – the shapeless masses – the materials – lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius.”” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.” Orison Swett Marden
With electricity we were wired into a new world, for electricity brought the radio, a “crystal set” and with enough ingenuity, one could tickle the crystal with a cat’s whisker and pick up anything.” Theodore H. White
Come live with me, and be my love, and we will some new pleasures prove, Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines and silver hooks” John Donne
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Make my breast transparent as pure crystal, that the world, jealous of me, may see the foulest thought my heart does hold” George Villiers
But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit. ~ George Orwell
We’ve heard about “the tree of life.” And there’s a reason these two concepts (tree and life) are so inextricably connected. Trees offer up living energy that provides habitats for countless creatures and helps clean our air, as well as provide raw, natural beauty. In India, a massive project is underway that is set to provide better “life” for its inhabitants via the majestic tree.
Jadav “Molai” Payeng, the Indian man who single-handedly planted up 1,360 acres of forest, may soon have some competition on his hands. Or allies, depending on which way you want to look at it. Huffington Post reports that a new afforestation initiative from India’s Rural Development Ministry aims to plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways. The idea, says the article, is to both combat rural poverty and youth unemployment while also improving the environment and helping to clean up India’s chronic air pollution:The country’s Rural Development Ministry on Friday announced a new afforestation plan to plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s highways in an effort to tackle youth unemployment. The country’s Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Rural Development Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari said in a meeting in New Delhi that the new initiative would also help preserve the environment.This plan cannot come soon enough. Not only does India have a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, according to the World Health Organization, it is also home to six of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution. Given the deadly impact of air pollution worldwide, and the incredible power of trees to absorb emissions, this plan may have a significant impact not just on the economy and biodiversity, but on health as well.Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/to-fight-unemployment-india-to-plant-2-billion-trees#ixzz38Cgz3MQT
Did you ever notice that some people just seem to shine? Well we all have that ability but sometimes, life has a way of putting a dull cover over our natural glow.
Here are some quick pointers so you can shine from the inside:
* Rest, relax and eat well. Nothing makes you look better from the inside then simply taking good care of yourself. Think of how you look after a good night’s sleep. Your eyes shine, your face looks relaxed and you feel like you can take on the world. Or how about after a healthy meal? You feel more vibrant, balanced.
* Clean your spirit. Yes, the dreaded “m” word will be uttered: meditation. Even if the concept alludes you, take a mere 5 minutes before you start your day and simply focus on your breathing, nothing else. If thoughts pop up, let them come and go, without any judgement. At the end of the five minutes, go look in the mirror. You’ll be surprised at the glow that emanates from you. Our minds need to take breaks; they can’t be running madly all day long. If prayer works better for you, then do that.
* Laugh like you mean it. What is it about a good laugh that almost feel akin to a good cry? It purges the soul of mental “gunk” and helps you breathe easier, as if something heavy and dark has easily passed through you. Don’t feel like laughing? Fake it. Studies have concluded that even fake laughter has its benefits.
If you just feel like the sparkle in you has diminished, that’s alright too. Sit with it. Figure out what has been dulling your soul shine. Maybe it’s grief or old anger. Explore the causes in a kind and gentle way. Get to the root of it. Grieve, express, release.
And always remember:
Have I ever told you I’m a surfer? (By “you”, I mean the entire shadowy world of the Internet.)
That’s right, I surf. Small waves, big waves. Flying on water, that’s what I do. But waves are more than just watery walls meant to move you magically from point A to point B. Waves are metaphors.
Ben Johnson is the hero of his own story. Even with spastic cerebral palsy, he has managed to beat the odds.
Ben Jackson, a 20-year-old athlete from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, is an avid wrestler and currently training to someday compete in international weightlifting. He also has spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that the CDC describes as a movement disorder that comes from increased muscle tone, resulting in stiff muscles and awkward movement.
Jackson’s determination is the subject of a new ad from Gatorade, called “Ben Jackson, Never Finished.”
“I think in life, people wait for challenges to come to them. But when you’re born with a challenge, you learn how to overcome that from day one,” he says in the clip above.
Did you know that kindness can be studied scientifically? Or that marriages can be examined using scientific methods, determining their success or failure. This in-depth piece from The Atlantic examines kindness and how, like a muscle, it can be strengthened.
Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth.
Except, of course, it doesn’t work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction. Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain in healthy, happy marriages, as psychologist Ty Tashiro points out in his book The Science of Happily Ever After, which was published earlier this year.
Social scientists first started studying marriages by observing them in action in the 1970s in response to a crisis: Married couples were divorcing at unprecedented rates. Worried about the impact these divorces would have on the children of the broken marriages, psychologists decided to cast their scientific net on couples, bringing them into the lab to observe them and determine what the ingredients of a healthy, lasting relationship were. Was each unhappy family unhappy in its own way, as Tolstoy claimed, or did the miserable marriages all share something toxic in common?
Psychologist John Gottman was one of those researchers. For the past four decades, he has studied thousands of couples in a quest to figure out what makes relationships work. I recently had the chance to interview Gottman and his wife Julie, also a psychologist, in New York City. Together, the renowned experts on marital stability run The Gottman Institute, which is devoted to helping couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies.
John Gottman began gathering his most critical findings in 1986, when he set up “The Love Lab” with his colleague Robert Levenson at the University of Washington. Gottman and Levenson brought newlyweds into the lab and watched them interact with each other. With a team of researchers, they hooked the couples up to electrodes and asked the couples to speak about their relationship, like how they met, a major conflict they were facing together, and a positive memory they had. As they spoke, the electrodes measured the subjects’ blood flow, heart rates, and how much they sweat they produced. Then the researchers sent the couples home and followed up with them six years later to see if they were still together.
From the data they gathered, Gottman separated the couples into two major groups: the masters and the disasters. The masters were still happily together after six years. The disasters had either broken up or were chronically unhappy in their marriages. When the researchers analyzed the data they gathered on the couples, they saw clear differences between the masters and disasters. The disasters looked calm during the interviews, but their physiology, measured by the electrodes, told a different story. Their heart rates were quick, their sweat glands were active, and their blood flow was fast. Following thousands of couples longitudinally, Gottman found that the more physiologically active the couples were in the lab, the quicker their relationships deteriorated over time.
[Above] Signs of contempt, a relationship killer.
Two entirely different feelings. One could almost say apathy is the antithesis of empathy. But what have we to learn from these states of human being?
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate-it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn. ~ Leo Buscaglia
“One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” ~ Sophocles
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. ~ Frederic Chopin
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Bonnie Jean Wasmund
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. ~ Albert Einstein
We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. ~ Helen Keller
” Two parts of empathy: skill (tip of iceberg) and attitude (mass of the iceberg).” ~ Source Unknown
I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference! ~ Jack Kerouac
There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives. ~ Edmund Burke
Apathy is a sort of living oblivion. ~ Horace Greeley
Such has often been my apathy, when objects long sought, and earnestly desired, were placed within my reach. Nathaniel Hawthorne