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Feinstein’s Weird Abortion Remark

A law professor who was watching the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designee Jeff Sessions contacted me after he was stunned to hear …

Obama administration asks appeals court to throw out ruling against transgender rights

Federal lawyers have asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling that placed a nationwide injunction on a federal policy ensuring …

Obama Administration

Harvard researchers have found the source of human consciousness

What is human consciousness and where does it come from? Throughout the ages, some of our greatest minds have probed this question, and struggled to …

Consciousness

Broaden and Deepen Your Network Using This Simple Hack

What you can learn from leadership professor Joshua Spodek<p>How often do you see a practice you love and teach taken to a whole other level? Or two or even three?<p>Sometimes practices fit together so well to become so much more than the sum of their parts, you almost can't believe them. But you have to …

Self-improvement

Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

Military

5 Powerful Quotes from Taoist and Zen Buddhists on How to Handle Heartbreak and Loss

As Oscar Wilde once said, “the heart was made to be broken.” Heartbreak is something we all face at some point in our lives, and how we handle …

Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015

The U.S. opioid epidemic is continuing, and drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999–2014. Among 47,055 drug overdose deaths that occurred in …

Magistrates’ Association warns children and social work bill could make court orders protecting vulnerable children ‘unenforceable’<p>Court orders protecting vulnerable children could become “unenforceable” if the government pushes through changes exempting councils from their legal obligations, the …

Zen Buddhist Masters Reveal How To Confront Your Loneliness

I think we can all agree that feeling lonely is one of the most challenging human experiences that almost all of us need to face at some point in our …

Meditation, Monks, and Mountain Zen: What It’s Like to Stay at a Traditional Buddhist Temple in Japan

About 80 minutes south of Osaka by the limited-express Nankai Koya train is Koyasan, a place considered to be one of Japan’s most sacred sites. With 117 Shingon Buddhist temples, the mountain region was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. As if being home to that weren’t enough, 52 of …

Japan

The Friendship Bench Can Help Chase The Blues Away

Things were already going pretty badly for Florence Manyande. Then one day last spring, while walking down the street, she was hit by a car.<p>"This woman saw, and she pulled me out of the road." recalls Manyande, 50. "She tried to talk to me, but I couldn't talk then. I had a lot on my mind."<p>Her run …

Mental Health

Against Confession: On Intersectional Feminism, Radical Catholicism, and Redefining Remorse

<i>Laura Goode | Longreads | January 2017 | 23 minutes (5,818 words)</i><p>In the last formal confession I remember having delivered, I sat face-to-face in the …

Theology

Syrian Kurdish groups say not invited to peace talks

PARIS (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and its political arm the PYD will not be invited to planned peace talks in Kazakhstan, a PYD official said on Tuesday, an outcome that would leave a key player in the conflict off the negotiating table.<p>A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection …

Middle East

A set of 12,600-year old handprints means humans were roaming the Himalayas thousands of years later than anthropologists thought

The prints were found in the Himalayan mountains, and now researchers have estimated that they were made by people thousands of years after they initially thought.<p>The findings were published in the journal Science.

15 Quotes From the Father of Modern Zen That Will Open Your Mind

Ever heard of Hakuin Ekaku? If not, then you’re in for a major treat of wisdom today.<p>Ekaku lived in Japan in the 1700s and is considered one of the …

Start Your Day With the Rule of Three to Work Proactively On Your Goals

Every day your work gets interrupted by emails, phone calls, and conversations with your boss. To work with focus, instead of reactively, start your …

The one thing the world’s oldest yogi does every a.m. to guarantee a great day

Sure, you can express your gratitude like Julianne Hough or hop on the treadmill to get your blood flowing like Kayla Itsines—but when it comes to …

Why You Should Try Meditating While Running (and How to Do It)

Find inner-peace, while pounding the pavement<p>I’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the street, and the way his red hat flops to the side. I pass dry-looking trees …

Your intuition is more powerful than your intellect, and just as easily expanded

<i>This post originally appeared at</i> <i>LinkedIn</i><i>.</i> <i>Follow the author here.</i><p>Steve Jobs once said that intuition is more powerful than intellect. As it turns out, Jobs was onto something, and the scientific community backs him up. It seems that we’ve been giving intuition far too little respect.<p>Intuition will …

Creativity

The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World

This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most …

Photography

7 Solid Tips on How to Be the Best Speaker in the Room

Regardless how you feel about public speaking, absolutely anyone can be a charismatic presenter, provided the right work goes into the preparation.<p>Have you ever suffered through a presentation or talk while your mind wandered, eyelids drooped, and backside ached? Of course you have. Dull and …

Public Speaking

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.<p>There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing …

Time Management