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10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them

For your reading pleasure, here are ten schools of philosophy you should know about. Some of them are commonly misunderstood, and we correct that …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Understanding And Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation has become quite a vital part of my daily routine, it's just as important as eating and exercising. Whilst the body needs …

Ursula K. Le Guin on Redeeming the Imagination from the Commodification of Creativity and How Storytelling Teaches Us to Assemble Ourselves

“Literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’re visiting, life.”<p><i>“The imagination,”</i> wrote the trailblazing philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft in a 1794 letter, <i>“is the true fire, stolen from heaven, to animate this cold creature of clay,</i> …

Ursula K. Le Guin

#startTODAY with Hoda: 30-day plan to calm the mind and control your life

Hoda Kotb's one of the busiest women in television, so it's no surprise one of her goals for the new year was to find a way to care for her mind and feel more organized. To help achieve her goals, Hoda enlisted the help of Angie Johnsey, an RN CHT-hypnotherapist and celebrity mind coach.<p>FOLLOW …

Mom's Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Recipe by: 7woolfords<p>"This is my favorite recipe because it is so quick. Frost if desired."<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>Added to shopping list. Go to shopping …

This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Whole Day

How cool is science? Now you can set yourself up every morning for an awesome day by doing these simple activities.<p>When I learned of Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor's recommendations for training your brain to be more positive, I admit, I did a little eye-roll. I mean, watching …

Happiness

10 Ways Manipulators Use Emotional Intelligence for Evil (and How to Fight Back)

Learn how to protect yourself.<p>Emotional intelligence is nothing new.<p>Sure, the term was coined in the 1960s, and popularized by psychologists in recent decades. But the concept of emotional intelligence--which I define as a person's ability to recognize and understand emotions and use that …

Psychology

Beat Stress With Our 30-Day Meditation Challenge

Allow me to let you in on a little secret: We'll <i>never</i> be totally rid of stress. And trying to live in pursuit of a stress-free state of mind will …

Meditation

Walt Whitman on Identity and the Paradox of the Self

“There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity.”<p><i>“Our normal sensation of self is a hoax, or, at best, a temporary role that we are playing, or have been conned into</i> …

Literature

Drawing Birds Tutorial

Start with the basic Shape<p>The most important part of the drawing is getting the basic shape right at the start. Instead of focusing on details at the …

Birds

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 22 – A Grief Observed by CS Lewis (1961)

This powerful study of loss asks: ‘Where is God?’, and explores the feeling of solitude and sense of betrayal that even non-believers will recognise<p>“No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.” From its famous opening line, <i>A Grief Observed</i> propelled its readers into a no-man’s-land of …

9 Mental Habits That Can Make You Feel Bitter

Source: alarich/Shutterstock<p>Over the course of our lives, we run across all types of people—and the fact that we're prone to classifying them as …

Happiness

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump's fact bending claims

A potential Donald Trump presidency terrifies people worldwide. His racism, bullying, and enthusiasm for violence are a great concern for …

Critical Thinking

Beloved Poet and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on the Seeming Self vs. the Authentic Self and the Liberating Madness of Casting Our Masks Aside

“I have found both freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.”<p>In 1918, the great Lebanese-American artist, poet, and philosopher <b>Kahlil Gibran</b> (January 6, 1883–April 10, 1931) published a collection of parables and poems titled <b>The</b> …

Literature

The Elusive Art of Inner Wholeness and How to Stop Hiding Our Souls

<i>“Do not despise your inner world,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum admonished in her reflection on what it takes to live a full life. <i>“Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you,”</i> Anna Deavere Smith wrote in her spectacular letters of advice to young …

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

On March 15, 1884, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 20, 1910) wrote in his diary:<p>I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.<p>So he set out to compile “a wise thought for every …