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Stage Five Of Qi Cultivation – Directing Qi

Our Body’s Innate Capacity To Heal<p>As our qi cultivation journey continues, I’d invite you to consider now what typically we take for granted: the …

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<b>New Online Video Course</b> <br>Register for Michael A. Singer’s first full-length online course: <b>Living From a Place of Surrender - The Untethered Soul in</b> …

Meditation

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Time Management

How To Begin Rebuilding Your Life And Make It Ridiculously Amazing

<b>by Luminita D. Saviuc</b><p>“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon …

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …

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29 Of The Most Powerful And Wisest Quotes Of All Time

Let me guess…<p>You often drag yourself to work and feel like everyday is the same.<p>Perhaps it feels like your life is on autopilot.<p>At moments you might …

Motivation

Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life

<i>As told to Joe Hagan.</i><p><b>I flew to Hawaii</b> recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson …

Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>Update:</b> Julia Quinn, Amtrak's Director of Social Media, offered a few new details on the program …

Fleetwood Mac, now with Christine McVie again!

Christine McVie has rejoined Fleetwood Mac! As regular BB readers know, I'm a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy of LPs and, …

10 Easy Steps To Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice.

Like all the other shoulds and musts in life, it’s hard to make it a daily habit. We are so burdened by the laundry list of our day to day …

Cultural icons define and dissect creativity – a soul-enriching omnibus: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/09/06/what-is-creativity/

How to Tell Love from Lust: A Timeless 1929 Litmus Test from E.B. White and James Thurber

In 1927, E. B. White pulled some strings at <i>The New Yorker</i>, where he had been working since shortly after the legendary magazine’s birth in 1925, and arranged for his friend <b>James Thurber</b> to be hired as an editor. Over the decades that followed, Thurber would go on to produce some of the magazine’s …

The Best Marijuana Strains for Depression

Cannabis

The Best First Steps to Develop Your Online Platform

At the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference last month I talked to both new and experienced writers about building author platforms. I expected to be asked why author platforms were necessary, but to my surprise the most frequent question I heard was: Where should I start? Writers young and old …

Writing

Charles Bukowski Reads His “Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men” and Shares His Advice on Creativity

<b>Charles Bukowski</b> (August 16, 1920–March 9, 1994) remains a poet exquisitely emblematic of the inherent contradictions of the human spirit — a man of unabashed profanity and self-conscious sensitivity, of tragic cynicism and heartening insight on the meaning of life and the spirit of writing. It is …

If Gorey and Sendak Had Illustrated Kafka for Kids

Sylvia Plath believed it was never too early to dip children’s toes in the vast body of literature. But to plunge straight into Kafka? Why not, which is precisely what Brooklyn-based writer and videogame designer Matthue Roth has done in <b>My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs</b> (<i>public</i> …

How to Quit Your Job Like Sherwood Anderson: The Best Resignation Letter Ever Written

Like a number of celebrated creators — including Dr. Seuss, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Wendy MacNaughton — <b>Sherwood Anderson</b> started out in advertising to make ends meet, first as an advertising solicitor, then as an ad salesman and copywriter for farming equipment, and eventually as a copywriter in …

Maria S.C. single test tubes chandelier / lamp / // vase / floral decoration

Maria S.C. chandelier is made from laboratory test tubes, set in two plywood bands. This surprising material and geometric shape makes this lamp both classic and innovative. The double glass cylinder recalls Art Deco forms in a unique contemporary way. The use of ready-made objects gives an …

10 Huge Breakthroughs That Came From All-Nighters

Getting enough sleep is important, but don't be afraid to work through the night when necessary.<p>Eric Epstein's new book, 24 Hours Genius: Unlocking Your Brain's Potential with Strategic All-Nighters, chronicles some memorable stories of how successful people pulled all-nighters that led to some …

Bill Gates

If you read one thing today, make it Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's timeless advice on creative integrity and life: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/20/bill-watterson-1990-kenyon-speech/

What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

After those collections of notable definitions of art, science, and philosophy, here comes a selection of poetic definitions of a peculiar phenomenon that is at once more amorphous than art, more single-minded than science, and more philosophical than philosophy itself. Gathered here are some of …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

The poet John Keats once described the ideal state of the psyche as <i>negative capability</i> — the ability “of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” “The truth of life is its mystery,” echoed Joyce Carol Oates. This comfort with mystery and the …

Sacred Sex. ~ Ashley Turner

Whether you’re single, married or in a relationship, below are some practical, yogic tools to transition from ‘having sex’ to ‘making love.’<p>The key …