Marya Khairullah

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Life lessons from Tadahisa Sakai, the last descendant of a Japanese samurai clan

About 150 years ago, at the end of Japan’s Edo period, a civil war resulted in the end of the samurai culture and the birth of modern Japan. One …

Japan

Taiji/yinyang philosophy: Chungliang Al Huang at TEDxHendrixCollege

Recipe: Cara Cara Orange Curd

Soon after Elizabeth mentioned them, we spotted cara cara oranges at our local grocery. We ate a few for afternoon snacks, but then our thoughts …

Why Immortality Is Overrated

Helen was 82. She'd survived both breast cancer and outlived her husband.<p>One summer day she began bleeding from her colon and was admitted to the hospital. We assumed the worst — another cancer. But after she endured a series of scans and being poked with scopes, we figured out that she had an …

Medicine

28 Underused Words You Really Need To Start Using

From absquatulate to vituperative, via Word Warriors.<p>For more underused words, visit the word warriors site.

Dearborn author's challenge: Live as if you're dying

If today were your last day on earth, what would you do?<p>Would you spend it with your family or dearest friends, telling those closest to you that you …

Detroit

These Pakistan designers redefine traditional couture for Indian brides

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How Touching Your Different Fingers Can Make You Healthier

Excessive clutter is often a symptom and a cause of stress and can affect every facet of your life: from the time it takes you to do things to your …

Minimalism

Reducing Stress: What Scientists Learned From the Children Who Survived a Famine During the Deadliest War in History

There was nothing left to eat.<p>The butter had disappeared in October. By November, adult food rations had been cut to 1,000 calories per day. A few months later, in the dead of winter, rations dropped to 500 calories per day. Food stocks throughout the country were empty. If you were lucky enough to …

How to Encourage Healthier Habits—Without Being Annoying

We're not claiming to be the pinnacle of perfect health, but whether it’s a friend, family member, or significant other, many of us have a loved one …

Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This

Improve your resiliency--or teach your kids to be mentally tougher--with these important practices.<p>Resilience is defined as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness."<p>There's no surprise that it's a characteristic of some of the world's most successful people. It's also a …

personaldevelopment

A helicopter dad embraces free-range parenting

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two separate events occurred on our family's beach getaway this summer.<p>One, my 13-year-old son rode a Jet Ski at 60 miles per hour.<p>Two, I did not have a heart attack.<p>Taken separately, neither of these events would be of particular significance. The fact that they occurred simultaneously, …

Parenting

5 Simple Self-Care Techniques

Each morning as you shower or brush your teeth do you lament, "I have to do this, every day, for the rest of my life!" You most likely hop into the shower as you think of your day's agenda, and look in the mirror, brushing your teeth as your thoughts are elsewhere. Both showering and brushing are …

Why Saying No Is an Act of Love

<b>The Divine Dance of the Yes-No Partnership.</b><p>One of the areas that generates a huge amount of emotional conflict and causes profound confusion for many people is this area of saying Yes and saying No; particularly of saying <b>No.</b><p>Our spiritual teachings really embrace how important it is to give, and …

Why Do People Do Yoga?

After my last weekend of yoga teacher training, a friend asked me over dinner, "Why do you do yoga? So you can learn to do what... headstands?"<p>Why do people do yoga?<p>More than 90 percent of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. But, for most people, their …

How to Train People to Respect You

<i>This article was originally published on riskology.co</i><p><i>Image courtesy of Tommi Virtanen</i><p>Meet Bella, the most timid dog on Earth.<p>For human-to-Bella interactions, her disposition is ideal. She'll come right up to you, but she's too afraid to jump. Even the most dog-fearing child can find a friend in …

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …

8 Things No One Tells You About Doing Yoga

<b>The essential lessons every yogi should learn.</b><p><i>By Alison Feller</i>, SELF<p>I have always been a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. I was a competitive dancer through college, and once I got hooked on running and Spinning I was all cardio, all the time. But yoga? Never.<p>Then one night, just a few years ago, …

I'm Not Special (And That's OK)

"OK, undress," she says in her thick accent, nodding with a smile to the bench where I should set my clothes. I am in Bali and about to have my first Balinese massage. I was expecting her to leave the room while I readied myself under the sheet on the massage table and I'm frozen for a second, …

A Love Letter to Hawaii

It’s the last night of my tenth trip to Hawaii. This time I’ve come to visit my daughter, Jenny, who is planning to move back to California this month after living on Oahu for more than two years. My wife, son, and I have gathered for one final family fling.<p>And we’ve had a wonderful time, mixing …

National Parks

10 Happiness Lessons We Can Learn From the Ancient Greeks

The ancient Greeks have much to teach us about life and how to live it in a conscious, joyous and peaceful way. Below are 10 philosophies I learned from the ancient Greeks that have provided me with the courage and strength to live my best authentic life. They've also provided me with the tools to …

3 Ancient Parables to Challenge and Shift Your Perspective

Image Credit: AsianEntrepreneur.org<p>If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a parable speaks a thousand truths. We love stories with hidden meanings -- whether it's a movie, book, or performance, the underlying truth that sparks the "A-ha moment" captures us. That's what parables do.<p>Parables have …

Is Yoga Really for Everyone?

<i>Face of yoga in America. (Photo by Edson Hong)</i><p>Yoga is a universal language. It has no color or religion.<p>So why is the face of yoga in the U.S. always a thin flexible white American woman?<p><b>Is it that people of color and men don't practice yoga?</b> Or do they practice but don't want to talk about it?<p>I …

Beyond Reframing

"Reframing" is the art of shifting perspectives, and is considered a core skill in pretty much any field that involves directing people's perceptions, ranging from therapy to politics to marketing and advertising. A good re-framer can convince you that black is white, or at the very least that …

Deepak Chopra's 4-Step Mindful Practice to Enrich Your Life

217<p>SHARES<p>A pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and author of dozens of best-selling books on Eastern philosophy and personal transformation, …

Measure Backward, Not Forward

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan …

True Confessions: I Didn't Know How to Be a Woman

I was born a woman. But, I had no clue about what it meant to truly be a woman. Instead, I learned from the well-meaning women in my life that being a woman meant:<p>• Sucking it up and working hard because the man in your life wasn't going to be around to help.<p>• Either crying on the floor in a corner …

About

:: About<p><b>Nick Atlas, Ph.D., E-RYT 500</b> is a transformative educator and consultant specializing in integrative approaches to sleep, dreams, …