Zen Habits: The Way to Be

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“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. ” […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Moving On

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Change is always an exciting and scary thing. One second you may be feeling excited, happy and anxious for the change and the next you panic. My upcoming change is that I will be moving out of my parent’s house into an apartment nearby with a friend. While I briefly lived in an apartment away […]

Your Best Year EVER

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Every New Year resolutions are made — most of which are short lived — new declarations announced, and goals set. This year I decided to go big. I am committed to making 2013 the best year of my life, because… well, why not? I am 39, turning 40 in November, and I can’t come up […]

The Divine Bhav: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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Any practice that brings you joy and feels light and uplifting is the Holy Grail for your daily peace of mind. As a yogi the most important tool is the attitude with which you approach the practice and not the practice itself that promises a consistent positive experience. There is a well known Zen Buddhist […]

Life’s Frailty, and the Gestures That Go a Long Way

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Several years ago, my friend Jeffrey Zaslow sent me a chapter from a book he was writing about lifelong friendships among a group of women from Ames, Iowa. It was a powerful story about love and loss that moved me to tears. With the draft pages still in my hands, I sat down with my […]

Surefire Ways To Be An Amazing Friend

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First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful, wonderful holiday! I’d love to hear all about it. Tweet me at @lrstewar! Friendships are so important. I don’t know about you, but they bring so much happiness, laughter, fulfillment, hope and so much more into my life. So of course, maintaining your friendships is […]

I Believe She’s Amazing – Join The Movement!

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Kim MacGregor launched this grassroots movement to unite and inspire 1,000,000 women around the world to recognize the amazing women in their lives-in memory of her inspirational friend Erika Heller, who lost her four-year battle with colon cancer on May 28, 2009, at 31 years old, just two weeks shy of her one-year wedding anniversary […]

New Book Review: “A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter”

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It is not often you find a memoir written by a man on how his life was changed by Jane Austen. But Austen scholar, William Deresiewicz uses humor and wit to combine his own experiences with things he’s learned from Austen’s teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, […]

Falling In And Out Of Friendship – Book Review On “House Arrest” By Ellen Meeropol

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Have you ever had a friendship that became important but never would have happened if you had said what you were thinking the first time you met the person? We first meet one of the central characters in Ellen Meeropol’s new novel, House Arrest, in just that situation. Emily, a 30-something woman who has always […]

Long Live Friendship!

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After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness. The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the […]