The "Blessed Unrest:" The Faces of America

Have you been experiencing the challenge of change?  In the last posts we referred to it as, “The Blessed Unrest.”   Paul Hawken uses this word to describe the actions of millions of people who are creating a better world.  Concerned and aware, these individuals are acting independently, following no centralized set of beliefs, leadership, or organization. Their impact has been largely hidden, yet it is becoming a significant source of change.

Little Things are Big Things: Honor Your Strengths

When your actions are connected with your virtues and strengths, little things become big things.  For example, I often work with people who have a vague sense of anxiety and depression, saying they do not feel fulfilled. 

The "Blessed Unrest:" What is The Energy Behind It?

The "Blessed Unrest," a book by Paul Hawken, describes one of the largest hidden movements in the world. It involves of millions of people at the grass roots. Socically conscious and aware, these are the people working behind the scenes, taking action on what needs to be done. 

The "Blessed Unrest:" Optimism and Hope

January is a time for new beginnings.  The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us of the power of optimism in accomplishing our goals.   He understood the power of the actions of each individual. Since his powerful   “I have a dream” speech, much change has occurred.   

The Best of 2009: Creating New Visions of Happiness

A group of us have joined a writing project on the best of 2009. It was organized by Daniel Scocco at www.dailyblogtips.com. For me, the greatest blessing was the financial crisis, letting us know there is more to happiness than money. With all of the challenges of the year, one of the biggest has been the confirmation that really makes us happy may be our bonding, our relationships with each other, our families and communities. Indeed, research has demonstrated that once basic needs our met, a continued emphasis on money may lead to anxiety and depression. Actually, releasing the emphasis on materialism can make you feel stronger and happier.

The Paradox of Women's Happiness

More and more women are awakening to their feminine power in evolving a better world. Over the last 40 years, women have achieved wider influence, better job prospects, and greater acknowledgment for their achievements.  And yet, recent studies reveal that women have gradually become less happy, less happy than men, and unlike men, grow sadder as they get older.  It shows up in stress.  According to the World Health Organization, depression is the second leading debilitating disease among women (Heart disease is #1). Depression clocks in at 10 in men and women take twice as many SSRI's.

Stressed Out? Release, Renew, and Relate

One big change that has occurred with the downturn in the economy has been an increased communication and connection in the grass roots community.  For example, two years ago, none of my neighbors had a garden.  Now they all do.  Previously, I would search the phone book for a repair man, now the repairman is easily accessed right in the neighborhood.  Rather than connecting with impersonal corporate businesses, I much prefer connecting with local businesses.

Grass Roots Empowerment

One big change that has occurred with the downturn in the economy has been an increased communication and connection in the grass roots community.  For example, two years ago, none of my neighbors had a garden.  Now they all do.  Previously, I would search the phone book for a repair man, now the repairman is easily accessed right in the neighborhood.  Rather than connecting with impersonal corporate businesses, I much prefer connecting with local businesses.

Happiness: What Makes a Great Day?

When you are having a "Great and Wonder Day," what is it that truly makes it great? Reflect on It a moment.  Is it pampering yourself, hanging out with friends, eating chocolate? How about being outside, appreciating nature, sharing, and connecting with others and something bigger?  What about the obstacles?  Are they sources of frustration, or do you see them as challenges for you to use your strengths?

Transform Stress to Success

It has been said, "Greatness is born out of adversity."  Unfortunately, this is not always true.  When under pressure, emotions climb. Adversity can bring out your courage, brilliance, and persistence.  OR, it can STRESS you out. Learn how to use your stress to bring out your best.Join us for our teleseminar on Monday, October 26, 7-8:00 PM CDT as we explore how stress actually can help you grow and evolve.

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