Break, Light, Voice

A Real Break

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain
by Daniel J. Levitin
The New York Times

When did you last take a vacation? Were you able to take a break from the typical rhythm of life? This article explains how offering the brain time to unwind or wander without pressure allows us to tap into our creativity and connect with our inner selves. Levitin shares: “If we can train ourselves to take regular vacations – true vacations without work – and to set aside time for naps and contemplation, we will be in a more powerful position to start solving some of the world’s big problems.” So, find time for a real vacation, a day off, a nap, a daydream, or a walk!

The Light Inside

Russell Brand: Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world
by Russell Brand
The Guardian

As we grapple with the confusion, grief, and pain felt from the loss of a man who brought so much laughter and joyful discomfort to the world, we offer you this inspirational post. As a fan, colleague, and admirer of the late Robin Williams, Brand gives voice to the complex questions and emotions shared by humanity: “What platitudes then can we fling along with the listless, insufficient wreaths at the stillness that was once so animated and wired, the silence where the laughter was?...That we must reach inward and outward to the light that is inside all of us?”

Your Voice

War is turning us into Facebook monsters
by Merissa Nathan Gerson
Salon

“Are we using our voices to change the world for the better, to build a place for constructive discourse?” In this reflection, Gerson explores the use of social media as a forum to share and debate the news of the pains and sufferings that are happening in the world. While honoring the value of expression, she shares her dismay of "what appears to be the unifying factor: Distrust, fear and even hate from all sides, and a blatant disregard for dispassionate, even-handed analysis." How might you bring more awareness, intention, and equanimity to how you use your voice in regards to the important, painful, and emotionally-charged issues of today?

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