Personal Growth


Magic of Music

November 12, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by Maria Popova   Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis on the Magic of Music   “That’s the soulful thing about playing: you offer something to somebody. You don’t know if they’ll like it, but you offer it.”       “Without music I should wish to die,” young Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in a letter. Music, indeed, has shaped our evolution as a species, can profoundly affect our emotions, and even has a way of enthralling the brain on a neurological level. Learning to listen to music is itself a skill to be mastered, but learning to play it — and to play it stirringly, enchantingly, with equal parts conviction and imaginative freedom — is a rare kind of art.

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A Visit From Uncle Don

October 11, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by  Heather O’Shea “May you live all the days of your life.” –Jonathan Swift   One Wednesday evening last fall, I found myself sautéing sage leaves. I can’t claim to do this with any regularity; my October Bon Appetit just happened to show up as I was trying to decide what to cook for my relatives, who would be getting off a plane at ten-thirty that night. I was looking for food that would satisfy them if they hadn’t had a decent meal since Pittsburgh, that would say “I’m so glad you’re here!” and that wouldn’t reproach them if all they really wanted to do was say goodnight and go to bed. Who wouldn’t fry sage leaves in that situation? By the time I left for the airport I had chilled the champagne and done everything but drizzle the butternut squash tart with the Serrano pepper honey simmering on the stove.

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10 Team-Building Games

September 27, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

TeachThought Staff 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

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Leave No Child Inside

September 14, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

BY RICHARD LOUV   The growing movement to reconnect children and nature, and to battle “nature deficit disorder”   “Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.”  - Zenobia Barlow -

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Findhorn LIVE

September 6, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

  Findhorn is alive in so many ways.   Hello everyone I have just come in from watching the film Song for Marion in the Universal Hall and am feeling deeply both the fragility and strength of the human heart. How easily we can close down to life and how much courage we are also capable of in the face of adversity. I cannot help but think of T S Eliot’s “notion of some infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing” and the soft cradling and opening of the heart which is so much a part of the Findhorn experience. I look at the world news and my heart could break with the seemingly endless examples of humanity’s inhumanity. I choose to live and work here because it offers a space for my heart and all hearts to open and I know that Findhorn lives through all of you wherever you are, supporting us in that intention. A world with an open-hearted economic system, open-hearted politics and open-hearted businesses would be a very different place!

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Path to Social Innovation

September 3, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

-by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze   We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits.    In spite of current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time.  It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.  This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive future.  

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How Exercise Benefits the Brain

August 29, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Leo Widrich, syndicated from,   The Dance with The Endorphins Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At the same time, similar to the topic of sleep, I found myself having very little specific and scientific knowledge about what exercise really does to our bodies and our brains. “Yes, yes, I know all about it, that’s the thing with the endorphins, that makes you feel good and why we should exercise and stuff, right?” is what I can hear myself say to someone bringing this up. I would pick up things here and there, yet really digging into the connection of exercise and how it effects us has never been something I’ve done.

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A Grateful Heart

August 21, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by John Kralik   How 365 Thank You Notes Changed My Life     At just 52 years old, and after having lost nearly everything, John Kralik found himself in a desperate search –a search for just one thing for which he might feel thankful. His search led him to a walk along a mountain road, where his mind sifted through the details of all of his most recent troubles. It was then that John realized, that he should find gratitude for all that he had, instead of focusing so much on all that he had lost. It was in this moment, that John resolved to find opportunities for sharing his gratitude with others each day:

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Americans Are Living Longer

August 9, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By RON WINSLOW   Americans Are Living Longer, but Not Necessarily Healthier Years of Living With Disabilities Increase, Partly Because of Ag   Americans are living longer than they did two decades ago, but they are losing ground on key measures of health to people in other developed nations, a new study shows.  

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Stop Your Left Brain

August 3, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

Sean D’Souza- Brain Auditor How To Stop Your Left Brain From Thinking       Do you know how you freeze when you see the tool bar on a program like Photoshop? Do you know how you’d feel if you were thrown into a cockpit and asked to fly a plane? Yes, you did know how you felt, the first time you were asked to drive a car. It’s your left brain at work The left brain is the bully brain. It doesn’t just complicate things with its logic, it goes one step further. It drowns out the free-thinking nature of the right brain. But first let’s deal with logic.

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