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Get Wise Wednesday: Stop Worrying

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Time spent on worrying becomes time wasted, which could have been used on enjoying life.

What do you think about this quote? Do you feel like the words are truthful and apply to your life?

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TED Talk: Geena Rocero “Why I must come out”

Geena Rocero is an American transgender super model and advocate born in the Philippines. She founded an advocacy and aid organization called Gender Proud, which “envisions a world where all transgender people are able to self-identify with the fewest possible barriers.”

In the video below, Geena shares her life story including her journey to America and the events that started her successful modeling career.  Geena also advocates for trans rights and uses the speech to come out as transgender to the world. You can watch all this and more by clicking “play” below:

 

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TED Talk Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American writer best known for her best selling novel and memoir Eat, Pray, Love published in 2006.   Eat, Pray, Love garnered Gilbert a great deal of critical acclaim, which lead to its adaption into film in 2010 starring Julia Roberts. Aside from her success with that novel, Gilbert has made a living as a freelance writer for national magazines and as an author of various novels and short story collections.

Gilbert uses the TED talk podium to address the ideas of success and genius. She takes a new approach to the two entities, saying that people are not geniuses, but all of us have genius within us.  The talk is filled with humor and biographical asides, which make it an entertaining watch!

Learn more about Elizabeth Gilbert by visiting her Official Website!

 

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Joan Didion on Self-Respect

“To assign unanswered letters their proper weight, to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.”
― Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

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Joan Didion, one of America’s greatest writers and essayists, was only 27 years old when this essay was published in Vogue in 1961. In this essay, Didion characterizes self-respect as believing in the strength of one’s convictions, irregardless of validation from others. Those who are endowed with self-respect have, as Didion writes, “the courage of their mistakes.”

Read the entire essay here. Share with us below, what does self-respect mean to you?

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TED Talk: Peter Singer on Effective Altruism

Altruism may be an essential human value and ingredient of Living Peace.  Yet, what is the most effective way to practice altruism in one’s own life?

Listen as philosopher Peter Singer, a Professor at the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, demonstrates how any member of society is capable of making an impact through altruistic behavior.

Visit Peter Singer’s TED Profile for more information. Share your thoughts with us below!

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Having Fun & Doing Good

For the parents looking for great activities for their kids in Orange County, check out Smiling Monkey Yoga! Designed specifically for kids, SMY offers classes for specific age ranges multiple times per week.

In addition to being a fun and healthy activity for kids, SMY also empowers good in our community! Each time a child takes a SMY class, it enables us to provide yoga for kids at Human Options. So each time your child takes a yoga class here, he or she can know that they are also making Good Happen for other kids!

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Each Smiling Monkey Yoga age group is offered 3 times per week! Schedule is as follows:

  • Baby & Me: Tuesdays & Fridays at 11am; Sundays at 3pm
  • Ages 3-7: Tuesdays at 5pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 12:30pm
  • Ages 6-12: Thursdays at 5pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm

Classes are designed with kids in mind and help kids engage with themselves and those around them through games and activities. All classes last for one hour, and parents are welcome to join. Mats are available here; you are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer, but we have them for you to make it easy!

We’ve found that kids love being able to help someone else, especially when they are having fun themselves. Give Smiling Monkey Yoga a try, and see how your little yogi grows!

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3 Ways to Live Peace Every Day

Center for Living Peace is founded on the idea that we can all “live peace” in our everyday lives. But some days can be harder than others! Especially with the holidays and end of the year nearly upon us, we could probably all use a reminder of how we can be more peaceful.

1. Be kind to others.

Have you seen the quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle?” The quote’s origin is disputed; some aren’t sure if it originated with Plato, Ian Maclaren, or another.

But regardless of who said it first, the message holds true: everyone struggles and has bad days. Something even as small as holding the door or sharing a smile can help brighten someone’s day!

2. Be kind to yourself.

As the above quote says, all people are “fighting a hard battle.” And that includes you! People aren’t perfect, but we can all strive to be a little better.

Next time something goes wrong, admit it but don’t forget to cut yourself some slack. We’re sometimes harder on ourselves than we need to be, so keep it in mind the next time there’s a small mishap.

3. Remember the good things.

We get it: sh*t happens. But so does good! That’s where our motto “Good Happens” come from– the idea that we can all make Good Happen in our lives and the lives of those around us. Not every day is going to be perfect and bad things may happen, but good days and good things come around, too.

Do you have something you would add to the list? Tell us below!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Remember to say thank you.

Now that the Halloween month of October has come and gone, November and Thanksgiving is beginning to be on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Our focus is on where we are going to spend the holiday, the craziness of travel and seeing old relatives, or who will be cooking the turkey on the big day. But what is this “thankful” season all about? Sometimes we can forget how a simple few words like “I love you” or “thank you” can mean to another, especially those who are the closest to us.

Here is a  simple 3-minute talk, where speaker Laura Trice muses on the power of the words “thank you.” Dr. Laura Trice is a therapist and a coach, devoted to practices that help people find fulfillment in their lives. She has created a therapeutic program entitled “Writing in Recovery” that uses creativity such as journaling or music to help others develop a better sense of self and set goals for themselves.

Whether they are to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, or to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

“The father told everybody else that he was proud of him, but he never told the son. It’s because he didn’t know that his son needed to hear it. So my question is, why don’t we ask for the things that we need?”

If we are wanting this love and affection from those closest to us and feel like we are not getting that, why not ask? We like to be praised, but are afraid to ask, so chances are those family, friends, and others closest to you are craving the same thing. Take a step up, and say to them what you would want them to say to you.

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. Say a simple kind few words to those you love. Even if it is a simple “I’m proud of you”, “I love you” or “Thank you.”

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Positive Affirmations

Children are the best teachers! Take a look at four year old Jessica and the power of positive affirmations.

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The key to a positive attitude is positive thoughts! Affirmations are self talk; everything you tell yourself is part of your internal dialogue. Making affirmations positive can build self confidence, attitude and outlook on life. Little things like changing how you talk to yourself can have huge impacts!

Here are some positive affirmations you can integrate into your life:

I love myself for who I am.

I am proud of myself for even daring to try.

Today my own well-being is my top priority.

I know that my potential is unlimited.

Today I open my mind to the endless opportunities surrounding me.

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Discover Your Strength

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”

– Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life Of Water 

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