In early 2009, international reporter Laura Ling found herself in China standing on the boundary of North Korea as she sought to bring attention to North Korean refugees escaping the region. This was not the first time Ling was in a high-pressure area but she was not expecting to find herself captured and indefinitely detained by North Korean military.
She was so far from her family and was unsure whether she would ever return home. She was able to receive letters from home and knew that candlelight vigils were being held in the hope of seeing her safely returned, but in the midst of a tumultuous political climate, who know if that would happen? In the space of not knowing what her future would hold, Ling began a practice that would change her life forever. She shares her moving story here: Continue reading
I must be dreaming.
Know what I meme?
Yes, here I go again. This time, it is with you and me snuggled, struggled and strapped into the passenger seat like a mistaken, forsaken and humble hostages, not sure of our next move, watching the heavy weight of it all on the pedal of fate. The race has already begun. And you never really do understand, so you can’t help but think, “How did I get here in the first place?”
Well, it is a long story. Continue reading
Of all the insights and observations that I make about the nature of habits and human nature in Better Than Before (at least I hope I make them), I’m most proud of my Four Tendencies framework.
It was very, very hard to grasp this pattern in human character, but I have to say, now that I’ve identified it, I constantly see it on display in the world. Those four categories (Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, Rebel) do capture something–something that strikes me as truly real. (Want to find out your Tendency? 65,000 people have taken this Quiz.)
I’m always trying to understand the Four Tendencies better, and looking for examples, and evidence comes to me when I least expect it. Continue reading
Today is Earth Day! Since it’s inception in 1990 as an international event, we’ve spent today celebrating the one and only earth we have. But what is the state of our one and only? Mashable shared 7 eye opening facts about the state of the earth. At our current rate, we’re seeing plastic take over our oceans, water and food supplies coming to a shortage and air quality and forests diminishing. What will we do about it? Continue reading
I absolutely hated running. My legs aren’t very long. I was never very athletic. Anyone I ever saw running looked like they were ready to collapse. I just knew I hated it, which is interesting because I’d never really done it.
This year, as a resolution, I started getting ready to run a 5K mostly because I was tired of saying I couldn’t do something. The surprising thing? I actually love running! I’m still not very fast and my legs have yet to grow any longer, but it turns out I don’t hate it at all. Just the other day I purchased my first pair of real running shoes and I could not be more ecstatic. Continue reading
I could always tell when my mom was there to pick me up from school.
I knew the sound of her keys and the sound of her car.
I knew the sound of her heels on the sidewalk.
At no point had we ever done any training on the jingling of keys or car engines. I just knew from the time I spent with her. I knew what she sounded like when she walked because of the amount of times I’d walked with her.
It can be easy for parental duties to be just that- duties.
You are responsible for every meal, the plan for every minute, all entertainment, all boogeymen, all of it. It is a big job. But don’t doubt that your children are taking in more than that. Continue reading
It seems so many of us are over this internet-addicted phase of human interaction. Everyone is tweeting, gramming, posting, snapchatting themselves to death. Then there are stories like this, where one teacher begins using #IWishMyTeacherKnew as a means to connect with her students and inspires many more to do the same.
As Living with Intent has been making it’s way home with friends and family everywhere, your own stories of living with intent have started to make their way to our team. Stories of families and individuals who make great sacrifices for the sake of seeing great changes are the kind that inspire us all!
Today we are excited to present a simple meditation that Mallika Chopra shares at many of her Living with Intent lectures about focusing on what we want and inviting those things into our lives: Continue reading
When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?”
“They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.”
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.
She thought to herself, “This is now.”
She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.
– Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods (last paragraphs)
This is one of my favorite passages in all of literature. I think of it often, especially when I come home after a trip. “This is now.“ Continue reading
How often are you taking out the garbage? According to Discovery Digital’s Seeker Network, the average American produces 4.3 pounds of trash everyday so when New Yorker Lauren Singer announced that she could fill a 16 oz mason jar with the trash she’s left with after two years, it was worth investigating. Continue reading