Homeless Shelter Is Transformed Into 5-Star Restaurant, Hot Food And Warm Hearts All Around

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Homeless Shelter Is Transformed Into 5-Star Restaurant, Hot Food And Warm Hearts All Around
Normally prankster Greg Benson of Mediocre Films is out getting the best of unsuspecting victims of his silly antics, but this day he did something different with his pranking power.

Watch him join forces with Break.com’s “Prank it Fwd” campaign to turn the Ascencia homeless shelter in Glendale, Calif., into a five-star restaurant. The “Prank it Fwd” campaign aims to perform positive pranks for a change, and when you see the surprised faces of the 50 homeless people who got to experience the “Ascencia” restaurant, you’ll be convinced that goal was achieved.

Benson, along with his team, turned a room in the shelter into a beautiful restaurant where participants got to enjoy a classy dining experience. Patrons were surprised to find live classical music, a custom-made menu and waiters in black tie serving filet mignon and desserts.

To top it all off, the video ends with a donation of $5,000 made out to the shelter. We’d take a second helping of this kind of feel-good prank any day.

h/t Viral Viral Video

Connecting Through Eye Contact
2014-03-29-800pxThe_Gaze.jpgOur eyes are among our most amazing mysteries. Through our eyes, we let the world in. We see beauty — along with what’s not so beautiful. Through our eyes we search for each other, we see each other, and we connect — or at least, we have the potential to connect. We can convey that we’re here, that we’re interested, and that we value the person we’re with in this precious moment.

Eye contact helps infants grow and develop, and healthy emotional attachment is furthered through eye contact with an available and attentive parent. But while we’re wired with a longing to connect, we may not take full advantage of those two hollow openings in our skull, which offer a remarkable capacity to connect us with life. I often hear clients complain that their partner does not make enough eye contact, leaving them feeling lonely and disconnected.

We want to be understood, appreciated, and valued. We think we want to be seen. But do we really? Sometimes, what we most deeply long for is often what we also most fear. Our eyes bring us delight, but they also open us to what can be scary.

When people look at you, what happens inside? How do you feel in your body? Do you welcome eye contact or shrink from it? Is it frightening, tantalizing, or both? At what point do you divert your eyes? Is there something inside you that you don’t want others to see?

Being seen is something we long for. But it can also be terrifying. What might they see? Will they perceive our beauty, goodness, and wonderfulness? Or will they see something ugly about us — our flaws, our unworthiness, our insecurity? Being human, our antennae silently probe for any hint of being shamed and criticized.

“Hell is other people,” the renowned philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously declared, partly due to their capacity to fix us with their gaze and see us as an object rather than in our own subjectivity. If we quickly look away, we don’t have to bear the brunt of any possible negative perceptions or the shame of being seen in a diminished way.

When you look into another’s eyes, do you notice yourself judging them or simply being with them? Do you tend to put people in a box or look at them with open curiosity, spaciousness, and availability to be contacted.

Perhaps if we practice a more open way of seeing people — staying relaxed with our breath and in our body, allowing our eyes to soften, being with them and letting them in, we’ll notice how our presence allows them to relax and move toward us. The more we hold ourselves with gentleness and caring, the more quiet strength we may find to hold our gaze a little longer, especially with people we feel close to.

Eye contact, along with the connection it may bring, can become a kind of mindfulness practice. We can notice what we’re experiencing in our stomach or heart as we gaze into our lover’s magical eyes. Maybe there’s a delightful sense of warmth and expansiveness, or a fear of losing ourselves.

If it feels right for you, perhaps notice how you feel extending your gaze with your partner. Settling into more relaxed eye contact with a good friend might also bring greater fulfillment.

This doesn’t mean you should stare at people or make them feel uncomfortable. There is a natural rhythm of looking at people and looking away. When it feels right, perhaps we can hold our gaze a little longer, relishing a simple moment of human connection. Life becomes more fulfilling as we become present to the rich connections that are freely available if we awaken to them.

Flickr image by Jacopo Werther.

This revised post originally appeared on PsychCentral.com.

Yoga + Instagram Catapult 2 Fit Moms Into Spotlight
Two Fit Moms Yoga Poses

By Yoga Journal

It’s not just a cliché: You really can start a business with your BFF and become an Internet celebrity.

Laura Kasperzak, 36, has been dubbed “Instagram’s hottest yoga star” after amassing more than 700,000 followers of her gorgeous yoga poses on the photo-sharing site (think: Snowga trend). The New Jersey mom of two, who still works full-time for a software company, is now hoping to find the same success with Two Fit Moms, the wellness company and website she formed last August with her friend Masumi Goldman.

“If you have a passion for something, make it happen… no matter how old you are. It’s a lot of hard work, but the end results are so rewarding,” says Kasperzak of Two Fit Moms, which delivers guidance and tips on yoga, fitness, and nutrition.

Their story begins back in 1991, when Kasperzak and Goldman became friends during freshman year of high school. Fast forward to June 2012, when Kasperzak began attracting a mass following on Instagram as @lauraskyora, with fans obsessing over her colorful yoga pants, impressive inversions, and beautiful photography. (Laura uses a Nikon camera to take her “selfies.”)

“Instagram is a visual social media app and photography is my other hobby. I think combining the two [photography and yoga] has definitely had an impact on my following,” she says.

In April 2013, Kasperzak and Goldman (who has almost 90,000 Instagram followers of her own handle, @masumi_g), began training to become certified yoga instructors; last summer, they began offering $5 yoga classes and occasional workshops.

But the idea to create Two Fit Moms began before Kasperzak and Goldman even completed yoga teacher training. In fact, it had always been Kasperzak’s dream to be a yoga instructor, and it had always been Goldman’s dream to build an online wellness hub.

“Just maintaining a friendship for 23 years is an incredible blessing. Being able to run a business together and do what we love most is truly like icing on the cake,” says Goldman, also 36.

Along with tips for yogis and Instagrammers, Two Fit Moms has plenty of tempting yet nutritious recipes (like Masumi’s Double Chocolate Chip Pancake Surprise). Practice yoga, eat well, and you too can turn back the hands of time and be strong, fit and healthy at any age, the two friends say in the website’s mission statement.

“Youthfulness is a state of mind,” says Goldman, a former stay-at-home mom, part-time children’s photographer and Wall Street analyst, who only began practicing yoga in October 2012. “Knowing that I am still physically capable of doing everything that I did as a kid makes me feel young and alive. Although I have always been active, I am now doing things with my body that I’ve never done before. Yoga has introduced me to the world of inversions and deep flexibility. All of this, along with a healthy diet, makes me feel young.”

Kasperzak is also amazed that she’s still able to do her famous handstands and forearmstands “at the ripe age of 36” — and urges other “moms” out there who would like to turn yoga or any other passion into a business to give it a try.

“It is never too late,” she says.

For more, visit yogajournal.com.

Lion King Cast Sings ‘Circle of Life’ On Plane For The Best In-Flight Performance Ever
Patrons of Virgin Australia Flight 0970 might have been expecting a little in-flight entertainment on their journey from Brisbane to Sydney, but they almost certainly were not expecting a full-on live performance.

“After an amazing day at The Lion King Brisbane season launch announcement, members of our Australian cast felt so elated they decided to sing the ‘Circle of Life’ prior to take off on their flight back to Sydney!” says DisneyOnBroadway in their video description.

The people on the plane were lucky to experience the glory of this classic firsthand, but we’re just grateful the whole thing was filmed so we can watch it over and over again.

Seriously, this song never gets old.

Which Meditation Technique Is Right For You?
The data is in, and meditation works; not only does it help us live happier, less stressful lives, but it has measurable effects on physical health too. But if you’ve tried and (feel like you’ve) failed at meditating, it might be because you haven’t found the right meditation type for you. Below, you’ll find seven different ways “in” to a meditation practice; the benefits of each type are similar once you are practicing regularly — whether you find your way into meditation via walking and chanting, taking a class from a Transcendental Meditation teacher or via meditation paired with your existing faith.

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