Daily Meditation: Celebrate

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Daily Meditation: Celebrate
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today’s meditation features a song by gospel artist Kirk Franklin. The tune is a celebration of life and of all the powers that we cannot see but that inspire and protect us.

Stomp by Kirk Franklin

Lately, I’ve been going through some things that really got me down
I need someone, somebody to help me, come and turn my life around
I can’t explain, I can’t obtain it, Jesus your love is so, it’s so amazing
It gets me high up to the sky and when I think about Your goodness

It makes me wanna stomp, makes me clap my hands
Makes me wanna dance and stomp
My brother can’t you see I got the victory? Stomp!

Lately, I’ve been going through some things that really got me down
I need someone, somebody to help me, come and turn my life around
I can’t explain, I can’t obtain it, Jesus your love is so, it’s so amazing
It gets me high up to the sky and when I think about Your goodness

It makes me wanna stomp, makes me clap my hands
Makes me wanna dance and stomp
My brother can’t you see I got the victory? Stomp!

When I think about the goodness and fullness of God
Makes me thankful, pity the hateful, I’m grateful
The Lord brought me through this far
Trying to be cute when I praise him raise Him high

Be Passionate. Be Reckless. Be Great.
In another lifetime, I used to believe that all of the great artists, the monumental thinkers and the cultural needle movers, were each given a grand story to tell by circumstance, by chance. They were born in a specific place, at a very specific time, with challenged beginnings that would eventually manifest itself into their life mantra. Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe — it seems as if their purpose was as natural as being born, it was written in their stars, laid out in the cards dealt to them. They were destined for greatness… and that’s all there was to it.

Wrong.

At about age 14, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine — coincidently named Brittany as well — about why all of these cultural icons never seemed to have even a glimpse of a normal life. It was like it was a prerequisite to have an intangible storybook past, and just being a kid with a dream wasn’t good enough to be great. If you didn’t have some crazy story, then you were normal, and normal meant you were sh*t out of luck.

Wrong again.

What I didn’t realize is that while having a teenage dream might be monotonously normal, actually following that dream was anything but. I wanted to sing, I wanted to write my own music with every fiber of my being, and I wanted to share it with the entire world. So when I finally got the chance, I ran with it.

I ran hard, and I ran fast. I ran with reckless abandon, so much that I didn’t even notice I was living out those crazy stories — those borderline unbelievable, “you’ve got to be freaking kidding me” stories that you just can’t make up, those stories that popular culture had repeatedly baffled me with as a kid. And then, like a tidal wave, it hit me.

It wasn’t a matter of chance, it was a matter of choice.

It was in the pursuit of my dream where the epic, desperate, tragic and magical moments were being created. The most profound chapters, the ones that have sparked the definition of my life’s work and the ones that are still yet to come, began with me choosing to pursue my passion.

So, f*ck the hype. Screw the stories that ignore any concept of time and take someone from zero to hero overnight. Just like every magazine cover is Photoshopped, every story is carefully edited. The truth of the matter is, we aren’t given a story, and we aren’t given a path to greatness — but we are given a life, and it is up to us to create one that is great. Bet on your passions, use what you’ve been given and if you don’t have a story just yet… don’t you worry, you’re about to make one.

The Art of Empowering Women: Michelle King Robson
After being given an unnecessary hysterectomy at the age of 42, Michelle King Robson saw a dramatic shift in her health. She went into menopause overnight, gained weight, experienced hot flashes, joint pain and memory loss.” I got so sick that I didn’t want to live anymore,” she recalls of the experience. Her struggles with the procedure and the long road to recovery that followed, lead her to create her website EmpowHER.com.

Michelle recently sat down with Deepak Chopra to have a discussion on her experience as part of the One World series on NEWSWIRE.FM.

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As Michelle struggled through recovery, she searched for someone who had been through something similar. After visiting hundreds of websites and reaching out to doctors across the country, she couldn’t find a single person who could tell her what to expect, recommend a course of action or even give her any words of encouragement.” I got sick, I got well, and then I got mad and that’s when I decided to start a company.” Michelle explains. EmpowHER was created to ensure that no woman has to go through the struggles that Michelle went through around her health.

“What happened with me was I didn’t advocate for myself, and most women don’t. We advocate for everybody else…but we don’t do it for ourselves.” She told Deepak for the One World episode. EmpowHER allows women to not only find support when they are dealing with a variety of health challenges; but also helps women (and men alike) take control of their health with condition-specific medical information and access to a dynamic community.

EmpowHER offers resources to women around what questions they should be asking of their healthcare providers and what things they can be doing to advocate for their health.” I wanted to make sure women have valuable information and support because that’s what I was lacking.” This is how EmpowHER’s 24-hour promise was born. Anyone can log into the site, ask a question and they are guaranteed a FREE answer within 24 hours. In this way, Michelle can ensure that no one gets left behind.”We all deserve answers, validation and support around our health.”

As caregivers in most societies, women are taught to put their own wellbeing last. With EmpowHER, Michelle seeks to turn this trend on its head. “It’s ok for you to be first in your life. Because if you’re not first guess what happens? The whole family suffers.” Rather than becoming bitter as a result of her own experiences, Michelle has created the support system and tools she wishes she had. EmpowHER brings credible health information and women together in a safe trusted community. “When you have information, you have the power to change outcomes in your life and every life you touch.”

Since establishing EmpowHER, Michelle has become a nationally-recognized women’s health and wellness advocate spending her time speaking before women’s groups, health care organizations, political leaders, regulatory bodies and the media about women’s health and the importance of women advocating for themselves and their loved ones.

You can see Deepak’s whole conversation with Michelle at NEWSWIRE.FM

Learn more about Michelle and EmpowHER.com: http://www.empowher.com/michelle
Download Michelle’s Free HER Health Toolkit: http://www.empowher.com/toolkit

This is a blog series produced in partnership with One World, a video series with Deepak Chopra and NEWSWIRE.FM.  To view the full video and subscribe to all the episodes click here:

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Why More Things Don’t Make Us Happier
It’s no secret that gratitude makes us happier, while materialism can do the opposite. And now, a new study shows that lower levels of gratitude could be part of the reason for why materialistic people have decreased life satisfaction, and that gratitude could actually mediate the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction.

“As we amass more and more possessions, we don’t get any happier — we simply raise our reference point,” study researcher James Roberts, Ph.D., of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, said in a statement. “That new 2,500-square-foot house becomes the baseline for your desires for an even bigger house. It’s called the Treadmill of Consumption. We continue to purchase more and more stuff but we don’t get any closer to happiness, we simply speed up the treadmill.”

The study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, is based on survey results from 246 college students.

The students answered questions indicating their levels of materialism, gratitude, life satisfaction and need satisfaction (referring to psychological needs, such as autonomy, relatedness and competence).

Researchers found an association between materialism and decreased well-being. “A considerable proportion of the relationship between materialism and decreased life satisfaction can be explained by the decreased gratitude that high materialists experience, and the resultant decreases in basic psychological needs,” the researchers wrote in the study.

However, researchers found that gratitude and satisfaction of psychological needs mediated the negative materialism-life satisfaction relationship in several ways. One way is that gratitude alone seems to have effects in improving well-being. Another way is that “high materialists are less happy in part because they find it harder to be grateful for what they have,” the researchers wrote. “This decrease in gratitude is associated with detriments in basic psychological needs, which are needed in order for individuals to thrive.”

The findings suggest that people who are materialistic might want to increase their gratitude in order to improve their life satisfaction, the researchers said.

Recently, a study in the journal Psychological Science showed that gratitude could also increase our patience, particularly in the context of not giving in to instant gratification in order to reap a greater reward later on.

On the other side of the coin, materialism has been linked with decreased marital satisfaction and unhealthy behaviors such as compulsive spending. For more ways materialism is bad for health, click here.

6 Times When You Must Trust Yourself
There are times when one is wise to ask for a second opinion. Then, there are these times, when no one knows the answer but you.

By Amy Shearn

Amy Shearn is the author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far Is the Ocean from Here.

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