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Eight Tips for Getting Your Kids Back to School

by Linda Anderson Krech and Gregg Krech For many families the start of the school year has a more noticeable impact on day to day life than the start of the calendar year. This is certainly true in our family....
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The State of Play

By Linda Anderson Krech We just returned from a family camping trip. On the way home we were thinking about the highlights of the experience. There was the hike that provided enough challenge for all of us (even our bouncy...
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Fresh Eyes and Assumptions

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes. - Thomas Wentworth Higginson Oxford University recently published research indicating that in certain circumstances people don't notice if the room they are in grows to four times its original size. Researchers used...
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Ten Ways to Bring Spirituality into Your Daily Life

In this talk, Gregg offers specific ideas to bridge the gap between your spiritual ideals and your day to day life. Many of us wish to live more spiritual lives, but it’s not exactly clear what this means. We have...
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Moving Bodies: How to Use Your Body to Help Your Mind

by Gregg Krech Generally when we think of exercise we think of getting our body in shape. But personal experience and research in the field of exercise and mental health demonstrate that an active body is a key element of...
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Violinist in the Subway

by John Kain The Washington Post decided to do an experiment. Put Joshua Bell, one of the world’s best violinists (literally a child prodigy and a modern virtuoso) underground at a DC Metro station dressed as a street musician and...
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Reality Comes In Moments

As we begin to understand the transient nature of feelings we can see that labels such as neurotic, depressed, or shy cannot accurately describe a human being but only a moment of experience. Now I'm having a depressed moment, now a neurotic moment. To be told that I am a depressed person seems like an unbearable weight to carry through life. But having moments of depressed feelings is, and must be, bearable. Like a grey, dreary sky, this moment of loneliness will pass. Like a foggy morning, this moment of confusion will dissolve. Like a torrential thunderstorm, this anger approaches and departs. And it is the acceptance of my feelings and shift of attention and effort which allows these internal weather patterns to flow naturally, and at their own pace.
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Your Wish for the New Year

Issa wishes for life to unfold as a mystery, and so he will get his wish, for there is no other possibility. We don't know what will happen this coming year. We don't know what will happen this next moment. We try to assert control over our destiny, but our future lies outside our control. We may get some satisfaction, some comfort, from accomplishing our goals, but the real challenge is to be comfortable with mystery.
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Ten Changes that will start you off on the right track for the New Year

Statistically, most people won't keep their New Year's resolutions, at least for very long. It's difficult to break free from the momentum of the past, which tugs us repeatedly into maintaining the same habits and lifestyle. So you need to create new momentum that will work in your favor. Perseverance is the key. Each time you get off track, just get back on track one more time. Don't strive to make it a happy year. Strive to live a good life according to your own ideals. We only have about thirty thousand days to take advantage of this life and this body. You've used up quite a few of those days already. Treat them as if they were precious. Once they're gone, there's nothing you can do to get them back.
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Mental Health Research - Update

1. Depression Risk Higher with Diet of High Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio 2. Folic Acid Supplementation May Reduce Depression Risk 3. Antidepressants Become the Most Highly-Prescribed Drug in America Depression Risk Higher with Diet of High Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio Two common essential...
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How We Change - Part II

Audio Broadcast 12 mintes Part II in the series by Gregg Krech on How We Change In this series, Gregg Krech offers some insight and practical strategies in how we can make changes in our habits and move our lives...
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New Mental Health Research

The Research Front Reprinted from Vol. 12, No 3, Thirty Thousand Days Journal The Journal of Psychiatry reported on a study of 133 patients with atypical depression. In the double-blind, placebo controlled study, two thirds of patients with symptoms that...
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Beyond Fireworks: Celebrating our Interdependence

by Gregg Krech "If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees,...
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Stay Active and Connected and Keep Your Mind Sharp

According to an ongoing study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, having close friends and staying in contact with family members offers a protective effect against the damaging effects of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. David Bennett, one of the researchers heading the study, concluded: "Many elderly people who have the tangles and plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease don't clinically experience cognitive impairment or dementia. Our findings suggest that social networks are related to something that offers a 'protective reserve' capacity that spares them the clinical manifestations of Alzheimer's disease."
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Presence of Mind

(In our Winter issue of Thirty Thousand Days we printed an essay from the book Strength in the Storm by Eknath Easwaran. Here is an excerpt from that essay) Most of us live very little in the present. If we...
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Guide to Navigating Through Crisis - Audio Excerpt

An excerpt from the ToDo Institute's Guide to Navigating Through Crisis by Gregg Krech...
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The ToDo Institute's Guide to Navigating Through Crisis

ToDo Institute: Beyond Fireworks: Interdependence Day This is a summary of the booklet which discusses nine principles for managing your life in a crisis. The full ten page booklet can be downloaded free of charge by ToDo Institute members or, upon request, by non-profit organizations involved in providing counseling or guidance to those who face crises. For permission to reprint please contact the ToDo Institute office at todo@together.net

Is it possible to get through life without facing some type of crisis? It might be a divorce, diagnosis of a serious illness, death of a loved one or being laid off from a long term job. For Jeff and Sylvia it was losing all their savings in an investment that was supposedly safe and established to fund their retirement. For Denise it was discovering that her spiritual teacher had been involved in conduct she considered immoral and deceptive. Every crisis is different, but in each case it feels as if the floor has been pulled out from under you and you can't find a single solid place to stand. In many cases the circumstances of our lives are thrown into chaos. Our emotional and psychological well-being is thrown into chaos, as well. It's like narrowly escaping a sinking ship only to find yourself in a lifeboat where your companions are despair, confusion, depression, hopelessness and sorrow. These are the times when we are least able to cope with the challenges life is sending us, and yet they are times when we cannot afford to cope poorly.

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Five Elements of Spiritual & Psychological Health

A discussion of five elements thet contribute to spiritual and psychological health by author Gregg Krech....
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Giving in Other Cultures

Since we can't take this stuff with us when we die, why not share our excess? In one tribe I lived with, if the deceased had not given away all worldly goods prior to death, the goods were burned near the grave after burial. What a great way to deal with the things that the owner could never give away! This practice also reinforces the idea of sharing while one has the opportunity of doing so... for we never know when it will be too late.
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Hotel Rwanda directed by Terry George

This film is a testimony to what a film can do. You may have vague memories of the Rwandan genocide eleven years ago, but once you see this film the story will pierce your heart in a way that is unforgettable. Yet how many people will be willing to see this film? A decade ago we ignored the reality of this tragic event so will we now ignore the replaying of history as well? I saw the film at 9pm on a Saturday night and the theater was half-empty. We ponder the Nazi-perpetrated holocaust, but we too easily forget the Armenians and the Cambodians. The Rwandan genocide is only a decade past and now we're faced with the tragic situation in Darfur. In ten years will we be reviewing "Hotel Darfur?" What will it take for the world to learn to prevent such tragedies? What will it take for us to step forward, sacrifice some of our comfort and tend to the suffering of our fellow man?
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Arugamama: The Challenge of Acceptance

Most strong-willed people consistently try to control the external conditions of life. In some cases these external conditions can be controlled; but in other cases (for example, the weather) they cannot be controlled. Perhaps most common is our tendency to try to control other people�what they do, what they think of us or how they feel. To be blunt, this effort to try to control external conditions often gets us into trouble. So we need to learn the wisdom and skill of simply accepting what is. Life cannot always be the way we want it to be. Our plans rarely go according to plan. Flexibility and acceptance are qualities that help us live more wisely�spiritually as well as psychologically.
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Guard Your Tongue!: Mindful Speech in the Jewish Tradition

As a social worker, I have many opportunities to help people.... When I cause trouble, or harm, it's most often through speech. And whenever I complete a stretch of time without complaint or criticism I experience a burden being lifted and an increased ability to focus on what needs doing.
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My Foot Takes a Vacation: Coping with Injury and Physical Limitations

In the big picture, not being able to put any weight on one foot for several months, and having to maneuver around on crutches is no big deal. My mind being what it is, however, often made it a big deal. Moments of frustration and self-pity were tempered, however, by the realization that I had not only lived, but had sustained nothing more than an inconvenient injury from which I would recover in relatively short order. I was, and am, grateful to have gotten off so easy.
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Seven Factors That Predict Healthy Aging

Vaillant claims that there are seven key indicators of a person's life at age 50 that are pretty good predictors of where they will be (or if they will be) at age 80: "Whether we live to a vigorous old age lies not so much in our stars or our genes as in ourselves."
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