My New Year’s resolutions for 2017

Now that we’ve moved past one of the more tumultuous years in my lifetime, but are about to welcome the most controversial of American administrations, I’ve decided that the ride may continue to be bumpy for a while, but that I can do my part to smooth things over by adopting a few resolutions. Here’s my own New Year’s resolution for 2017: Read many sources of news and many points of view. I used to avoid daily newspapers because I didn’t want to allow the catalog of bad news and calamity to poison my system. I could also count on
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Healing us vs them

After all the continuing hate and vitriol over the elections in the US and the UK, is there a way to bring both sides together? We can take inspiration from the work of Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at University of California at Berkeley, who has made it his life work to counter the prevailing view that human beings are hardwired to be selfish largely because of one simple truism: we’re healthier and happier in every way when we’re not motivated by self interest.
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An instant way to heal us vs them

After all the continuing hate and vitriol over the elections in the US and the UK, all of us are left wondering how on earth we will ever bring both sides back together. Recently, I discovered an ingeniously rapid way to heal divisions between people in the work of Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at University of California at Berkeley.
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Intention of the Week: Leoni Bunch Help us to heal her polycystic ovarian syndrome

Erica from our community has nominated her daughter, Leoni Bunch, aged 27, who lives in Sydney, Australia. Here’s her story: “Her condition is medically uncontrollable weight gain due to polycystic ovarian syndrome. I believe this is exacerbated by deep emotional trauma when she was fourteen. She recently broke her ankle and is banned from exercise for many months. “She can’t meditate for more than a few minutes without crying and sobbing. There is so much pain within. If she keeps pushing forward in life without addressing this, she will eventually break. I pray constantly that she will find a way
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Why inequality is killing you

Two British epidemiologists, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, spent more than thirty years painstakingly examining why certain human societies live longer and healthier than others, the results of which are contained in their book, Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Always Do Better. After researching the social conditions of virtually every Western country, Wilkinson and Pickett discovered an astonishing statistic that ran through every country they’d examined: the more unfair any society — which is to say, economically unfair and hierarchical  —  the worse off everyone is,  both rich and poor,  in terms of virtually every social problem.
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An Open Letter to President Donald Trump: 8 ways to #bemypresident

Dear Mr. Trump, No doubt you are pretty busy, attempting to fill the vacancies in your future cabinet. but I wanted to respond to your promise, in the Thanksgiving video last week, to ‘unite’ the country and to be a ‘President for all the people.’ As you no doubt know, there have been non-stop protests about your winning the presidency since you got elected – 350 around the country in the just 24 hours after your election – and plans by millions of people to demonstrate in protest of your inauguration.
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It’s unfairness, stupid

I am watching the Democrats beat each other up over what happened to their sure-fire win in the presidential election. They blame FBI director James Comey for the eleventh hour email announcement about further investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state, which of course didn’t help. They blame it on poisonous nature of social media, or a surge in racism, or a low turn-out. But in this most expensive campaign, this election was all about unfairness, and an unfairness ignored, even sanctioned, by many members of the Democratic party.
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After the election: what to do next

So many people are so distraught by the election results that my New York agent tells me that Los Angeles agents are refusing to pick up the phone and do business, so certain are they that the world is coming to an end. This blog is meant to be a reassurance to both sides, as well as a practical list of what to do next.
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To all Republicans (and Democrats): I see you

Orland Bishop appears to be on a fool’s errand – the kind of fool’s errand our next American president may feel she (or he) is on when trying to heal the terrible rift exposed by this election. Bishop’s chosen patch to spread the word is Watts, a district in southern Los Angeles where the war between the main gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, has claimed five times as many lives as did all the years of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
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