Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3 Practices From The Buddha’s Wife to Help Single Mothers Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:45:00 +0000 The story of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, has come down through the ages from his astounding teachings and monastic community for over 2,600 years. What many do not know is that when Siddhartha left to seek his enlightenment, he left behind a young wife, Princess Yasodhara, a newborn son and a family who loved him. In this moment of separation came a wake of grief and loss, what began for Yasodhara a journey of compassionate courage and spiritual awakening through the empowering force …

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5 Tips On Achieving Work-Life Balance I Learned From Writing a Novel About It Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:39:42 +0000 I’m not very good at managing too much on my plate. (Unless it’s a cheese plate. I’m very good at managing too much cheese.) I get overwhelmed and cranky. I yell at my kids.

[Read: Don’t Less Stress Overtake You: Follow These Simple Calming Steps]

I’d always envied the women I knew who seemed to have their lives together: successful careers, great relationships with their kids, satisfied partners, fit and well. I always thought they knew something I didn’t about juggling all the balls.

So …

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Feeding Your Brain: 6 Foods to Find & Eat Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:39:06 +0000 The most important way to nourish the gut-brain axis is to focus on balancing our gut bacteria, as we are far more bacteria than we are human. Rebuilding our so called “good” digestive bacteria is the best way to strengthen the immune system, quench and reduce inflammation and mentally perform at the highest level. Here’s how.

[Related: Eating for Your Mind: 10 Health Brain Foods]

1. Fermented foods are living sources of probiotic beneficial bacteria. Adding in supplemental probiotics can also help- look for the

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4 Tips to Avoid Financial Lifestyle Inflation Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:33:25 +0000 For most of us, it’s tough not to spend extra money when we get it. Maybe you switched jobs and got a significant raise, or enjoyed a nice year-end bonus last winter. You decided you could finally afford a nicer car, even though your current car worked just fine. Or you treated yourself to a lavish vacation that you normally wouldn’t have taken.

This is lifestyle inflation, and it occurs when you start upgrading your lifestyle with your income — even though your current …

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Break Your Mirrors! A Thank You Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:40:55 +0000 “Break your mirrors!! Yes, Indeed — shatter the glass! In our society that is so self-absorbed, Begin to look less at yourself and more at each other! Learn more about the face of your neighbor, and less about your own.”

That’s a quote from one of my Dad’s speeches at Yale University and it’s the mission of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute.

I mention this because all this week I have been deeply struck by all the thousands of people who broke their mirrors

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12 Ways to Remove the Roadblocks for Loving Yourself Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:29:15 +0000 “Treat yourself as if you were someone inexpressibly dear to you.” ~Agapi Stassinopoulos

Do you live with the chatter of a critical voice in your mind? You know the voice I’m talking about. It drones on in the background scolding your every move. It finds fault with how you look, how you feel and who you are. Like a weed, it wraps around your heart and hinders your growth. I have tried to stop that voice by focusing on it, analyzing its origins and reasoning …

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Identifying 3 Types of Courage: Which 1 Describes You? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:40:39 +0000 Can we say three cheers for courage? Not just the kind that plays its own brave scenario out in your head, but the kind that birthed a nation with everyday people, heroes and visionary dreamers.

There is a low voltage pattern of courage when the day comes, for too many people to count, when you ditch the shallow end of the pool and head for the deep end of the ocean hoping you know how to tread water. Something pretty damn awful usually awakens this …

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The Brain & the Mind: Changing the Conversation About Intellectual Disabilities & Alzheimer’s Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:27:30 +0000 I met Ewan when he was three. Ewan had endured a major injury to his brain stem at birth and was extremely limited in terms of mobility and physical function. He was unable to swallow and was fed through a tube into his stomach. He could only sit upright with assistance and the extent of his physical movement was the motion of his eyes and, on occasion, a slight fluttering of his lips.

He was also a delightful child. Ewan loved his Mum dearly and …

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How to Change Your Relationship With ‘Time’ & Improve Your Life Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:47:03 +0000

For most of us, the subject of TIME is still a very abstract concept.

We all know we could be managing our time more effectively, but no amount of list-making or fancy iPhone apps has changed the way we feel about our time – be it stressed, sad, overwhelmed or unfulfilled.

There is no quick fix solution to poor time management. That’s because time is not a discrete element in the world; it’s a relationship you sustain throughout your entire life that affects all other

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“Why Am I Always Tired & Stressed?” Dr. Sara Answers: It’s Your Adrenal Glands Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:24:30 +0000 I have a confession: It wasn’t long ago that I was addicted to all the things that I preach against – sugar, adrenaline, caffeine, dairy and alcohol. At Harvard Medical School, I was taught (and blithely internalized) the message that the ruthless and dogged pursuit of medical knowledge was noble, even if it meant denying basic needs. I gladly worked 120 hours per week for many years. I denied sleep, food, going to the bathroom and exercise. I delivered a thousand babies. I removed …

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