I learned to meditate when I was 9 years old, and it has proved to be an invaluable technique for dealing with stress and being at peace with who I am.
1. “I AM” Breathing Exercise. You can do this any time, any place (even when you are stuck in traffic). It’s a simple breathing exercise: every time you inhale, mentally say the word “I”; and every time you exhale, mentally say the word “AM.” Pay attention to how the breath flows in and out of your body, and visualize the breath spreading from your lungs through your chest, down your arms and legs.
A few days ago, while flying back to LA from New Delhi, I sat in the airport lounge at the Dubai airport. On the television in front of us, footage of protesters being shoved by authorities in Libya played. Just eight days before, while flying from LA to Delhi, the same television showed celebration in Tahrir Square as it was announced that Mubarak had stepped down as Prime Minister.
In the last week, there has been a publicity blast for a new memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” written by Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School and first generation Chinese-American.
Check out this great video from Mallika Chopra listing 3ways to promote peace within yourself.
As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about already… In addition to sensationalizing celebrities, natural disasters and philandering politicians, news outlets always make a point to intensify the fear of every parents’ never-ending checklist of concerns and paranoia: that their teenage son or daughter is not only sexting and getting drunk on weekends–they are now sneaking off with their iPhones and Blackberrys to “I-dose” on digital sound drugs that make them feel like they are getting high! Seriously? What other bizarre teenage rituals and activities have parents had to worry about in recent years?
A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how the librarian at her kids school was just let go due to budget cuts in California. We talked about how important it is for kids to have access to books and information, and how studies have shown the link between having access to a library and good test scores.
This morning, a FedEx box arrived containing $3,300 worth of medications. And so begins the process of freezing (hopefully without scrambling) my eggs.
Is she assertive or ruthless? The stereotype of the she-devil boss abounds in the workplace. And there is some truth to every stereotype. Unfettered, women have been able to accomplish on many fronts; consequently, they have earned their promotions. Yet, many women prefer a male boss. Why?
The Today Show is hosting a contest, Today’s Wedding: Modern Love! TODAY is throwing a modern day wedding! Whether your love blossomed over the Internet or you met the old-fashioned way, we want to hear from you! touts its Facebook entry page. It’s a seemingly sweet idea- you and your significant other can enter to win a wedding on the Today Show and you get a free honeymoon!Awesome!Right?Well, sure, if you’re heterosexual.