"May all beings be filled with loving kindness.
May all beings be safe from inner & outer dangers.
May all beings be well in body & mind.
May all beings be happy & at peace."

The above meditation was the focus tonight’s yoga class & really resonated with me. This phrase is the final variation of Jack Kornfield’s “Meditation on Lovingkindness”. You begin by dedicating it to yourself, then a loved one, then to all beings. Sometimes the universe brings you exactly what you need, at the exact moment you need it. I hope this touches some of you as well. We are all fighting our own battles. xo  (via vegenista)

So true and perfect!

The other day I watched the documentary, Happy, and learned that compassion meditation can actually change your brain and combat depression and anxiety. I’ve had to take anti-depressants for many, many years to combat recurring depression, but hate the idea of having to take prescription drugs for this for the entire rest of my life. If I do, I do and so be it. However, if there’s a natural, drug-free way to treat it that will reduce stress and increase happiness at the same time, I want to give it a try!

So I went Googling for a while this morning, but didn’t really turn up satisfying results and tabled the research for later. Then over lunch I (s)tumbled across this timely post!

During my research, I learned that loving-kindness meditation is closely related to compassion meditation and can also have a very real and lasting positive affect on brain function and conditions like depression. It also seems like a better starting point for me. 

There are several other meditations here, too: compassion, forgiveness, walking, and sitting. Perhaps one is exactly what you need at exactly this moment.

(via digitalbin)

Timely and prophetic article from 2006. Very interesting read about cooperative economics in Depression Era America: “When the next crash comes, the self-help movement of the 1930s may be just as important a model as the New Deal.” Yup.

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After the 1929 crash, workers created a cooperative economy, using industrial leftovers and ingenuity. It was called the Unemployed Exchange Association or UXA. What could we do with that cooperative model today?

(Source: addtoany.com)

Written and curated by Denise Aday.