The Next 10
One of the more insidious issues surrounding America's War on Drugs has been the increasing criminalization of our children at a younger and younger age through the implementation of zero tolerance policies.
This advice was tweeted by Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization committed to the defense of privacy and Internet freedom. She meant everybody should use this tool to protect all of their online communications.
Much progress has been made in moving the needle to empower women and create opportunities for improvements in maternal health, education and equality. But we are nowhere close to a position where we can become complacent. There is much more work to be done. Exponentially more work.
What I hope will happen in the next decade is that we will become ever more responsible for our own health, that we will pay attention to our cardiovascular health, and that we will reduce our chances of suffering these kinds of events.
Mindfulness is a way of being and thinking that grows out of paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to what is happening in the present moment. When we are mindful, we deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations), and what is happening outside us, in our environment. The intention is to see things as they are, rather than as they used to be or as we wish they could be. The good news is that the development of mindfulness helps us notice our emotions without being triggered by them. It moves us from living on automatic pilot to pausing and paying deliberate attention to what is happening in the now.
For most women Mother's Day is a time to honor and celebrate motherhood. The family gathers for brunch or dinner, and Mom is treated to some rest, relaxation and extra loving care. But, for countless other women, it also marks a day of grieving and loss.
These skills can, and should, benefit everyone, particularly those in dire need. When enough people learn mindfulness, and
12. In 2014, Samantha Cristoforetti, a European Space Agency astronaut, became the first Italian woman in space. To acknowledge
Famines are indeed critical emergencies, and it is understandable that they make the news. But, the vast majority of those living in hunger are living in chronic, persistent hunger -- the silent, invisible, day-after-day condition of abject poverty that affects more than 800 million people
Worldwide, preterm birth is the primary cause of death among children under five, often happening in the first month of life. Fifteen million babies are born early every year, with most of those births occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
In our land of plenty, it is hard to believe that hunger exists in every county in the United States. 49 million Americans are food insecure. What this really means is that that one in six people in our country do not have access to adequate nutrition that our bodies and minds need to be active and alert. Ask yourself: how can someone effectively learn, work or care for his or her family without this basic human need fulfilled?
"Everything but the present moment is a concept." These phrases, spoken by elders and young change agents from around the world, paint a picture of the magic that happened at the 2013 Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) that I attended as a newly named Dalai Lama Fellow. The ELA is an annual convening and week-long learning community for the Dalai Lama Fellows, a global network of young social innovators working at the intersections of peace, justice, ecology.
By stimulating the tiny brain region that contains the brain's biological clock, the researchers were able to change mice's
8. Mindfulness is a gateway to happiness. You don't have to be a veteran yogi or a meditating monk to make yourself at least
More than one billion people in the world still live on less than $1.25 a day, and according to the IMF, it's estimated that as much as 27 percent of GDP in developing counties is lost each year due to women being denied entry into the global economy. That's why empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing.
A sea of fear divides Europeans from migrants. Migrants fear death on the sea. For Europeans, there was, and still is, the fear of accommodating, of sharing. There's a lack of courage in not putting these people -- who have risked their lives -- first.
Few people discussing the recent riots and protests in Baltimore have bothered to question why young people would feel angry enough to destroy their own neighborhood. Some have suggested the unrest can be blamed largely on the "breakdown" of the family structure in poor neighborhoods, particularly in poor communities of color, where fathers are frequently absent.
More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Orellana, an investigative reporter for La Prensa, Honduras, works in San Pedro Sula, which has the highest murder rate in the world, with 186 murders per 100,000 people. Unwilling to investigate stories with only phone interviews, she enters the turf of drug cartels to interview victims of violence.
Even for those of us who are spiritually inclined, it's hard not to see the world through the lens of materialism and consumerism. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on advertising telling us that something is missing in our lives, that we don't have enough.
I took my own advice when I woke up one morning last year limping. I went straight to my doctor who told me it was a groin