Women are mining and refining a changing world

Across the globe, individuals, institutions and organizations are seeking ways to empower women

Women are mining and refining a changing worldWomen are at the heart of change around the globe. A group of socially conscious Trail-area women designed and implemented a project called Women Creating Change: Working Together for Economic Opportunity (WCC). The purpose of the project, funded by Status of Women Canada, was to “determine and address barriers to women achieving economic security and stability.” The…

Mindfulness training can help you cope with all life throws at you

Apple uses it. Google uses it. Deutsche Bank uses it. Even General Mills uses it. So why not you?

Mindfulness training can help you cope with all life throws at youOne of the fruits of regular meditation is mindfulness – basically being more aware, primarily of our thoughts and feelings, but also of the world around us and the task at hand. A number of leading corporations – Apple, Google, Deutsche Bank and General Mills, among others – have begun using mindfulness training with their…

We shall overcome: the power of positive action

People are people, we all want to live in peace, harmony and prosperity, and we can't be held back by walls

We shall overcome: the power of positive actionThe German version of the popular 1980s song 99 Red Balloons, by Berlin-based band Nena, included the lyrics “99 Kriegsminister, Streichholz und Benzinkanister.” Translation: 99 war ministers, matches and petrol cans. While the lines lose some poetry when translated into English, they sum up the sentiment and the reality of the era. Those of us who grew up…

On the road again in the pursuit of happiness

Joy comes from pursuing meaningful goals: expanding our knowledge, child rearing, growing business, changing the world

On the road again in the pursuit of happiness“The road is better than the inn,” said Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes. This seems counterintuitive. Don't we find satisfaction and joy when we achieve our goal? The road is long and tedious. How could that be better than arriving at our destination? Happiness researchers Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan say Cervantes is indeed correct. The…

How to avoid giving in to sweet temptation

I resolve to find more positive and practical ways to overcome my fruitless struggles with new year’s resolutions

How to avoid giving in to sweet temptationI hadn’t made new year’s resolutions for a number of years and, a few weeks into 2017, I'm reminded of why. This year's resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. My first resolution was to avoid the chocolates and cookies left over from the holiday. But the chocolates presented a problem. They were artisan truffles…

Cubs and curses: how our superstitions can be overcome

Effective people respond effectively to challenges, just as the Chicago Cubs overcame the Curse of the Billy Goat to win the World Series

Cubs and curses: how our superstitions can be overcomeWhen five million people gathered recently to celebrate the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, it was the seventh largest gathering of people in history – and certainly the largest sports-related gathering ever. Why was this event so significant to so many people? For one thing, the Cubs hadn't won professional baseball's World Series in 108…

Always striving, always learning, always fulfilled

Happy and effective people the world over are those who know where they're going and work hard to get there

Always striving, always learning, always fulfilled“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential,” Winston Churchill said. Happy and effective people the world over are those who know where they're going and work hard to get there. From Stephen Covey to Napoleon Hill to Earl Nightingale, those who write about achieving success talk about the importance of…

The overwhelming power of forgiveness

Holding on to anger and resentment keeps us from being what we are capable of, so learn to let it go

The overwhelming power of forgivenessWhen someone does us wrong, our instinct is to seek vengeance. This is the law of the jungle and we see it happen among our animal friends all the time. Humans, however, need to ask if this serves us well. Is it in our best interest to try to get back at other people? As…

Hero worship: finding greatness everywhere

When we broaden our perspective and see all of life as an art form, we can see that there are masters all around us

Hero worship: finding greatness everywhereIn his book The Game, Ken Dryden grapples with our tendency to put sports heroes on a pedestal, and draws attention to the need to value everyone. Having been a National Hockey League player, Dryden is aware that he and his colleagues are normal people, gifted in their area of expertise, yet they are relatively…

We should all believe in our inner greatness

People who feel good about themselves don't feel threatened by the success of others – in fact, they celebrate it

We should all believe in our inner greatness“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said. This bold statement is quite a deviation from traditions that tell us not to boast about our greatness. If we look at the major religions and philosophies of the…