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How To Meditate

Meditating might be easier said than done, but our goal is to make it easier done.... Read more.
See For Yourself

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius Last week I.... Read more.
Do One Thing at a Time

Last week I was standing at the Chicago airport and noticed a young woman in.... Read more.
Habits of Perpetually Happy People

For as long as I can remember, my mind has been captive to negative thoughts. I.... Read more.

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Daily Rituals
Ever wondered where your favorite artists drew their inspiration from? Daily Rituals contains 161 short summaries of the daily habits of major creative people throughout history. Novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians describe how they live their lives in a way that allows them to do the work they love. Filled with charming details and unique anecdotes, Daily Rituals is the perfect book to browse whenever you find yourself feeling a little bit stuck.
The Tao of Pooh
Narrated by one of childhood’s most beloved characters, The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff explores principles of mindfulness through the eyes of Winnie the Pooh and his fellow residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh’s simpleminded nature and laid back way of living help illustrate to readers how to live in the moment and be mindful in their doing. A New York Times bestseller for 49 weeks, this book is sure to help teach you to just “be.” If you find yourself fretting about existence like Eeyore, take a lesson from Pooh and pick this up.
The Super Bag
Moms-on-the-go will love the SUPER bag, a limited-edition diaper bag from Marias in collaboration with actress Sara Sohn. Based on their mutual needs and desires as modern mothers, they designed a chic, must-have diaper bag that’s both pretty and practical. The SUPER bag is made from lightweight vegan leather, and uses one of a kind artisanal textiles from Guatemala. Marias is committed to promoting traditional weaving techniques and supporting the Guatemalan textile industry on a global scale. In addition to helping mothers (it’s got 11 pockets!), the bag also helps children who are impacted by poverty. 20% of its proceeds are donated to the Cambiando Vidas School, in Guatemala. Feel like SUPER mom with this SUPER bag!
Quirks & Quarks
Quirks & Quarks is an award-winning radio science program run by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Host Bob McDonald, one of Canada’s top science journalists, has been presenting the program since 1992. In this episode, The Science of Mindfulness, he talks with leading scholars in mindfulness research. Together, they investigate the question of how seriously should all of us be taking the claims made on behalf of meditation and mindfulness? The answer? It’s worth hearing yourself!
Kindness of Character
One thing that always stands out in the world is kindness. This heartwarming opinion piece in the New York Times is proof of that. In it, Rebecca Sabky, the former admissions director at Dartmouth, recalls the most unusual letter of recommendation for a student she had ever received in her 15 years on the job: a letter from a school custodian. The custodian wrote that he felt compelled to support the student’s candidacy to the college because of the student’s thoughtfulness. The student was the only one in the school who had taken the time to learn the names of the janitorial staff, to consistently express his gratitude, and to tidy up after his peers, even if he thought nobody was around to notice. Nowadays, the competition is always tough – whether you’re applying to schools, jobs, or just trying to make your own way in the world. However, kindness of character always sets you apart.
Zaria Forman
The inspiration for Forman's drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography.

Zaria's drawings convey the urgency of climate change by connecting people to the beauty of remote landscapes. Her most recent achievements include participation in Banksy’s Dismaland (Aug-Sep 2015), a solo exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York City (Sep-Oct 2015), and a four week art residency in Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Explorer (Nov-Dec 2015). Zaria delivered a TEDTalk that aired on PBS, and is featured on TED.com. In October 2016, she flew over Antarctica with NASA's Operation IceBridge; the largest airborne survey of Earth's Polar ice. Zaria has spoken at Harvard University’s Center for the Environment, where her drawings are are exhibited for the 2017 academic year. In April, she will fly with NASA's Operation IceBridge once again, in Greenland. Her next solo show is at Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA, opening Sept 7th, 2017.

Whale Bay, Antarctica no.4 Timelapse from Zaria Forman on Vimeo.

Zaria Forman’s works have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. Zaria was featured on Good Day New York and Fox News and was interviewed by Lucy Yang on ABC7 Eyewitness News. Her drawings have been used in the set design for the Netflix TV series House of Cards.

Born in South Natick, Massachusetts, Zaria currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and received a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College.

Smartphones have fundamentally changed
Smartphones have fundamentally changed how we live. How to integrate them into our live as a usual tool, rather than a compulsive habit, is a question that needs an answer.

We think smartphones have incredible utility, but not in every setting. In some situations, they have become a distraction and a crutch- cutting people off from each other and their immediate surroundings.

Yondr has a simple purpose: to show people how powerful a moment can be when we aren’t focused on documenting or broadcasting it.

Goop Wellness
Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand isn't just some celebrity publicity project- she hired the best doctors and experts in the field to help design products specifically for the working woman, after asking herself a simple question: "Why am I so tired all the time?!?"

Goop Wellness provides vitamin and supplement regimens that address the acute needs of women going through specific situations- there are recommendations for everything from juggling too many different balls in the air to motherhood. Avoid feeling overwhelmed at the vitamin aisle and let Goop help you get your groove back instead.

 

Vegan Kale
Adding more kale to your diet should be a no-brainer; studies have shown that kale is the new queen of the greens. Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and vitamins, and it has zero fat. Plus, kale is filled with powerful antioxidants like omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. We can't wait to make ourselves a salad and serve up some nutritional benefits!
Mipster Moji for the Modern Muslim
"If you're a Muslim and you're a hipster, you just might be a Mipster!"

Created by the company that previously brought you modern Eid, this new sticker pack for your iMessages is both fun and functional. Adorn your text messages with a variety of well-designed stickers perfect to wish your friends a Happy Ramadan or remind them that you're fasting. The sticker pack features 50 unique stickers (some animated!) that provide some modern flair for the modern Muslim.

Kit Coffee
Based in Newport Beach, California, Kit Coffee is worth trekking to if you're in the area. Kit Coffee is an independent and locally owned multi roaster coffee shop that serves delicious coffee, pastries, and toast. However, it's the atmosphere that truly makes Kit Coffee special- it's a place of gathering, and a welcoming environment for all. Pour yourself a nice hot cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy the sense of community you'll find behind these small walls.
With a view like this one
With a view like this one, creating a meditation room is a breeze. As you can see, you hardly need to put anything in the space to make it feel tranquil. With its simple pillows and candles, the room is designed for those who really enjoy meditating, but having a bench looking out to the mountains and sea means that even those who aren’t experienced at meditating can easily relax and take a break. Any time you have such a beautiful view like this, you simply have to draw attention to it.
Sand gardens are a popular idea
Sand gardens are a popular idea when it comes to meditation room design. The idea is that creating lines in the sand helps calm the mind down and build some focus. This design takes it to a whole new level, by placing a large sand pit directly into the floor. The lack of color and decorations helps keep the focus on your own meditation or the people you are sharing the space with. The beige sheer curtains blend well with the room and allow a small glimpse of the outside world without allowing it to dominate the space. However, you can choose to pull the curtains aside to take advantage of the high rise view.Sand gardens are a popular idea when it comes to meditation room design. The idea is that creating lines in the sand helps calm the mind down and build some focus. This design takes it to a whole new level, by placing a large sand pit directly into the floor. The lack of color and decorations helps keep the focus on your own meditation or the people you are sharing the space with. The beige sheer curtains blend well with the room and allow a small glimpse of the outside world without allowing it to dominate the space. However, you can choose to pull the curtains aside to take advantage of the high rise view.
Extravagant meditation room
This extravagant meditation room is a really unique way to use drapery fabric. Bunched up around the ceiling and settling down to the floor, it appears that you are sitting inside a large nomad’s tent. There’s plenty of plush seating for a large number of guests, and choosing the monochromatic patterns gives the space texture without colors. If you were to do something like this in your home, you might be concerned about using real flames in the candles. Instead, consider the flameless LED candles, which still flicker like candlelight but don’t have the danger of fire. If you don’t have a large space like this in your home, you could also purchase a tent that could decorate this way, leaving it up as long as the weather allows
Show of Support
An attack on one is an attack on all. We love this show of solidarity by Dutch men after a hate crime on a gay couple. In today’s increasingly divided world, shows of support facilitate unity, and remind us to work together to improve our world. The movement, #allemannenhandinhand, has been embraced worldwide, as political leaders to celebrities share pictures holding hands and offering their support. Shyft stands hand in hand with all those standing up to homophobia. #allemannenhandinhand
Walk With Me
Last week, a new documentary called Walk With Me premiered at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me tells the story of a monastic community learning to practice the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road in America, this film showcases a community grappling with existential questions as well as capturing the everyday routine of monastic life. Members of the community have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity – all in pursuit of  a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them. According to the directors, the film also immerses the audience in nature, in an attempt to shine a spotlight on the “poetry of the present moment.” We can’t wait for the wider release of this! Click here to watch the trailer now and get excited!

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