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Mindful Work by David Gelles

Mindful Work

A reporter I’ve admired for a while is David Gelles. Then someone was kind enough to introduce us, and I learned of his practice of mindfulness. He’s got a new book coming out on Mindful work, and I wanted to get his take on how this practice can help us navigate the social era, powerfully.  More

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What Does It Feel To Be Bill Murray?

In Vulture, Bill Murray answers the question of what it feels to be him: “I think if I’m gonna answer that question, because it is a hard question, I’d like to suggest that we all answer that question right now, while I’m talking. I’ll continue. Believe me, I won’t shut up. I have a microphone.  More

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And The Hint Goes To….

Last week, we recapped the recent conversation that’s been taking place about finding your Onlyness and introduced an exciting giveaway from Hint. So many of you have piped in — emailing, commenting, tweeting — to share your stories about your paths to identifying your Onlyness. Adam Pratt told us about how valuable it’s been to  More

Intersections of Compassion

Intersections of Compassion

In recent weeks, we’ve been exploring a question that many of us grapple with: How do I actually go about finding my purpose, my meaning .. My Onlyness? Understanding why Onlyness matters is one thing; identifying your Onlyness–or what Meryl Streep calls “the weird thing about you”–is another. There’s no magical formula for discovering your Onlyess:  More

Go Where There Is A You-Shaped Hole

Not a fan of Girls, mostly because I’m not a fan of most pop-culture stuff. But over the years, I’ve seen Lena Dunham really embody her strength. For good, for not so good, she is truly herself. And this short little clip (less than 5 Minutes) embraces an idea I think each of us could  More

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How to Find Onlyness: A Parable

There once was a school that taught all the wonderful things. Anything in the world that anyone could ever want to do, learn or be could be studied and mastered.  All the best people taught there, so getting in was a big deal.  But once you were in, you had to choose your own path  More