Human history is nothing if not a history of us versus them and what happens when the two collide. From birth, we are separated from one another by national borders, religious dogma, political affiliation, cultural history, skin color, sexual orientation, occupational status, and even sports rivalries. These labels may occasionally serve a useful purpose, but far more often than not, they merely serve to separate us from one another, to obscure our true selves and to perpetuate conflict.

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I’m a smart, good looking and a moral person … except when I’m not. My brain is committed to thinking highly of myself; chances are, yours is too. A few thoughts on self-justification and how to stop.

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Setting aside the flowery BS and religious trappings, meditation is simply a potent form of exercise for your brain; but it also packs valuable physical benefit as well. There are very few silver bullets in life, but a growing body of scientific research indicates that a daily meditation practice might just be one of them. I’ll share how you can begin today.

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Mark Twain once said, “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” Delaying the inevitable squanders your mental energy and creates new pain; sometimes, the best decision you can make is to just get started, already.

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