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Find Your Spiritual Buzz With Beliefnet

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Tibetan endless knot   (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Find Your Spiritual Buzz With Beliefnet Beliefnet is a large and very up-beat multi-faith e-community that provides a forum for religious information and inspiration.  The site includes prayers, meditations, other spiritual tools,and discussion groups. Beliefnet provides information about the whole range of religious and spiritual beliefs from Christianity to Zoroastrianism . It interviews religious figures as well as offering articles and blogs on various creeds. Beliefnet has received a Webby as the best religion and spirituality site. And, as well as  information,  it offers  entertainme nt, eCards,  quizzes  and "Soulmatch".  Discussions are oriented toward specific groups of people, such as couples and teens with topics ranging from abortion to sexism, and dozens of religious faiths. Specific discussion boards exist to ask questions about religions and engage in interfaith dialogue as well a

Bay Leaf Tea and The Joys of the Bay Tree

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I have a most wonderful bay tree in my garden but I didn't know anything about Bay Leaf Tea until I found this lovely video from  Meghan Telpner. She has a fantastic website   http://www.meghantelpner.com/about/  and here she is speaking from St Lucia.  I don't think life can get any better....

4 Myths about Comforting Friends

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  I found this useful and interesting post by Maura Kelly on the Marie Claire website! 4 Myths about Comforting Friends In two recent posts, I've talked about the advice grief educator Val Walker gives on   how to help friends who are dealing with the end of a relationship , whether from a breakup or the loss of a loved one. Those posts have focused mostly on   what to say . Now, let's talk about myths surrounding the art of comforting — and about a few things you should (and shouldn't) do if you want to help. Read more at  How To Comfort A Friend - Comforting Words For Friends - Marie Claire   Related articles Having a Bad Day - Tips For Dealing With Days When You Just Feel Down Be Successful - Making A Personal Change - Part 1 Admit A Change is Needed Are you stressed-out by your poor work-life balance?

Public Speaking, Personal Confidence, and the ‘Shy Extrovert’

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Today we have a special guest post.  To make it really useful to you, it includes some very personal experience so on this occasion I'm not going to publish the name of the writer.  But she has my very grateful thanks. Public Speaking, Personal Confidence, and the ‘Shy Extrovert’ Forget chicken soup for the soul, one of the best cures for lack of confidence and some forms of depression could in fact be public speaking. Usually the benefits of becoming a competent public speaker are seen as advancing your career prospects or building your reputation, if you are in business! In fact it is seen as being good for any cause you want to promote. Public speaking is a ‘skill’ but I would like to propose that it can also be a great ‘medicine.’ Just as exercise is recommended for increasing serotonin levels in the brain, getting your mind and body to perform under pressure can also give you a high! As for me, well, I found that beating one of my worst nightmares was actually

Monday Quotes – Time Management

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Monday Quotes – Time Management Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else will be managed. Peter F. Drucker You must master your time rather than becoming a slave to the constant flow of events and demands on your time. And you must organize your life to achieve balance, harmony, and inner peace. Brian Tracy I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything.. at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything Dan Millman Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?"  Brian Tracy Choose the time of day or night when your energies are highest and conduct business at that time. The Mafia Manager One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other. Chinese Proverb Time is a versatile perfor

Networking can be very good for your health!

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Networking can be very good for your health! Networking is good for you. So we are told all the time! You know already that you should network if you are looking for work and, oh yes, of course you must network if you are starting up a new business. But for some of us, the prospect of networking can be quite daunting. Now why should that be so? Let us think a little about networking and what it is really about.  Networking is about finding and building new relationships. It is about meeting new people and finding an opportunity to make an exchange, be it simply an exchange of friendship.  We go somewhere to meet someone new. We exchange information and then test out whether they are interesting to us and in return we hope to be interesting to them.  Most of us do it all the time in our private lives. But when it comes to networking for work, many of us feel much more diffident because we are not just looking for friendship.  We are hoping this new contact

So you have always wanted to know more about art!

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So you have always wanted to know more about art!  So you have always wanted to know more about art and you have always wanted to find the time to visit galleries but you don't know where to start. Well here is a place to play. The Google Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 incredible collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, photographs and important manuscripts. They come from 40 different countries. You can explore the exhibits right down to the brush strokes. You can take a tour of the gallery or museum or you can build and share your own collection. There are 30,000 works of art with more to come. All kinds of things are there from the White House collection to the Rock Art Museum in South Africa. There are notes on the work of art but you can usually find out more with a web search if you need to. You can see where to find the piece in your own city – and it even tells

How to stop crying in front of people!

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crying emoticone (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) How to stop crying in front of people! Crying is a great way to release emotions when you are upset.  There are many people who feel better after a “good cry”.  And it is quite natural to cry when we have suffered a great loss, for example, on the death of someone close to us.   If you can’t stop crying or have repeated bouts of crying for no obvious reason, it is best to seek help from a doctor or a counselor because that may be a sign of depression. Even though crying is good for us, there is a time and place for it.  In general, it is best done alone or with very close friends or family. It is usually not a good idea to cry at work. Unfortunately, a lot of the old prejudices still hold sway and many managers find it really difficult to deal with people who burst into tears.  This is sad and it says something about the limitations of many managers!  But it is still a fact of life. So what to do when tears threaten at work?  We

Dealing With a Bully

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 (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Dealing With a Bully What is bullying? Bullying can mean many different things. According to  Childline , these are some ways children and young people have described bullying: ·          being called names ·          being teased ·          being pushed or pulled about ·          having money and other possessions taken or messed about with ·          having rumours spread about you ·          being ignored and left out ·          being hit, kicked or physically hurt in any way ·          being threatened or intimidated Bullying can also be part of other forms of  abuse , including  neglect ,  emotional ,  physical  and  sexual  abuse and on-line bullying is already notorious. But of course bullying doesn't happen just to children, although children and the elderly are particularly at risk.  People can be bullied for all sorts of reasons or no particular reason at all. Sometimes people who bully others pi