Introducing Backpack Buddha: Meditation Tools and Spiritual Gifts

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Hi friends! Since we’re well into December now, I imagine many of you may be either starting or rounding out your holiday shopping. If you’re not yet familiar with Backpack Buddha, I highly recommend checking them out!

What I love about Backpack Buddha is that they not only offer beautiful fair-trade, eco-friendly products, supporting craftsmen and women in Nepal, they also donate 10 percent of their profits to a number of worthy causes.

Started in 2015, they base their entire business model on good karma, and it shows in how they operate.

Below I’ve shared a number of their products, starting with my personal favorite (which I’m currently using daily):

Buddha Packs

These come in four sizes, ranging from $27 to $57. I own the Himalayan Hemp #1, pictured here… Read More

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Introducing Buddha Groove: Meditation, Yoga, and Inspirational Gifts

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Hi friends! I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season so far. Since I know a lot of us spend the beginning of this month looking for the perfect holiday gifts for the people we love, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to Tiny Buddha partner Buddha Groove.

A family-owned business, Buddha Groove was one of Tiny Buddha’s first sponsors many years back.

Buddha Groove partners with artists all over the world to offer products that feed the spirit, inspire the mind, and revive the body. Many of their designs originate from artisan traditions in places such as South America, India, Indonesia, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, and several other world regions. Buddha Groove also partners with many independent artists across the U.S.

Their wide assortment of spiritual and wellness items and meditation gifts include…

Buddha statues, like this:

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7 Ways to Boost Energy Without an Energy Drink

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After seeing the news about a research study out of the University of Texas Health Center in Houston, which found the diameter of blood vessels to become “dramatically smaller” 90 minutes after consuming a 24-ounce energy drink, I decided to offer some ways to boost energy without an energy drink.

While the 24-ounces used in the study of 44 healthy, non-smokers in their 20’s, is 3 times the size of a typical 8-ounce energy drink, there is plenty of research out there that shows chugging energy drinks is not the best way to get more energized.

When we look at the levels of sugar and caffeine in these energy drinks and the habitual nature in which they are consumed, we see issues such as inc… Read More

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The Science of Record-Breaking

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Discover Your Own Path to Excellence

May 6, 1954 was a cold and windy day in Oxford, England. It was far from ideal conditions for a race, but it was also the day Roger Banister broke a record. He wasn’t a professional athlete, but a medical student with a knack for running. He set out on a wet race track and completed a feat that no one before him had managed: the four-minute mile.

Perhaps more incredible than the first four-minute mile is the second. In June of that year, John Landy joined the club. Four additional runners managed the feat the following year. The trend continued until, in 2017, Reed Brown became the tenth high school student to run a mile in under four minutes.

The mile run isn’t the only record to be repeatedly broken over time. By Dr. D… Read More

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The Peter Principle and How to Avoid It

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Don’t Go From Good to Stuck

“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Laurence J. Peter wrote those words as satire in 1968. But as with most effective satire, it points to an underlying truth.

The Peter Principle describes what can happen when an employee does well in one job and is subsequently promoted. She does well in the new role and is promoted again. This continues up and until the employee is put in a position where she stops performing well and is, therefore, left in a position where she is incompetent.

The underlying truism of the Peter Principle is so pervasive we see versions of it portrayed in movies quite often. It’s become almost a universal inside joke.

Peter in the office

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Knowing good grammar is a social skill

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My friend is staying at my apartment while he job hunts in Boston. My job hunts were always done in pajamas with a jeans-and-T-shirt interview finale. Micah is in sales and his hunt starts with a trip to a clothing store.

While he hops in and out of dressing rooms becoming friends with everyone, I settle into a spot with the mannequins.

Then I say, “Micah! Hey! Did you know the most reliable way to speed up a job hunt is to have a professional rewrite your resume?”

Micah stops and looks at me. Sales guys are always attentive, even if you annoy them.

“So, not that I don’t love living with you, but I’m rewriting your resume.”

A lot of times when I rewrite a resume it’s so much better than the original that the person has to learn to talk about themselves differently. W… Read More

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Cosmic Threads: A Solar System Quilt from 1876

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A serenade to the universe in wool and silk.

In October of 1883, a paper in the nation’s capital reported under the heading “Current Gossip” that “an Iowa woman has spent seven years embroidering the solar system on a quilt” — a news item originally printed in Iowa and syndicated widely in newspapers across the country that autumn and winter. The New York Times reprinted the report as it appeared in the Iowa paper, dismissively qualifying it as a “somewhat comical statement.”

Ellen Harding Baker’s Solar System quilt, completed in 1876 (Smithsonian)

The woman in question, Ellen Harding Baker (June 8, 1847–March 30, 1886), was not a person to be dismissed with a patronizing chuckle. Baker taught science in ru… Read More

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Cosmic Threads: A Solar System Quilt from 1876

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A serenade to the universe in wool and silk.

In October of 1883, a paper in the nation’s capital reported under the heading “Current Gossip” that “an Iowa woman has spent seven years embroidering the solar system on a quilt” — a news item originally printed in Iowa and syndicated widely in newspapers across the country that autumn and winter. The New York Times reprinted the report as it appeared in the Iowa paper, dismissively qualifying it as a “somewhat comical statement.”

Ellen Harding Baker’s Solar System quilt, completed in 1876 (Smithsonian)

The woman in question, Ellen Harding Baker (June 8, 1847–March 30, 1886), was not a person to be dismissed with a patronizing chuckle. Baker taught science in ru… Read More

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How Living in Diverse Neighborhoods Can Improve Your Life

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Diversity offers a lot to the world, both in business and community. Food, art, and culture in a neighborhood all change significantly when it becomes more diversified. A diverse neighborhood also exposes the people who live in it to new worldviews and ways of thinking, expanding their cultural horizons. If you don’t yet live in a diverse neighborhood, consider making your next move to one as it can improve your life on many different levels.

Refugees and Immigrants

As a country founded by immigrants, it isn’t surprising that the United States of America continues to receive new immigrants from around the world year after year. This influx of immigrants consistently… Read More

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THAT Person is More Important Than Your Phone

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I took my kids to the eye doctor earlier this week—optometrist is the word if I wanted to sound smart.

While in the waiting room, I watched an event unfold. I thought I’d share it with you.

A young child emerged from the examination room followed by the doctor and I assume, the child’s mother. On the other side of the waiting room, sat the child’s father and older brother, I’m guessing somewhere in his early teens.

The older brother, as is typically the case these days, was playing on his phone while awaiting his turn with the doctor. The father flipped through a magazine. Pretty standard stuff.

As the doctor walked toward the father and son, mom and daughter headed off into the showroom to pick out new frames (that’s always the hardest part—picking out new glasses).

When the… Read More

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