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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day

Ah, yet more inspiration. This chick is awesome in my books. She believes that everyone should eat great food every day and that eating well means learning to cook. And when she says everyone, she means absolutely everyone.

With that optimistic mindset she developed Good and Cheap, a collection of recipes for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget. Once the book was completed she posted the free PDF on her website which then went viral on Reddit, Tumblr and elsewhere – there were almost 100,000 downloads within only a few weeks. She then launched a Kickstarter Campaign to get printed copies of Good and Cheap into the hands of people who don’t have computers or otherwise wouldn’t see it. With a 10,00o target she’s reached over $144,000 – AMAZING!

And if you’d like to find out more or get a free pdf version of the cookbook you can get it on her website.

A School In The Cloud And Young Activists

Five years ago, an Indian schoolboy struck up an unlikely friendship with a retired teacher in London – and with her help he is now studying to be a doctor. Even though they live thousands of miles apart and have never met, they can’t imagine life without each other.

A School In The Cloud

These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.

Three Young Activists And Their Causes




Are You Living The Life You Ought To Be Living?

“Follow your bliss. 
If you do follow your bliss, 
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living. 
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. 
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be. 
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

Following your bliss is not about seeking extremes of joy and happiness. It is about following your heart and doing what is right for you. It’s about noticing what gives you energy, and doing that thing. It’s about noticing where your energy gets sucked away, and not doing that thing.

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Inspired Leaders Open Doors

Effective leadership isn’t about having power over people, it’s about doing good for people. My five-year old son Ian had it right. Leadership is about opening doors for others. – Bill Treasurer

Inspired Leaders Open Doors

Myths Busted: What Really Happens on A Meditation Retreat And More

I’ve been on a number of meditation and teaching retreats over the past year, and all of them have been hugely beneficial in one way or another. The silence and stillness gives us time to understand ourselves and our habitual patterns of behavior. The teachings remind us that we are all the same, and that everyone suffers in one way or another, and yet we can all find the joy in life.

However, it continues to surprise me, how many people think it’s wacky or alternative to do these retreats. Find out how sitting on a straw mat, wearing crystals, and chanting is not what its all about. 10 myths busted is an amusing look at what some people imagine a meditation retreat to be.

The tide is definitely turning, as more and more people seek out retreat options and meditation to give them a break from their busy lives. And, if you’ve gone beyond the fear of trying something new, then maybe you’d like to start your own meditation group to share the love and benefits.




Ajahn Amaro: Providing Practical Guidance For Life

I recently had the pleasure of attending a five day silent retreat with Ajahn (teacher) Amaro the Abbott of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK.

Ajahn Amaro was a student of the famous Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedo, and is living proof of the benefits of Buddhist practice. He is a warm, open, and friendly man with a wonderful energy that exudes into the environment and people around him.

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The Dalai Lama: On Why I Laugh

The Dalai Lama has had to deal with many struggles over his lifetime, including the takeover of his home country by the Chinese. How does he manage to stay so constantly peaceful and happy?

The Dalai Lama

Storytelling And The Language Of Social Change

The Language Of Social Change Is Shifting

The Language of Social Change is shifting…it is moving from the negative to the positive, with such high profile celebrities as Russell Brand joining the fray. These positive game-changers are a welcome relief from the ‘anti’ naysayers of the past.


Storytelling Has It’s Own Impact

The Importance of Storytelling For Social Change

The first reason is obvious: climate change, inequality, violence and other challenges can’t be solved by doing more of the same. We need new narratives that connect with peoples’ deepest motivations and promote more radical action. Stories engage people at every level – not just in their minds but in their emotions, values and imaginations, which are the drivers of real change. So if we want to transform society, we must learn to tell – and listen to – a new set of stories about the world we want to create.

“Stories engage people at every level – not just in their minds but in their emotions, values and imaginations”


The Importance Of Good Conversations

Truly good conversations happen very rarely – and why is that?  Perhaps a little more effort, energy, and openness could help to ensure that good conversations occur more frequently. How have you been finding your conversations lately? Fulfilling? Or lacking a little ‘something special’?






10 Reasons Why Online Learning Can Help You Meet Your Goals

We are truly spoilt!  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to learn. And these days we are seriously spoilt for choice. I’ve recently completed a number of free or extremely inexpensive courses online, and they’ve all been brilliant.

Here are some of the providers I’ve used and am comfortable to recommend:

And you can find out more about online courses and why online learning is a good way to meet your goals.


7 Keys To A Good Death

In this article, Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create conditions for a good death.

I remember when I was first introduced to Buddhism. Very early on we were asked to consider death regularly. It was suggested that we keep in mind that death is an inevitable part of being alive, and that we never know when death will come to us. That suggestion opened up my mind to the idea that every day may well be my last, allowing me to enjoy each moment more, and to appreciate how important it is ensure that I am living my best daily. It’s a useful perspective and a good one to remember every now and then.