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(Photo: Liz Dwyer from  Manifest:Justice )

(Photo: Liz Dwyer from Manifest:Justice)


Giving Artists a Place at the Activism Table Could Be the Key to Social Change
by Liz Dwyer

Manifest:Justice, a pop-up art show in Los Angeles, explores social justice causes through art. Yosi Sergant, the founder of TaskForce and producer of the exhibit, expects the impact of the commitment and creativity of 250 artists who came together to have ripple effects throughout society, specifically with the many young people who they have invited in to explore the art. Where does art and creativity fit in today’s activist agenda? Can you make more room for artists in your movement?


Anne Lamott shares all that she knows: “Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared”
by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott, on the cusp of her birthday, shares some brief bits of wisdom. Our favorite: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” If you were to write down “every single thing [you] know, as of today,” what would emerge? Share your wisdom with a friend, lover, colleague, or in the comments below.


Turning Intention into Motivation
by Thupten Jinpa

What is the relationship between intention and motivation? How do we live out our deepest aspirations over the long-haul? These are the questions that Thupten Jinpa poses and explores from his Buddhist perspective in this article. But he does not only explore these questions, he also offers practical intention-setting and reflection processes to help us live in a way that is aligned to our deepest aspirations. He concludes, “The process of setting intentions and joyfully reflecting on them in dedication is how, over time, we transform extrinsic into intrinsic motivations, and thereby sustain the energy and purpose to live true to our best aspirations.”