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Featured Iron Butterfly: Melinda Rothouse 

“I began a regular meditation practice in earnest during a time of intense crisis and upheaval in my life after moving to Austin, Texas. I had left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and then the traumatic breakup of a long-term relationship. It felt like my life had been turned upside down and shaken, leaving me feeling battered, bruised, and terribly alone. I experienced extreme anxiety, including panic attacks, along with intense feelings of anger and bewilderment.” Read Melinda’s #shortinspirationalstory

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Today’s #butterflykisses honors the work of Emma J. Bell again with Joseph Oubalkas.  He says he had a great youth and got his degree and started his own IT company by the age of 20.  By 24, he was working successfully for a client in Morocco, which was the land of his father. One day, for no apparent reason, he was surrounded by gunmen, taken in for questioning and convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.  And, despite the court finding errors in the process and determining the alleged conviction was wrong, they held him for TEN years in appalling conditions.

Click here to listen to Joseph’ss video story.

Treasures and Tidbits - Create a mindful mindset

Today’s #TidbitTuesday, by Sarah Kessler Ojeda,  is a quick story about teaching and practicing a mindful mindset with her family and with her students.  Take a minute to read why she thinks it’s important to remain mindful and create an mindset that promotes strong values.

Click here to read her #TidbitTuesday reflectionRead other tidbits >>

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