Jul 7, 2017

Sweet Genes Are Made of This

Imagine if your DNA was so malleable that a mere cup of tea, daily meditation, or your never-ending traffic-heavy commute could change it. A study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics showed that tea consumption in women leads to chemical changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. Another...

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Jul 7, 2017

See the Sea Glass on the Seashore?

Thirty years ago U2 released I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For from their mega album The Joshua Tree. The song is a mix of existentialism and disappointment—one looks and looks and looks—but the search is fruitless. Does this sound familiar? Are you still looking for the right relationship, the right job title, that...

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Apr 28, 2017

Death, Taxes, and Fastballs

Scientist, inventor, author, diplomat, wit-extraordinaire and Founding Father, Ben Franklin, had an underlying philosophy about life certainties. Among them are death, taxes, and moments when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Franklin wrote: “Men are subject to various inconveniences merely through lack of a small share of courage, which is a quality very necessary...

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Apr 14, 2017

Friendship, Just The Perfect Blendship

Of all the relationships in our lives, friendships bear a unique role. Friends don’t carry the complications of lovers, the politics of family, or the formalities of colleagues and acquaintances. When dark times appear you ugly cry, snot, and spit, to friends that listen compassionately. Think of the times friends stood by you when...

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Apr 6, 2017

A Tale of A Fateful Trip

Fifty years ago, on April 17, the last episode of Gilligan’s Island aired. Most of us probably don’t think of ourselves as Gilligan, the goofy, likable character whose sole purpose was to annoy The Skipper and blunder every attempt of a rescue. Yet, many of us have traits of Gilligan’s naivete. We may mean...

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Feb 21, 2017

Conversations With Your Boogeyman

  Fear is one of the most powerful emotions governing our lives. Its voice is familiar, rising from somewhere deep…   Hello?   (Door slowly creeks open)   It’s me…   If only it were Adele’s angelic voice beckoning from the other side. Fear is that Boogeyman we have that pushes its big, ugly...

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Dec 1, 2016

Top 12 Traits of the Self-Actualized Human

What are all these workshops for? What are we working towards? How do we know when we’ve reached our goals? If you’ve ever wondered these questions, this article is for you.   Did you know- that according to Maslow, self-actualized people embrace the unknown and the ambiguous, and they accept themselves- together with all their...

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Sep 28, 2016

Productive Learning Launches Photo Contest

Calling All Shutter Bugs!  We are excited to announce the Productive Learning Photo Contest! After nearly 25 years in business, we have made some serious memories with our Conscious Community.   As part of our Client Intention Project, we want to celebrate and honor the faces of Productive Learning. We wouldn’t be who we...

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Sep 2, 2016

Commit to Closing the Gap

…between what you want and what you are willing to do.   For years we’ve been talking to people about what they want in their life, or in some cases, what they don’t want anymore in their life. It’s true many people have a hard time articulating their dreams and couldn’t really tell you...

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Aug 18, 2016

The Enemy of Great

The Importance of Challenge   Did you know that good is the enemy of great? At least that is what James Collins wrote in his book Good to Great. He believes that we settle for good in our life, in our relationships and in our businesses. Good distracts us from what we are really capable of...

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Jul 30, 2016

Conscious Community Survey Results

The results are in! We asked for your feedback and we were pleasantly overwhelmed by your response. Thank you to the 65 people who responded to our request. The winners of the $50 Amazon Gift Cards are Barbara Nova, Cameron Schaefer and Virginia Lukei and will receive their prizes in the mail soon. The results...

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Jul 29, 2016

Creating a New Norm

The Effect of Emotional Intelligence on the Bottom Line       Do you cry at work? What do you think would happen if you shed a tear in your office? I’m not suggesting that you cry out of self-pity or complaint. I am suggesting you express how much something means to you. Share...

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