As long as I’m handing out tips…

WordPress.com bloggers should get to know the WordPress shortcodes. Here a blogger posts a Vimeo video, but because she’s not familiar with the shortcodes, the results are less than stellar…

You're right! You had no idea how powerful shortcodes are...

You’re right! You had no idea how powerful shortcodes are…

Here’s what a Vimeo video could look like…

Voilá! Automatically displayed full-width and all I have to do is copy and paste the url. Super easy and looks great. Do it!!!

Here’s the poop on shortcodes

Vimeo — Support — WordPress.com

OneTab

I have a love/hate affair with Chrome going on. It’s the worst browser in the world [except for all the others]. One reason? It has an insatiable appetite for memory and the more tabs you open, the more life is sucked from your computer. The answer? OneTab…

Click the image to download it NOW!!!

Click the image to download it NOW!!!

Clicking the OneTab icon will immediate breath new life into your computer [if you have too may tabs open in Chrome!]…

 

Life goes better…

…when I take care of me! I love to wake up in the morning, make a pot of coffee and sit down at the computer for an hour while listening to a meditation from Tara Brach. However, I find that if I don’t exercise first thing in the day the chances that I’ll do it later decrease rapidly throughout the day so lately I’ve been making a few changes that seem to work well for me…

Instead of sitting down at the computer I put on my walking clothes, spend 5 minutes stretching and walk for 30 minutes while listening to my meditation. Then when I return home, I have a big glass of water before drinking coffee and I seem to need less to do more. I like eggs for breakfast but instead of eating them with butter and cheese I’m finding that hard-boiled along with some vegetables is a good way to go!

These are relatively minor changes but they make a massive difference in how much energy I have the rest of the day. How about you? What one positive thing could you do that would make a major impact in your life if you started doing it now? What one negative thing could you drop that would have a positive impact in your life?

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Tell Your Story, One Post at a Time…

Social Media Today says…

One of the most effective purposes for a business blog is storytelling. You can tell stories about your clients and your products or services, but one of the best ideas is to tell stories about your actual business. But what do those stories look like? Here are six different kinds of stories you can tell, as well as some general tips on great storytelling.

Continue reading…Tell Your Business Story, One Blog at a Time | Social Media Today.

Your Blog, Plus One: Connect and Share on Google+

This may not seem like much, but this is HUGE news from WordPress.com:

Linking to your Google+ Profile creates an official connection between your WordPress.com content and your Google+ account. The benefit? It adds a layer of verification, confirming you are the author of your posts, and helps Google understand who created certain pages, which helps to increase the accuracy of search results.

In some cases, Google may also use this information to make your posts stand out more in search results by including your Google+ Profile information next to your listing.

via Your Blog, Plus One: Connect and Share on Google+ — Blog — WordPress.com.

Comment below if the significance escapes you…

If You Believe That You’re Just a Mere Human… Think Again!

English: American roboticist and television pr...

FinerMinds shares this:

Jeff Lieberman, an MIT-trained artist, scientist and engineer, discusses the possibility of completely eliminating certain sources of suffering from humanity. Sounds impossible, right?

In this thought-provoking video, Jeff explores some fascinating topics which stir up some profound questions and realizations. From exploring our consciousness, to demonstrating our ability to create alternate realities, to reminding us that we are all one. He pinpoints a key element that if we accept and trust, would make suffering no longer be part of our existence.

Source: If You Believe That You’re Just a Mere Human… Think Again! » FinerMinds Continue reading

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From Story to Presence…

img_2943_2-tara-001A ‘quote*’ from Tara Brach’s meditation “From Story to Presence”…

“The reality is each one of us has caused hurt to other people and each one of us has been hurt by other people. But if we keep running the story of “You hurt me; you’re bad” or “I hurt you; I’m bad” all that happen is a looping that creates separation. What if instead we say the story is that I hurt you and we let that story be there, we don’t put it aside too quickly…

We let it be there and we feel what it feels like in our body. The very presence with that vulnerability awakens compassion. Now the trick — because this is where there can be more suffering is to take the story “I caused you suffering” and to get stuck on the “I’m bad, I’m bad, I’m bad”. We’re wedded to the story and we don’t have access to deeper presence…

So the pathway I am describing to you, and it takes a real sensitivity, is that when stories arise in our mind — to not to quickly go ‘it’s just a story, back to the breath’ because that is just another form of aversion and denial — is to let it be there a bit, but not to believe the story.”

She goes on to say “the story behind some of the more drama stories is really the story of Self. As we open to this presence, we wake up out of that core story that keeps us separate”.

You can hear the whole talk here:


*I tried to transcribe it as best I could; this is NOT an official transcription…