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By B ryan Pugh
“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”

Brene’ Brown. 

For the last three years, we have been making weekly recommendations for books, podcasts, and short movies we believe are worth your time and money. Last week, we recommended Brene’ Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” and while we stand by all of over 150 recommendations, this book has a special place in our hearts as we begin a new year at the dawn of a new decade.

Brown is an internationally recognized social science researcher, author, and speaker with the 4th most watched TED talk at just over 45 million views. She has spent her career investigating vulnerability, courage, shame, and grief, and most recently turned her attention on belonging. 
While there are many meaningful observations, it is Brown’s distinction between “fitting in” and “belonging” that ring the most true for me and my experience leading the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD) for the last 8 years. 

CLICK HERE to read the rest of Bryan's blog post.
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Fossils of just about everything have been unearthed, from ancient feathers to entire dinosaur skeletons preserved in opal, but there is one thing nobody thought could survive hundreds of thousands of years—until now.

Brain  matter from a Cambrian arthropod that crawled around 500,000 years ago has proven many paleontologists wrong about brain decay being inevitable. Previous research suggests that no matter what it may be protected by, soft neural matter will break down long before fossilization can even start. Minds have suddenly been changed. Alalcomenaeus may have been a tiny creature, but its exoskeleton was tough enough to ward off decomposition.

There was an “unusual abundance of exceptionally preserved [animal and plant life] in Cambrian deposits, which capture details of the non-biomineralized anatomy that would normally be lost to decay, even under other pathways for exceptional preservation,” according to the Harvard research team who made the find in Utah and recently published  a study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

CLICK HERE to what these fossils revealed.
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Train your brain, change your brain
Nothing about our brains is set in stone. Our brains are surprisingly dynamic. It can adapt, heal, renew or rewire itself.
What you do or don’t do daily is literally changing your brain for better or worse. But it’s not too late rejuvenate, remodel, and reshape your brain to stay in peak condition.

Experiments in neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change in response to experience) have proven that the brain is capable of modifying itself, either by changing its structure, increasing and reducing its size or altering its biochemistry.

Can you physically change your brain at any age? The answer is: yes, within limits. You can start with these science-backed activities and habits.

CLICK HERE  to check out some new habits for 2020.
Please contact the study's Principal Investigator, Paige Victorine at with questions and for a secure link to the online survey.
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“Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork—all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.

CLICK HERE to read more about this wonderful book.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't even happened yet."

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