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Why I’m Voting For Hillary But Praying For Donald

Like many Americans, I've been deeply impacted by our current election.

Regardless of which candidate you vote for, there is no denying that there are a lot of BIG FEELINGS going on in the US election.

There is a lot of fear for what the results could mean for our country.

And it feels like there is a lot at stake.

For many reasons I won't go into because this is not meant to be a political post, I'm with Hillary Clinton. And I'm sickened, offended and deeply saddened by a lot of Donald Trump's behavior.

So I did an experiment. I decided to see if I could send loving kindness to Donald Trump.

First, I did some loving kindness to myself and then towards Hillary Clinton. That was relatively easy and natural.

Then, I started saying the phrases of loving kindness while picturing Donald Trump.

May you have a deep sense of happiness, wellbeing, and ease.
May you feel safe and protected.
May you be healthy and strong, and accept your limitations.
May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May you be held in loving kindness.

As I sent Donald Trump some love, something really powerful happened.

At first, I struggled.

I thought; "May you have a deep sense of happiness, wellbeing, and ease." And all I could do was picture his annoying hairstyle and squinty eyes. His angry demeanor.

As I thought; "May you feel safe and protected," I saw him lashing out at Hillary, interrupting her, saying she didn't have a Presidential "look." I saw the types of women he surrounds himself with, women whose main redeeming quality is their physical appearance rather than their experience.

I saw him as an aggressive attacker of women, not someone I would want to protect.


And then something happened.

As I continued to send loving kindness to Trump, saying; "May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering," a lump formed in my throat.

I started crying. I felt a deep emotion I cannot even name. I felt a tingling in my throat.

Suddenly, I thought of all the women whose voices I want to hear.

I thought of all the women who have been silenced. By men, by other women, by themselves.

And I tapped into how deeply I want women, myself included, to be free, to be heard, to be empowered.

I also felt the ways in which I treat myself how Donald treats women. I judge and criticize myself, I focus on my physical appearance as if it's the main validation of my worth, I discount my expertise and experience, I interrupt myself.

I don't like Donald Trump because he represents a side of myself, and a side of society, that I have a very hard time loving.

But this aspect of myself and of the world needs to be loved.

This is one way to experience and heal the anger, the fear, the shame and the lack of control I've been feeling. By sending loving kindness to Trump, I was able to open and shift something in myself.

I had never experienced the benefits of that old expression "love your enemy" in a profound way until right now.

So I invite you to try on this loving kindness practice with a new lens.

Whoever you're most upset by in the world right now, whatever social injustice or macro issue is keeping you up at night, see if you can send loving kindness to that person or situation.

It's easy to send love to the victims of social injustice, but can you send it to the perpetrators? What does that bring up for you?

Send some love to your enemies with this free guided meditation...and notice how it opens wounds and heals you: Loving Kindness.




Vanessa Loder is an entrepreneur, speaker and writer whose mission is to support women in creating fulfilling lives aligned with their passions and values.

Here is a free Values Assessment tool to help you get clear on your values.

Vanessa received her MBA from Stanford University and is the Co-Founder of Mindfulness Based Achievement, the New MBA, which teaches high potential women leaders how to lean in without burning out. You can read more at Vanessa's blog or find her on twitter @vanessaloder.

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Aisle View: Hearing Is Believing

2016-09-29-1475177020-9843269-encounter1crop.jpeg Simon McBurney in The Encounter
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A picture, it's said, is worth a thousand words. But how many words for a non-visual, aural picture? That notion, which rarely comes up, is astoundingly illustrated in Simon McBurney's new play, The Encounter.

The stage of the Golden Theatre is set up to resemble something like a recording studio, the main scenic element being an upstage wall of soundproofing material. There is a work table and chair downstage to one side; scattered microphones; what looks like a dark gray mannequin head, atop a tall mic stand; and bottled water by the shrink-wrapped case. Not much to look at; rather, a stage picture that is decidedly not worth a thousand words.

The most prominent and unusual element of the design, as you take your seat, is not even on stage. It is resting over the backs of each seat in the auditorium: a pair of headphones, for everyone. (Neither cheap, economy airline headphones nor luxury models; somewhere in the moderate range, with the suggestion of being wiped down with disinfectant between performances.)

Several technicians mill about before the start, troubleshooting any inoperable headphones. One of these folks--a slight and non-descript fellow of middling appearance--comes center to instruct us about just what we are supposed to do. This turns out to be Mr. McBurney, the author, director and sole cast-member of The Encounter. (Richard Katz plays the role at Wednesday matinees.) McBurney is also the originating producer, being the cofounder and artistic director of Complicite, which despite the French name is a British theatre company, established in 1983. While McBurney frequents stage and screen as a performer, he is best known hereabouts as director of Complicite's savagely inventive production of Ionesco's The Chairs, which visited this same Golden Theatre in the spring of 1998.

He takes a photo of the audience with his smartphone, to send to his six-year-old back in England he says. Not really, given the time difference. He muses on how family stories and family histories are built on family photos, which are not reality. He makes a joke about the United Kingdom, and another about the reality of Brexit. Once the audience is fully seated and fully primed, he helpfully makes sure we have the headphones correctly aligned, right ear and left ear. He starts to traverse the stage, illustrating how his voice "travels" from one of our ears to the other, then around the back of our head.

He moves to another microphone, which he explains is tricked up to sound deeper, lower, and more American; he will use this voice for the protagonist of the play. (The Cambridge born-and-educated McBurney is the son of an American archaeologist.) As he talks on, his earlier voices continue and more sounds come in. With our eyes closed at his behest, we hear a mosquito buzzing just behind our right ear; not real, he explains, it's coming from a portable speaker he holds in his hand. His point is well illustrated; hearing is believing. I, for one, several times turned to glare at the noisy latecomers in the row behind me--except they weren't latecomers, they were rustling sounds "placed" behind me by the headphones. We are at once in an auditorium filled with 600 other people sharing the experience of McBurney's Encounter, but thoroughly on our own.

This takes us into the play itself, McBurney's adaptation of Petru Popescu's 1991 novel "Amazon Beaming." This was a retelling of the 1969 encounter of National Geographic photojournalist Loren McIntyre with members of the Mayoruna tribe deep in the Brazilian Amazon. As the piece unfolds we see that the theatricality--all sound, all the time--is not a device grafted onto the piece; it specifically fits the play's examination of reality, meaning and communication.

There is a limit to how much we should describe; it is an event to be experienced, and the less imparted the better. It seems clear that people who are interested in this sort of adventurous theatrical spectacle will love The Encounter (which originated at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and was a sold-out hit at the Barbican in London). Other viewers might understandably opine that the emperor has no clothes; he (it) certainly has no scenery.

Or does it? McIntyre's rain forest adventure culminates in a veritable aural tempest, which is enhanced by McBurney-in-motion (as actor rather than narrator) and the combined efforts of lighting designer Paul Anderson, scenic designer Michael Levine, and projection designer Will Duke. So there is stagecraft at play, too. But it is sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin who are presumably responsible for the binaural wizardry of the piece; think of 3-D for the ears. There are also five sound operators with prominent billing on the cast page, and one imagines that they are key contributors at every performance.

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Simon McBurney in The Encounter
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Back in the first decade of the present century, the Tony Awards had a "Best Special Event" category for productions that weren't quite plays nor musicals (a prime example being Elaine Stritch At Liberty). The award died out after it was awarded to substandard attractions--an unwatchable puppet show, among others--simply because they were the only items that fit the category. From 2008 through 2014 there were also awards for sound, which were disbanded apparently because the majority of the voters were unsure of how to judge sound design. (Does that mean it enhances the play or musical? Or that you can clearly hear every word and lyric from your seat, depending on where you're sitting?)

The Encounter perfectly defines the first category, and would be a shoo-in for the second.

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The Encounter, written and directed by Simon McBurney, opened September 29, 2016 and continues through January 8, 2017 at the John Golden Theatre

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The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices

Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle -- and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords -- consumers have yet to adjust their own behavior when it comes to password reuse. A global Lab42 survey, which polled consumers across the United States, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, highlights the psychology around why consumers develop poor password habits despite understanding the obvious risk, and suggests that there is a level of cognitive dissonance around our online habits. When it comes to online security, personality type does not inform behavior, but it does reveal how consumers rationalize poor password habits. My personal favorite: password paradox. "The survey revealed that the majority of respondents understand that their digital behavior puts them at risk, but do not make efforts to change it," reports Help Net Security. "Only five percent of respondents didn't know the characteristics of a secure password, with the majority of respondents understanding that passwords should contain uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Furthermore, 91 percent of respondents said that there is inherent risk associated with reusing passwords, yet 61 percent continue to use the same or similar passwords anyway, with more than half (55 percent) doing so while fully understanding the risk." The report also found that when attempting to create secure passwords, "47 percent of respondents included family names or initials," while "42 percent contain significant dates or numbers and 26 percent use the family pet."

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Lady Gaga To Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

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“It’s not an illusion. The rumors are true,” the tweet read. “This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA”



It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA! @nfl @FOXTV @pepsi #PERFECTILLUSION #GAGASUPERBOWL pic.twitter.com/qR4O57451G

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2016


Lady Gaga performed a memorable rendition of the national anthemduring Super Bowl 50 earlier this year.Beyonce, Coldplay and Bruno Mars headlined the halftime show.


According to a report from Billboard, Gaga’s well-received national anthem performance was a deciding factor in her selection for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show on Feb. 5, 2017, at Houston’s NRG Stadium.



The Super Bowl halftime show is “the most-watched musical event of the year,” the NFL said in its announcement of Lady Gaga. More than 116.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last season’s show.


Lady Gaga’s newest album, “Joanne,” is set to be released Oct. 21.

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Why You Might Want To Reconsider Getting Married On Valentine’s Day

Planning to get marriedon Valentine’s Day? You may want to reconsider; while it might seem like the height of romance to say “I do” on a day celebrating love, a new study suggests that people who marry on Valentine’s Day and other gimmicky dates face a higher risk of divorce.


Weddings that take place on Valentine’s Day or special-number dates like 9/9/99 or 1/2/03 are 18 to 36 percent more likely to end in divorce than weddings on ordinary dates, according to researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.


Not so romantic after all, eh?








Researchers Jan Kabtek and David Ribar looked at a sample of 1.1 million weddings― all the weddings that were performed in the Netherlands among 18-60-year-olds from 1999 to 2013. Then, they analyzed divorce rates in the Netherlands over that period of time (that is, out of 100 couples who married on each date, how many are likely to split up?)


By what would have been their ninth anniversaries, couples who married on Valentine’s Day were about one-third more likely to divorce than couples who married on ordinary days (21 percent versus 16 percent) and couples who married on same-number-dates like 9/9/99 were one-fourth more likely to divorce (19 percent versus 16 percent).


Ribar told The Huffington Post he was surprised by how popular the special occasion dates were for weddings.


“There were three times as many weddings on a given Valentine’s Day than on an otherwise comparable February day ― and there were six times as many weddings on a given same-number date compared to an ordinary day,” he said. (It’s worth noting that researchers controlled for the higher number of newlyweds on the holiday and special-number dates.)


OK, so clearly,couples are drawn to gimmicky weddings dates ― but why are they more likely to divorce than people who marry on any given Saturday or Sunday?


Ribar said it has little to do with dates (”I don’t subscribe to numerology and neither does Jan”) and more to do with some particular characteristics of the couples.








One theory is that people who marry on regular days may be more strongly influenced by the quality of their relationship and compatibility than couples who marry on special dates. As the researchers put it in the paper, it’s about a “sliding versus deciding”on the next step to take in your relationships.


For sliding couples, their“relationships are subject to inertia; even if the quality of the match is low in other ways, [it]may make the couple more susceptible to external cues, like special dates or leave them ambivalent about the formality or attendance of the ceremony,” Ribar and Kabtek writein the paper.


The researchers also found that couples who marry on special dates are less similar in terms of age and levels of education. They’re also more likely to have been married before and more likely to already have children.


“The choice of the date reveals some cool social science about how a couple’s commitment to each other grows over time,” Ribar said of the findings.

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