Adrian Tolano

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Buddhism, Icicles, and Trying to Love Your Enemies

It's often said that Buddhism is built on two core principles - wisdom and compassion. On intensive meditation retreats, I spend most of my time engaged in wisdom-based practice, with mindfulness at the root. But it is <i>metta</i>, the Pali term for loving-kindness, that imbues the long, silent days with …

What Personality Tests Really Reveal

There are a lot of personality tests claiming to tell you how to work best. Here’s how to make sense of them all.<p>Because the human mind is such a mystery, we gravitate toward things that aim to give us insight into our minds and the minds of others. This is why personality tests are so appealing. …

What The Interview Process Is Like At Google, Apple, Amazon, And Other Tech Companies

The best and worst interview processes according to job applicants will surprise you.<p>It’s kind of a perfect storm.<p>A record 78% of hiring managers anticipate more hiring in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of 2015, according to the latest report from career site Dice. That means …

The Kind Mathematics of Selfish Love

<b>Find more at colorfulcortex.co</b><p>Thank you to my friend Ophelia for letting me tell her story. My love for her is underscored by the fact she requested the pseudonym Ophelia.<p>They met in college. He was hard-working, friend approved, and met her physical criteria of brown-haired, tall, and over 200 …

Best Ever Potatoes au Gratin

Fact: Mashed doesn't have to be your default when it comes to potato side dishes. Take this recipe for potatoes au gratin. You know, the version where slices of spuds are smothered in a cream sauce and plenty of cheese? It's rich and comforting--plus, it can be assembled ahead of time and held in …

The 3 Most Powerful Questions to Bring Back Trust, Intimacy and Love to a Dead Marriage

<i>MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART DISEASE OR ARE PRONE TO STROKES</i><p>More often than not, the truth can set you free, but sometimes it can kill you if you can't take it. And this might be one of those times.<p>What you're about to read and try is likely to blow …

11 Key Activities for Creating Trust in Successful Relationships

Trust is one of the most important components of any relationship. Nothing brings people together like trust. When trust is broken, it is severely damaging and hard to overcome.<p>When we establish trust, we are able to let our guard down and feel comfortable with the other person. We know we can rely …

10 Hanukkah Latke Recipes That Are A Cut Above The Rest

Yes, you need more than one latke recipe.<p>Of all the traditional foods eaten on Hanukkah, latkes might just be our favorite. Like sufganiyot (jelly donuts), latkes are eaten to celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah, where a small amount of oil burned in a menorah for eight nights. While the donuts are …

Mindfulness fixes your brain while boosting your performance

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of …

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Eat, Drink And Be Scary: 9 Fun Foods For Your Halloween Party

Why should the kids have all the treats this Halloween? Be the <i>Ghostest with the Mostest</i> with these easy gourmet recipes for your Halloween party.<p><b>1. Homemade Caramel Corn</b><p>Halloween and caramel go hand-in-hand, so why not make some homemade caramel corn for your crowd? Surprisingly, you don't need a …

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes For Those Busy Weeknights

So easy.<p>We love the slow cooker for how much easier it makes our lives. Not only does it cook us dinner and dessert, but we can hack it into a steamer when needed. Plus, it turns out, it's pretty easy to clean, too.<p>In the name of ease and simplicity, we set out to find the easiest, simplest slow …

8 Ways to Use Mozzarella

Mozzarella has a milky sweetness that we know is great on pizza and in a tomato salad. But what else? Here, eight ways to use mozzarella.<p>Mozzarella …

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Pancake Recipes For All Your Breakfast Needs

YUM.<p>There are a few foods that make us swoon, but pancakes are definitely one of them. Despite their simplicity -- they're made with nothing more than common items we have stored in our pantry -- they bring us happiness like only the most perfect of foods can (such as chocolatey brownies and …

What We Really Want -- And Almost Never Get: The Secret Desire That Makes or Breaks Relationships

Most couples come to see me to learn better communication skills, or at least that's what they say in the first session. But what gets described as communication problems are usually, in fact, listening problems. Truth is, we're not very good listeners; we don't know (and are not taught) how to …

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Pineapple

<i>Photo by Alex Shapiro</i><p>Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? No one, because pineapples don't grow underwater. Well, I guess Spongebob does live in a pineapple under the sea, and if you want to consider him a person then you can but - IN REALITY - pineapples are not an aquatic thing nor do they act …

Don't You Dare Make These Breaded Cutlet Common Mistakes

There's nothing more disappointing than a sub-par breaded and fried cutlet. Don't make these common mistakes when dredging, breading, and frying at home.<p>Is there anything better than a crispy, golden-brown, breaded and fried cutlet? We'll answer that for you: No.<p>Get it right, and you're blessed …

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8 Mental Habits the Most Successful People Learn to Break | Inc.com

Sometimes, success comes not from what you learn to do but what you learn to stop doing.<p>That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program and consultancy for executives and entrepreneurs. "Once we …

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Two New Studies Explore the Neuroscience of Negative Emotions

We've all had experiences we'd prefer not to remember. That's especially true for people who have gone through a traumatic event such as childhood …

How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain

Consuming refined sugar can impact mood, decision-making, and memory. Here’s how good it can be to give it up.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I have a love-hate relationship with food. I love it; it generally hates me. Matter of …

5 Reasons Why People Who Cry A Lot Are Mentally Strong

Unfortunately, not all emotions are created equal.<p>The most widely accepted emotion, happiness, is a sign of confidence, security, and success, among …

6 Easy DIY Photography Projects That Make for Great Holiday Gifts

Want to make a photography gift this holiday season instead of buying one? The video above offers 6 fun ideas for easy DIY photo gifts you can try …

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream: Homemade Gift Ideas

<i>How to make homemade shaving cream with coconut oil and shea butter that smells of a delicious rosemary-mint pairing. Great for personalized</i> …

The Benefits of Meditation: Stress Relief in 1-Minute

People all over the world use meditation to escape their reality, to move beyond their present moment of awareness, and to create and expand …

Baby & Me Yoga: 8 Great Poses To Do With Your Little One

I’ve been doing yoga on and off for almost 18 years. For me, yoga gives a sense of peace and overall well-being. And as a new mother, I'm discovering …

11 Yoga Poses That Build Total-Body Strength

Aug 1, 2015<p>Here are the top 11 strength building yoga poses that can help you build muscles and become strong.<p>1) Virabhadrasana I<p>Targets:<p>Thighs, …

This Breathing Exercise Can Help You Stay Focused At Work

Think you know how to breathe? Think again. Here’s a method to help you keep calm and carry on.<p>What if there were something you could do right this minute to improve how engaged, productive, and creative you are at work? As it turns out, there is, and you’re already doing it—breathing.<p>Breathing …

Is Yoga the Next New 'Antioxidant'?

Have you ever wondered why people who do yoga often look a lot younger than their age? A new study on yoga might have some answers.<p>A study in the July 2015 <i>Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine</i> found that <b>12 weeks of yoga amped up the body's natural defense system against toxins</b>. <b>Yoga</b> …