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Three Tips on Mindfulness from a Buddhist Psychiatrist

Dr. Mark Epstein offers fixes for some common roadblocks to being mindful.<p>Source: Charles Mayer/Penguin<p>Mindfulness has moved beyond its earlier …

Meditation

Breath Moves Body

<b>We live in a world in which everything moves.</b> Yet the first thing I invariably notice when I look out over a roomful of sitting meditators is how …

Meditation

Lessons of History

<b>Nearly thirty years</b> have passed since I first became involved in Buddhism. I was nineteen at the time, dizzy with the optimism of the 1960s and the …

Japanese ‘Ikigai’ Philosophy Could Be the Secret Formula to a Long and Happy Life

Many of us spend our entire lives trying to achieve happiness and the perfect life balance to leave us fulfilled. So what is the key to living a full, fruitful life? In Japan, a concept called <i>ikigai</i> is central to finding one’s satisfaction and meaning in life. In fact, <i>ikigai</i> translates to “reason …

Colorful Paper-Cut Sculpture Captures the Diversity of a Coral Reef

French paper designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte creates colorful sculptures out of intricately cut paper shapes. Previously mentioned for her three-dimensional animal masks, the artist’s latest piece of paper art is a magnificent, three-dimensional representation of a vibrant coral reef. Titled</i> …

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I wish someone had told me when I first began my journey into a life of my own that where I needed to begin was sitting on the floor, with my eyes closed. I wish someone had told me that my first step, the first step anyone must take is inward.<p>I wish someone had told me when I felt I had nothing to …

Meditation

Are We Living in a Hologram?

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

The Way of Freedom

<i>Mahamudra</i>, or “great seal,” is a term used in Vajrayana Buddhism to refer to the mark, or nature, of all experience: emptiness. Mahamudra practice is …

Spirituality

The Surprising Key to a Better Sex Life

Source: Viacheslav Boiko/Shutterstock<p>We live in a world filled with sex advice: <i>Try this new acrobatic position to have a stronger orgasm! Do these</i> …

Mindfulness

The Heart-Essence of Buddhist Meditation

Clinging to one’s school and condemning others<br>Is the certain way to waste one’s learning.<br>Since all dharma teachings are good,<br>Those who cling to …

Meditation

Listening to Sacred Stillness: Plumbing the Depth of the Present

January 2, 2018 by Greg Richardson<p><b>Plumbing the Depth of the Present</b><p>Many of us tend to overlook the depth of the present moment. We may become …

Mindfulness

How to meditate, for beginners, according to The Upside’s Jodhi Meares

Never meditated? Read this.<p>“I love how meditation gives me intention for the day,” says Jodhi Meares, after The Upside’s #OwnTheMorning campaign …

Meditation

The DIY Guide to Significantly Increasing Your Breath Hold

Photo: @bumpsetsurf // @heyitswano<p><b>Most surfers I’ve coached never do much to prepare themselves for what they’ll experience underwater.</b> Of course, …

The Hidden Benefits of Silence

<b>“Silence is a source of great strength.” –</b> <b>Lao Tzu</b><p>While some people dislike a silent environment, equating it with being alone and lonely, others look …

The Wisdom of Giving

<i>What is dana? Why do we practice it? What is the “right” way to give? What are some benefits of and obstacles to giving?</i><p>Dana (“giving”) is the most …

Spirituality

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

The Buddha's Instructions for the Practice of Mindfulness<p>Mindfulness is one of the most basic practices of Buddhism. It is part of the Eightfold Path …

Mindfulness

The Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard may be the world's "happiest man," according to science

.<p>If happiness is a form of success, you might look to Matthieu Ricard. Neuroscientists found that the Tibetan Buddhist monk and best-selling author has some of the highest levels of positive emotions of anyone they've ever studied. Hence the media started calling him "the happiest man alive." He …

Meditation

Tricycle's Top 17 of 2017

From evolutionary psychology’s support of what the Buddha taught 2,600 years ago to why Stephen Batchelor quit guru yoga to three poems to introduce …

Meditation