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Meditation is thriving under Trump. A former monk explains why.

The Headspace app co-founder on monetizing mindfulness.<p>Like any startup founder well-trained in public relations, Andy Puddicombe is reluctant to talk politics. But when I ask about the explosive growth since the election of Donald Trump of Headspace — the app that features meditation lessons …

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Picasso's paper parade – in pictures

Picasso said printmaking was his way of ‘writing fiction’. His beguiling works – of lovers, matadors and monsters – reveal an often overlooked side of his genius

8 Radical, Feminist Artists From The 1970s Who Shattered The Male Gaze

You might know Cindy Sherman, but what about Renate Eisenegger, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ewa Partum?<p>In the age of the selfie, women are all too familiar with what photographs of themselves silently suggest. <i>Who are you? Where is your natural habitat? Which circles do you run with? Are you glamorous?</i> …


Striking Black & White Portraits of Elegant Dancers Caught in Captivating Motion

Based in St. Petersburg, artist Vadim Stein boasts an extensive and eclectic background. Though he currently identifies as a photographer, videographer, sculptor, and stage designer, his past creative endeavors span graphic design, art restoration, and even acting. Each experience—though seemingly …

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The tumultuous 2016 campaign is in a sudden limbo

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The most dramatic and unpredictable presidential election in decades is suddenly slipping into a strange state of suspended animation.<p>Donald Trump and his team, facing widening deficits in the polls, insist the Republican nominee can still win. But he and his allies seem to be …

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Superbugs are on track to kill 10 million people by 2050 if things don’t change—fast

In November of 2015, scientists in southeastern China were combing through bacterial samples collected from hospitals in the Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces when they discovered something that would immediately grab the attention of the entire medical community.<p>Many of the bacteria collected were …


Pope to church: Be more accepting of divorced Catholics, gays and lesbians

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.<p>He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, …

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Quotes Brought To Life: My Favorites From Zen Pencils

Zen Pencils has taken the time to turn my favorite quotes into illustrated pieces that somehow bring the message to life. Here's Teddy Roosevelt, …

Here's what happened when I started doing 40-minute meditation sessions every morning

Stressors include travel, family, and the early onset of all that year-end noise. Daily exercise can help you feel better, but a recent injury has limited what I can do.<p>So about one week ago, I started meditating before work each day. Friends from my yoga community had been encouraging me in this …


Four Reasons for Decline of Religion

Religious participation is declining among Americans even though religion is still very popular. According to the latest Religious Landscape Study by the Pew Research Forum, the percentage of Americans who believe in God, attend religious services and pray daily has declined significantly during …

“Chasing Rhinos With The Swami”

<b>By Shyamasundar das</b><p>Writing “Chasing Rhinos With The Swami” was a labor of intense love. Not that it started out that way. I thought I could knock out …

Look carefully at English you will see Sanskrit hidden everywhere: Jeffrey Armstrong

<b>By Nithin Sridhar</b><p>“<b>World Sanskrit Day</b>” is celebrated every year on the full moon day in the month of <i>Sravana</i>. This year the full moon has fallen on …


Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

Building a Million Dollar Business w/ Kimra Luna

Scientists suggest a way to lower your stroke risk: Shorten your workweek

Do you worry that your workaholic ways are killing you? A new study says you may be right.<p>In an analysis of more than half a million men and women from around the world, those who put in long hours at the office were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than their colleagues who clocked out earlier. …

Meditation for People Who Don't Like to Meditate (Yet)

<i>This is the first video in our five-part series with 10% Happier on why meditation is easier and more awesome than you think.</i><p>Where would you turn for …


7 Signs You're Experiencing a Major Spiritual Transformation

Life has thrown suffering your way and propelled you on a truth-seeking path. There's no turning back. If you're anything like me, you've meditated, gone to workshops, read books, listened to the masters. You've healed your past-life traumas and embraced your shadows. You've been feeling …

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14 Excellent Pieces Of Advice Every Artist Should Remember

"Creativity takes courage." –Henri Matisse