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20 Incredible Quotes From a Zen Master That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Mooji is a spiritual teacher and Zen master originally from Jamaica. Mooji shares self-inquiry, directing his students to the non-dual Self by …

How to improve your mind through meditation, according to neuroscience

From "The Mindful Brain":<p>The MBSR program brought the ancient practice of mindfulness to individuals with a wide range of chronic medical conditions from back pain to psoriasis.<p>Kabat-Zinn and colleagues, including his collaborator Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, were …

Mindfulness

I've written about a bunch of great watches, but this is the one I wear to work every day — here's why

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>MVMT Before I started writing for Insider Picks, I was not a regular watch-wearer.<p>I had a few hand-me-downs and an ironic calculator watch …

I've used this umbrella for over 3 years and it's never let me down

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon For years, I never put much thought into my umbrella. As long as it kept me dry during a storm, I was happy.<p>But if you want to end the …

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community.A new report shows …

Central African Republic

The American dream of suburbia is evolving — here’s what it’ll be like to live in the suburb of the future

When Barb and Kevin Francella moved to New Rochelle, New York in 1990, the suburb radiated a sense of the American dream.<p>Clusters of single-family homes boasted large driveways and green lawns. Subdivisions had charming names like Bloomingdale Estates, Quaker Ridge, and Kensington Woods. In the …

Urban Design

Lucky Peach cookbook offers easy Asian dishes packed with flavour

<b>Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes</b><p><i>By Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach</i><p><i>Clarkson Potter, 272 pages, $45</i><p>When chef David Chang and writer Peter Meehan's seminal <i>Momofuku</i> cookbook was published in 2009, it quickly became a kimchi-splattered fixture in my kitchen. The highly original …

Market-based GICs have appeal, but read the fine print

They are called "market-linked" or "index-linked" GICs. They promise to enhance the returns of a normal GIC by tying the return to the performance of stocks. They may have particular appeal right now, as rock-bottom interest rates limit conventional GIC yields, and some daring investors might think …

Recipe: Amazing veggie moussaka

Peel and finely chop the garlic and onions, then place in a large pan over medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Pick in the rosemary and sage leaves, add 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, then sauté for about 10 minutes, or until softened but not coloured, stirring occasionally.<p>Pour in the wine and simmer …

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By exploring Newfoundland by myself, I can just be

<i>Dispatch is a series of first-person stories from the road. Readers can share their experiences, from the sublime to the strange.</i><p>This week I travelled by myself for the first time. It only took seven years following my divorce, but I finally did it. It feels good and right, and everyone should do …

Recipe: Lively beef stew with root vegetables

Preheat oven to 300 F. Combine coriander, ginger, cinnamon and chile de arbol. Toss with beef. Season with salt and pepper.<p>Heat oil in heavy ovenproof pot over high heat. Working in batches, add beef and brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes in total. Remove from pot and reserve.<p>Reduce heat to medium. …

The Quick Fix: Cherry tomato sauce

1) Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pan, heat over medium-low and add 1/2 cup of diced sweet onion. Cook 3 to 4 minutes – until the onion has softened (but not browned) – add 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook another minute.<p>2) Add 2 1/2 cups of cherry (or grape) tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon of …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

25 Books Every Man Should Read

Make it a drinking game.<p>Literacy is hot. Like CrossFit. Remember this Instagram account? Next time you're caught in a random girl's iPhone lens, make sure you've got your face buried in one of these puppies.*<p>* Burying your face in a puppy is also a surefire way of ending up in a girl's Instagram …

Books

The "Worst Building of the Year" In England Was a Complete Shoo-In, Say the Judges

“Spontaneous unanimity has never been so effortlessly achieved as it was on this year’s judging panel.” Ouch.<p>That’s a quote from the judges behind …

This Is the Key to Happiness, According to Psychotherapists

The story you tell yourself about your life.<p>When your vision of your life story is inadequate, depression can result.<p>Psychotherapists actually help …

Creative Writing

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Recipe: Peruvian Spiced Fish with Quinoa

Preheat oven to 400 F.<p>Heat oil in a wide ovenproof sauté pan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté for 2 minutes or until softened. Add 1 tsp serrano pepper and lime zest and sauté 1 minute longer. Stir in quinoa and sauté for a minute or two or until slightly toasted. Add water and bring to …

Recipe: Cuban Chicken and Rice

Combine garlic, paprika, cumin and lime zest. Rub half of mixture into chicken thighs and reserve remainder for the rice. Season chicken with salt and pepper.<p>Heat oil in wide, deep skillet or wok on medium heat. Add thighs and brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and …

Acoustic Adventures: Cascading Celtic Guitar

Celtic music is often misunderstood among guitarists. Many think if they can tune their guitar to DADGAD and play some triplets, they’ve got it. In …

Start the New Year Off Right: 7 Healthy, Fast Weeknight Dinners

<b>1. Blackened Tilapia</b><p>This is one of my favorite fish recipes, and it's super quick and easy. Mild tilapia fillets are dusted with a bold Cajun spice rub, then sautéed in olive oil until crisp and flavorful on the exterior and tender and flaky within. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. White Chicken Chili</b><p>Made with …

Cooking

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

Check out these impressive tiny houses that maximize both function and style.<p>Growing in popularity over the last decade, tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often measure less than 300 square feet, the tiny house movement …

28 Fall Weeknight Meals You Can Make in an Hour or Less

From roasted chicken to winter squash pasta, here are 33 quick weeknight meals for fall.<p><b>Pasta, winter squash, roast chicken—fall is the best time for weeknight cooking</b>. Plan your entire week's worth of dinners with these 33 meals, each of which can be made in an hour or less.

The 50 Best Documentaries Streaming on Netflix 2014

One thing Netflix is quietly doing very well is streaming some of the best documentaries of the last few years. Nearly all of our favorite …

Recipes: Add sausage to your summer menu - and think beyond the bun

A great sausage is a miracle of culinary alchemy. Think about it: Cheap raw ingredients – fatty meats suitable only for grinding – are transformed, with a dash of salt and assorted spices, into a party-friendly package irresistible to few. "It's this timeless and perfect little food item," says …

How I Learned to Read 300 Percent Faster in 20 Minutes

How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in one-third or one-fifth the time?<p>Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement -- period.<p>This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in …

Productivity

Youngsters Singing 'Hallelujah' On 'The Voice Kids' In Germany Would Make Leonard Cohen Proud (VIDEO)

Patrizia, Simon and Helen, ages 12, 12 and 11, respectively, went on Germany's 'The Voice Kids' to sing Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah," and the effect was stunning.<p>Although they are young, the kids seem to draw from life experience or universal human emotions to convey the beauty of Cohen's …