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The Experience of Mindfulness

I HAVE A natural fondness for any author who can pack penguins, the Stoics, and <i>Pokémon Go</i> into a single paragraph. The author in question is Thomas …

Mindfulness

I Use This App 3 Times a Day to Calm the Hell Down

I am not the type of person one would ever refer to as "zen."<p>I get worked up over things that are probably irrational, I linger too hard on the …

Leo Tolstoy, Shortly Before His Death, on Love, Reason, Human Nature, and What Gives Meaning to Our Lives

“Reason and love define the demands of human nature… The demands of reason and love must not be subordinated to the demands of habit.”<p>Some of humanity’s most celebrated writers have championed the benefits of keeping a diary, but none have reaped those more ravenously than <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, …

Literature

Rules for the Direction of the Mind: Descartes’s 12 Timeless Tenets of Critical Thinking

“We ought to give the whole of our attention to the most insignificant and most easily mastered facts, and remain a long time in contemplation of them until we are accustomed to behold the truth clearly and distinctly.”<p>In the late 1620s, about a decade before he coined <i>Cogito ergo sum</i> (“I think, …

Dostoyevsky on the Heart vs. the Mind and How We Come to Know Truth

“Nature, the soul, love, and God, one recognizes through the heart, and not through the reason… Reason is a tool, a machine, which is driven by the spiritual fire.”<p><i>“Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature,”</i> Martha Nussbaum — one of the most …

Literature

Plato’s Two Charioteers: Free Will, Moral Agency, and How to Negotiate Our Capacities for Good and Evil

“Freedom isn’t the absence of control; rather, control is the essence of freedom.”<p><i>“If I conclude that there is no free will,”</i> astrophysicist Janna Levin observed in her spectacular conversation with Krista Tippett, <i>“it doesn’t mean that I should go run amok in the streets. I’m no more free to make</i> …

Erich Fromm on Human Nature, the Common Laziness of Optimism and Pessimism, and Why We Need Rational Faith in the Human Spirit

“Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair… To have faith means to dare, to think the unthinkable, yet to act within the limits of the realistically possible.”<p><i>“Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away,”</i> Rebecca Solnit …

The Wisdom of the Heart: Krista Tippett on Love and the Power of Asking Better Questions as a Spiritual Technology for Mastering the Art of Living

“If we are stretching to live wiser and not just smarter, we will aspire to learn what love means… what it looks like as a private good but also as a common good.”<p><i>“Words are events, they do things, change things,”</i> Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her beautiful meditation on the power and magic of real …

Trust Yourself: Emerson on Self-Reliance as the Essence of Genius and What It Means to Be a Nonconformist

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”<p><i>“We all have the same inner life,”</i> the great painter Agnes Martin observed. <i>“The difference lies in the recognition. The artist has to recognize what it is.”</i> Decades later, Cheryl Strayed considered the raw material of that recognition in an …

How to Handle Criticism: Advice from Some of the Greatest Writers of the Past Century

Wisdom and wit from Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley, William Styron, Truman Capote, and other literary titans.<p><i>“Reading criticism clogs conduits through which one gets new ideas: cultural cholesterol,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. <i>“Criticism,”</i> artist Ai Weiwei told an interviewer, <i>“is, in the Chinese</i> …

David Whyte on Vulnerability, Presence, and How We Enlarge Ourselves by Surrendering to the Uncontrollable

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”<p><i>“Vulnerability is a guardian of integrity,”</i> artist and unheralded philosopher Anne Truitt wrote as she contemplated what sustains the creative …

Cicero on the Positive Side of Envy, Its Counterintuitive Kinship with Compassion, and Its Power as a Tuning Fork for the Instrument of Our Determination

“Wisdom is an acquaintance with all divine and human affairs, and a knowledge of the cause of everything.”<p>Kierkegaard lamented envy as the worst form of pettiness. Benjamin Franklin saw it as an obstacle to “true, solid happiness.” These are sensical, intuitive judgments — and yet they might be …

Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

“Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society.”<p><i>“A society must assume that it is stable,”</i> James Baldwin wrote in his superb 1962 meditation on the creative process, <i>“but the artist must know, and he must let us</i> …

How Music Helps Us Grieve

“The springs of our reaction to music lie deeper than thought.”<p>Scientists now believe that language and music co-evolved to simulate the most abiding truths of nature. Indeed, for as long as we’ve been able to articulate the human experience, we’ve made music about the most inarticulable parts of …

Flute

This article will help you understand how consciousness works in the brain

Several different scientific theories of consciousness have emerged which get at different aspects of what is going on, but do not yet fit together …

Consciousness

What If Physical Illness Were Treated Like Mental Illness?

What if you were sick in bed for three days? You’re popping Advil like candy to keep your fever down. You feel like you are going to die. Well-meaning friends offer to swing by the store if you need anything. Your mother brings over chicken soup and tells you to rest up and take it easy. Everyone …

The Brain

Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation's Benefits

5<p>SHARES<p>IN THE SPRING OF 1985 THINGS STARTED TO GO WRONG. A jittery teenager held a pistol to my wife’s head and robbed us a few blocks from our home …

Mindfulness

This New Journal Will Teach You to Be More Mindful

It sometimes seems like everyone and their cousin has a must-try solution for our daily anxiety and stress. Between the coloring book sessions, aromatherapy approaches and wearable tech options, sorting the standouts from the duds can be overwhelming. Calm CEO and co-founder Alex Tew saw that …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness - beginning your practice

By onFebruary 20, 2016 in Mindfulness<p>Scientific research has now developed so much that we can see and measure the impact mindfulness has on our …

Mindfulness

9 Books About the Many Meanings of Time: A TED Bookstore Collaboration

From Ada Lovelace to dark matter, a kaleidoscopic lens on life’s most elusive dimension.<p><i>“I don’t like time to flap round me,”</i> Virginia Woolf lamented in her diary. And yet time is always and forever flapping round us, impervious to our protestations. We might as well befriend it, then.<p>For this …

Umberto Eco on the Future of the Book

“The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved. You cannot make a spoon that is better than a spoon.”<p><i>“Reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised,”</i> Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska observed in her …

Robert Lowell on What It’s Like to Be Bipolar

“My disease, alas, gives one (during its seizures) a headless heart.”<p>In contemplating art as experience, philosopher John Dewey argued that the rhythmic highs and lows of life are essential to its creative completeness. Almost a century later, in her marvelous meditation on the pursuit of …

These Are the 4 Skills You Need to Master to Be Happy

According to the latest science, you can learn to be happy, just like you can learn to play an instrument.<p>We generally think of happiness as either a matter of chance or circumstance. Some people are born with happy brains--they just naturally seem to see everything in a cheerful light. Others are …

Practice Mindfulness When Conflict Occurs

Conflict wreaks havoc on our brains: the amygdala sounds an alarm and releases a cascade of chemicals in the body. But practicing mindfulness can override the automatic responses of our nervous system. When your body jumps into fight-or-flight mode, notice that you’ve been provoked. Focus on …

Mindfulness in the Classroom- Mindful Eating

The key to mindfulness is focusing on the present moment calmly and accepting the feelings and thoughts and bodily sensations. It is our way to …