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Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. - Vox

Meditation is meant to help students deal with stress. But the hype is outpacing the evidence.<p>Welcome to <i>Show Me the Evidence</i><i>,</i> where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day.<p>The juniors and seniors …

12 Under-Recognized, Badass Women Who Changed the World

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The phrase probably makes you think of Marilyn Monroe or Eleanor Roosevelt, both of whom have been credited with the words (usually written in calligraphy across a coffee shop wall or posted on Instagram when their birthdays roll around). It has become a …

Family Planning

Here's What Magic Mushrooms Do to Your Body And Brain

The good, the bad, and the ugly.<p>There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several studies, including two …

Consciousness

Simple ways to improve mood, according to psychologists

Jason Kempin / Staff / Getty Images<p>It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of …

The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do About it)

Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are:<p>…

Spirituality

Crystal castles: the first snowflake photos – in pictures

In the 1880s, Wilson Bentley pioneered snowflake photography by attaching a camera to a microscope – and opened up a world of intricate beauty

Photography

5 Powerful Questions to Ask When Things Seem to be Going Wrong

When things seem to be going wrong and you're stuck in a pit of fear, start getting curious and ask yourself some of these questions:<p>1. What opportunity is this giving me for growth, healing, evolution, or learning?<p>2. What would happen If I didn't label this as bad?<p>3. What meaning am I adding to …

Self-help

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

The victory at Standing Rock could mark a turning point

The news that the US federal government has refused to issue the permit needed to run a pipeline under the Missouri river means many things – including that indigenous activists have won a smashing victory, one that shows what nonviolent unity can accomplish.<p>From the start, this has been an …

Environment

Wildlife Photo Contest Shows Nature Can Be Cruel—But Also Kind

The Natural History Museum in the UK has shortlisted its nominees for the 2016 People’s Choice Award for wildlife photography. From playful polar …

My Strange Winter with a Shaman in Kazakhstan

Photographer Denis Vejas documents the practices of one of the country's last Sufi dervishes.<p>Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam that is fairly unpopular throughout the Muslim world. Sufis have an unorthodox approach that focuses more on esoteric aspects of religious life, and strive for direct, …

Just One Dose of This Psychedelic Drug Can Ease Anxiety

Cancer is a brutal disease on both the body and mind. Not only do treatments like chemotherapy take a massive toll, but the emotional side effects …

Extended Human Capacities of Tibetan Monks

<i>When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.</i><p><i>Napoleon Hill</i><p>Harvard Professor of Medicine, Herbert …

The Hindu Belief of Samsara is Examined in Modern Paintings | City of the Seekers

Natalia Fabia's new show 'Rainbeau Samsara' examines the mystical cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.<p><i>In the late 19th century, Southern California attracted misfits, idealists, and entrepreneurs with few ties to anyone or anything. Swamis, spiritualists, and other self-proclaimed religious</i> …