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A Brief Yet Fascinating History of the Word "Pretty"

When debating the true meaning of a word, one’s first move is usually to look it up in the dictionary. Contrary to popular belief, however, those who …

Linguistics

10 Strange Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Earth

The planet we all call home is even more bizarre than you might imagine.<p><b>ONE STRANGE ROCK</b> <i>, a ten-episode global TV event, premiers March 2018 on National Geographic.</i><p>There’s no doubt that planet Earth is awe-inspiring. That’s even more true for the handful of humans who’ve seen it from space with …

Nature

Miracles of Jesus: Healing the Man Born Blind

Bible Describes Jesus Christ Giving Man Both Physical and Spiritual Sight<p>The Bible records the famous miracle of Jesus Christ healing a man who was …

Gandhi on God and Religion: 10 Quotes

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 to 1948), India’s “Father of the Nation,” spearheaded the country’s Freedom Movement for Independence from British …

This Weekend’s Gemini Supermoon Is For Fools And Lovers

And for all those yearning for freedom<p>It’s that time of the month, my love, when any glance at the night sky beckons the query, “Is it full yet? It looks full now!” The answer? “Well, you just wait.”<p>When the moon returns to us with all her light, it’s always as if for the first time. She is the …

Canada could make billions from legal pot

Canada faces one last hurdle to becoming the first G7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana.<p>Canada's Cannabis Act was introduced in the Canadian Senate Tuesday, its last legislative stop. The bill enjoys wide public support and the backing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.<p>"I think it is broadly …

Cannabis

Savasana for Deep Relaxation and Discovery

The end of the year arrives quickly, and often we feel a sense of urgency. Our pace quickens, both individually and collectively. In order to …

Mindfulness and Torah

I went to my first 10-day silent retreat because I was attracted to the idea of sitting in silence and letting go of the wordiness of my rabbinic …

Developing Extraordinary Resilience

We’re all beset with difficulties, obstacles, pain, tiredness, and a thousand other setbacks, small and large.<p>What determines whether we take these …

Self-improvement

How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore. A brief review of the latest science on breathing …

The Brain

Sick of Meditation? Try This Powerful Mindfulness Practice Used by Top CEOs and Athletes

Sophrology is a blending of Eastern and Western practices that you can quickly bring into your day.<p>There's no doubt that the modern work environment is a hotbed of stress.<p>With non-stop emails, constant pings on Slack, and a slew of endless meetings, we rarely have enough time to do our best work, …

Visualization Discovery Tour

01<p>of 11<p>Begin the Tour<p>If you can imagine it, you can create it in your life. Visualizations are mental images that can help us to leap over obstacles, …

Photographers

The Dark Side of Self-Improvement

As a company and as people, we spend a lot of time and energy exploring ways we can be better, feel healthier, and act more consciously—a worthy …

Mindfulness

Migos’ Quavo on Why His Guest Raps Bring the Midas Touch: ‘I’m the Flavor Guy’

For a hot rapper, a guest appearance can make for a nice payday no matter how off-brand it is (witness Kanye West and Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon on …

Rap & Hip-Hop

3 tips for creating a meditation space in your home that you will actually use

Similar to how cute activewear can inspire you to work out more, having an inviting meditation space can lead to more time spent meditating. Your …

Meditation

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

A little spit may help predict whether a child's concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks.<p>A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent accurate in identifying children and adolescents whose symptoms persisted for at least a month, according …

Molecular Biology

The US Military Is Bombing The Taliban's Drug Labs To Cut Off Their Funding

US aircraft destroyed 10 drug processing labs in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan in what commanders said is a new phase of the 16-year-old war there.<p>The US and Afghan air forces have begun bombing the Taliban’s drug-producing facilities as part of the Trump administration’s new strategy for …

Caste System in Ancient India

Ancient India in the Vedic Period (c. 1500-1000 BCE) did not have social stratification based on socio-economic indicators; rather, citizens were …

Hinduism

The Spiritual Disciplines: Fasting | The Art of Manliness

<i>Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of</i> …

Holistic Medicine

How Deepak Chopra's Law of Pure Potentiality Can Transform Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Chopra Center Vedic Educator Edie Flaiz teaches the Law of Pure Potentiality by quieting the mind to allow you to directly experience your infinite, …

Meditation

Technology, Wisdom, and the Difficult Art of Civilizational Self-Awareness: Thomas Merton’s Beautiful Letter of Appreciation to Rachel Carson for Catalyzing the Environmental Movement

“Technics and wisdom are not by any means opposed. On the contrary, the duty of our age… is to unite them in a supreme humility which will result in a totally self-forgetful creativity and service.”<p><i>“Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent,”</i> marine biologist and …

Women in Science

‘Learning to live’: why sophrology is the new mindfulness

Feeling stressed, anxious, burnt out? Time to pause Headspace and allow us to introduce a technique from the 1960s instead<p>We have welcomed mindfulness so wholeheartedly into our collective wellbeing consciousness that there are now more than 1,300 mindful apps to choose from. In busy cities, you’re …

Why It's Time to Replace "Letting Go" with "Letting Be"—& How to Start

In this excerpt from her new book Deep Listening, Jillian Pransky offers a practice for creating space to let yourself be just as you …

Mindfulness

The Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity | The Art of Manliness

<i></i><i>Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of</i> …

Minimalism

Mia Dyson on spirituality and her new single 'Gambling'

Mia Dyson on spirituality and her new single ‘Gambling’<p>on November 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm<p><b>Mia Dyson</b>’s laid-back nature can be attributed not only to her …

Spirituality

Your Brain on Yoga Nidra

Learn what’s going on with your brain waves when you sink into a yoga nidra practice and why it leaves you feeling so refreshed.<p>2.8K<p>SHARES<p>Each time …

Yoga

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The Matter of Truth

Years ago, at the Brooklyn Museum, I was looking at a Tibetan statue of a multi-armed figure when a middle-aged white couple stopped to view the …

Hinduism

Elon Musk Slams Super-Intelligent A.I. God Plan: ‘Absolutely Not’

The tech entrepreneur is firmly against Anthony Levandowski's proposal.<p>By on<p>Filed Under A.I., Ethics, Religion, Twitter & Waymo<p>The revolution will …