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A Study Suggests That People Can Hear Universal Traits in Music

But some music scholars have doubts.<p>Imagine that you’re a researcher who has unlimited time and resources, and a time machine that can travel anywhere in the world. You use these wondrous gifts to get a recording of every song that has ever been sung, whether by people in big cities or those in …

Hunter Gatherers

How To Transform Your Life, Just By Breathing

Everything you need to know about breathwork<p>You’re probably pretty used to taking a deep breath whenever you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, so it should make intuitive sense that there's an entire practice behind using the breath to calm our minds and ease anxiety, amongst a whole slew of …

Worry Less Now: The Three P's of Anxiety

Why do a staggering 40 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder on a regular basis, making it the most common form of mental illness in the …

Depression

Your 7 chakras, explained—plus how to tell if they’re blocked

Odds are, if you’ve attended a yoga class, group meditation, or indulged in an hourlong reiki session, your instructor or practitioner most likely …

Spirituality

The Beginner’s Guide to Letting Go and Becoming Enlightened Through Non-Attachment

Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.<p>– The Dalai Lama<p>You’ve probably seen or read something like it …

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 …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.<p>In his …

Creative Writing

Why it’s good to be full of emptiness

It doesn’t excuse immoral actions, but helps to see clearly what’s actually there<p>If you spend any amount of time reading books on Buddhism, or hanging out with Buddhists, you’re likely to encounter the mysterious idea known as the “doctrine of emptiness”. I’ve never understood it, yet always liked …

Brain Activity

How to Practice Effortless Mindfulness

In his book <b>Rainbow Painting,</b> Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche writes: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” …

Mindfulness

How to Practice the Art of Detachment in 4 Steps.

Many people have started to realize the damage that excessive attachment can do.<p>Most of us understand that detachment plays an imperative role in …

Spirituality

Hong Kong Dance Company’s Vipassana more soporific than serene – no wonder some in audience walked out

Described as “mindful theatre”, Hong Kong Dance Company’s new production, <i>Vipassana</i>, takes its title from an ancient Indian meditation technique which …

Hong Kong

This Is the Daily Exercise You Need to Boost Your Brain Power

All you need is 25 minutes.<p>Brain games do not make you smarter. Companies like Lumosity made their bones throwing around terms like “brain …

The Brain

What does “Zen” really mean?

I see the word “Zen” tossed around a lot these days. It seems to mean having a relaxing, spa-like experience, or “being in the moment.” Is that what …

Meditation

The Seven Major Chakras

Study of the Chakras<p>The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. If we were able to see the chakras as many(psychics, in fact, …

Spirituality

Benefits Of Qigong

Taoist Yoga Meets Modern Science<p>The ancient practice of Qigong (life-force cultivation) – a form of Taoist Yoga – has numerous benefits. These …

Tai Chi

Buddhist Mindfulness Training & Qigong Practice

The Best of Both Worlds<p>A major theme in Buddhist Mindfulness practice is insight into impermanence (aniccha). There is a deep link between the …

Meditation

Stage Five Of Qi Cultivation – Directing Qi

Our Body’s Innate Capacity To Heal<p>As our qi cultivation journey continues, I’d invite you to consider now what typically we take for granted: the …

Qigong

The Mindfulness Controversy - Buddhism vs. Psychology?

Buddhism vs. Psychology?<p>In recent years many practicing psychotherapists have adopted the Buddhist practice of mindfulness as part of their …

Mindfulness

Letting It Go

How Buddhism Teaches Us to Stop Stewing<p>How much of our lives do we waste <i>stewing</i> about things we can't change? Or <i>fuming</i>, <i>worrying</i>, <i>regretting, …

Meditation

Practice Walking Meditation

Walking meditation is a wonderful way to transform something that most of us do every day into a deeply healing, nourishing and enjoyable tool for …

Meditation

How to Be Mindful While Reading

“Reading is so much a part of our everyday lives that we take it for granted – text messages, the banners that run across our televisions, the ads that pop up. And yet, reading can be a crucial opportunity for mindfulness — the ability to be in the present moment, aware while withholding judgment, …

Mindfulness

Unable to sleep? The best ways you can trick yourself into dozing off

We all know that a hot, milky drink and a warm bath are supposed to relax you before bed, but many of us still can’t slip into slumber.<p>Ten million …

Yoga

10 of the world's best meditation retreats

<b>(CNN) —</b> Adventure travel isn't always about riding waves and ascending heights -- sometimes it's about heading inside, to explore the realm of our inner worlds.<p>While it might be counter-intuitive to travel long distances to sit with a bunch of silent strangers, meditation retreats offer guidance to …

Meditation

5 Productive Things To Do Instead Of Tossing And Turning When You Can't Sleep

Out of all the times to <i>not</i> be tired, your body chose this time.<p>You know, just eight or so hours before you have to wake up and do something important …

Sleep

3 Simple Steps to Stop Mental Time Traveling

What do standing in line at Starbucks, stop signs, and stairs have in common?The answer – each are opportunities to integrate the experience of …

Mindfulness

The Meditation You Need to Be Doing Regularly, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

<i>Starting to meditate can be, well, stressful. Our friends at YourTango break it down by zodiac sign to help you find your perfect practice.</i><p><b>Find your zen.</b><p>No matter who you are, there's been a time when you feel like you're having a major mental breakdown. Whether it's work, school, family, friends; …

Is silence the next wellness luxury?

Back in the day, when your mom banned you from watching television and told you to go to your room to sit quietly in silence, it definitely wasn’t …

Emma Watson

What Buddhism Says About Finding And Sustaining Love

An interview with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, author of ‘Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection<i>.’</i><p>When Sharon Salzberg was doing research …