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While You Were Asleep New Year's Day Morning, Muslims Waged Jihad On Your Streets

New Year’s Eve is marked by celebrations world over. There is lots of partying involved, and consequently, a lot of work for sanitation workers before the New Year morning. In 2015, the Department of Sanitation in New York City estimated close to 50 tons of trash in Times Square alone.<p>For the last …

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The world’s 10 most awesome giant Buddhas

Immense in both scale and beauty, these paeans to the Buddhist faith make quite the impression, whether you’re a believer or not<p>1: The Great Buddhas …

How Racism, Arrogance, and Incompetence Led to Pearl Harbor

Book Talk<p>The Japanese surprise attack should not have been such a surprise.<p>Seventy-five years ago, at 7:55 a.m. on December 7, 1941, a Japanese strike force unleashed 353 warplanes on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s base on Oahu, Hawaii. Relations between the United States and Japan had been …

Watch: Trailer For New Thich Nhat Hanh Doc ‘Walk With Me’ Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch

Did you know there was a Thich Nhat Hanh documentary? The international trailer was just released and we have it here. Shot over the course of three …

The Myth of Mindfulness

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You’re not a jerk if you can’t remember faces: Facial blindness is a spectrum, neuroscientists say

Scientists have known about prosopagnosia, a disorder that leaves sufferers unable to recognize faces—sometimes even their own reflection—for decades.<p>But in recent years, researchers in the field have slowly established that our ability to recognize faces lies along a spectrum, meaning that even …

How Yoga Can Help You Deal With Heart-Breaking Grief

When someone is grieving, they need comfort and help dealing with what has happened. They need a way to find peace. Yoga can help.<p>Far from being a …

What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain (It's Pretty Amazing)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, …

8 Must-Read Mindfulness Books From Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk and a peace activist. Uniquely his teaching is so straightforward and practical; as you can easily connect with …

Are You Practicing Stupid Meditation?

We’ve all been there. We hit the cushion, close our eyes, tap into the sensation of our breath flowing in and out, and let the outside world melt …

Dramatic helicopter attack during failed Turkish coup caught on camera (VIDEO)

Shocking CCTV footage from Friday night’s failed Turkish military coup has emerged online.<p>Multiple surveillance videos show exchanges of fire between …

How To Unleash The Cauldron Of Desire From Your Pelvis

What if it was possible to use your sexual energy not just for great sex, but to fuel other parts of your life like your career, fertility or even crafty activities such as painting or cooking? It's all about harnessing the power of your pelvis, and then unleashing that energy right where you want …

The Essence Of Spiritual Practice

The essence of spiritual practice is change - the self-transformation kinda change. If you are on any spiritual path you have to be ready and willing to not fit in where you used to, with the people you used to and or the way you're used to. Why? Spiritual practice changes you. It changes you at …

20+ Hilarious Snapchats That Are Too Good To Disappear Forever

Snapchat. There's a right way to use it, and there's a wrong way to use it, and as you can see from these brilliant examples, these people have …

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

10 Timeless Habits That Will Change Your Life Right Now

Use these as a template for living an awesome life. The first step is to get intentional about one of them. Then the rest will follow.<p>I've had many low points in life, the lowest stemming from a divorce that led to months of recovery from depression and anxiety.<p>It was also the best thing that ever …

These Are The Trees NASA Predicts Will Get Hit Hardest by Climate Change

So long, and thanks for all the shade.<p>Ecologists studying the effects of climate change have completed a new study that details which US trees will …

NA and Recovery from Opioid Addiction (William White, Dr. Marc Galanter, Dr. Keith Humphreys, and Dr. John Kelly) | Blog & New Postings | William L. White

Recent surges in opioid addiction and opioid overdose deaths in the United States have triggered considerable public and professional alarm, …

Here's What Every Single Person in a $200M Movie Gets Paid

Ever wonder how much a boom operator makes?<p>The list of credits at the end of a massive summer movie is very long—a $200 million budget buys you a lot …

How a New Book Exposes the Dark Side of Transcendental Meditation

Most people might remember the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as the guru who hosted the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Mike Love, among others, on their ill-fated …

I Stopped Apologizing. Now, I'm So Much More Confident.

I didn't realize that the habit of starting sentences with, "Sorry, but could you..." actually made me present my own needs as weaknesses. It was probably clear to the other person, but the reason it wasn't clear to me was because the word "sorry" had subconsciously made me feel as if I was …

Lena Dunham Will Stop Saying 'I'm Sorry' From Now On

"So many of the women I know apologize like it's a job they were given by the government."<p>Lena Dunham penned an impassioned plea for women to stop saying sorry and apologizing for their existence in a new post on LinkedIn called "Sorry Not Sorry." The Lenny Letter creator cites Beyoncé's "Lemonade" …

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Sheryl Sandberg Gives an Emotional Speech About Her Husband's Death at Berkeley Graduation

"Dave's death changed me in very profound ways. I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. But I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again."<p>On Saturday, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer …

Why most self-help plans don’t work: “You can’t just cut and paste a few things happy people do and hope that your life is going to improve”

<b>Raj Raghunathan</b><p>Salon speaks to a University of Texas professor about friendship, mindfulness and why you can’t chase happiness<p>Scott Timberg<p>April 27, 2016 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Human beings have been seeking happiness, presumably, since the dawn of time, but it’s only recently that happiness has become an …

Anthony, Mott, Truth, Stanton and Paul: Meet the Women on the New $10 Bill

U.S. news<p>The replacement of Andrew Jackson on the front of the new $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman isn’t the only change to new versions of U.S. currency announced Wednesday — five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement will also be featured on the back of the $10 bill.<p>Lucretia Mott, …

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …