Michael Tavani

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Full Body, Empty Mind

It’s March, and that means <b>Meditation Month</b> is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your …

Pollen data shows humans reversed natural global cooling

Current temperatures are hotter than at any time in the history of human civilization<p>In order to understand today’s global warming, we need to understand how Earth’s temperatures varied in the past. How does the rapid warming we see now compare with past natural climate changes? Also, how long have …

Climate Change

The role of the brain when it comes to the limits of human endurance

‘The brain’s interpretation of the body signals is maybe more important than the body signals themselves’<p>Once, we believed that the body was a machine, and the secret to optimal performance came from the muscles, the lungs, the heart. Then, we were told that it’s all in our head, and we just need …

9 Mindful Ways to Remain Calm When Others Are Angry

<i>When someone upsets us, this is often because they aren’t behaving according to our fantasy of how they “should” behave. The frustration, then, stems</i> …

Anger Management

It's not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu?<p>As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that the same diet also feeds our brains, …

Nutrition

The 'starve and stack' method could help you save $50,000 in 2 years — here's how to implement it in your own life

If you want to change the trajectory of your financial future for the better, 'starve and stack' may be right for you.<p>I've written about what 'starve and stack' is, but in this article I will show you how to execute it.<p>What is 'starve and stack?'<p>'Starve and stack' is centered around the power of …

Retirement

Let Harvard teach you about Buddhism in this free online course you can take now

Harvard University's popular course on Buddhism returns with an interactive feature and great content.<br>Read More

Harvard

Why this '5-4-3-2-1' mindfulness trick is so effective at beating anxiety

People are saying the results are instant.<p>When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of worries.<p>But next time you feel overwhelmed with anxious thoughts, a simple mindfulness trick may offer some relief.<p>Shared by Boston University clinical …

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

Want to Fall in Love With Your Partner Again? Science Says to Ask Them These 36 Questions | Inc.com

Relationships are hard. They can bring out the best in us, yes, but also the worst. They test the very essence of our beings: our capacity for forgiveness; our ability to trust (both ourselves and another); the true extent of our self-love; the strength of our boundaries; and the power of …

Relationships

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Consciousness

Meditation is Mental Fitness — If You Do It This Way

Athletes get into “the zone.” Creatives tap into “flow state.” We may obtain a heightened sense of awareness in these moments, but they are exactly …

Mindfulness

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

Earth Science

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

You're probably spending too much time in your own head — here's how to stop

I know something about you without knowing you. I bet you spend A LOT of time in your head.<p>You know, thinking, worrying, stressing, freaking out — call it whatever you want. I call it a preoccupied mind. And with what?<p>99% of your thoughts are useless. William James put it best:<p>"A great many people …

American Philosophy

I Spent 15 Years Studying Why People Hate Their Jobs. This Is the Top Reason Why | Inc.com

Finding a career path that makes us feel satisfied and successful isn't easy. It's not something they teach us in school, which makes the journey that much more challenging.<p>For the past 15 years, I've been devoted to studying the deep disconnect people feel between themselves and their jobs, and …

Study Skills

7 Things Your Psychologist Wishes You Knew About Self-Esteem

Self-esteem can be a slippery concept. It's hard to quantify just how we feel about ourselves and our self-worth, but low self-esteem is definitively …

These Are the Best Arm-Day Exercises to Get Completely Ripped

From dumbbell to bodyweight, these effective arm-sculpting moves are about to make you stronger and completely change the shape of your upper body. The next time arm day rolls around, include these moves and you'll build and sculpt your muscles — you're sure to notice a difference in the …

Workouts

Mental Health for Athletes: A Meditation of Self-Acceptance

Self-acceptance can seem a bit counter-intuitive for athletes. Isn’t the purpose of sports to constantly strive for something better? To be faster, …

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not …

Creativity

Divers Found The World's Largest Underwater Cave, And It's Full of Maya Secrets

The photos are spectacular.<p>After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world's largest flooded cave system – …

Scientists Just Recalibrated Our Future Climate Scenarios And We Need to Pay Attention

They've narrowed it down.<p>Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would …

No more pancake syrup? Climate change could bring an end to sugar maples

Savor that sticky, slightly nutty sweetness drenching your Sunday morning pancakes now. The trees that make maple syrup will struggle to survive …

The Task Is Being You

The Buddha had a prescription to end suffering—the eightfold path. But can the Western tradition of psychotherapy build upon these essential steps?<p>In</i> …

Meditation