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What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

From the summit of Machu Picchu to the open spaces of Mongolia, National Geographic has assembled a selection of the most amazing places from around the globe. What are your unmissable locations? Tell us in the comments below

Machu Picchu

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

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How Meditation Can Help Anxiety

Fear is a negative emotion unless you are facing an actual threat and need to fight or flee. The usefulness of fear is minimal in daily life, particularly in the form of anxiety. Stressful events can produce short-term anxiety in almost everyone, which disappears after the event. But for an …

The World's 18 Strangest Hotels

For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. Here are the world's 18 strangest hotels.<p>The first thing every hotel developer considers before construction is "who is the guest, and why are they …

Canada’s mysterious, fabled Sable Island

Misty and mystical, populated by 560 wild horses and a handful of hardy souls, Sable Island has long loomed large in the imagination of sailors and adventurers.<p>When I saw the thin ribbon of sand for the first time, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. This far-flung and fabled island, for most, exists …

What Does Neuroscience Know About Meditation?

Meditation, a practice of training the mind, has a place in many cultures. Some people meditate as part of their faith, others because they believe …

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

#Vanlife: The Wanderlust-Inducing Lifestyle of Roaming across the Country in a Home-on-Wheels

What is #vanlife? For some, it's just a hashtag on Instagram, but for others, it's a philosophy, a way of life that says, "Home is where you park it." For members of the #vanlife community, there is no greater pleasure than driving down empty roads in their home-on-wheels, sleeping under the stars, …

9 Powerful Life Lessons From Studying With A Monk - The Open Mind

by Robert Piper,<p>When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me …

Where to stay in Iceland, beyond Reykjavik: readers' travel tips

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>We’re looking for the best places to stay in Iceland, once you’ve got Reykjavik in the rear-view mirror. Maybe you know of a fantastic B&B, trendy apartment, new boutique hotel or have stayed in more traditional-style lodgings on your journey. And as Iceland can be …

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